Hymn for Ash Wednesday

It is my intention to post a hymn text here each day of Lent. That will be the Lenten discipline of 7WD. For today, one of my favorites.

Eternal Lord, of love behold your church
walking once more the pilgrim way of Lent,
Led by your cloud by day, by night your fire.
Moved by your love and toward your presence bent.

So daily dying to the way of self,
so daily living in your way of love,
We walk the road, Lord Jesus, that you trod,
knowing ourselves baptized into your death:

If dead in you, so in you, we arise.
You the firstborn of all the faithful dead.
And as through stony ground the green shoots break,
Glorious in springtime dress of leaf and flower.

–Thomas Cain

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