A bowl full of ash and a cross

Lord Jesus, think on me

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Last night I attended an Ash Wednesday service at my local church, which helped to prepare me for the season of fasting, prayer, and repentance, that is Lent. The service opened with a beautiful hymn which doubles up as a prayer, and I found the lyrics to be very powerful.

I believe the hymn was written by Synesius of Cyrene (c.373-c.415), and here it is:

Lord Jesus, think on me,
and purge away my sin;
from earthborn passions set me free,
and make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
with care and woe oppressed;
let me thy loving servant be,
and taste thy promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
nor let me go astray;
through darkness and perplexity
point thou the heavenly way.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
that, when the flood is passed,
I may the eternal brightness see,
and share thy joy at last.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
that I may sing above
to Father, Holy Ghost and thee
the songs of praise and love.



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