Cusp-a point of transition, as from one historical period to the next;
the borders between the twelve astrological signs.
You are considered to be "on the cusp" if you were born
within a day or two of the beginning or end of any sign.

The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak, 1863; Albert Bierstadt

09 March 2011

Ash Wednesday

Believe in the Gospel and turn from your sins.

Remember man, that you are dust

and into dust you shall return.

Psalm 51(50) Miserere mei, Deus

.3 Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offense.
.4 O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.

.5 My offenses truly I know them;
my sin is always before me
.6 Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight I have done.

That you may be justified when you give sentence
and be without reproach when you judge,
.7 O see, in guilt I was born,
a sinner was I conceived.

.8 Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
.9 O purify me, then I shall be clean;
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

.10 Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
that the bones you have crushed may thrill.
.11 From my sins turn away your face
and blot out all my guilt.

.12 A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
.13 Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

.14 Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervor sustain me,
.15 that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.

.16 O rescue me, God, my helper,
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
.17 O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

.18 For in sacrifice you take no delight,
burnt offering from me you would refuse,
.19 my sacrifice, a contrite spirit,
a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

.20 In your goodness, show favor to Zion:
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
.21 Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,
(burnt offerings wholly consumed),
then you will be offered young bulls on your altar.

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