February 10, 2016

Listed below are Lectionary Readings for Ash Wednesday followed by titles of anthems in the CMI eLibrary that reflect the related scriptures.  Many settings of these titles by various composers are available, and several already may be in your library.  As always, the eLibrary  will offer titles and composers with criteria specifically appropriate to your choir.

JOEL 2:1-2, 12-17  The day of the Lord is coming; return to God with all your heart
“Return to the Lord”
OR ISAIAH 58:1-12  The fast God chooses: do justice, release captives, help the poor
“Cry aloud”
“King Jesus hath a garden” (George R. Woodward text
“O day of God draw nigh” (R. B. Y. Scott text)

PSALM 51:1-17  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new spirit within me
“Create in me a clean heart, O God”
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace”
“Lord Jesus, think on me” (Synesius of Cyrene text)
“Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake”
“O Master, let me walk with Thee”
“O Vos Omnes” (O all ye that pass by)
“O my God, bestow thy tender mercy”

2 CORINTHIANS 5:20b-6:10  Be reconciled to God in Christ; now is the day of salvation
“O Lamb of God, most holy”
“O Love that will not let me go”
“Take my life and let it be consecrated”
“There is a green hill far away”
“Wondrous love”
“We walk by faith and not by sight”
“Out of the depths I cry to Thee”

MATTHEW 6:1-6, 16-21  Don’t flaunt your fasting and prayer; store up treasures in heaven
“The Lord’s prayer”
“Treasures in heaven”
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace”
“Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring”
“Just as I am”
“Love divine, all loves excelling”
“O Love divine what hast Thou done”
“O Lord most holy”