1 I take the cross of Jesus Christ
in ashes on my face.
This ancient symbol made in dust
reminds me of God's grace.
I beg for mercy from my Lord,
to cleanse me deep within.
I know myself, my faulty life,
my tendency toward sin.
2 O cross of ashes, speak again
in ways I understand;
Speak forth repentance, let me know
forgiveness from your hand.
Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray;
look deep within, and find
our hearts made whole, our thoughts made pure,
our eyes no longer blind.
3 This cross of ashes on my brow
reminds me life is brief.
From dust I came, to dust I go
through sorrow, pain, and grief.
These forty days are set aside
for those who share the call
To take the cross, deny themselves,
and give to Christ their all.