Listening to Lent — Thrice Holy

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Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy and Immortal,
Have mercy on us.
~Orthodox Trisagion

One of the oldest of hymns
sung deep
to reach low within us,
its resonance curved
to touch our sinews
and leave us no doubt.

Listening to Lent – Have Mercy

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Holy God
Holy and Mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

Holy God
Holy and mighty,
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

Holy God
Holy and mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy, have mercy,
Have mercy, have mercy on us.
~Fernando Ortego “Trisagion”

On this day,
I begin the dusty journey
into the darkest ash heap
of my soul, confronting
my limitations,
my temptations,
my inability to think of myself second,
my acknowledgement that salvation
comes from no work of my own.

Have mercy on this head bowed low, listening.