Sign us with Ashes (the sign of your cross) - Vogt and Friedman

This energetic children's hymn for Ash Wednesday was written by American Roman Catholic pianist, music teacher and editor, and pastoral musician/composer Janet Vogt (b 1953) and liturgical musician and music educator Mark Friedman (b 1952)

It was included in the collection Enter the Journey - Songs for the Liturgical School Year, and dedicated to Jerry Chiusano.

It is set to an unnamed tune, by Vogt and Friedman. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of F, the first few notes of the melody are FFF FD z F FGF G_ with accompanying chords F / Bb / C.


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Examples

Lead singer with band, profesional recording with on-screen lyrics:



Duet with piano - recorded for teaching:



Original recording:



Instrumental - piano:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Chorus:
Sign us with ashes, the sign of your cross
Give us the grace to know your mercy,
Lord renew our spirits and open our hearts
Help us remember the love you gave us.

1 Help us pray, so ...

2 Help us fast, so  ...

3 Help us give, so ....


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Chorus:
Sign us with ashes, the sign of your cross
Give us the grace to know your mercy,
Lord Renew our spirits and open our hearts
Help us remember the love you gave us

1 Help us pray so we might be closer
to you and to God's family.

2 Help us fast so we might know
the want of those within God's family.

3 Help us give so we might share
of what we have to serve God's family.


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