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Psalm 51

For the Distribution of Ashes

for Cantor, Assembly, and Keyboard Accompaniment (2014)

  • premiered Ash Wednesday 2014


The Church of St. Peter


Saratoga Springs, NY​


About Psalm 51:


Psalm 51: For the Distribution of Ashes (2014) was composed specifically to accompany the ritual of signing the forehead with ashes on Ash Wednesday.  It is a simple, complete setting of Psalm 51, a Psalm traditionally associated with repentance and recommended to be sung during this ritual.  This setting contains a simple Antiphon the can be easily sung by the Assembly between verses.

Performance History

Performed at Ash Wedesday services since 2014

The Church of St. Peter, Saratoga Springs, NY

Philip Spaeth, Music Director

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