Every year it seems to creep up and catch me unaware! By way of preparation, here is one of the most complete pieces of music for Ash Wednesday...it has meditative tones as well as sorrow and joy. So very beautiful - it is a setting of Psalm 51 known as the Miserere by Gregorio Allegri. Here is some information about it (including the text). Here is a superb performance by the Choir of Claire College, Cambridge, Timothy Brown, Dir.
May you be blessed in your listening and on Ash Wednesday. Jennie