Immutemur habitu

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Immutemur habitu (cf. Joel 2:13) and Juxta vestibulum et altar (Joel 2:17 & Esther 13:17) are Antiphons for the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. The latter often appears as Inter vestibulum et altare

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Latin.png Latin text

Immutemur habitu in cinere et cilicio; jejunemus, et ploremus ante Dominum;
quia multum misericors est dimittere peccata nostra Deus noster.

Juxta vestibulum et altare plorabunt sacerdotes et levitae, ministri Domini, dicentes:
Parce Domine, parce populo tuo; et ne dissipes ora clamantium ad te, Domine.

English.png English translation

Let us change our garments for ashes and sackcloth; let us fast and lament before the Lord;
for our God is plenteous in mercy to forgive our sins.

Near the porch and the altar the priests and levites shall weep, the Lord's ministers, and shall say:
Spare, O Lord, spare thy people; and do not scatter the mouths of those crying to thee, O Lord.
Translation by St Ann choir

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