Please go to the link to get a full criticism. Note especially the emphasis on first person in the lyrics. God doesn't get mentioned until the fourth stanza.
It seems to be built more on the rebirth of the Phoenix than on the loving sacrifice of Christ.
Note that the copyright is by New Dawn Music; sounds like New Age to me.
Thanks, Joe, for the link. I'm so busy at work now, but I'll bookmark it and save it for later reading.
The first time I heard that song was the year our former pianist/music director played it all Lent long. She did it again the next year, and by that time, our choir of Filipino little old ladies was gushing over it.
I frowned and became a persona-non-grata in the choir. They accused me of having a "too-high" personal aesthetic standard that nothing could possibly satisfy. They had one word to describe my disapproval: snobbishness.
No, it was not the first-person viewpoint that irritated me, and though I don't care for the phoenix imagery, I found it less offensive than the sloppy theology behind the song.
"We rise again from ashes?" I thought the idea was for to "sit on ashes" (prayer and penance), not to "rise from it" during Lent.
We rise again? Have we risen before, and for the second time, we have to rise again? - how's that? When, exactly did we rise from ashes the first time? When Christ rose from the dead? Isn't this theology better fitted for Easter than at the start of Lent?
I thought the Lenten idea is for us to "DIE TO SELF", so what has this "rising again from ashes" do to with prayer, fasting, sacrifice, and almsgiving?
Joe, I'm eagerly looking forward to reading the link, if only to reassure myself that I'm not just being a cranky, eccentric old lady who's difficult to please.
And oh, by the way. Our choir director is gone. Ah...(ahem), I'm now the one who does litugical planning for the English Masses in our parish. And you're darn right I wouldn't have anything to do with Conry's "Ashes."