The Curator/4th Doctor: You were curious about this painting, I think. I acquired it in remarkable circumstances. What do you make of the title?Day of the Doctor 2013
11th Doctor: Which title? There’s two: “No More” or “Gallifrey Falls”.
The Curator/4th Doctor: Oh, you see, that’s where everybody’s wrong. It’s all one title: “Gallifrey Falls No More”. Now, what would you think that means, eh?
One of the things many variations I’ve seen in the liturgy since my youth has been a change in the admonition said by priests when you go up for ashes on Ash Wednesday.
When I was young it was only: “Remember man that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.”
Sometime in my teens or twenties I started hearing: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” instead. These days I’ve been hearing the first one more often again. As a general rule the more liberal the church the more likely you’ll hear the “repent” line as they like to avoid anything reminding people of death and judgement and in the more conservative churches you tend to hear the “dust” business because they are more likely to stick with the liturgy as it was although I’ve actually seen services where there are two lines one using the 1st greeting and one the 2nd.
As you might guess being more of a traditionalist I prefer the 1st but when you think about what Lent is all about I think rather than having the greeting compete one might consider having it as just a single admonition. “Remember man that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return, SO repent and believe in the Gospel.”
The entire point of the 1st admonition is to remind us of our mortality thus giving us the need to repent and believe in the Gospel to receive life eternal. Meanwhile the entire reason why the 2nd admonition is needed is because we are dust and to dust we shall return. These two admonitions aren’t in competition, rather they are complementary.
So rather than quibble as to which admonition is the one we want to hear, let’s take them as a single admonition. Let’s remember this Lenten season that we are dust and to dust we shall return in order to prompt us to repent and believe in the Gospel.
After all that’s the reason for the season.