One of the advantages of having a written and printed service, is that it enables you to see when people’s feelings and thoughts have changed. When people begin to find the words of our service difficult to join in, that is of course a sign that we do not feel about those things exactly as our ancestors. Many people have, as their immediate reaction to that situation the simple remedy — “Well, change the words” — which would be very sensible if you knew that we are right and our ancestors were wrong. It is always at least worth while to find out who it is that is wrong.

– from “Miserable Offenders — An Interpretation of Prayer Book Language”
by C.S. Lewis

Read his short essay here. It’s not only a help in understanding why we use the words we do, on a day like Ash Wednesday, but a lovely meditation on daily life and what Mockingbird calls “reality.”