Sunday, 20 April 2014
Another wonderful Easter
I am so glad I was baptised and confirmed four years ago. So glad my 'mother church' was St. Mary the Virgin. So very very glad I found the remnants of a singing voice and joined the choir.
Since I work (attend) at St M's Mon Tues and Wed mornings, and since this week we had Maundy Thursday, Good Friday (fabulous day) and Saturday's Bishop's confirmations, baptisms, Pascal candle etc, and today the Easter Day service, I have been for a part of every day at St. M's,
From being my spiritual home it is rapidly becoming my physical home too.
There has been an immense amount of singing, and many hours of listening to sermons, readings etc. altogether extremely tiring for one of my advanced years, but hugely enjoyable too.
We have of course had the odd blip, but always smoothly glossed over and seamlessly woven into the fabric of the day.
During Saturday's very long service one or two older members of the congregation were becoming glassy-eyed and when I remarked (sotto voce) to my neighbouring chorister that the very long reading (Genesis) was taking longer than the actual Creation, her response was not the wry smile I had expected but convulsions enough to capsize the choir.
A sense of humour while useful at times, needs to be tempered with a sense of proportion. Note to self.
Each day's service has been better than the previous one, and everyone who attended in any capacity has remarked on what a very happy Easter it has been.
Now all that remains is to carry that feeling into the next year.
Easter blessings to one and all.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 3:54:00 p.m.