Thursday, 17 April 2014
We had the foot washing accompanied by the Taize Ubi Caritas, sang "In the heart5 where love is abiding" as the anthem and led the walk into the 'garden of repose',to the Taize "Wait with me".
As we waited silently in the Lady Chapel ablaze with lilies, the alter stripping took place in the darkened church,
For once, even the most junior choir members remembered to leave in silence.
This all adds to the solemnity and yes I suppose, the theatricality of this sober piece of our liturgy.
Some of our number prefer Christmas and the music which accompanies it, but for me Easter has all the elements which appeal to my need for gravitas in religion.
I am so glad that my introduction to Christianity was in the High Anglican or Anglo Catholic tradition. Happy Clappy would never have worked for me.
Two down (Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday), and three to go.
Sorry the phantom underliner took over my blog.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 10:09:00 p.m.