For me the combination of beautifully written very atmospheric music and the truly terrible (in the real sense) words of this piece, are absolute perfection.
We had an open day at St. Mary's as we did last year, with two half-hour performances of carefully chosen music from the choir among the many things of interest.
This was followed by the Solemn Good Friday service where we sang Solus ad Victimam so well that the hairs on the back of my head stood on end.
All the Easter music is my favourite part of the choir's work throughout the year, even Christmas coming second in my estimation.
We have a very skillfully and carefully created labyrinth marked out on the church floor with footprints marking the stations of the cross.
There was also this year a cross set out with tea lights on the floor of the chancel just below the alter, people were offered the chance to light one or more of them while offering silent prayer and by the time we started the service all the candles were lit making a blazing cross at the alter. Very effective.
There was a 'last supper' table set out traditionally and many other ways to attract people who dropped in.
Last night's Maundy Thursday service was lovely, today's even better.
Two more to go.