Easter Sunday

What a nice group we had for worship today! All those Dutch people arrived from their travels to join us, Too bad they sat way in the back of the church. Also too bad that they weren’t there to supply the built-in descant for “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” (EASTER HYMN).

(For those of you who are reading this who are music director types–Hi Morris!–if you don’t know about the built-in descant to which I am referring, here goes. On the “Alleluias” on the first and second lines, the sopranos sing the “Alleluia” from the fourth line. On the third line, they sing the music as written, along with everyone else. On the fourth line, the sopranos sing the “Alleluia” from the first line, only up an octave. It’s somewhat akin to the fruit-basket-turnover arrangement for DUKE STREET.)

And at our Easter Dinner, we had leg of lamb (thanks, Dutchies!), Lambropsomo/Tsoureki, baked ham (does anyone not eat baked ham on Easter?), and lots o’ other wonderful Easter-type foods. For me, the lamb is the sine qua non of Easter. Too bad we didn’t have a mold to make a lamb cake–maybe next year. But at least we had the Tsoureki.

Music for today’s liturgy:

“Jesus Christ is Risen Today” (EASTER HYMN). Text: 14th century Latin hymn (Surrexit Christus hodie), tr. 1708.
Kyrie eleison. Setting by Healey Willan, from the Missa Maria Magdalena.
Gloria in excelsis. Setting by William Mathias.
The Day of Resurrection” (LANCASHIRE). Text: St. John of Damascus, tr. John Mason Neale.
“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow” (LASST UNS ERFREUEN). Text: Bp. Thomas Ken.
“At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” (St. GEORGE’S, WINDSOR). Text: 6th century Latin hymn (Ad re­gi­as Ag­ni da­pes), tr. Robert Campbell.
Sanctus and Benedictus qui venit. Willan, Missa Maria Magdalena.
The Great Amen.
Agnus Dei. Willan, Missa Maria Magdalena.
“Alleluia, Alleluia” (EBENEZER). Text: Christopher Wordsworth.
“Thine Be the Glory, Risen, Conquering Son” (JUDAS MACCABAEUS). Text: Edmund Budry.

And no, we did not sing “Up From the Grave He Arose!” (I agree with all the sentiments in this link. That hymn was a real downer for me for about ten Easters in a row, thanks to a pastor who thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.)

Shameless plug for liturgical worship: Google all the above hymn texts, then consider that the following Scripture texts were also read/used during the service: Revelation 11:15 (Call to Worship), Romans 6:9-11 (Assurance of Pardon), Acts 10:34-32 (First Lesson), Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (responsive reading), I Corinthians 15:19-26 (Second Lesson), John 20:1-18 (Gospel Lesson), I Corinthians 5:7 (Fraction Anthem), Galatians 2:20 (Sharing of the Bread), I John 1:7 (Sharing of the Wine), Philippians 4:7 (Benediction).

I am not trying to pass judgement on other forms of worship, but speaking personally, I have never worshiped in a more spiritually edifying context than liturgical churches, specifically because of the volume of Scripture and sound, “nutritious” hymn texts that comprise most of the service. God’s word certainly takes precedence over man’s word in such a context, and that’s just good for your soul, I don’t care what “style” you prefer. Certainly better for you, to my way of thinking, than the entire scriptural content of a service being a two- or three-verse “sermon text” (usually followed by a forty-five minute sermon), and goodness knows I’ve seen more than enough of that sort of thing in my day!

Christus surrexit!


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5 Responses to Easter Sunday

  1. cancerman says:

    Actually we did not have ham. We had a nice brunch and then Tbones for dinner.

  2. Ooooh, Tbones. I so need some red meat these days – it’s just so darn expensive to get good meat. We miss Delchamps – as an old friend used to say: “you can’t beat their meat.” HA!

  3. MoDrig3 says:

    Hey JATB

    Just dug out from under stuff enough to squeeze a moment to look at your blog. Will share what we did for Easter worship later … maybe on my blog … just don’t know.

    I can’t remember what we ate for Easter lunch. It was leftovers of some kind (you’ll see why as you read on) … and the lovely wife’s leftovers are better than many people’s brand-new cooking (on that I can speak with authority … and anyone who has not experienced same has nothing to say).

    By 2:00pm on Easter we were on the road toward PA to take the toothpick to look at a couple of colleges (Grove City, Messiah) and then to spend a couple of days in Lancaster County in Amish country. It was a good trip, although I’m sad to say that the commercial development is making Lancaster County less and less Amish. We even saw a couple of places billing themselves as authentically Amish with Sunday hours … a dead giveaway that it’s not if you ask me.

    Just wanted to chime in and let you know I’ve not disappeared off the face of the planet (since you mentioned me by name).


  4. MoDrig3 says:

    And by the way, we DID sing “Christ Arose” on Easter morning, but it’s not an annual thing. We sang it Easter 2004 and Easter 2006, but according to my records it had not been sung after 2000. I have yet to go through some of the specifics you mentioned from your Easter worship experience, but hope to pry some time free to do that.

    I love liturgical worship but am presently called to serve a church that does not include deep liturgy in its current modes of worship expression. I really love it when some of the big name contemporary worship people discover ways to bring stuff from the ancient past into 21st century practice (as when the Passion movement incorporated the Phos Hilaron a couple of years ago).


  5. RevJATB says:

    We sing a metrical setting of the Phos hilaron every Wednesday evening at Vespers (to the tune CRIMOND). It’s from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber. (Pub. by Church Publishing/Morehouse)


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