Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Rising

Long ago and faraway, my beloved and I sat
in this beautiful place for Evening Vespers.
We were invited to sit with the choir
 behind the red lamps lit with evenglow
where we could join the a capella singers in song.
It was an enchanting experience,
a splendid juxtaposition of ancient ritual in a modern city.

St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

Today, we'll sing in a smaller sanctuary
with less history and awe-inspiring architecture.
Nonetheless, our hearts will be full.

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been;
Love is come again like wheat a-rising green.
John M. C. Crum, 1872-1958
French Carol

'Tis the spring of souls today;
 Christ has burst his prison,
And from three days' sleep in death
As a sun has risen,
All the winter of our sins,
 Long and dark, is flying,
From his light, to whom is giv'n
 Laud and praise undying.
 John of Damascus, c. 696-754


Rachel Cotterill said...

Beautiful! :)

S. Etole said...

What an experience that must have been. Blessings to you this beautiful Easter day.

rosaria williams said...

Happy Easter to you and your beloved.

Donna said...

So celebrate wherever you are with whomever you're with! That London Cathedral IS magnificent though and wouldn't it be amazing to spend it THERE??

Happy Easter Becky!!

michelle said...

Happy Easter Becky. What a gorgeous place. I hope you and your family had a wonderful day.

Gina Gao said...

This is a great post. I love your blog and your writing.

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Becky.
Incredibly beautiful picture you show of a church.
Hope you had a good and fredfylgt Easter.
The weather here has been bitterly cold / windy, not for outdoor activities.
Wishing you a good second Easter Monday.
Hugs Kanne Bente

Leslie said...

Beautiful. I loved the verses...


Music is always a part of my faith that touches me deeply.

ELK said...

WOW! stunning space!