With the church open and normal operations resumed, we were able to fully engage in the services of Holy Week, retelling the Passion of Christ from the jubilation of Palm Sunday, through to the quiet companionship of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the darkness of Good Friday. The week’s dramatic events concluded with the great miracle and celebration of Easter.
String players from the St Bride’s Orchestra joined choir members Claire Seaton and Charlie Morris in a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (listen online) to a packed church at the start of the Three Hours’ Devotion on Good Friday. We are delighted that the orchestra will be back in full force for our Platinum Jubilee celebration on Pentecost Sunday in June, for the first time since the pandemic. The Devotion concluded with our traditional performance of Stainer’s ever-popular musical meditation, The Crucifixion (listen online).
Easter Sunday is a long day at St Bride’s beginning with our dawn service which is followed by an egg-rolling competition in Fleet Street and a well-deserved breakfast served back in church. Congregant, Jane and choir member, Tom both claimed victory. It can be hard for Judge Robin the Verger to keep track of which egg rolls furthest as wave after wave are launched towards him, as well as dodging the buses trundling down Fleet Street!
Easter eggs also featured following the festal morning Eucharist service, as our younger Sunday Club members searched the rectory garden in the Easter Egg Hunt. St Bride’s Choir were on fine form and it is a great delight to see them returned to the centre of the nave from their temporary position in the south aisle during the pandemic.
Easter Sunday concluded, as every Sunday does at St Bride’s, with Choral Evensong, which remains one of the glories of traditional Anglican worship. If you haven’t attended Evensong for a while, it is highly recommended (find out more) – a reflective and peaceful service steeped in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer and packed full of wonderful music. Uniquely, on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, we have a choral Sermon in Music in place of the normal address, giving our wonderful professional choir another chance to shine.
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