Sunday, 16 March 2008

Palm Sunday

One of the joys of living in Bury is the Cathedral and its panoply of services - around twenty in this Holy Week alone. Today's main service was of course to commemorate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week.

Whether you are a Christian or not the liturgy and music must impress. In his years as Director of Music, James Thomas has produced a cathedral choir which matches those of many of the better known and older cathedrals in the country. As a former church musician myself I revel in being able to walk just ten minutes to Choral Evensong on a Sunday afternoon.

Today at Sung Eucharist we were treated to the Passion Chorale: Herzlich thut mich verlangen (O Sacred Head sore wounded) and Ave Verum Corpus by William Byrd (1540-1623) as well as a magnificent procession with palms, of which the picture above is a very poor representation.
Tomorrow I hope to display Angela's and my Black Velvets in honour of St Patrick (despite the fact that her Irish friend says his day was moved from 17th to yesterday so as not to clash with Holy Week). Does anyone know what a Black Velvet is - without Googling please?

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