The Easter Eucharist is the culmination of the passion, celebration, agony, barrenness and joy over since Ash Wednesday.
We have seen multitude greet Jesus on his arrival in Jerusalem with Hosannas, been with him at the Last Supper, denied him at his trial and suffered his agony at his crucifixion. He has now risen and we have celebrated his resurrection.
The Easter celebrations at Southwark Cathedral have continued from last night’s Vigil with the Easter Eucharist. With the Nave, Side Aisles and Transepts full, additional seating in the aisles either side of the chancel and in the Retrochoir were used, with a congregation of over 1000 to hear +Christopher, Bishop of Southwark conclude his Journey to Jerusalem series of sermons of Holy Week. The music was led by the Great Choir – Girls, Boys and Lay Clerks – Being Easter there was also the renewal of Baptismal Vows by all present.
There were also two parish items incorporated into the service. Jill Tilley was installed as Cathedral Warden, replacing Ken Robbie. However at the end of the service, +Christopher blessed Peter Valuks and his bicycle prior to his round UK cycle ride to raise money for major work to be done on the bells at Southwark Cathedral.
Finally also at the end of the service chocolate eggs were distributed around the congregation.
The keeping of the Triduum – the Great Three Days – ended with Solemn Choral Evensong, with the service led by the Succentor. The music being:
- Voluntary – Psalm Prelude Set 2, No. 3 ‘O sing unto the Lord a new song’ (Howells)
- Versicles and Responses – Moore
- Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis – St Paul’s service (Howells)
- Haec dies (Byrd)
- Te Deum in C (Britten)
- Concluding Voluntary – Répons pour le temps de Pâques (Demessieux)
In his sermon, Acting Dean, Andrew Nunn picked up the theme in the series of sermons by +Christopher, and expressed his desire to follow in Jesus’ footsteps during Holy Week. However he was not sure how his colleagues in the chapter would take his absence during such a busy time.
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