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He was Crucified

After being arrested, the Innocent Man, was tried and condemned to death: in the ongoing saga breaking over the last 24 hours of the innocent man arrested, it has been confirmed that the region’s Governor has found him Not Guilty of any crime. However following pressure put on him by the local leaders, and fearing a local uprising, the Governor has agreed to have the Innocent Man crucified to pacify the locals. He has also released a petty sneak thief in a further pacification move that has left many bewildered. The Governor has made it clear he does not believe the man is guilt but has had the Innocent Man whipped with a lead tipped whip before handing him over for his execution which shall begin at 12pm today.

He was Crucified

He was Crucified

[Credit to Chris Hoskins for the inspiration from his facebook postings during the Triidium in 2015]

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He was Betrayed

A group of friends went to the garden in the evening. One, an innocent man, went a little way off to meditate. The rest could not stay awake. He came back and woke them, rebuking them for sleeping.



One of the friends was not there, he was to betray his friend. The Betrayer came with a crowd, armed with weapons, from the elders to have the Innocent Man arrested.



The Betrayer kissed the Innocent Man who was then arrested.

The rest of the friends fled.

[Credit to Chris Hoskins for the inspiration from his facebook postings during the Triidium in 2015]

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Triidium 2015 – Easter Day

He is risen today, Alleluia
After the mixed emotions of Holy Week starting with the triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Then the breaking of bread, betrayal and arrest on Maundy Thursday, and the trial and crucifixion on Good Friday. The sorrow of these last few days leads to the joy of the resurrection today.

Alleluias are the order of the day and what better way than the following hymn from the collection Lyra Davidica by John Walsh in 1708. Originally in Latin Surrexit Christus hodie this hymn has plenty of Alleluias interspersed with the joy and praise of the resurrection sung to the tune Easter Hymn.

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured. Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

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Triidium 2015 – Holy Saturday

With the commemoration of the Last Supper, followed by the Betrayal on Maundy Thursday. Then the trial and crucifixion on Good Friday we reach the hiatus between Lent and Easter prior to the Resurrection on Easter Day.

In many churches today there will be spring cleaning and decorating the building ready for the celebrations of Easter Day.

Remember today is Holy Saturdaynever, ever Easter Saturday, that is next week.

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Triidium 2015 – Good Friday

Breaking news:
Innocent man arrested in early hours of this morning. Local magistrate fails to find him guilty of anything. Now been sent to region’s Governor for ruling.

(Credit – Facebook posting by Chris Hoskin)

After being arrested in the place called Gethsemane, the Innocent Man was taken to the local law enforcers. After what passed for a trial, he was passed onto the Governor of the region, and the land was currently occupied.

The Governor could find no fault with him, however the crowd were baying for blood. At the local festival, the Governor would release a prisoner. He gave the crowd the choice of the Innocent Man or a Murderer. The crowd calls for the Murderer to be released and for the Innocent Man to be crucified.

Cecil Alexander wrote the following hymn about the crucifixion of the Innocent Man

There is a green hill far away,
Outside a city wall,
Where the dear Lord was crucified,
Who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell,
What pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiv’n,
He died to make us good,
That we might go at last to Heav’n,
Saved by His precious blood.

There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of heaven and let us in.

O dearly, dearly has He loved,
And we must love Him, too,
And trust in His redeeming blood,
And try His works to do.

Cecil F. Alexander wrote this hymn in 1847 as she sat up one night with her seriously sick daughter. Many times, traveling to town to shop, she had passed a small grassy mound, just outside the old city wall of Derry, Ireland. It always made her think of Calvary, and it came to mind as she wrote this hymn. She published it in her Hymns for Little Children in 1848.

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Triidium 2015 – Maundy Thursday

A group of thirteen friends meet for a meal in an upper room. One washes the feet of his companions. He then breaks bread with a blessing to share around. Giving thanks for the wine that they are drinking, he then shares it around.

One of them has been turned and is to betray him. The rest will desert him.

The friends then go to a garden. They find it hard to stay awake, whilst the one who had washed the feet prays. The Betrayer comes with a crowd to arrest the him.

After a sword had been grabbed and the ear of someone had been cut of, the Betrayer kisses his friend, calling him Rabbi. The rest of the group flees away.


2 April 2015

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Easter Day 2011 – He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!!

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.

Sun streaming into Southwark Cathedral over the Pascal Candle

Sun streaming into Southwark Cathedral over the Pascal Candle

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.

More about PV’s Big Cycle Ride:

  • PV’s Big Cycle Ride (Southwark Cathedral Web Site)
  • PV’s Big Cycle Ride – 29th April to 20th May 2011 (Peter’s Big Cycle Ride Blog)

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    Holy Saturday 2011 (Part 3) – The Easter Vigil

    As I have previously noted, the Easter Vigil takes places at Southwark Cathedral after dusk on Holy Saturday evening.

    Pascal Candle and East End Window at Southwark Cathedral

    Pascal Candle and East End Window at Southwark Cathedral

    The service started in darkness with +Christopher, Bishop of Southwark, kindling and blessing the new fire at the west end from which the Pascal Candle was lit. This was then processed through by the Succentor, singing the Exsultet as she went. As the Pascal Candle passed, the candles held by the congregation were lit.

    The Vigil proceeded with a series of readings and music, including Go down, Moses sung by the Canon Pastor. The Gloria was preceded with a fanfare on the Organ and the ringing of bells heralding our Risen Lord.

    After the Sermon the service moved to the sacrament of baptism and confirmation. After the parish priests had presented their candidates, the focus of the service moved to at the west end. This year there were 31 for baptism by +Christopher. Back at the crossing, the confirmation took place – 115 this year. It did mean there were a lot of candles to light (one for each who had been confirmed) at the end of the service.

    The concluding procession ended with the candidates at the steps to the Tower Space, with the official photographer on the gallery above to take their picture with +Christopher.