Summoned by the bells of Sutton Saint James to the Macclesfield Deanery Choral Evensong on Saturday afternoon… Evensong was led by Veronica (as Rural Dean) and a combined choir (from various churches in the Deanery, led by Sandra Moss) performed the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C by Charles Villiers Stanford and the anthem “O Thou the Central Orb” by Charles Wood (words H R Bramley).
Before dawn, a small group gathered at the entrance to the Church.
The new fire of Easter was kindled in a brazier.
The Light of Christ was proclaimed as the lit Paschal Candle was brought into the dark Church.
The Exsultet was sung; a call to celebrate the transforming Easter event of 2000 years ago:
Rejoice, heavenly powers!
Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult all creation around God’s throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!
Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendour,
radiant in the brightness of your King!
Christ has conquered! Glory ﬁll you! Darkness vanishes for ever!
Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Saviour shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy.
By candlelight, we listened to familiar bible stories of Creation, of Noah, of Moses leading the Israelites across the Red Sea…
Finally in the light of dawn, the Gospel of St John was proclaimed.
Everyone was given a bell or other musical instrument to make a joyful noise accompanied by an organ fanfare echoing the mighty song of all God’s people:
Christ is risen – he is risen indeed! Alleluia
[After the Eucharist we enjoyed showers of chocolate eggs and a glass of Buck’s Fizz in a haze of incense!]
Veronica presided at a midday Eucharist at Chester Cathedral on the feast-day of Hildegard of Bingen for a group of pilgrims from Christ the King Church, Battyeford, Yorkshire
At our 2.30pm service (Liturgy of the Day) we shared the Reserved Sacrament that had been consecrated on Maundy Thursday.
4pm Sunday 7 February 2016
Taizé worship originated in a community founded in 1940 by a monk called Brother Roger in the village of Taizé in southern Burgundy. His home became a sanctuary for countless war refugees seeking shelter until the Gestapo took over his house in 1942.
He returned after the liberation of France in autumn 1944 to establish what became a worldwide ecumenical Christian movement, with brothers joining from Reformed, Anglican and Catholic denominations to commit themselves to a life following Christ ‘in simplicity, celibacy and community’. It is now one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, over 100,000 young people from around the world making a pilgrimage to Taizé each year.
The mode of worship is based on simple repetitive chants interspersed with periods of prayer and silence to allow for contemplation. The music, primarily composed by Jacques Berthier, is written in four part harmonies often with instrumental variations playing over the basic melodies producing a most moving spiritual effect.
We welcome you to our first attempt at Taizé worship at St Oswald’sThe service will be led by a group of musicians and singers from the church.
Please join in the chants when you can. We hope you will find it a peaceful and uplifting experience.
Opening song: Laudate dominum Let us praise the Lord
Congregation led by singers
Chant: Laudate dominum, Laudate dominum. Omnes, gentes, Alleluia
(Translation: Sing praise and bless the Lord, peoples, nations, Alleluia)
Lighting of candles
Reading from Psalm 118 1-8
Song: Confitemini domino Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. Based on Psalm 118, led by Music Group and Singers
Chant: Confitemini Domino, Quoniam bonus. Confitemini Domino, Alleluia.
Bible Readings: Exodus 3, 1-6; John 12, 27-36a
Cantor: Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory in the highest
All: Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory in the highest
Cantor: To him be glory for ever.
All: To him be glory for ever.
Cantor: Alleluia amen
All: Alleluia amen, Alleluia amen, Alleluia amen.
Intercessions (Sue Whitehurst)
Song: O Lord hear my prayer, as a response to each prayer. Singers plus congregation
Chant: O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer. When I call answer me. O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer. Come and listen to me.
The Lord’s Prayer
Closing Song Bless the Lord my soul Led by Music Group and Singers.
Chant: Bless the Lord my soul, and bless God’s Holy name. Bless the lord, my soul who leads me into life.
A prayer from Brother Roger, founder of the Taizé Community
Jesus, peace of our hearts, in our nights as in our days, in the hours of darkness as in the bright light, you knock on our door and await our response.
Everyone is invited to tea and cake!
[The words of the chants are reproduced under Church Copyright Licence No, 897841]