Posts Tagged: easter

Vespers of Easter

Time: 0:25  Total: 3:40  Grand total: 18:05 Crew: Altar: Fr T, Fr Deacon V (when I said to him later “I missed you in the night!” he said “I can’t be in two places at once” and we agreed that he wasn’t St Nicholas of Myra)  Choir: SSSAAT (someone: “We have no bass!” me: “Then we’ll do

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Christ is risen!

Time: 3:15  Total: 3:15  Grand total: 17:45 Crew: Altar: Fr T, two adult acolytes, two boy acolytes. One was the boy who had been standing on the sidelines looking eager. I think he either volunteered or (more likely) got drafted.  Choir: SSSAATBB (which seems to be everybody at the moment, except the young soprano who begged off to

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Risen indeed

When I was thirteen I was the only person in my family who liked church. My parents were lapsed Lutherans and I was in Lutheran catechism class, having been evicted from the children’s choir a year earlier because I turned alto. (So did my friend, and she and I were the mainstay of the children’s

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Vespers of Easter

Time: 0:25 Total: 3:25 Grand total: 17:40 Congregation: 25 or so. Daughter alerted me to a woman who had come in from the street who had noticed “there was something going on” and wanted to know what it was, and she stayed until the end. Crew: Altar: Fr T and a hypodiakon. Choir: SSSAAATT, sorely

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Christ is risen!

Time: 3:00 Grand total: 17:15 Congregation: Many. Lots. Crew: Altar: Fr T, one hypodiakon, 3 adult acolytes, 1 boy acolyte (who, according to the hypodiakon, was asleep most of the time) Choir: Everybody, except Intermittent Bass who was probably singing in Nijmegen. We got compliments for the singing, and a toast from Fr T at

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Vespers of Easter

Time: 0:25 Total: 3:25 Grand total: 17:40 Congregation: about 30, including several people who hadn’t been able to come in the night and some stray people from the local running event Crew: Altar: Fr T and both hypodiakons Choir: everybody, even one alto’s student daughter who sings soprano when she happens to be here This

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Christ is risen!

Time: 3:00 Grand total: 17:15 Congregation: lots at the procession (we saw the tail-end through the street from the next corner), dwindled to about 40 at Liturgy Crew: Altar: Fr T, one hypodiakon directing inexperienced adult acolyte (his second time to serve) and ditto 7-year-old acolyte Choir: SSSAAATB at Matins, one soprano and one alto

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Vespers of Easter

Time: 0:27 Total: 3:54 Grand total: 18:14 Congregation: about 40, lots of people who couldn’t come in the night for various reasons, also people who just wanted more. Crew: Altar: Fr T, one hypodiakon, 22-year-old acolyte. No boys, sadly, and Fr R had gone to Rotterdam to have dinner with friends. Choir: everybody. We don’t

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Christ is risen!

Time: 3:27 Grand total: 17:57 Congregation: more than 100 at the procession, 62 at the final blessing Crew: Altar: Fr T, Fr R, both hypodiakons, 22-year-old acolyte. Spouse (one of the hypodiakons) saw a boy who could have served but he was too busy to catch him. Choir: all the usual suspects, because we’d forbidden

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Christ is risen!

It’s that strange day that’s Easter Sunday, when I cannot discern between my right hand and my left, having slept for a couple of hours the previous evening (which I usually can’t manage, but this time I did, and even dreamed about spaceships) and stayed up until the small hours. My body usually wakes me

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