Thursday, April 21, 2011

Maundy Thursday

This morning I was at Southwark cathedral for the service there which was great  was so glad I went the opening Hymn was sung with such power and truth that you thought the roof really would be shaken. I'd never sung this before but was hit by the words 

Lift high the cross,
the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore
his sacred Name.

Come, brethren, follow where our Captain trod,
our King victorious, Christ the Son of God. 

Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine. 

Each newborn soldier of the Crucified
bears on the brow the seal of him who died. 

This is the sign which Satan's legions fear
and angels veil their faces to rever. 

Saved by this Cross whereon their Lord was slain,
the sons of Adam their lost home regain. 

From north and south, from east and west they raise
in growing unison their songs of praise. 

O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee. 

Let every race and every language tell
of him who saves our souls from death and hell. 

From farthest regions let their homage bring,
and on his Cross adore their Savior King. 

Set up thy throne, that earth's despair may cease
beneath the shadow of its healing peace. 

For thy blest Cross which doth for all atone
creation's praises rise before thy throne. 

I'm missing a service tonight at St Peters vauxhall one I'm sad to miss last year it was a amazing service and the first time i had witnessed the stripping of a church and was very much looking forward a agin to being part of it again this year.....

but I will be at another place and my first visit to the famous globe theatre and will be hearing the King james bible read...

6pm – Midnight: Esther, Job and Psalms
Free tea and coffee will provided after 11pm.
This session features the book of Psalms containing 150 beautifully written hymns, psalms and prayers covering the whole range of human emotions from joy to anger, from hope to despair. Many famous verses have roots in the psalms including, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’, ‘The Rivers of Babylon’, ‘Handel’s Messiah’. The book of Job explores the problem of sufferance in an unjust world, where God appears not to care about the fate of the just.
Two of my favourite books will be read Esther and psalms and yeah I'm very much planning to listen to the whole evening not sure what it is going to be like but I'm sure it will be a wonderful evening though the expectation is that people will drop in and drop out throughout the sessions. its suggested it will take a team of actors 69 hours to read through the bible in Holy week and will conclude on easter tuesday. What I found really interesting is that there will be no reading on Holy saturday. That it was actually called by the theatre Holy saturday the real name for the time of waiting and not easter saturday as it's often miss called.

I like the statement in a interview too that The Globe's artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole

"We are celebrating the word," he says. Whatever one's spiritual convictions, the anniversary is significant; it is hard to think of any other work that has played such a large role in shaping English-speaking culture.  

celebrating the word.

Tonight I just plan to sit and listen no distraction no phone or gadgets this Maundy Thursday no words of my own just the words inspired by God written down by man to wash over

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