Monday, April 28, 2014
Lent, Holy Week, Easter Week and Resurrection in Fort Worth
Just before our priest-in-charge went on sabbatical she signed our parish up to participate in a 3 congregation sharing of Holy Week services. Because of the schism we are a parish that meets in a theater, another congregation meets in a wedding chapel. We do not have access to our meeting places on weekdays. Another 'stone church', a parish that stayed with the Episcopal Church and consequently still has its own building, is going through the calling of a new rector. They invited our congregations to celebrate together. We had the clergy but no building. It was a wonderful invitation but the logistics were complicated, to say the least. However, everyone pitched in.
There were 3 very different musical traditions. St. Alban's has a distinctly folk or even country and western style. St. Stephens has often employed acapella singing and Taize chant. St. Luke's has an organ and a more traditionally Episcopal musical tradition. All three musical directors had envisioned these services differently. But they worked together and compromised to produce lovely music for the Holy Triduum. Elements of all of the styles were present in the services although, I think some of the St. Alban's folks may have missed the tambourines.
An organist friend of mine once said: "Do you know the difference between an organist and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist!" And I have certainly had some music directors like that
We had the regular amount of illness and death during Lent. J., the
I must admit resurrection has been long in coming. I do not have the ability to return to normal (for whatever that is) as quickly as I once did. So I am still dragging now in the 2nd week of Easter. But now I am enjoying my garden, pruning tomato plants, picking out lettuce leaves for salads and enjoying spring weather before it gets too hot to sit on the patio. I think that this is what I am supposed to do in retirement, and yet... and yet.... I am still on Executive Council and helping with the redraft of our Constitution. Life is beginning to come back to center and I can truly sing:
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!