Sunday, April 20, 2014

See the place where he lay







Easter blessings to you all



Hymn: Words: Compleat Psalmodist, 1749, based on a 14th century Latin carol, "Surrexit Christus hodie"
            Music: Easter Hymn (Lyra Davidica, 1708)

Image via Google: Women at the Empty Tomb: detail from stained glass window in Chartres Cathedral, c. 1150. 



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    1. Thanks, Susan. I hope you've had a lovely Easter Day. The sun is shining for ours. :-)

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  2. Easter blessings to you and yours Perpetua x

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. Have a wonderful Easter Day.

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  3. Easter blessings to you and your family, Perpetua. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thanks, Linda, and I hope you too have a wonderful day.

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  4. A happy blessed Easter Sunday , Perpetua
    A beautiful post.
    God bless
    Val x

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    1. Thanks, Val. Wishing you a very joyful Easter also.

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  5. Prayers & blessings to you both. We've got mist and gloom here, and rain is forecast, but we've just had a lovely Communion (lots more folk than usual) preceded by a 'Sonrise' Easter fire at Mochdre (0600hrs - followed by bacon butties and hot cross buns! Holy week has been really good this year. Can't e-mail at the moment - my computer has packed up, and I can receive but not send on the laptop for some reason. It won't get sorted until after the holiday (i.e. until BH gets back from the Sailing Club!!) Love, H

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    1. And the same to you both, Helva. Sorry about your gloomy Easter weather, but I'm not going to apologise for our cloudlessly sunny day up here as we had truly awful weather last weekend, while places further south were sunning themselves. Glad your Holy Week has been so rewarding. So has mine, about which more anon. Now go and relax away from the computer for a bit. :-)

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  6. Hari OM
    His Light shines forth this day! Trust you are having a truly peaceful and restorative time. YAM xx

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    1. Thanks, Yam. It's been a truly wonderful Easter Day, even to the cloudless sky. :-)

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  7. 'weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning'.
    And what joy!

    I'm so glad that the sun is shining on you at last after all the murk and gloom.

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    1. Oh yes, such joy, Helen. It's been a particularly special Easter Day for me this year and the unbroken sunshine has been such a treat. :-)

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  8. Happy Easter to you and your family. Today has been such a lovely special day.

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    1. Thanks, Molly. I'm glad your Easter has been so special. Mine has too and I've revelled in the long-awaited sunshine. :-)

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  9. Alleluia, Indeed! May the blessings of Easter carry forward into the new week, Perpetua. ox

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    1. Thank you, Debra. I'm sure they will. After a wonderful drive to our Easter Eucharist (of which more in my next post) the sun is shining again today. Up here in the north, that's a blessing in itself. :-)

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  10. Hello Perpetua:

    It is so wonderful that your posts this Eastertide relate to the true meaning of this Festival in the Church calendar. But then we should not have expected otherwise. We both wish you much joy and peace.

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    1. Good morning, Jane and Lance, and thank you.

      As Luther said, "Here I stand; I can do no other." Without the crucifixion and resurrection we'd have nothing to celebrate. It has been wonderful to celebrate Easter with others this year after being snowed-in and isolated last Easter.

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  11. Dear Perpetua, may this Easter season be one filled with many opportunities for you to grow in the human spirit of compassion and in the belief of the possibility of peace. Thank you for seeking out that photograph of the Chartres resurrection window. Peace.

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    1. Thank you, Dee. I do hope this is true for me. I think the Chartres window is wonderful. Such creativity almost 900 years ago. I love the fact that something so fragile has survived so long, despite all the vicissitudes of human history.

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  12. Our opening hymn in both Prague & Brno yesterday! Alleluia, Christ is risen! And as both congregations responded, 'He is risen indeed. Alleluia!'

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    1. And at both the Church of Scotland morning service I attended and the evening Scottish Episcopal Eucharist 50 miles away, where we naturally used the Easter greeting. Both services ended with "Thine be the glory", just as they should. :-)

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    2. We sang 'Thine be the glory' as the final hymn in both Prague & Brno. But I also heard it sung a third time in Czech, as the final hymn of the Easter Day service of our Czech Protestant host congregation in Prague.

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    3. It's the perfect hymn to end with on Easter Day. :-)

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  13. He is risen indeed. Happy Easter to you and yours: I shall go on greeting people like this for the entire Octave! :)

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    1. Thanks, DB. The Easter greeting isn't only for Easter Day and of course in church we shall use it until Pentecost. :-)

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  14. Amen. I hope your Easter was a blessed one.

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  15. I've read your comments and must say that I would just love to go to a service in Scotland some time. One of the most memorable services in my life took place at St. Michael's church in Aberystwyth in 1994 when the BBC recorded the 90 year of the Welsh Revival. I was actually there for that service. What an amazing spiritual feast I had.

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    1. I really hope your wish comes true one day, Sally. I find worshipping with these small, remote congregations very special. The service you attended at St Mike's (as it's always known) was very different and indeed unique, as was the Welsh Revival of 1904 which it commemorated.

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  16. Happy Easter, Perpetua. It's been a long time since I've flown here to your beautiful blog. I'm almost retired now (end of June). I can't wait!

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    1. Happy Easter to you too, Nerima. How lovely to see you back in blogland at last. Roll on your long-awaited retirement when I hope to see you here more often. :-)

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  17. We Greeks say Christos Anesti. Different language, same meaning. Indeed.
    From the comments, I see you had a sunny Easter, Perpetua, as did we. It was so very joyous.

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    1. Christos Anesti. I'll try to remember that for next year, Penny. We did indeed have a gloriously sunny Easter Day and the sun is still with us, albeit peeping out from behind a lot more cloud today.

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  18. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

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  19. Amazing! Hope you had a lovely Easter!
    Hugs, Debbie

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. I hope your Easter was wonderful too.

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