Holy Week 1919

The 1919 Good Friday Service Bulletin page below has two things in common with tonight's 2019 service. We still sing the hymn "O Sacred Head Now Wounded," and the choir sings from John Stainer's cantata, Crucifixion. Crucifixion was a beloved piece of music 100 years ago and the entire cantata was sung for several years running on Good Friday evening, followed by communion - a tradition as beloved as our tenebrae service is today.

Easter Sunday brought a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m., with a choir of early-risers, followed by breakfast. There was a service at 9:30 a.m. that included another choir cantata, The Crucifixion and Resurrection by William Berwald, which a Google search shows is not performed much any more. And there was a German service at 11 a.m.

While the Chancel Choir no longer sings the entire Stainer Crucifixion on Good Friday, we still hear a piece from it - "God So Loved the World." Our worship services continue to evolve, but there are threads woven throughout our worship that connect us with our ancestors at St. Pauls Church from 100 years ago. We remain connected to them, not just in the music we sing, but in the life of the risen Christ who is lord of both the living and the dead.