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HOLY WEEK AT TRINITY: Music Tells the Story in a New Way
Each day of Holy Week represents multiple emotions and actions in Christ’s life and those of his followers and adversaries. We urge you to join us, not only for Palm and Easter Sundays, but for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Prepare your mind to experience these themes:
Palm Sunday - April 9: We are swept up with the crowd in the hopes of a powerful ruler who overthrows the oppressors. While the Passion narrative is read in the middle of the liturgy, we allow this day to be one of strong emotion, experiencing the strength of the triumphal entry.
Maundy Thursday - April 13: The principal theme at this 7:00 pm liturgy is the gift of the Eucharist: that miracle of Christ’s sacrifice for us lived out each time we break bread and share the cup. The choir offers a Choral setting of the Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei as we celebrate the institution of Communion. However, like that same night centuries ago, our observance ends in solemnity. The choir sings Psalm 22 while the reserve sacrament is placed in the Chapel, and the altar is stripped of its furnishings.
Good Friday - April 14: We all experience grief and loss at times in our lives. It is good to gather together at 7 pm in quiet and simplicity. The Book of Common Prayer prescribes several poetic reflections as we meditate on Christ’s death upon the Cross. This year the choir will sing “The Reproaches” in an all-a capella service. On this occasion, sharing of communion is stark and unadorned.
Easter - April 16: The resurrection celebration begins early at 8 am when Christina Taylor sings the “Exultet,” an extended ancient hymn of joy. The New Fire is kindled, and we join in singing Alleluia. At 10 am the Trinity Choir offers anthems of French and Dutch origin. The congregation sings many hymns through the liturgy. And for forty more days, we explore Easter texts and tunes leading to Pentecost.
Please experience the richness of our faith together: April 9, 13, 14, and 16. These are the High Holy Days that define our witness and hope. Each hour-long service fills in part of an ancient story that is real and living for us today. Share these beautiful services with a friend.
Timothy E. Smith, Organist and Choirmaster