Celebrating Easter with music

Celebrating Easter with music

Darkness and Light; Death and Resurrection. The coldness of Winter gives way to the warmth of Spring as we pass from slavery to freedom, from death to life. These are the liturgical themes we pass through, as April brings us full circle – through the last few weeks of Lent and into Holy Week and Easter.

The Easter Triduum, which means three days, begins with the liturgy on the evening of Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) and ends with sunset on Easter Sunday. The liturgies during these three days recall the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, as portrayed in the Gospels.

The music for Holy Week reflects the somber, reflective nature of the liturgy and includes classic works by Stainer, Dubois, and Duruflé. More celebratory music will be performed at the end of the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday, with music by Bach, Widor, and Vierne.

The Easter Vigil begins after nightfall on Holy Saturday with a Service of Light and the lighting of the Paschal candle. Psalms and Hymns are read and sung; Baptismal vows are renewed and new members are received; and at long last Alleluias are sung after their absence throughout Lent.

The Glory of the Resurrection is once again upon us as Easter Sunday dawns in exuberant celebration of the Risen Christ. Music for Organ, Choir, Handbells, Brass and Timpani is featured and the church joins once again in joyous, grateful celebration.

— Glen F., Organist and Choir Director