Approaching Good Friday and Easter with St Andrew’s Church – 2021

Below, first, are links to Holy Week events/activities,
followed by multimedia files of music and dramatic readings for Easter
(don’t miss these links by professional performers)

Monday – Play Reading of Christ in the concrete city with members of Zurich Comedy Club and congregation. Click here Meeting ID: 970 193 9753 – Password: 573864

Tuesday – Music from Shaun, Eleanor and AnMing. Click here

Wednesday – 10:00 – Holy Communion in the church garden
It is important to sign up online Click here

Maundy Thursday19:00 – The story of the Passion, read live online by members of the congregation. Click here Meeting ID: 832 6469 3010 – Passcode: 981404

Good Friday10:00 – Morning service, with music provided by Shaun and Eleanor
It is important to sign up online Click here to book
Good Friday19:00 – Tenebrae Service online, hosted by IPC, with members from St Andrews contributing. (you will need 7 candles) Click here to book

Easter Day Celebration10:00
Our Easter Day service will be held outdoors, to safely maximise attendance.
(fully booked)

Here follow Audio files for your spiritual enrichment, with a personal connection.
Dramatic Bible readings and music – and explanation at end

The events leading up to Good Friday unfold

Reading 1 – Monday

Remember not, Lord, our offences, Henry Purcell, Out of Darkness

Reading 2 – Tuesday

Miserere nostri, Thomas Tallis, The Evening Hour

Hymn – My song is love unknown

Reading 3 – Wednesday

Cunctis diebus, William Byrd, Out of Darkness
Hymn – We sing the praise of him, who died upon the cross

Maundy Thursday
Hymn – O sacred head, sore wounded

Stripping the table
Click here
(video including readings and Ubi caritas, by Duruflé, from CD My Beloved’s Voice)

Good Friday

Hymn – When I survey the wondrous cross


The Lamentation, Sir Edward Bairstow, from Out of Darkness CD

A contemporary song (note at end of page)

Also, from another collection of Lance’s readings:

A Centurion’s Reflections – Warning:
[ a soldier’s vivid description of crucifixion so may not be suitable for everyone ]



Reading from Mark

Reflections by Lance, the performer, on the experience of reciting Mark’s Gospel

The Emmaus Road story

Alleluia! The Lord is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Happy Easter Everybody !

Shaun, our organist, celebrates Easter Day with a hymn

Click to listen/watch the Bishop’s Easter Message

Notes to this page of media links.

I approached people I knew in the UK to ask if we could use their CD recordings of music and drama.

Choral Music
I found a very positive response. How often does one ever get to call up a record producer to say, ‘I want to pinch some of your CD tracks, for free, but I’m a vicar, so that’ll be OK won’t it?’ (paraphrased!) Yet, his immediate reaction was, in the current circumstances, anything we can do to cheer people up is fine by me. Hence our choral tracks, with special permission. They are from the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge circa 2010 with the agreement of the Choir Director, Mark Williams, and the Producer at Signum Records.

I hope the anthems above are uplifting for you.

Dramatised Readings
Lance Pierson is an actor. I have hosted various of his shows for churches over the years. Our connection is from working together, back in the late 70s, when I was a recent graduate working for International Computers, before going off to direct drama and music in Africa. We were part of a creative team producing stage shows on a Christian theme with particularly talented sixth formers. Some went on to careers in media. Lance has a very entertaining show about cricket and another on Betjeman, amongst others.

With thanks to and Jennifer Kennerley for permission to use Alan T Dale’s translation New World, the heart of the New Testament in plain English. (Now published by Kevin Mayhew as The Alan Dale Bible.)

Lastly, there is a track from a concept album produced for a study group publication on the issues surrounding Caring, written by a dear friend. It toured in 1980. I have only sung this song once in more than 25 years but did so on Good Friday 2008 in a service, “Exploring Suffering”.
A young girl called Lara, who played the ‘cello very well, joined my daughter in the instrumental backing. A few years later, Lara won the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

So I hope you enjoy some spiritual sustenance, from this selection of voice and music, from friends.