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 Thursday – 19:00 – The story of the Passion, read live online by members of the congregation. Click here Meeting ID: 832 6469 3010 – Passcode: 981404
Good Friday – 10:00 – Morning service, with music provided by Shaun and Eleanor
It is important to sign up online Click here to book
Good Friday – 19:00 – Tenebrae Service online, hosted by IPC, with members from St Andrews contributing. (you will need 7 candles) Click here to book
Easter Day Celebration – 10:00
Our Easter Day service will be held outdoors, to safely maximise attendance.
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
Stripping the table
(video including readings and Ubi caritas, by Duruflé, from CD My Beloved’s Voice)
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
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.
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.
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.