Sunday, 24 April 2011

Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

The Resurrection ... an Easter sermon in glass in the East Window in Saint George’s Church, Balbriggan (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2011)

Patrick Comerford

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

May your heart be filled with the joy and love of the Risen Christ this Easter.

This morning, on Easter Day [24 April 2011], the Sung Eucharist with sermon will be celebrated in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at 11 a.m., and the preacher is the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson.

The setting is the Messe Solennelle by Jean Langlais, and the motet is Patrick Hadley’s “My beloved spake.”

Later in the day, Choral Evensong is sung at 3.30 p.m., with responses by Shephard, canticles from Charles Wood’s Evening Service in F, and the anthem is Gerald Finzi’s Lo, The full Final Sacrifice.

Archbishop Jackson was also the celebrant and preacher at the Easter Vigil last night. The setting was Zoltan Kodaly’s Missa Brevis and the motet was Easter by George Herbert (1593-1633) to the setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958):

Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise with him may’st rise
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more just.

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part with all thy art.
The cross taught all wood to resound his name who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.

Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song pleasant and long:
Or since all music is but three parts vied and multiplied;
Oh let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.


The empty tomb ... a window in the gallery in Holmpatirck Church (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2010)

Meanwhile, the artist Adam Pomeroy has given three paintings to the cathedral on loan, which are on display in the Chapel of Saint Laud. The paintings depict three moments from the Passion of Christ. The works focus on the personal, human point of view, showing the real people described in the Gospels, rather than archetypes.

The paintings are “Judas,” “Golgotha,” and “The Resurrection.”

Adam Pomeroy is a figurative painter. His works include still-life, landscape and figure painting. He recently took part in group exhibitions in the gallery at Glór and at the Courthouse Gallery. His painting “The Annunciation” is on display in Ennis Cathedral.

Αγαπητοί φίλοι,
Καλή Ανάσταση και Καλό Πάσχα!