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Happy Easter and Happy Esther!

(Perhaps belated to my Jewish friends.)

I had taken the week off work with the idea of Finally Doing The Three Days Properly. I haven't been to a Good Friday service in years.

Plans got changed, however, when my cousin's daughter announced her engagement, and set the date for March 25 - Good Friday.

So I started the Easter feasting early. Saturday was my aunt's (grandmother of the bride's) big seven-oh, so the immediate fambly who was in town for the wedding continued the celebration there.

I had started the solemnity early, though.

I am tired after my doubleheader with Altar Guild, but happy. The music was outstanding (idasusan sang Handel's "I know that my Redeemer liveth" at 10 am) and the services were inspiring. The brass helped keep me awake, which I needed after waking up at 3:45 am!

Now I am going to look for something with protein in it to counteract all this peppermint bark (leftover from Coffee Hour), tidy up the house a titch, and consider going to sleep really, really early. A storm is rolling in, but I am glad that the weekend weather was so mild.


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Mar. 28th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
I haven't been to a Good Friday service in years.

I sang two of them. The first one included an unbelievably beautiful 8-part motet by Henry Purcell, full of crunchy chromatics. The first service, with octet only, was about the 7 Last Phrases, with a motet following each phrase. The second service, which included all the volunteer choristers, had much less music and way more talking. I was there from noon to 5.

Mar. 28th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. I would have liked to hear the Purcell. I didn't check and see what our choir was singing for the GF evening service (even though I ran off and folded the bulletins for that).

The noon-3 service had a lot of readings. The choir was off but Susan said she had three solos during it. They were doing Stations of the Cross during that one. I think she got to go home between them though, as the evening service did not start till 7:30.

With the evening service schedule I could attend even if I am working, which is nice.
Mar. 28th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC)
Just so you know what you missed...
Improperium - di Lasso)
O Vos Omnes - Victoria
O Vos Omnes - Casals
Crucifixus - Lotti
Popule Meus - Victoria
Lamb of God - Christiansen

A mixed bag fershure.
Mar. 28th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Crunchy Purcell! All the bones and things...otherwise it wouldn't be Crrunchy, would it?
Mar. 28th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
I actually cooked an Easter dinner. I thought of you while doing it - being that you actually do religious holidays and you are a marvelous cook. Some people ask, "What would Jesus do?". I asked "What would berkeleyfarm do?"

FYI - Boneless lamb roast (stuffed with bits of rosemary from the garden), fancy mint jelly, fresh asparagus, little white potatoes, Chardonnay. For dessert, mini easter baskets and Reisling.
Mar. 29th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC)
What would berkeleyfarm do?

Whimper and try to cadge an invite? ;-)

Lamb and asparagus are a mighty fine Easter dinner. I had been thinking salmon (fishitarian guest possibilities), something with rosemary in it (taters or foccaccia), and roast sparrowgus myself. For carnivorous guests, my dad's barbequed marinated leg of lamb is tough to beat, but other lamb is Just Fine.

I was also thinking something artichokey for starters, and something either very springy (strawberry?) for dessert, or Easter choccies.

You did good!
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