On Easter Sunday I’ll be in our historic village church, singing my head off.
First built in 1869, it’s Anglican (aka Episcopalian or Church of England).
For our church community, Easter Sunday is the happiest day of the year, happier even than Christmas. It’s the day of the miracle of the resurrection.
When our priest Claire (a Guyanese-Canadian woman who joined us a few years ago) says “Christ is risen”, I ring my hand-bell till my husband begs me to stop.
When the time comes to sing hymns (singing is a rare thing in this contemplative Anglican service), I do so more loudly, more off-key than anyone else.
My husband is probably embarrassed.
But I’m too busy singing to notice.
I’ll be ringing and singing along with about 35 or 36 other souls at the 8:30 a.m. service.
“ONLY 36 other people?”…
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Beautiful! Have a blessed Easter! 🙂
Thank you. A blessed Easter to you too, Linda!
Tell me what you will be singing and I will join in. 🙂
This is a great idea, Gallivanta! What time? If I don’t know the song, I will sing Christ the Lord is Risen Today, the Charles Wesley song of my childhood.
Oh that’s a good one. 🙂
That’s the one, Aggie!
Yes, that’s wonderful – but how will we sync up the time difference? You might be sleeping then!
Then I will sing in my sleep. 🙂
Hah! And guess what was playing on the National Radio broadcast of the Easter Service? Christ the Lord is Risen Today. So I sang along loudly, and out of tune.
Good stuff! I shall think of you and Aggie when I am belting it out – off tune, of course – in the morning. And ringing the bells too!
Oh what a beautiful post Cynthia ..
Thank you, Julie. My best to you and yours.
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Best wishes for a Happy Easter!
What embarrassed husband, he should be supporting! Haha, you’re great Cynthia 😀
Thank you, Lily!
This is awesome, love your post!! Only 35-36 others, that is a large group. We also sang Christ the Lord is Risen Today too! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend 🙂
I guess we were both singing today. Is your voice off-key like mine or can you carry a tune? We had a great Easter Sunday and the bishop gave the homily, so we had one female priest and one female bishop leading the service- unthinkable not so long ago! Then our priest sprinkled us all with water from a branch dipped in a big pan – you never saw so many people hiding from being sprinkled! I had to smile.
I do ok singing, I get off key on the high notes! We did early morning Mass, only one priest and I was surprised, the church was full with a lot of people standing. We had the same thing going on, the ladies did not want to get sprinkled 🙂
Smart ladies! My friends in the US and Canada are all reporting a similar thing regarding the church being full: they say it’s a lot more people than a usual Easter. What do you think is the reason?
You go girl. Hope you loved every minute of it!
I did, I did! Thank you, Tina.
Cynthia, I like you all the more for mentioning how you love to sing (and not necessarily in key). I can relate to that. It’s also nice to see inside the church you wrote about in your memoir.
Blessings ~ Wendy ❀
How kind of you to say so, Wendy! It’s a great church and I feel greatly privileged to belong to it (and it to me!) Hope your writing is going full-speed ahead.