An eventful Holy Week in Bordeaux


2015bdxeasterEaster in Bordeaux was lovely this year. Our fresh and energetic Palm Sunday service started outside with waving palm branches and a lively procession into the Church.

On the Wednesday of Holy Week, the choir, blessed with very talented soloists, led the congregation in the singing of Stainer’s “Crucifixion”, a very popular English standard. The choir gave its all, the music itself is wonderful and the emotional words were illustrated with images that have been produced throughout the centuries. The result in the dark Church that evening was potent and many were moved to tears.

On Easter day, the Church was full and exciting. The sermon concerned colours symbolizing various parts of the Gospel, the whole represented on ribbons which were gradually unravelled from two ostrich eggs and passed around from person to person.

The service ended with The Hallelujah Chorus in memory of Beryl Fairey, one of our former choir mistresses, a leading light in her time here with us and much loved by all.

Then, bathed in glorious sunshine, for a quarter an hour or so the children had great fun searching for the eggs hidden in the garden by the older ones and all (both the regulars and the new-comers) very obediently brought back their goodies so that each child could leave with a fair share of the findings. A lovely Easter week.

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