We have put together a service of words and music for Easter Day, 12 April 2020, using the readings of the principal service of the day, which would normally have been the 10:30am Easter Day Eucharist at the Cathedral.
This service is a service of the word, with readings, an address, prayers and musical items from recordings of the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral. The hymn “Thine be the glory” was recorded by the all the children of Salisbury Cathedral School, including the choristers, before the school closed, with kind thanks to Susie Lamb.
The spoken parts of the service have been pre-recorded in our houses by members of the clergy and staff team. The service is led by the Precentor, Canon Anna Macham. The preacher is the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam. The reader is Esther Lycett, a verger at the Cathedral. The psalm is led by the Dean.
Sunday 12 April, 1030: A Service of Words and Music for Easter Day
Anthem: Francis Jackson, “Alleluia, laudate pueri dominum”- Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Welcome and Introduction; Canon Anna Macham
Welcoming of the Easter Candle- The Bishop of Salisbury
Gloria: from David Halls, Missa Festiva
Collect for Easter Day- Canon Anna Macham
Reading: Acts 10:34-43- read by Esther Lycett, Verger
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24- led by the Dean
Hymn: “I danced in the morning”- Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Reading: John 20:1-18, followed by the Sermon- The Bishop
The Renewal of Baptismal Vows, followed by the Creed and Prayers, ending with Lord’s Prayer- Canon Anna Macham
Anthem: Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Rise, heart” from Five Mystical Songs
Blessing: Canon Anna Macham
Hymn: “Thine be the glory”- Salisbury Cathedral School
Voluntary: Vierne, Carillon de Westminster
-“Alleluia, laudate pueri dominum,” text: Psalm 113: 1, Alleluia, Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord,” music by Francis Jackson (b.1917), from “Bernard Naylor- The Nine Motets;”
-Gloria: from “Missa Festiva,” music by David Halls (b.1963), from “Music for Sunday- The Choir of Salisbury Cathedral;”
-“Rise, heart” from Five Mystical Songs, text: George Herbert (1593-1633), music: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), from “Poetry in Music: Musical Settings of words by George Herbert”
-“I danced in the morning,” text: Sydney Carter (1915-2004), music: American Shaker tune adapted by Sydney Carter and arranged by C.H.D., from “Great Hymns from Salisbury”.
All sung by the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral Choir directed by David Halls (with kind permission of Priory Records).
Voluntary from “The Grand Organ of Salisbury Cathedral,” recording by David Halls. Footage from a DVD recording (with kind permission of Priory Records).