Music of JS Bach and Good Friday readings
Catholic Outlook, March 2012
Passion-tide and the music of JS Bach have been linked for centuries. It is almost impossible to pass through the Lenten season without having some contact with the great Baroque master’s settings of the Passions according to St John and St Matthew.
So powerful is their message and so uplifting their music, as Christ’s betrayal and crucifixion and His eventual triumph over death are relived, that they offer, for many, one of the richest and most meaningful ways to worship during Lent.
On the evening of Good Friday some of this profound music will be part of a special service in St Finbar’s Church at Glenbrook at 7.30pm.
Offering choral and organ music of JS Bach together with special readings and meditations, this annual service will feature several of the wonderful chorale settings from the Passions including O Sacred Head, the sublime Rest Well and the final chorus from the St John Passion.
In the tradition of the great Bach settings, the congregation will also participate, singing some of the great Passion hymns, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross and O Sacred Head.
A specially formed choir, the Blue Mountains Chorale, will be joined by Sydney City Organist, Robert Ampt, well known for his presentation of the annual Music and Readings for Christmas at St Finbar’s.
Robert will direct the choir as well as perform several Bach works on the organ. Amy Johansen will play the organ for the choir accompaniments.
At times the church will be illuminated only by candles as Parish Priest Fr John McSweeney leads meditations, and members of St Finbar’s Parish read related scripture passages.
With great music, appropriate readings and a powerful devotional atmosphere, this service will be one of the very special offerings during this year’s Lenten season and all are welcome. Good Friday 6 April at 7.30pm at St Finbar’s Church, 46 Levy Street, Glenbrook. There will be a retiring collection. Inquiries: (02) 4758 6067
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