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April 8, 2012

How it was done.

Again, note the minimal bulletin, which forced people either to use the Prayer Book or to commit the words to heart. Also, one has to appreciate the absence of a full staff listing, which suggests that the individual personalities matter less than the liturgy, the music, and the focus on the story itself.

And how commendable an alternative “The Lord is risen indeed; O come, let us adore him” is to the current, rather tired Easter opening! A versicle and response that suggest a worshipful and actionable reply to the Resurrection—rather than a pair of phrases which only mirror one another and restate the facts—this is refreshing indeed.

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  1. BillyDinPVD permalink
    April 9, 2012 17:39

    Well, “Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed. O come let us adore him. Alleluia.” isn’t an alternative to anything, least of all the opening acclamation of the Eucharist. it’s the antiphon for the Venite in Easyer week on the ’28 BCP, and is still in the current book as the Invitatory antiphon.

    I suggest that in a Church where belief in the Resurrection increasingly seems to be a bit of adiaphora, the opening acclamation is far from obvious. At any rate, I object to it because it’s cribbed from the Byzantine liturgy. I love both Eastern and Western liturgies, but not the cut and paste borrowing we’ve done here. Fortunately, it’s optional.

    I wonder why the Easter crowd couldn’t be expected to find their place in the Hymnal as well as the BCP?

    • April 10, 2012 09:04

      Possibly because in 1943 they might not have had any hymnals yet. Remember, the official pub date for the 1940 hymnal was likely several years before they would have started printing them in numbers– and there was a war on.

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