MAY 2015 MAGAZINE
From the Vicar
One of the greatest joys during Eastertide is singing wonderful Easter Hymns. I don’t think there is one I don’t enjoy. One I did miss this year is my favourite. I have chosen it as the final hymn at the Solemn Easter Vigil for the past thirty years but this year, of course, I was not able to be present at the Vigil and don’t know what was chosen.
The hymn I allude to is number 495 in our hymn book. The words are as follows and to me say everything that needs to be said at an Easter celebration:-
1. The strife is o'er, the battle done;
Now is the Victor's triumph won;
O let the song of praise be sung. Alleluia!
2. Death's mightiest powers have done their worst,
And Jesus hath His foes dispersed;
Let shouts of praise and joy outburst. Alleluia!
3. On the third morn He rose again
Glorious in majesty to reign;
Oh, let us swell the joyful strain! Alleluia!
4. Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee.
From death's dread sting Thy servants free
That we may live and sing to Thee. Alleluia!
The hymn in it’s original form, which was in Latin, comes from the Symphonia Sirenum which was published in Cologne in 1695. It was translated by that great translator of old hymns from Latin Dr. J.M. Neale who included it in a hymn book he published in 1851.
As the words are an adaptation of an older work so the tune to which they are usually sung “Victory” is also an adaptation of an older piece of music. In fact the tune is based on a setting of the doxology at the end of the Magnificat by the famous 16th Century composer of polyphony G. P da Palestrina.
As we continue to celebrate the FIFTY GLORIOUS DAYS OF EASTER so I hope we will continue to give praise to God in wonderful Easter hymns.
Wishing you every blessing this Eastertide
Your Priest and Vicar
This is the time of the festal season in the liturgical year of Christianity that begins on Easter Sunday. Eastertide is the period of 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost.
Due to the recent increase in costs of flowers, a big thank you was given to all who had donated money towards them.
The recent meeting saw the talk by Eric Blowers, who is the Pastr of the Stanway Evangelical Church, where he has been for over thirty years. Brenda was pleased to have been able to attend on the day.
As in previous years, there will be no houe to house collections, but people are able to contribute if they want to.
Julian of Norwich
A big account was given about the spiritual writer who was born in the 14th century. She was an anchoress, a type of hermit or recluse.