Easter Vigil 2015

Thinking about Holy Week.

Here is a wonderful page full of helpful links from St. Phillip Church, Victoria, British Columbia.

Chants for Holy Week:

Be More Quiet Now by David Crowder
The River is Flowing—unknown author, folksong
What Wondrous Love by Ann Strickland

Here are some ideas for the Easter Vigil as created by and with liturgist, musician, writer, priest Jim Friedrich. 

Fire, story, drama, song and prayer.

Some music we'll do for the vigil:

Row On Row On

Roll Away the Waters by Bob Franke

Story of Isaac by Leonard Cohen (additional lyrics below by Jim Friedrich)

I offered no resistance
My hands were bound in silence
I waited for the end.
As I lay upon that altar
my father’s hand was trembling
when he slowly raised his knife.
The sun stood still above us
the desert air was soundless
no one shouted no.
A terrible purgation
with nothing left to save us
nor anything held back.
But if the child dies,
the child who is the promise
how can the story live?
Who’s really being tested:
is it Abraham or Isaac
or maybe even God?
Just when the shadow deepens
when life betrays its future
the sacrifice defers:
the knife becomes an angel
the lamb cries from the thicket
the hand of God provides.
Was it all about surrender
the pain of dispossession
the test of what we love?
Can we lay it on the altar
our ego and attachment
and live in naked trust?
Or is the price too high:
to burn our dreams to ashes
and let the laughter die?
Must we always pass this way
the valley of the shadow
the awful time of trial?

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen with supplemental lyrics by Scott Lawrence
I so love Rufus Wainwright. Have seen him in live performance several times. He does not disappoint. Ah. For this service two high school singers will sing the verses and the congregation will sing the chorus.

When night stands still, its stony dark holds entombed your longing heart,
And peace is just in pieces all around you.
You remember time undone, when love and light were always one,
Before you lost that precious hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

By night they stole your love away, forever lost to yesterday,
They hung the world upside down around you.
Then surprised you saw your lover’s eyes return, you recognized
The sweet enfolding, shining, hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Now instead of fear you feel a love that time cannot steal.
No darkness can conceal the light within you.
This loving grace, this love divine, seeking all that’s lost will find
The ever-living, singing, hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

All Shall Be Well  by Cynthia Bourgeault
Well, check this out—have not heard this one before and NOT the one we are using, but, well, kind of great.
Pete Townshend—come on.

Healing River of the Spirit by Ruth Duck sung to CHARTRES

Rise by Eddie Vedder with additional lyrics by Scott Lawrence
A Grace Easter standard.

Such is the way of the world, can never know
Just where to put all your faith, and how will it grow.
Gonna rise up, burning black holes in dark memories.
Gonna rise up, turning mistakes into gold.

Such is the passage of time, too fast to fold.
Suddenly swallowed by signs, lo and behold.
Gonna rise up and find my direction magnetically.
Gonna rise up and throw down my ace in the hole.

Such are the stories we bring, telling the toll.
Laughter and tears full the sky, echo below.
Gonna rise up and stand in the light that I cannot see.
Gonna rise up and live all the stories I know.

Such are the songs that we sing, fears to unfold.
Music, like water, wells up, unbending our soul.
Gonna rise up and fly from the tomb that’s been holding me.
Gonna rise up and sing myself a new home.

AND Song After Communion: Imagine by John Lennon