Sunday, 4 April 2010

Christ the King

This seemed like a good image to use on Easter Sunday. I wish you all a very happy Easter, full of joy and blessings. Christ is risen!

It's a detail of the large East Window of St. Peter's Church, Shipley, showing the risen Christ in his splendour. I do like it ...even though it depicts a very white Anglo-Saxon Christ and even though I'm always inappropriately amused by thinking that his halo looks like a lifebelt. Though, come to think of it, perhaps that's relevant symbolism.

I shall be attending church this evening to participate in a good Easter tradition - I'm not really sure how it started, but we always sing the Hallelujah Chorus (from Handel's Messiah) at the Easter Sunday evening service. We do have a choir, which is boosted for the occasion by some other skilled singers from among the congregation. But everyone joins in - even those of us that can't read music and haven't much of a voice. And, perhaps surprisingly, it always sounds amazing and makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.. (Only rivalled as a musical experience by the trumpeter who plays The Last Post on Remembrance Sunday.)

For more information about the church and its windows, please see my posts of
22, 23 & 24 February.


  1. Hallelujah, Christ is Risen...

    What a fantastic shot of that part of the window; especially as it is so far up from the Chancel floor.

  2. ...He is risen indeed! Hallelujah.

    Happy Easter Jenny

  3. It is a beautiful window.

  4. Wonderful image, those wiondows are stunning. I'll have to go view the previous posts for more.

    Hope you had a great Easter, and thank you for leaving your kind comment over at my place.

    Eleonora xx

  5. Some of the movies about Christ would use that chorus as the fitting music to the end of the movie when Christ has arisen from the dead. It is a great thing the music and the rising.

  6. Gorgeous window. Have fun singing the Handel.

  7. Now you've got me thinking that about the halo too! That is a gorgeous shot of that window and how appropriate for Easter and I like what you said about the lifebelt being a relevant symbol. 'Tis true. ~Lili


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