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.

7 comments:

  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.

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

    Happy Easter Jenny

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  3. It is a beautiful window.

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  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.

    Ciao
    Eleonora xx

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  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.

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  6. Gorgeous window. Have fun singing the Handel.

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  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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