Monday, March 21, 2016

Good Friday -- Seven Last Words

 Once again, SPPC is blessed to have as guests, the DieMahler String Quartet performing Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ, at our Good Friday service.
A devout man, Haydn undertook this commission from a deeply religious conviction, anxious to illuminate the text "without fatiguing the listener." He succeeded admirably.  The work was immensely popular during his lifetime and has continued to find a place in the musical repertoire up to the present time.  Haydn, himself, considered the set of meditations to be among his greatest works, superior to either of his later oratorios, The Creation and The Seasons
   Each movement is a musical reflection on the seven last words Christ spoke from the cross.

 I. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34)
II.  Today you will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:43)
III. Mother, behold thy son (John 19:26)
IV. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)
V.  I thirst (John 19:28)
VI. It is finished (John 19:30)
VII. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit (Luke 23:46)

This service encourages the worshipper to a personal meditation  on the profound events of Good Friday.  

All are welcome.  Worship begins at 10:00 am.

Other Easter Events:
Maundy Thursday -- 6:00 pm Meal in the Upper Room
Good Friday           -- 10:00 am Seven Last Words of Christ
Easter Sunday        -- 8:00 am  Sunrise service, Cy Hampson Park
                                 -- 9:00 am Breakfast in Molloy Hall
                                 -- 10:00 am  Worship in the Sanctuary

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