Sunday, March 23, 2008

Welcome, Happy Morning!

It was a glorious Easter service at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. I managed to get a pretty good seat, despite the crowds, and just soaked up the music and liturgy. Music was definitely the high point – the choir, the organ, and the two artists-in-residence, Paul Winter and Judy Collins.

Winter’s clarinet solos were warm and rich. The warm part was much-needed, as the temperature inside the cathedral was about 10 degrees cooler than the 30 degrees outside. Brrrr. Judy Collins looked a little frail, but her voice was strong as ever. She sang a solo, then lead us all in singing “Amazing Grace.” Yet another thing I can add to my resume: “Have sung ‘Amazing Grace’ with Judy Collins.”

The only down-side (beside the temperature of the cathedral) was all the incense. Sheesh! Just when the smoke would clear, the guy with the smokin’ purse would swing more my way. Cough-cough. I’m just not a bells-and-smells person, and I don’t come from a bells-and-smells parish. But my walk home after the service cleared all the incense out of my hair, clothes, and lungs.

It was more of a concert than a worship experience for me. I need my Atlanta family around me for that, at least at Easter and Christmas. But I’m very glad I rolled out of bed and made my way over the Cathedral this cold Easter morning.


Liz Hinds said...

It sounds great even if it was even colder than the rugby match I went to on saturday!

I hope you had a wonderful eater. Whoops, was that a Freudian slip?! I meant Easter of course. I ate 6-weeks' worth of chocolate in one day!

MaryB said...

Wonderful eater, indeed. Now, where'd I put the chocolate . . .

Anonymous said...

Found my way to you via Kathy Rhodes. When I hear about this Cathedral, I think of Madeleine L'Engle. Her memorial was held there just a few months ago. Thanks for the pictures and description of Easter service there.