Holy Week and Easter

Volume 3: Issue 3
March 2017
Holy Week & Easter


“When in doubt, write a hymn.”

The award-winning singer-songwriter Marcus Hummon and his wife, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms, Becca Stevens, have written a wonderful book of reflections on Marcus’ cantata The Passion. Marcus and Becca look at the creative process of composing—especially for a sacred text—and the Scripture passages chosen to make up the cantata. Their reflections form a strong foundation for our own Holy Week prayer – and move us toward the joy of Easter with the final cut, “A New Song.” Commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, the score and a CD or mp3 recorded in Nashville are all available from Church Publishing.

Here’s a bit of what Marcus has to say about the commission and his writing process.

"When I was commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral here in Nashville to write a cantata reflecting the last days of Jesus’s life, I wasn’t sure how to begin. First of all, my background is not in sacred music, but rather in popular country music. It just happens that while writing songs for the Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and others, I had started to dabble in writing music for the theater. As I wasn’t classically trained, I would need help from a friend of mine, David John Madore at the Hartt Conservatory of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, in transcribing the choral work I was arranging, and my friend Dr. Deen Entzminger and the Belmont Chamber Singers to bring the work to fruition, to full performance. I also asked Jonathan Yudkin to add his beautiful cello accompaniment. Still, I love new challenges in composition and was eager to try my hand at a very different style of vocal ensemble work. Previously, this obsession had led to writing several musicals and an opera, Surrender Road, which premiered with the Nashville Opera Company in 2007."  Read more

Read an excerpt
Listen to Track 2: I Come To Jerusalem

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Further Reading
ResurrectingEaster_150 Resurrecting Easter
Meditations for the Great 50 Days
Kate Moorehead

“ . . . These wise and often moving daily meditations are filled with wisdom and encouragement for discovering the reality of Easter in our day-to-day lives. Here you will find windows aplenty onto a world shining in resurrection light.”
—The Reverend Dr. Samuel T. Lloyd III
Former Dean of Washington National Cathedral
 
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Great50Days_150 The Great 50 Days
The Daily Office from Easter to Pentecost
Frank Tedeschi, Editor

An accessible introduction to the private recitation of the daily office. It includes everything needed to pray Morning and/or Evening Prayer during the Easter season—in a single volume. It includes Psalms and liturgical texts from the Book of Common Prayer, and Bible readings in NRSV.

 
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LivingTheResurrection_150 Living the Resurrection
Reflections After Easter
C. Franklin Brookhart

How do we live as “resurrection people?” How do we take those stories into our hearts and lives, living as though we believe resurrection to be a reality?

Frank Brookhart takes stories of the resurrection and illuminates a way for Christians and seekers to explore life in the new creation.
 
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