Easter with a song!
In his Easter Day sermon delivered at Chichester Cathedral Dr Warner explains that “Alleluia” is not used in most churches throughout the season of Lent which leads up to Easter.
The sudden use of it, the Bishop says, often sung with great joy by worshippers across in churches throughout Sussex “asserts that music illuminates in us the capacity for releasing from within this material body, something more, something that exemplifies the reality of the resurrection, the echo of heaven.”
Dr Warner also celebrates the way in which Glyndebourne (http://www.glyndebourne.com/education/) has used music to change people’s lives especially those in prison. He says: “Right back in the 1950s, Glyndebourne took into Lewes Prison a production of Fidelio, a love story set in a prison, played out to prisoners to engage something that is not confined by prison bars; the imagination that is captivated by beauty, joy and hope.”
The Bishop adds: “Human persons can no longer be defined by death and mortality; the capacity for something eternal is now revealed.”
Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, alleluia!
The full text of Bishop Martin’s sermon can be viewed here