East Meets West

Good Friday finished for us with a service in Finnsnes church which is a bit of an anomaly. There is a tradition of singing without the organ on Good Friday which seems to have it’s roots in some cathedrals (of course with a choir). However, in order to keep the pitch (and the peace), yesterday I led from the bassoon (not to be confused with the basun, which is the trumpet!). Definitely a first for me.

In one of the least probable events of the liturgical church’s year (a wedding on Easter Saturday), East met West as a Lithuanian wed a Norwegian. And to add to the international flavour the English kantor played German and Spanish music and the German clergyman preached a good sermon in English! What a complicated world we live in:

This evening we’re back to the more normal order: an Easter Eve midnight service in Rossfjord church. And with a slight deviation back to origins, a kantor will lead the singing, by singing!


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