The quasquicentennial (125th) of John Stainer's marvelous oratorio The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer will be Friday, February 24, 2012.
This anniversary is full of liturgical connotations. Firstly, Friday is the ideal day to sing about the crucifixion of Jesus, quasquicentennial or not. The work was originally premiered on the Thursday after Ash Wednesday in 1887. Fittingly, Feb. 24, 2012 is the Friday after Ash Wednesday.
You are fully encouraged to join me in this Victorian musical/liturgical commemoration.
Or, in the (altered) words of the Prayer Book:
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the John Stainer, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and recitative; by prayer, fasting, and organ accompaniment; and by reading and meditating on W. J. Sparrow Simpson's words. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer, and sing The Crucifixion.
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