I play most weekends in various churches close to my home in St Albans. But in Holy Week, by established tradition, I nip off to Wapping in the East End of London for the Maundy Thursday and Easter Vigil liturgies. These occasions are interspersed with Stations of the Cross in St. Mary’s, Apsley on Good Friday and rounded off with Easter Day Choral Eucharist in Hatfield Parish Church. Hallelujah!, with toe-tapping music by a chap named Handel, is one of the two anthems on Easter morning.
The East End is always very hospitable and I will enjoy, on Holy Saturday with my mum who follows this blog, freshly fried fish and chips, followed by a J2O in the Turner’s Old Star public house. All of which leads us on to a (small) Easter vigil bonfire, a (large) dose of incense, (plentiful) candles, loud organ(s his glory) and (noisy) fireworks!