Happy Easter everyone from all the Cathedral Kids Leaders !
This may be a different Easter to any that we have shared in the past but we hope you can use some of these resources to learn about and share the joy of Easter.
You can see below a picture that one of the Cathedral Kids coloured in last week.
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Here are the links to Easter activities for you to have fun with this week.
The link below will take you to the Roots page for lots of Easter worship ideas.
Ruth’s music spot
There are lots of good songs to sing at Easter, so in between eating your Easter eggs, get singing!
For the Little Stars – This song has cheerful animation and if you want to practise counting to three, this is your song! One, two, three
For the Superstars – This is easy to pick up and the words are displayed: Alive, alive!
For the Megastars – Visually eye-catching and a strong, punchy song: Best news ever
All Stars – This song encourages you to celebrate: On that first Easter day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXHq2iKhRto shows the words
Old hymns: What a lot of glorious hymns or Easter carols! Here are my favourites for a good sing.
Jesus Christ is risen today
This joyful proclamation opens a hymn that seems to have had a complicated evolution, a Latin hymn Surrexit Christus hodie first appearing in 1708 in a collection called Lyra Davidica containing “partly newly composed, partly translated” divine songs and hymns “set to easy and pleasant tunes” by John Walsh, and then refined into what we sing today. In plainsong times, Easter Alleluias were intricate and the Alleluias in this hymn follow in that tradition. While three of the four statements per verse are set in a bold, largely syllabic way, the Alleluias at the end of each line are wonderfully flowery “melismas” that let the happiness bubble through. As if this weren’t enough, the pitch rises as the hymn progresses, leaving you on top doh! Take a big breath…
Thine be the glory
The tune is 18th century and belongs to Handel, associated with his oratorio Judas Maccabeus. A Swiss writer, Edmond Budry, wrote the words and Richard Birch Hoyle translated them from the French in 20th century. Handel’s popular, march-like tune clearly matches the mood of the powerful words which express the certainty and glory of Christ’s resurrection. It’s a great affirmation to be sung with gusto!
Now the green blade riseth
I’ve loved this hymn ever since meeting it at school. It has a beautiful, haunting tune of French origin, Noel Nouvelet, and is soothingly repetitive so easy to learn, nor demanding in pitch. Its simplicity must have also appealed to the cleric who wrote the words, John Macleod Campbell Crum; he likens Christ’s resurrection to the new life we see appearing in spring: Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green. While it may not have the pizzazz of other Easter hymns, it is gentle, thoughtful and intimate and just as relevant.
This joyful Eastertide
Of all the Easter hymns, this for me has the most gloriously joyful melody. It was apparently a folk tune that started life as a Dutch love song before being adopted as a hymn tune later in the 17th century, from where it gets its name “Vruechten”. George R. Woodward wrote the words to fit the tune and this positive Easter hymn first appeared in his Carols for Easter and Ascension of 1894. He made a splendid job of matching the words to the melody with joy rising from the start and sorrow scattered in a flourish, and, as a finale, his word painting of “arisen”, in a rising melodic sequence, explodes into a melisma, like a firework bursting and cascading dazzling stars to earth. What a brilliant effect! Again, a big breath and sing your heart out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsPilOf70Cw a cappella (unaccompanied) from King’s College Cambridge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7TFuqp97cs with organ from St.Mark’s Church