From clerical collar-wearing altar boys to (apparently) Alice Cooper and KISS attending the Paschal Matins — Oh, and you’ve never heard the Good News till you’ve heard it read in German, with a Japanese twist and a Southern accent. (In this “blast from the past,” Fr. Joseph even describes how to get one’s choir-directing wife to “do her job” only 48 hours after giving birth!)
Back in North Carolina, our Mission would process around the church three times singing “Thy Resurrection, O Christ our Saviour …” before entering the brightly lighted church. That is, of course, weather permitting. Well, one year the skies were threatening, it had rained earlier in the day, but it was our last year to serve Pascha in a former 3-car garage before moving into our soon-to-be-built building.
What’s a few rain drops, right?
First time around: no problem, just kinda misty. The Subdeacon said, “We goin’ round again?” “Absolutely!” I said exuberantly!
Then, about half way through that go-round, it started raining in earnest. Undaunted – I mean, what, were we melting? – we got in the full three laps. For the Matins Gospel the servers and I were afforded the roof off of the Rectory porch and then we entered the church.
Imagine my surprise when I turned ‘round and shouted Christ is Risen! Only to see a legion of ladies all Alice Cooperfied, resembling a bunch of depressed KISS fans …
Anyways … there’s more to the story — this week’s Pascha (Blast from the Past) Podcast features songs by: The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Kiss, The Rascals, Harry Nilsson, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Fats Domino, a dab o’ Bowie, The Vapors, and … well, not really praise-worthy but: me.
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Christ is Risen!