Today I will fill my day with joy, overcome my isolation and revel in God’s love.
Later, over dinner and bolstered by a glass of wine, I plan to (re)watch a recording of Jesus Christ Superstar from my local PBS station. It’s the 2018 live broadcast version with John Legend as Jesus, Sarah Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Alice Cooper as King Herod and the most marvelously magnificent Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas.
Just before dawn this morning, I watched Cardinal Cupich of the Chicago Archdiocese give his Easter Message on YouTube. Later, I watched/heard the Easter service at the Washington National Cathedral. I especially enjoyed the virtual orchestra and choir, as well as the very comforting sermon of Bishop Michael Curry. The National Cathedral is also streaming a previously recorded performance of Handel’s Messiah as I write this. How lovely to write about Easter while listening to The Messiah!
Finally, I watched the Easter service of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, which was so friendly and inspirational. In addition to the sermon, there were scripture readings and prayers from the pastors’ homes and hymns performed by a soloist and guitarist. Also, individual members and families recorded short messages and, in one case, a song with mother on piano, father on flute and young daughter as vocalist. So many smiling faces! They even video-recorded a “message” from three birds who were chirping very prettily from their perches (nests?) inside the letters of the word “Presbyterian” on the side of the church building.
I wish you all a Happy Easter, much love, beautiful music, and a safe, socially-distanced spring.