The Chaplain's Column - April 2021

The Chaplain's Column - April 2021

The Chaplain’s Column – April 2021

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As with all first terms, this term will end with an Easter service and as in other years it will be based around Holy Week, from Palm Sunday until Easter Day. The whole School will gather from Prep to Year 12 and listen, sing, think and pray through the last week of Christ’s earthly life. As the school sings the hymn Praise my soul the King of Heaven, which is based on one of the Psalms which Jewish pilgrims might have sung as they travelled to Jerusalem for the Passover festival, the Prep girls will enter carrying palm branches which they will place around the table acting as an altar.

We will hear some of the teachings Jesus gave as he taught in the Temple and sing the hymn Brother, sister let me serve which is a paraphrase of the core of that teaching. We will hear how Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples in the Upper Room and see a re-enactment of his washing their feet. Then the Prep and Year 1 girls will sing a hymn before they leave as the rest of the School focuses on the mournful events of Good Friday. The story of Good Friday will not be told in a recitation from the Gospels but through an interpretation of the events described in Bruce Dawe’s evocative poem A Good Friday was had by all which has the memorial closing lines:

then we hauled on the ropes
and he rose in the hot air
like a diver just leaving the springboard,

arms spread, so it seemed,
over the whole damned creation
over the big men who must have had it in for him
and the curious ones who’ll watch anything if it’s free
with only the usual women caring anywhere
and a blind man in tears.

Then the shocking but joyful events of the first Easter morning shall be read and we all respond to the good news of Christ’s resurrection with Sydney Carter’s hymn Lord of the Dance. After prayers and a blessing, our service will conclude with the Senior Choir singing the upbeat modern anthem of Cantate Domino, Alleluia by Cristi Cary Miller.

Fr Patrick Duckworth
School Chaplain


Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace