Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Jesus Christ Superstar 2018

On Easter Sunday evening, we enjoyed catching the live broadcast of "Jesus Christ Superstar" with John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, Norm Lewis, and Alice Cooper, among others. I loved the combined 1980s/2010s vibe, and the cast was very diverse, which in turn softened the anti-Jewish aspects of the Passion story.

Facebook friends were discussing the broadcast I recalled purchasing the original concept album, which I got when I was 14 or 15, and played some of the songs on the piano. We friends agreed that the music was really important to us, perhaps more than we'd realized. Wonderful to hear this music again after a lot of years.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

"Sing with all the saints in glory"

"Sing with all the saints in glory,
sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth's dark story,
to the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking,
soon the storms of time shall cease;
in God's likeness we, awaking,
know the everlasting peace.

"O what glory, far exceeding
all that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts, for ages pleading,
never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it,
there on high our welcome waits.
Every humble spirit shares it;
Christ has passed th'eternal gates.

"Life eternal! heaven rejoices:
Jesus lives, who once was dead.
Join we now the deathless voices;
child of God, lift up your head!
Patriarchs from the distant ages,
saints all longing for their heaven,
prophets, psalmists, seers, and sages,
all await the glory given.

"Life eternal! O what wonders
crowd on faith; what joy unknown,
when, amidst earth's closing thunders,
saints shall stand before the throne!
O to enter that bright portal,
see that glowing firmament;
know, with thee, O God Immortal,
'Jesus Christ whom thou has sent!'"

Author: William J. Irons (1873), to the tune of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"
from: , our last hymn this morning at our church!