This weekend we celebrate the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Above is the ceiling of the Ascension Chapel at Walsingham in Norfolk, England, the Victorian era portrayal of this holy event. In Jerusalem there is a church, now a mosque, on the alleged site of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives. There you van see a depression in the rock floor, allegedly left by one of Christ's feet as he ascended. This week we hear of the importance of the event, however it might be portrayed.
The Sat@6 and the 8am services will move to the Lady Chapel this weekend so that we can take advantage of the heating.
Oliver Messiaen’s - ‘L’Ascension’
This Sunday, beginning early at 9.45am (for the 10am service) we have the privilege of hearing all of this extraordinary organ work, composed in 1932-33. There are four movements in Messiaen’s ‘L’Ascension’ - the composer described them as "4 meditations for orchestra". In 1933–34, Messiaen composed a version for solo organ, which will be played by Calvin and Tim at the beginning and at the end of our 10am service.
There will be a handout explaining the music and its composition. It will be a unique experience of twentieth century composition played on our 20th century organ.
The final two movements will occur after the final blessing, the more serene one first and the blazing one second. This will also take a bit more time than usual, but people can stay at the end for as long as they wish.
Next Sunday, 3 June, we celebrate Pentecost,
so you are encouraged to wear red next weekend (not teal).
The Glen Eira City Choir together with the Bendigo Chorale present
Vivaldi's Gloria in D major (RV 589)
and works by Rutter, Lloyd Webber, Fauré
Sunday 5 June 2022 at 2.30pm in the church.
Conductor: Elena Varsharvskaya
Organist: Christopher Cook
Soprano: Lisa Ann Robinson
Mezzo: Kerrie Bolton
Tickets: Adult $25, U12 free
Bookings: online at www.trybooking.com/895918 or at the door