Holy Saturday 2011
We went to St Nicholas in Brixton for Holy Saturday Vespers.
After the Epistle reading the colours are changed from dark (purple or black) to white or gold, and the priest comes bursting out of the Royal Doors scattering bay leaves and shouting “Arise, O God, judge the earth, for to Thee belong all nations”,
and then we sing the whole of Psalm 81/82, with that refrain between the verses, and everyone bangs on benches or stamps on the flooor, to symbolise the foundations of the earth being shaken, and the earthquake at Christ’s resurrection. The children love it. They are sometimes told to be quiet in church, but now they are encouraged to make as much noise as possible, so they jump up and down and stamp their feet.
And then on the way home, we saw this:
Mirror, mirror, on the wall…