24 April 2011
One of the Peculiarities
of Holy Week and Vigil is how the services change quite a bit actually from their wont. The result is the liturgist has to be constantly thinking and rethinking what he's supposed to be doing as he leads them. For a control freak like me, this definitely adds great stress, and LSB increased the stress by some rubrical changes that I had to learn from scratch. It's been a good experience, though, over all and this year finally I think I'm settling into remembering what changes and when. I did have a few hiccups. We were halfway through the Hymn of Praise at Vigil before I realized that the altar candles had not been lighted (John read my mind and quickly attended to that); and then I remembered a conversation I had with Kenny before the start of the liturgy. He remembered that there was something peculiar about the bell, but for the life of me my mind went blank. We normally ring it at the start of the Hymn of Praise until it's conclusion. Oops. I also found out in previewing the Vigil in the bulletin right before the service was to begin, that Builder had done an odd substitution at the start of the Baptismal Remembrance and that what was in the bulletin was more like the introduction to an ordinary Baptism than to the Baptismal Remembrance of the Vigil - oh well, too late to do anything about that then! The result was that Romans 6 was not read and that felt decidedly odd. Builder also won't print the music for the Preface in the Service of Light, with the result that Pr. Gleason had to hold that heavy Altar Book for me at the font. Hopefully that will be fixed by next year. The only peculiarities for Easter season is that the gradual is dropped and the Alleluia is doubled, and since that happens for weeks on end, that is rather easy to remember.