Mercy, peace, and love. May the grace and Lord surround and be with you on Good Friday.
Good Friday has always been a special day for me. I love the ritual of The Mass celebrated today. Everything about it–the smell of the incense, the number of celebrants, the length and the drama of the readings–it left me with a feeling of anticipation.
The Church tested me as a young woman growing up in the 60’s–it is an ongoing challenge.
Then Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote the rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
It captured my soul then as it does today.
As so often happens, music transcends time and space.
Whenever I hear any part of any song from this work, I am transported back to the early 70’s. I am sitting in front of a console stereo system in the dining room of my friend, Pam.
I can hear the first album of the two album set drop onto the play table. I see the collection of friends gathered to hear and share the new album slide closer together, huddling around the lyric sheet, reading, and singing.
Remember those album sleeves with song lyrics?
This is a powerful memory, burned into my mind because of its magical simplicity and clarity.
I will be listening to the live televised presentation of “Jesus Christ Superstar” this Easter Sunday.
I’ll probably cry.
Pam was another friend I lost this past year.
But I’ll be smiling, too.
I’m thinking Pam will be singing along with all of us who are now scattered across the country. I’m wondering how many of those who used to gather at her house and select the different stacks of albums we’d pile onto her stereo system will be seeing and experiencing this same memory?
I’m betting I won’t be the only one with a tear in my eye.
I wish you all a blessed Easter and remind you to treasure those you love and keep them close.
My thanks to Jeff Durst for allowing me to use his photo of the Catholic Church in Mason, Texas, published in the Backroads of Texas Facebook page. Please do not re-publish this photo without written permission for Mr. Durst. I am blessed to have so many wonderful and generous photographers in my Facebook community. Thank you, Jeff.