One of my Easter rituals is to find time to myself and listen to Handel’s Messiah. I was given a recording as a confirmation present by one of my godfathers (the set of LPs – remember them? – was a recording by the choir from Kings College Cambridge, conducted by David Willcocks).
Whilst the Hallelujah chorus is uplifting, there are so many other parts that are familiar (indeed a danger to lesson readers who must resist the temptation to sing “Ev’ry valley shall be exalted” or “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given”).
So often music can be a background whilst we are doing something else, but just occasionally putting time aside to sit and listen to a piece of music can provide an experience that is special.
To me, Good Friday is a special day when I want to have some time to myself and my thoughts. Time to reflect on the horror of the crucifixion, but also upon the fact that this was part of something so much greater, than 2,000 years later it has shaped our lives.