"We should see Easter not so much as the Feast that puts the broken back together, but as the Feast of Total Transformation. It offers us a sense of re-creation. The Easter stories are a narrative of light. Not just because the darkness of Good Friday is dispelled by the shattering light of the resurrection, but also because Jesus, now he has been raised, is recognised as the new light. A light so dazzling that it cannot be comprehended.
As the poet Emily Dickinson has it:
As lightning to the children eased
With explanation kind
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.
Emily Dickinson, Tell All The Truth
Christ’s resurrection returns us to the first light of creation. This is a new dawn. God’s light now shines – a sign of the realm of heaven, where there is neither day nor night, but one light of equal brightness. This is a light beyond the sun, moon and stars. The light of the resurrection is the light of a whole new creation; a revelation of radiance that can barely be worded.
Easter is the festival of fire, light, dawn – a new age dawns the moment the stone is rolled away, and the Son of God bursts forth in a radiant splendour that is simultaneously blinding and illuminating. It is in this light that we are all now transformed - in awe, wonder and worship."
The Very Revd Prof. Martyn Percy, Dean
Not to be missed in the Cathedral over Easter...
Organ Recital - Tuesday 11 April 2017 at 7.30pm. Free event
Tournemire, seven Chorals-Poèmes for organ, op 67. Performed by William Wallace and Makoto James.
Maundy Thursday - Thursday 13 April at 7.30pm
A Sung Eucharist, marking Jesus’s Last Supper with his disciples, at which he washed his disciples’ feet, followed by a Vigil until Midnight.
Journey to the Cross - Friday 14 April at 12 noon
A processional and interactive service for all the family, especially suitable for primary school age children.
Easter Eve Vigil - 15 April 2017 at 8pm
The Bishop of Oxford leads a service of music and readings to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.