Our service for Easter Sunday comes from First Dunmurry NS Presbyterian Church, Dunmurry.
Easter service, Sunday, 12th April 2020.
Service conducted by the minister in charge: Rev Dr David Steers
Piano: Allen Yarr
Guitar and solo: David Gibbs
Reading: John ch.20 v.11-18
The hymns played are:
Church Hymnary No. 119
‘Jesus Christ is risen today’ (first three verses)
Church Hymnary No. 123
‘The day of resurrection’
With special music provided by David Gibbs of Portrush. David sings Moliannwn (Let’s Rejoice) a Welsh folk hymn written by a Welsh slate quarryman called Benjamin Thomas who lived from 1838 to 1920. This is a great song for this time of year. Benjamin Thomas emigrated from Wales to North America and with his roots in Wales but living in America it beautifully brings together his experiences of the Spring on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Stories in Slate blog says:
“Born on April 9, 1838, Benjamin Thomas was a native of the famous slate quarrying town of Bethesda in North Wales, but he spent a good half a century on the North American Continent ending his days in the Slate Valley. He was a man who involved himself in things Welsh, most notably in poetry – he penned several verses which can be found in countless old periodicals of the age. Most are musings upon the vicissitudes of life, but there is no doubt that his most enduring piece is ‘Moliannwn’, the vigorous song of praise at the arrival of spring.”
You can read the full fascinating account of this song here:
Thank you David for singing it for us.
Image at the top of this page: The Three Marys at the Tomb (1396) by Lorenzo Monaco, Illumination on vellum, 46 x 48 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Source: Wikimedia. Public Domain.