Owing to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Epidemic, this Service is CANCELLED and the Church building CLOSED until further notice.
Please DO NOT COME to St Michael’s. Clergy may be contacted by email or phone as usual.
On Good Friday, 10th April, at 10am (and afterwards) there is the special Good Friday Liturgy on “St David’s Church Exeter” Facebook page, led by Fr Nigel.
Click on the ‘Bar’ below or the link here for Text of the Good Friday Liturgy with Music links.
The Reproaches are sung to music by Chris Upton. O my people,what have I done to you? How have I offended you?
Veneration of the Cross. Crux Fidelis, attr. King John IV of Portugal.
Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis: nulla silva talem profert, fronde, flore, germine. Dulce lignum, dulces clavos, dulce pondus sustinet.
Faithful Cross, among all, the one noble tree; no other forest offers such leaf, flower and seed. Sweet the wood, sweet the nails, sweet the weight it bears.
Part of a 6th century hymn by Venantius Fortunatus written for the procession that brought a part of the true Cross to the Frankish Queen Radegunda in 570. Interestingly, she is a patron saint of Jesus College, Cambridge, which was founded on the site of the 12th century Nunnery, and had a chapel in Exeter Cathedral named after her.
Although King John IV of Portugal (1604-1656) was an accomplished musician and composer, the Crux fidelis attributed to him cannot be traced to earlier than the mid-19th century.
St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB