On Good Friday, 19th April, at 10.30am there is the special Good Friday Liturgy.
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