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April 6, 2012

Good Friday Worship at Middle

7:00pm - 8:00pm / Sanctuary

The Middle Church Choir will present David Lang’s “The Little Match Girl Passion” at the Good Friday worship. Equally inspired by Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and Hans Christian Andersen’s story, “The Little Match Girl Passion” won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2008. Lang’s work replaces the narrative of Jesus’ suffering in his final days with Andersen’s 1845 tale of a shoeless girl traipsing through snowdrifts while futilely trying to sell matches and scared to go home. David Lang, who was raised in a Reform Jewish household, has said that writing “The Little Match Girl Passion” helped him come to grips with the explicitly Christian bent of Western music that had its birthplace in the church. He expresses gratitude that “The Little Match Girl Passion” has already been sung many times in Christmas and Lenten services, and that its message seems to speak to so many people.


Holy Week:
The Little Match Girl Passion

Music: Middle Church Choir

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