Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Trove Tuesday: Easter, Christ Church Lavender Bay and 'I Know That My Redeemer Liveth'

In the lead up to Easter, I thought I would see what I could find in Trove about Easter services at Christ Church Lavender Bay, where I got married three weeks ago and where my husband and I (oh, I love saying that!) will celebrate Easter.

As I was browsing the numerous articles, I encountered a trend - in each of the years 1897, 1898, and 1899, Handel's  'I Know That My Redeemer Liveth' was either performed by the full choir or a soloist.

Any one who has had the opportunity to attend a service or a concert at Christ Church will know that this amazing hymn would have been spectacular and uplifting each time.


1897 'ANGLICAN CHURCHES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 19 April, p. 5, viewed 25 March, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14096969
 
1898 'CHURCHES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 11 April, p. 5, viewed 25 March, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14180844

1899 'EASTER SERVICES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 3 April, p. 5, viewed 25 March, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14207697

In 1900, there was sadly no detail of the content of the Easter services:

1900 'NORTH SYDNEY CHURCHES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 16 April, p. 6, viewed 25 March, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14306027
And in 1901, the only detail is "Special music was rendered by the choir...":

1901 'CHRIST CHURCH, LAVENDER BAY.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 8 April, p. 5, viewed 25 March, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14347530

In 1902 and 1903, Christ Church is missing from the reports of Easter Services published in the SMH on Easter Monday.