Taping Good Friday

Grandson David, John, and I were in church Tuesday to tape the choral parts of the Good Friday service. There were eight singers, an organist, the choir director, the pastor, an audio person, and the videographer. We were extremely careful to follow the state mandate of having no more than ten in a room together. Four members of the choir were in the front of the church, and the other four outside the sanctuary door in the Narthex. I took a photo of the church before we began rehearsing.

The fellows finished putting all the equipment in place, and they tested the balance of the voices. The unrelated singers in front were at least six feet apart. Grouping the rest was easy, since John, David, and I live together and could stand close to each other. When I took this photo, there was still light outside. The planners wanted us to wait until dark to tape the service, a detail I would have missed.

John and David were ready to sing.

I took the last shot when we were about to tape the procession. Going down the aisle was the audio man acting as crucifer, a singer as cantor, and Pastor as himself. The choir director’s back was at the door. I was glad to have the alto in our group in the shot, because it was her birthday. She was laughing and said, “I was excited that I needed to dress up and put on makeup!”

Half way through the taping, most of us swapped places. I opted to stay outside, because I am not a regular member of the choir. It is going to be interesting to see how all the bits will be spliced together. It’s Maundy Thursday now, and David is working. John is at the church taping music for Easter Sunday. I’ll watch the service being streamed tonight by myself, and they will watch after they get home.