Kiss on Wood. Reflections for Holy Week
Some reflections for Holy Week based on James Macmillan’ Kiss on Wood, Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, and Tavener’s Prayer of the Heart. Kiss on Wood: James Macmillan Our first piece of music is from James Macmillan. It is called kiss on wood. In the Roman Catholic Good Friday service, the congregation are invited to come forward to kiss the cross, with the words “Behold the wood of the cross on which the Saviour of the world was hung. Come let us adore him” And I have reflected on those words. I imagined a carpenter’s workshop in Jerusalem It is a bit of a seedy place It was certainly not the workshop of a carpenter craftsman. This is where they take something that was once living and breathing - a tree - and turn it into an instrument of death. This is a place where they take two or three rough pieces of wood - and nail them together. It doesn’t require any skill. The wood does not need to be prepared or sanded down or treated. It is a late in the day job with cast-off wood.