Sing It Again, Sisters!

During the great Easter Octave we sing special pieces as the Recessional almost everyday. Mostly they are Russian, Slavonic or Polish pieces. This morning we sang Khrystos Voskresse (in English), the Slavanic Easter troparion that goes:

Christ has risen from the dead,
trampling down death by death,
and on those in the tomb bestowing life!

(For those with a Summit Choirbook this is #110, Tune 2) It's not easy to sing three times with great gusto at 7:45 in the morning but we did our best. All was going well but then suddenly, Sr. Mary Martin over in the alto section began making strange faces at Sr. Maria who was directing. A look over at the 2nd sopranos showed signs of panic on their faces. By the last repeat which goes up a third we all realized what happened. Sure enough, we were on not our third repeat but our fourth! We managed to hold off the giggles until we finished but probably our guests in the extern chapel were wondering just what was going on.

Could this have something to do with the fact that the rising bell rang at 5:30 instead of 5:20?

Imagine what the rest of the day will be like!