Adding a Bit of Excitement to the Athanasian CreedPosted: May 26, 2013
Today is Trinity Sunday, the Sunday when Lutheran Congregations typically recite the Athanasian Creed. It’s the longest of our three creeds, so I came up with an idea to make it more exciting to recite.
You know the children’s song “Allelu, Allelu, Allelu, Alleluia”? It’s a simple, repetitious song that doesn’t really teach anything. No, the fun in this song is that the children are divided into two groups: The Allelus and the Praise Ye the Lords. Every time the respective groups sing their parts, they stand up and belt out the words as loud as they can. When they aren’t singing, they sit down. The idea is to do the song several times, each time going faster and faster until the children are hopping up and down to sing their part.
Okay, so it’s a little hard to explain in writing. Perhaps you should just watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag5l9u4h4eU (note: These kids are a bit confused, so they aren’t going up and down like they’re supposed to. For some reason, there aren’t many videos of kids screaming out this song on YouTube).
Anyway, I suggested to my husband that we should do the Athanasian Creed in a similar fashion: Divide the congregation into two groups, one group saying the odd “verses” and the other group saying the even “verses.” Likewise, I told him we should see which group could do it the loudest.
He didn’t use my suggestion for some reason.