Cathedral Merges Good Friday Service and the Blues

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Later today in downtown St. Louis, Christians are observing Good Friday in a rather unique way.

They’re listening to the blues.

Local Jazz musicians like the Kingdom Brothers, Beth Tuttle and Matthew Lesch will perform inside the Episcopal Cathedral next to the Central Library at 7:00 p.m.

Cathedral Dean Mike Kinman says it’s their second time doing Good Friday Blues.

“We did it last year and it was amazingly powerful,” he says. “It’s some really incredible blues music at the foot of the cross of Christ Church Cathedral.”

Kinman says nothing says Good Friday like the bluesmusic that cuts to the heart, he says, of everything we are as human beings.

“Good Friday is that place where everything is stripped bare, where it is just raw pain,” he says. “It is Christ and us in the deepest of our humanity, and that’s really what the blues are, too.”

He says it particularly makes sense to celebrate Good Friday this way in St. Louisone of the blues capitals of the world.

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