Service Times 8:30 and 10 am Contemporary, 11:15 am Traditional

Maundy Thursday 2024

Seven Last Words by Michael John Trotta

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Family Style Dinner 6:30 pm

Special Music Service 7:30 pm

Seven Last Words by Michael John Trotta


The Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church of Mooresville

Chamber Orchestra

Debra Hall Williams, soprano

Chet Carpenter, baritone


Haunting and evocative, the work displays a superb sense of form and architecture, poignantly distilling the most intimate and universal moments of human emotion. From the tender mercy of “Father, Forgive Them” (1) to the hopefulness of the promise of “Today You Will Be With Me” (2), the work unfolds to reveal a complex tapestry of states of emotion. It builds from the com- passion of “Behold, Your Son” (3) and the yearning of “I Thirst” (4), to the despair of “My God Why Have You Abandoned Me?” (5), the acceptance of “Into Your Hands I Surrender” (6), and nally the resignation of “It is Finished” (7). This setting uses various in- terpolations of biblical and liturgical texts (e.g. Kyrie, “Truly This Man Was the Son of God,”“All of the Gates Were Opened Wide”) as commentary on, and in dialogue with, the words of Christ, fur- ther expanding the story and the reaction of those witness to the Passion.