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Church organ to be resurrected on Easter Sunday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's Good Friday, the day that Christians around the world remember the crucifixion of Christ.

It's a traditional Good Friday service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. But music leader Rob Williamson knows that after today, services there will never quite be the same.

"We're all excited, especially, for this coming Easter Sunday morning," Williamson said.

Excited about the installation of a church organ. But not just any church organ.

The pipe organ had been installed in St. John's Episcopal Church, where Williamson once served. After the church closed, the organ sat unused for  more than 10 years. Now, musician and instrument are about to be reunited.

"I had talked to the African American church that had purchased the building and the organ," said Williamson.  "They were  like, 'we just don't use it.'"

The church removed the organ from storage piece by piece, built an organ chamber in the sanctuary, and hired specialist Pete Webber to put the thousands of pieces back together - by Easter.

"Well it's certainly just a labor of love." said Webber. "Many, many, many hours, mostly hand labor."

Rev. Anne Vouga, the church rector, believes the pipe organ will have a huge impact on the church.

"I think it's going to make our worship even more joyful."

Williamson is looking forward to having the pipe organ sound fill the St. Thomas sanctuary.

"To be able to sing, 'Christ the Lord is Risen Today' and feel what this organ can bring to our church."

Pete Webber says the organ will not be perfect, but it will be ready to play on Easter Sunday.

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