HE IS RISEN!
Somewhere around the world, it is now Easter Sunday morning. Christ is risen…risen indeed! The grave could not hold him. He walked among His disciples and followers, showing them the scars in His hands. Because of His Resurrection, those who love and believe on Him, will also have a resurrection. Hallelujah!
In services and performances around the world, when the Hallelujah chorus is sung, the audience stands. It is said that this tradition began when King George II, attending the London premiere of “Messiah” in March of 1743, was so moved by the “Hallelujah” that he stood up and if the king stands, everyone stands. One can understand why King George was moved because it is truly one of the great compositions of music.
Handel’s Messiah…Hallelujah Chorus
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
and of His Christ;
and He shall reign for ever and ever.
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Hallelujah! (Revelation 19) Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
and hath redeemed us to God by his blood,
to receive power, and riches,
and wisdom, and strength,
and honor,and glory, and blessing.
Blessing and honor, glory and power,
be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb,
For ever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 5)
The Choir of Wells Cathedral
Directed by Matthew Owens
Selections: ‘Hallelujah…Worthy is the Lamb That Was Slain… Amen
Each tells the story of the birth (Christmas), passion, death, and resurrection (Easter) of Jesus and of the eventual resurrection of humankind to the glory of Heaven.
Link to: Complete performance of Handel’s Messiah with great art of the Masters