Christmas has come and gone, but a wonderful blogger friend of mine in England sent me a post about the choir that sang of the birth of our Lord Jesus at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Stephen Liddell, author and tour guide, is a blogger with over 3,000 followers. He waited in line for two hours to get into St. Paul’s to hear the King’s College Choir of Cambridge. He said that it was “well worth it.”
Christmas may be over, but I just had to share this same song from a previous year. Our prayers for the New Year should be that the message of “Oh Holy Night” and the Savior who came will help our world to be more peaceful in the year to come.
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Happy New Year to all
We must pull back and rest our souls.
How is this done one may ask? Because no one can do it for us, we have to find a way to limit what we see and hear, especially through the internet, from those who would deliberately harm our peace of heart and spread their evil thoughts.
Example: The hateful messages sent over the internet concerning Senator John McCain’s diagnosed brain cancer…and those attributing it to God’s wrath for McCain’s political views. How insane!
God does not bring illness or evil to the people of the world that He sent His Only Son to die for. We have natural causes for illness…whether it is the environment, disease, genetics, or things about which we know nothing. We must put our entire lives in God’s hands and do our best to correct, through medicine and prayer, what we can of human sufferings.
Years ago so many died of the black plague and other diseases. Thankfully God has given us the intelligence to research for cures still unknown. We at Boyer Writes wish Senator McCain the blessings and peace of God.
( Shown above is McCain when he was released after 5 years as a prisoner of war and Senator McCain today. )
Those physical afflictions, not caused by natural causes, would be wars or individual decisions that bring pain, not only to the body, but to the spirit and soul. These are caused by human beings, which usually starts with the words that come from the mouth or hatred in the heart.
For all the good technology give us and the ability it gives every human being to spread quickly words of evil or encouragement, we may once again be reminded of what one of the greatest geniuses of our time had to say. Human kindness and interaction is one of our most important qualities.
The Holy Scriptures remind us of this in 1st Peter 3:9. “ Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
Miserere Mei Deus (Allegri) – King’s College Choir, Cambridge
God’s blessings from Boyer Writes on this Holy Night…Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Most people will not know of Cecil Frances Alexander, who lived in the 1800’s. Her music, however, is played in Christian worship services, especially as a processional in many churches.
Who was C.F. Alexander?
“…The author of this text, Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), was born in Dublin, Ireland, and began writing in verse from an early age. She became so adept that by the age of 22, several of her hymn texts made it into the hymnbook of the Church of Ireland. Alexander [née Humphreys] married William Alexander, both a clergyman and a poet in his own right who later became the bishop of the Church of Ireland in Derry and later archbishop. Aside from her prolific hymn writing, Mrs. Alexander gave much of her life to charitable work and social causes, something rather rare for women of her day. ” (Michael Hawn and Kristen Hanna)
“…. Money from her first publications had helped build the Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, which was founded in 1846 in Strabane. The profits from Hymns for Little Children were also donated to this school. She was involved with the Derry Home for Fallen Women, and worked to develop a district nurses service. She was an “indefatigable visitor to poor and sick …” (Wikipedia)
One of her most noted songs is “Once in Royal David’s City” which we will play here sung by King’s College Choir in Cambridge, England.
Once in royal David’s city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in a cradle for his bed.
Mary, loving mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little child.
After the death of her husband, three beautiful stained glass windows were made in honor of three of her most loved hymns: “Once in Royal David’s City”, “There is a green hill far away”, and “The Golden Gates Are Lifted Up”.
At this Christian season of Advent, Boyer Writes would like to share this beautiful song with you. The King’s College Chapel was started in 1446 and took over a century to build. It has the largest “fan” vaulted ceiling in the world and some of the finest medieval stained glass. Their Christmas Eve service is broadcast to millions around the world.
Video (turn on sound)
NAVIGATE THE CHAPEL (a virtual tour…and for best viewing, click on full screen)
The Last Supper with the Disciples
“Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He said, ‘Take this and share it among yourselves. For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’
And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’
In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, ‘ This cup is the new covenant [established by] My blood; it is shed for you. But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me! For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” Luke 22: 17-22
Then He went to pray in the garden. “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39
Credits: Photo on History Channel Actor, Choir Kings College
To spend time listening to some of the world’s greatest music may be your delight if you are a serious music lover. Nothing can be more uplifting than Handel’s Messiah… which is glorious anytime. As we have been thinking of the risen Christ, perhaps it is even more appropriate.
George Frideric Handel
The year 2013 was the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. This Baroque composer is best-known for his work, The Messiah”. Handel lived for 49 years in London and died at the age of 74. This, of course, was not very old in today’s thinking. ”
The BBC has broadcast all of his operas, more than 40 in total, and every one of the composer’s keyboard suites and cantatas was performed during the annual London Handel Festival, which included concerts at St. George’s Hanover Square church, where Handel worshiped, and at the Handel House Museum , longtime residence of the man who Ludwig van Beethoven himself, citing Messiah, said was the “greatest composer that ever lived.” … (from Smithsonian Magazine by Jonathan Kandell)
For your enjoyment and worship of God, Boyer Writes gives to you The Messiah….performed by the musicians and Choir of Kings College at Cambridge University in England. (Turn on sound and wait for the introduction)