Sunday, December 25, 2005

Handel's Messiah

As a tradition I listen to Handel's Messiah on Christmas.

This music captivates me with its tale of the reverence for our Lord and birth of our Savior.

George Frideric Handel wrote the Messiah more than 250 years ago after having a stroke which rendered him partially paralyzed.

Adding to his achievement as a tribute to the Glory of God and his greatest gift to man, the birth of His only begotten Son, was that it was accomplished as an act of will on the part of Handel.

During a low ebb of his career, without patronage, Handel wrote the Messiah while he cloistered himself away for 21 days.

From Wikipedia

" is the accepted practice for the audience to stand for this section during a performance. Tradition has it that on first hearing the chorus, King George II rose to his feet to honor Jesus as Sovereign, according to the custom that calls for those of lower status to stand in the presence of royalty. Upon the king's rising, the rest of the audience arose as well to affirm the Hallelujah Chorus' proclaimation of Jesus as the "King of kings and Lord of lords."

A truly miraculouos act of faith and praise which I include in my celebration of Christ's Nativity.

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