This is Messiah week at Another Red Letter Day.
Handel's Messiah has a very special place in my heart. When I was in high school and for a few years after that, my parents and I would go and join with a bunch of our extended family for a performance of Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Two of my uncles would purchase adjoining boxes, and there would be a dozen or more of us gathering to enjoy this wonderful work of genius.
The performance was a particular group that roots in the Church, so, much of the audience was filled the people of faith. It was such fun to be in a venue such as Carnegie and hear the response of the audience in Amen's and Hallelujahs mixed in with the bravos.
At that time I had sung much of the Messiah in choirs and such, so I would always bring my score along and follow as the orchestra and choir performed this wonderful oratorio.
I found, this morning, this youtube of the Brandenburg Consort and King's College, Cambridge Choir. It's fantastic! My father passed down his love for boys choir music to me at a young age. Don't get me wrong, I married a soprano, but there is nothing quite like the pure sound of a no-vibrato boy soprano voice.
I'm hoping, like me, you'll let this music become the backdrop for the coming week, and let the words from, all taken from the Bible, soak into your Spirit.