I don’t know if this is the Emanuel that Erlene had in mind as her hymn request, but it’s my best guess. I usually think of this as a hymn for Christmas-time, but it works just as well for Easter: Emanuel, sung by Amy Grant.
Phoebe asked for The Hallelujah Chorus (from Handel’s Messiah), so we’ve got The Hallelujah Chorus, performed by The English Concert and Choir. It works just as well for Easter as for Christmas–or for any other day.
Requested by Phoebe, Jesus Christ is Risen Today, sung by the Kings College Choir, Cambridge.
This Easter hymn brings a tear to my eye. It seems to me that in it I can hear all my loved ones who have gone before–which is most of them–singing this hymn in a heavenly choir. What is that lump in my throat?
Imagine deepest sorrow turned to highest joy–can you? Imagine the worst wrong you ever saw, suddenly put right. Can you? Have you ever seen something that really was too good to be true, impossibly good–and yet there it was, before your eyes?
The Bible tells us Mary followed Jesus, as a disciple, after he cast seven devils out of her: so she already knew a thing or two about horror, pain, and misery.