I saved this special for Christmas morning–The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, sung by the Royal Choral Society at the Royal Albert Hall. This was a Good Friday performance in 2012; but if you can think of a better occasion for The Hallelujah Chorus than Christmas Day itself–well, tally-ho.
Anyway, from me to you…
Requested by Joshua, For Unto Us a Child is Born: part of Handel’s Messiah, sung a capella by GLAD.
And the first entry today in our first annual Christmas Carol Contest is For Unto Us a Child Is Born, from G.F. Handel’s Messiah–the words of Isaiah 9:6-7 set to music and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra–requested by our friend, “TheWhiteRabbit.”
(Yesterday’s leader was Mary, Did You Know?, with 16 views.)
Years ago on our local Christian radio station, someone wiser than I’ll ever be was asked, “You see how the world is going–worse and worse with every day! What do you do? What do you do when you see how bad things are?”
Her answer: “Sing louder!”
Well, it doesn’t get any louder than “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s The Messiah. We usually hear this around Christmas or Easter–but there is no time when it isn’t good for us to hear it!
Performed by the Crown College Choir.
“Thewhiterabbit” recommended this: from G.F. Handel’s The Messiah, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, For Unto Us a Child is Born. The text, of course, is from Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
Come, Lord Jesus, Come!
Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, here performed by the Royal Choral Society, is about the best way I know of proclaiming the glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His sovereign right to the lordship of heaven and earth. We long for that day when He shall set His throne upon the mountains of the earth, and reign with judgment and with justice, with goodness and with mercy, forever. “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” –Isaiah 9:7
From Handel’s Messiah, sung by the Taverner Choir and Players, the chorus, Glory to God… Think of the high artistic gifts that went into this, given by God to the composer, singers, instrumentalists, conductor, church architects–and all offered back, to the glory of God.
This is part of Handel’s Messiah, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra; and for once I can give you the lyrics.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace… –Isaiah 9:6
Suggested by Erlene.
This is from Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Crown College Choir.
Psalm 24 both asks the question and states the answer:
Who is the king of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle…
Who is the king of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the king of glory.
From the choir at Oxford, excerpted from Handel’s The Messiah (third part, aria), we present I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.
This solo, by the way, was sung by an 11-year-old boy named Henry Jenkinson. Remarkable.