The Hallelujah Chorus
and its Emotional Impact
A Whiteheadian Appreciation of Easter
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Stirring, emotional and unmistakable: The Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah is the subject of this week's Soul Music.
Easter and Alzheimer's
Jesus had faith in a God of new life, and so can we. We do not need to be Christian to place our trust in the God of new life, and we do not need to believe Jesus was the Son of God.
Handel composed Messiah in an astounding interlude, somewhere between three and four weeks in August and September 1741...Other Handel oratorios had strong plots anchored by dramatic confrontations between leading characters. But Messiah offered the loosest of narratives: the first part prophesied the birth of Jesus Christ; the second exalted his sacrifice for humankind; and the final section heralded his Resurrection.
Easter is for Everybody
Somewhere in the depths of life and even in the depths of death there is a source of newness, a well-spring of fresh possibilities, a giver of new things, who arrives perpetually, often in new and unexpected ways, helping bring new life from bruised psyches and broken bones. Jesus lived with faith in the God of new life, of creative transformation, and he sought to be a vessel for its beauty. For many people he was. Not a kingly messiah who rides in victory, but a humble messiah for whom love is part of the spirit of God. Here is how one Christian priest, the Reverend Teri Daily, puts it in her essay The Downward Mobility of God.
Singing the Hallelujah Chorus in a Shopping Mall