Shield of God.

Using the pearls of His wisdom and the light of His truth to protect us in this world. Glory to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Handel’s Messiah. Glorious.

 

Handel’s Messiah :  (Text excerpts from Wikipedia)

…The text begins in Part I with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and shows the annunciation to the shepherdsas the only scene from a Gospel. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion and ends with the Hallelujah Chorus. In Part III he covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven. ………

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Organisation and numbering of movements

The numbering of the movements shown here is in accordance with the Novello vocal score (1959), edited by Watkins Shaw, which adapts the numbering earlier devised by Ebenezer Prout. Other editions count the movements slightly differently; the Bärenreiter edition of 1965, for example, does not number all the recitatives and runs from 1 to 47.[108] The division into parts and scenes is based on the 1743 word-book prepared for the first London performance.[109] The scene headings are given as Burrows summarised the scene headings by Jennens.[16]

Part I

Scene 1: Isaiah’s prophecy of salvation

1. Sinfony (instrumental)
2. Comfort ye my people (tenor)
3. Ev’ry valley shall be exalted (tenor)
4. And the glory of the Lord (chorus)

Scene 2: The coming judgment

5. Thus saith the Lord of hosts (bass)
6. But who may abide the day of His coming (alto)
7. And he shall purify the sons of Levi (chorus)

Scene 3: The prophecy of Christ’s birth

8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto)
9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto and chorus)
10. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)
11. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (bass)
12. For unto us a child is born (chorus)

Scene 4: The annunciation to the shepherds

13. Pifa (“pastoral symphony”: instrumental)
14a. There were shepherds abiding in the fields (soprano)
14b. And lo, the angel of the Lord (soprano)
15. And the angel said unto them (soprano)
16. And suddenly there was with the angel (soprano)
17. Glory to God in the highest (chorus)

Scene 5: Christ’s healing and redemption

18. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano)
19. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (soprano)
20. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd (alto and soprano)
21. His yoke is easy (chorus)
Part II

Scene 1: Christ’s Passion

22. Behold the Lamb of God (chorus)
23. He was despised and rejected of men (alto)
24. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (chorus)
25. And with his stripes we are healed (chorus)
26. All we like sheep have gone astray (chorus)
27. All they that see him laugh him to scorn (tenor)
28. He trusted in God that he would deliver him (chorus)
29. Thy rebuke hath broken his heart (tenor or soprano)
30. Behold and see if there be any sorrow (tenor or soprano)

Scene 2: Christ’s Death and Resurrection

31. He was cut off (tenor or soprano)
32. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell (tenor or soprano)

Scene 3: Christ’s Ascension

33. Lift up your heads, O ye gates (chorus)

Scene 4: Christ’s reception in Heaven

34. Unto which of the angels (tenor)
35. Let all the angels of God worship Him (chorus)

Scene 5: The beginnings of Gospel preaching

36. Thou art gone up on high (soprano)
37. The Lord gave the word (chorus)
38. How beautiful are the feet (soprano)
39. Their sound is gone out (chorus)

Scene 6: The world’s rejection of the Gospel

40. Why do the nations so furiously rage together (bass)
41. Let us break their bonds asunder (chorus)
42. He that dwelleth in heaven (tenor)

Scene 7: God’s ultimate victory

43. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (tenor)
44. Hallelujah (chorus)
Part III

Scene 1: The promise of eternal life

45. I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano)
46. Since by man came death (chorus)

Scene 2: The Day of Judgment

47. Behold, I tell you a mystery (bass)
48. The trumpet shall sound (bass)

Scene 3: The final conquest of sin

49. Then shall be brought to pass (alto)
50. O death, where is thy sting (alto and tenor)
51. But thanks be to God (chorus)
52. If God be for us, who can be against us (soprano)

Scene 4: The acclamation of the Messiah

53. Worthy is the Lamb (chorus)

Amen (chorus)

 

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