…there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever.”

Revelation 11:15
the choir singing

Lent is a time for reflection, repentance and studying the gospel to have a greater understanding of its use in our lives. When singing in the choir, I am usually focusing on the notes, when to breathe and using proper diction instead of the meaning of the text. This verse from Revelation 11:15 was composed by Handel in the Messiah; “The Hallelujah Chorus.” The music in the Messiah is so inspired and brilliant. When I think of how this entire collection was written by Handel in only two months it seems to be a miracle. There are times in choir practice when I have the feeling that if we can pull off a piece of music that Charles has chosen that also might be a small miracle. The words from “The Hallelujah Chorus” give me the confidence that the Lord’s kingdom will reign forever and generations to come will continue to sing and give praise and hear the message through this great piece of music.

Alice Bare