Sunday, April 09, 2006

Holy Week Meditations from Handel's Messiah

detail from "The Lamentation of Christ"by Albrecht D√úRER
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Part I

Overture

Comfort Ye
Isaiah 40:1-3

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. . . .

The voice of Him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every Valley

Isaiah 40:4

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.


And the Glory of the Lord
Isaiah 40:5

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.


Thus saith the Lord

Haggai 2:6,7

Thus saith the Lord of Hosts; Yet once, a little while and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come


Malachi 3:1

The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: Behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.


But who may abide the Day of His Coming?

Malachi 3:2

But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire.

And He shall Purify
Malachi 3:3

And He shall purify the sons of Levi. . . that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

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