December 25; God Be Praised
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25 December

He said to me, “Son of man,
stand up on your feet
and I will speak to you.”

Ezekiel 2:1

God Be Praised

Stand Up

It was involuntary. He was so overcome with emotion that he stood up. He was on the front row and everyone behind him stood up too. But it wasn’t because he was blocking the view. No one would dare remain sitting when this man stood up.

He was the king.

As the story goes King George II was attending a performance in 1743. It was a new production by another named George: George Frideric Handel.

It is known as Handel’s Messiah, which tells the Salvation Story; the Birth, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It would be a successful and profitable venture.

Smithsonian Magazine notes that the composer managed his finances well,

Amassing a fortune through his music and shrewd investments in London’s burgeoning stock market, Handel donated munificently to orphans, retired musicians and the ill. (He gave his portion of his Messiah debut proceeds to a debtors’ prison and hospital in Dublin.)

And his peers respected him. Ludwig Van Beethoven said that, “Handel is the greatest composer that ever lived.”

The Baroque-era oratorio has 52 movements and lasts almost three hours. The most familiar segment is known as the Hallelujah Chorus.

Legend has it that it drove King George II to his feet and the standing has become a custom.

We now stand during the Hallelujah Chorus as the king did. For the King.

Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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Handel was congratulated on the outstanding “entertainment” of Messiah. The composer replied, “My Lord, I should be sorry if I only entertain them; I wish to make them better.”

Handel died in 1759 and is buried in Westminster Abbey. His monument is inscribed, “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.”

He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” Ezekiel 2:1

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Libretto by CHARLES JENNENS Introduction by PATRICK KAVANAUGH © 2014 by The Trinity Forum. All rights reserved. Messiah by George Frideric Handel and Charles Jennens (1741). Printed by courtesy of the public domain.

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