Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece, Part III

Part 3 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece In my last post I began examining the libretto (words) of Handel’s Messiah, showing the Easter focus of this piece. Last time I summarized the first two parts of the composition. Here’s a quick review: Part I: Prophetic expectation of the Messiah; the birth of [Read More…]

Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece, Parts I & II

Part 2 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece In Friday’s post I explained why Handel’s Messiah, a piece we ordinary associate with Christmas, is really an oratorio for Easter. Today, I want to begin to examine the libretto (the words of the composition) to show the strong Easter themes. The Messiah comes in [Read More…]

An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece

Part 1 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece I ended my last post by promising to discuss one further piece of Easter music. Today I begin to keep my promise. Several years ago, the choir of Irvine Presbyterian Church, along with a couple of guest choirs, did something you might consider odd. They [Read More…]

Celebrating Fifty Days of Easter: Some Practical Suggestions

Part 3 of series: Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter In my last post, I began to answer the question of what we might do if we were to celebrate Easter for fifty days. I explained that it’s not as if we ought to repeat the traditions of Easter Sunday fifty times in a [Read More…]