Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Second Sunday of Advent

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'" (Luke 3:1-6)


I just got back from a Messiah presented by a small but magnificent orchestra playing the baroque instruments for which Handel originally wrote. Such an evening! And the words of Isaiah are ringing in my ears.

4 comments:

Lisa :-] said...

What a wonderful presentation that would be! It probably wouldn't even put me to sleep... :)

Cynthia said...

I'd bet that was wonderful. I love the idea of The Messiah on the instruments for which it was intended.

Kathleen said...

Sounds beautiful. Music that spiritually defines "holiday season" Lovely....

Kathryn said...

It has been many years since I have seen any presentation. This one sounds unique and wonderful. I need to pull this CD out.

Nevermind previous blog post about Amahl -- I just put a CD and videotape on hold at the library.