Handel’s Advent Messiah, Part I

Something for the weekend.  The Advent portions of Handel’s Messiah.  The above video is the Overture.

Next we have “Comfort Ye” which is a messianic text from Isaiah 40.

“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” carries on with the fourth verse of Isaiah 40:

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

“And the Glory of the Lord” is the fifth and final verse of Isaiah 40 that Handel uses.

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” shifts to the messianic verses 5 and 6 of Haggai 2:

For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is 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: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts
.

and concludes with the messianic Malachi 3, verse 1:

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me and 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.

More next Saturday.

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