Last night my husband and I went to St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester, NH, to listen to the Cathedral Chamber Singers lead the annual Advent Lessons and Carols with the final song being the Hallelujah Chorus. There is something about that song that reminds me of how close we are to heaven, if even through our hearts, minds and soul. It’s a magnificent piece of music, written by George Frideric Handel, written in 1741, which is part of the Handel’s Messiah that was originally written as an Easter offering. It is frequently sung at Christmas, with beautiful lights and Christmas greenery surrounding the musicians.
Last night, when the Hallelujah Chorus began, everyone stood with many singing along. The varying parts of Alto, tenor, bass, baritone, and soprano bring back memories from when I belonged to a choir that sang this song. As such, it is so easy to find your part in the music that one can’t help but sing along with. To the novice, one might think that standing at the end is a form supporting the choir in the final part of this spectacular piece of music that was composed so many years ago, when in fact, to stand during such a song of such praise and honor, actually allows our hearts to stand in the Glory of our Lord and Savior.
The Hallelujah Chorus provides the grand finale of joy in knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ was born to be King of Kings, is Omnipotent (with unlimited power) who will reign forever. Hallelujah! (Below are the basic words that are sung with such power and grace when done in choir with many spectacular voices)
There are many songs that allow my heart to be drawn closer to God, yet this is one song I can actually imagine being frequently sung in heaven. When the Lord God takes me home, regardless of the season, this would be the one song I would consider to be the most glorious to enter His gates hearing, then fall into place, whether singing Alto or instrumentally with my flute, with all those who have gone before me.
Hallelujah Chorus Lyrics (not including all the repetitive lines)
For the lord God omnipotent reigneth
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
King of kings forever and ever hallelujah, hallelujah
and lord of lords, King of kings and lord of lords
And he shall reign