Happy Friday! I can’t decide if it’s the weather, the month or the election bringing me down. It’s probably all three, here are this week’s links:
Advent, explained I thought this was quite interesting but this “That’s also why the early parts of Handel’s Messiah quote the prophet Isaiah before they get to the more familiar Christmas parts: The lyrics for “Comfort Ye My People” and “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted,” for instance, correspond directly to the readings from Isaiah 40 that a person might hear in a church pew during Advent.” Is just wrong. The Messiah is all based on scripture and is the story of Jesus from anticipation to birth, through to death and resurrection. I know people go and hear it at Christmas but really it should be an Easter thing (says the person who saw it sung on Good Friday from the age of 15 to 30 something and we only stopped because the price of tickets got too high!).