Thursday, November 25, 2010

Opera Company of Philadelphia "Hallelujah!" Random Act of Culture

This video has been widely circulated and viewed millions of times.

"Random Act of Culture."

What does this mean? Some have counted it as meaning great things while others have mocked it.

Messiah, by George Frideric Handel, has certainly enjoyed much fame and has a rich message. The portion sung in this "Random Act of Culture", the "Hallelujah Chorus" is perhaps the most popular and widely known portion. It is a part of the holiday tradition. It carries the holiday spirit as powerfully as does Santa's sleigh.

Of course, there are people for whom the message is what is counted as most valuable and important. For them, it is much more than tradition and much, much more than a random act. For some it is actually a presentation of the message of Life itself, everlasting life and peace and joy that flow from knowing God's salvation through forgiveness purchased at inestimable cost.

But, that is another story belonging to another culture, even another world and kingdom.

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