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Hallelujah Chorus Facts from Handel’s Messiah

Cheryl is a licensed, ordained minister and has a BA in Psychology and Church ministry.

George Frederick Handel

George Frederick Handel

Hall-e-lu-jah

George Frideric Handel, Aneta Mihályová created a masterpiece when he produced the 3 part opera Handel's Messiah in1741. Part 1 begins with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and evolves to the angel's annunciation to the Shepherds. Part II concentrates on the passion of Christ and ends with the "Hallelujah" chorus. Part III covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ's glorification in heaven. Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed by Handel, with a scriptural text that was compiled from the King James Bible and the Coverdale Psalter by Charles Jennens. This music encompasses the entirety of Christ's life from beginning to end but Handel's personal religious views are not known. It was Jennens who intended Messiah as a statement of faith in Christ's divinity, because of the increasing popularity of "rationalized atheism" The lyrics Jennes penned are as follows.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! 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
And He shall reign for ever and ever
And He shall reign for ever and ever
For ever and ever, forever and ever

King of kings (Forever and ever Hallelujah!…

Many churches have their choirs sing the Hallelujah chorus during plays and pageants during Christmas and Easter and there used to be an understanding that this music was not utilized outside of faith communities.

Interesting facts.

Handel's Messiah is utilized most within Christian churches during the seasons of Christmas and Easter. There have been many adaptations of Handel's Messiah which exalts, magnifies, and glorifies Jesus Christ. This is considered a religious and or Christian work and is a love song to the Savior. Only under the unction of the Holy Spirit could such music have been composed. . This is why it is so mystifying that the secular world regularly misuses the chorus to promote and sell products to consumers. On television shows and in movies whenever someone has an epiphany, they light up as if they are illuminated and the Hallelujah chorus begins to play as if it were a joke, There is an old saying that people misuse what they don't understand and the world needs to understand that this music tells the story of life, salvation, and eternity, It was not composed for fun and entertainment and should not be misused by those who are to giving glory and honor to our Lord.

Dishonoring the Lord

The crucifixion of Christ was brutal and he suffered greatly but His resurrection was grand and glorious. He told His disciples in the end of Mark chapter 16 and Matthew chapter 28 to preach His gospel in all the world. Handel's Messiah is a method of sharing the gospel but the secular world has tried to profane the efforts. There are probably many who are used to the chorus being used as entertainment and have no idea of the original intent and purpose. This masterpiece should only be utilized by His children for the glory of the Lord. The term Hallelujah stands for "God be praised" and is utilized when believers are praising the Lord. This too has been taken by the nonbelieving world and is often uttered by those who have no clue of its origin, original intent, and purpose. Handel's Messiah is sacred work and should be treated as such.

Charles Jennes put the Messiah n Handel's work.

Charles Jennes put the Messiah n Handel's work.

Joint collaboration

George Frederick Handel was born Georg Friederich Händel in Germany on February 23, 1865, and later became an English Baroque composer. He died on April 14, 1779. Charles Jennes was a patron of the arts and a friend to Handel. He was born in the United Kingdom sometime in 1700 and died in 1773. Jenne's vast knowledge of the Bible as well as his literary interests led him in 1735 to collaborate on many projects with Handal and Messiah was the greatest of their joint ventures. These two men together are responsible for one of the most popular tunes around the world. Whatever Handel desired for his work, Jennes turned it into a musical wonder.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston

Comments

Carolyn Fields from South Dakota, USA on December 16, 2020:

Cheryl,

You make a good point about the secular uses of this work. I never thought of it that way before, but you are absolutely correct.

I enjoy listening to the Hallelujah Chorus to uplift myself and celebrate the life that God has given me.

Blessings on your day,

Carolyn

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 16, 2020:

It is beautiful Peggy. I live it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 16, 2020:

That is such a beautiful composition! I am listening to that first video right now. Thanks for telling us about the German composer Georg Friederich Händel. We have heard it played and sung many times at Jones Hall in Houston.

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