Something for the weekend.  Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus performed as the Recessional Hymn at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City on Easter Sunday March 31, 2013.  Although The Messiah has become identified with Christmas, the Hallelujah Chorus is clearly in the Easter section of The Messiah.  The conclusion of the film The Greatest Story Ever Told, got this right:

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  1. While this rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus” is certainly well done
    and the church interior is also beautiful, I must point out a fly in the
    ointment. The parish where this video was made, St. Francis Xavier
    in New York City, is a Jesuit parish notorious as the “gay parish” in
    Cardinal Dolan has written to the parishes of his archdiocese asking
    them to refrain from participating in NYC’s annual “Gay Pride” march,
    but St. FX has done so anyway, with a contingent from the parish
    marching in the parade with a banner proclaiming the parish’s affiliation.
    The “Gay Pride” events have been advertised in leaflets handed out
    after Mass at the church. The parish hosts an annual “LGBT anniversary
    I’m sure there are many fine people who attend St. Francis Xavier parish,
    and they certainly know how to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus”, but some-
    thing is seriously awry there.

  2. Speaking of LBGT, I hope after Easter TAC will comment on the new Indiana law signed by Gov Pence that is supposed to protect freedom of religion. I have not seen any reports that address religious freedom, only hysteria from the left about discrimination against the LBGT.

    Back to the Hallelujah, “the Son is shining”, well put.
    Beautiful music performed in a beautiful house of God.
    Thank you for the post. A Happy and Blessed Easter to you, and your family.

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