Posted by: abbiewatters | December 10, 2012

Advent Two – Monday

Isaiah 5:8-17

This is the passage from today’s lectionary, but I really prefer the section on which Handel’s Messiah is based (Isaiah 40:1-11), although in this reading you can find many of the same themes.  In this instance, the prophecy is full of threats and a warning of what is to come, where the text of the Messiah is full of peace and comfort to a people in exile.

Comfort Ye, My People

And the Glory of the Lord

Oh Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion

He Shall Feed his Flock

Reading through this, I wonder at the verses Charles Jennens, the librettist, left out (v. 6-8). They are the opening verses of Brahms’ A German Requiem.

Behold All Flesh is as the Grass

Oddly, I wasn’t able to find any musical setting for v. 10.

I’m a traditionalist around Christmas time.


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