“Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini Osanna in excelsis.”
On Friday 9 December 2016, through the benevolence of the Kettle Society and their sponsors, my son Dustin and I were blessed to enter the Orpheum to hear the Vancouver Chamber Choir perform Handel’s Messiah The Christmas Masterpiece. It’s a full house.
The choir was 42 members strong and perfectly balanced with 21 men and 21 women, whose voices were more than angelic. The concert program was well documented in English so that I could refer to it and understand what was being sung.
At the end of Part 2 when the Chorus sang Revelation XIX,6; XI,15; XIX,16, everyone stood up to join the Chorus in exaltation to welcome the Messiah with heavenly resounding joy. And the Chorus sang, “Hallelujah, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Hallelujah,” so everyone stood in awe as the holy message sprung from hearts to hearts and resonated on to the epic of the inner dome of the Orpheum.
I was most moved in Part 3 when Bass and Trumpet engaged in dialogue to announce, “The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians XV, 52.
I have always believed that no matter how corrupt a person can be, it is in the power of God that he be changed, and on this snowy night in Vancouver at the Orpheum, the peace, joy, and harmony of the music and angelic voices more than proved this.