Comfort Ye My People

Seeking serenity…

In the wondrous beauty of nature.

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Mountain stream in Whistler, B.C., Canada

In words from the Buddha:

“Train yourself in doing good that lasts and brings happiness.

Cultivate generosity, the life of peace, and a mind of boundless love.”

In the glorious music and words of “Comfort Ye My People”  from Handel’s “Messiah. Click below to enjoy one performance among many on the Internet.

Handel’s Messiah

Even though many people associate Handel’s Messiah with Christmas, I enjoy listening to it throughout the year especially during the summer when I am less distracted by the holidays.

Actually, it was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742 as part of the Easter season. It was a great hit and continues to be so today even if it did migrate to the Christmas season.

Wishing you serenity from beautiful British Columbia!

 

 

35 thoughts on “Comfort Ye My People

  1. The other week I was caught in a rainstorm and took refuge in a small, old local church in Canon’s Park, about a mile from where I live. It was amazing. Colourful and painted by the best Italian masters, as was the fashion in the 1700’s, it was such a surprise. Beautiful. Why am I telling you this? It was the church where Handel was organist for a number of years and did some of his composing there. The keyboard that he played on has been preserved and is on display. I was stunned and so very glad for that rainstorm.

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    1. Hi Claire, How are things? I have just returned from a 10-day trip to British Columbia. Trying gently to get back in the swing of things. As to Hayden, I wonder how his Messiah migrated from Easter to Christmas. I will have to ask a music scholar. I took a four week class at our church a few years ago about the Biblical history of the piece. Fascinating! I never missed a class even though it was at night, often cold and rainy and I was tired from working all day. Happy Labor Day to you!!

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    1. I agree that British Columbia is marvelous. We are spoiled in the Pacific Northwest!
      I am currently in Alabama in the Tennessee Valley. Very beautiful. The weather is cooling off so my visit here will be very pleasant for the next two weeks.
      I have a new granddaughter to cuddle.
      Thank you for reading and sharing your comments.
      Have a good week!

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    1. Hello…I agree. Wonderful pieces. I used to play “Ode to Joy” often. My new granddaughter is so much fun even at this sleep, eat, sleep, eat stage.
      How are you doing? I hope life is going well! Have a good week.

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