Silent Monks Singing Halleluia

By creative high school students
December 2008

Isaiah 40:5
And the glory of Yahweh shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.

The Halleluia or Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah has long been a favorite for choirs and congregations to perform and hear during the Christmas season. This delightfully innovative performance by high schoolers dressed as monks brings a new twist to a powerful favorite. It takes work and timing. Go online and view the many other ways people have carried on this tradition.

JOY is a great part of the Advent season – learn to take each moment for the love and beauty it brings.

The text for “Hallelujah” comes from the book of Revelation in the New Testament. Revelation 19:6: “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Revelation 19:16: “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.” Revelation 11:15 reads, “And he shall reign for ever and ever.” Read more about the history of the Hallelujah Chorus and find the lyrics on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir page.

Prayer: May we catch the infection of joy this season and spread it to all we see. Amen.

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