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Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Redeemer Lives!

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

(Job 19:25-26)

From Handel's oratorio Messiah (1741):

Information about the performance in the above video:
The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel's Messiah on Good Friday at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1878. The RCS filmed their performance on 6 April 2012 by kind permission of the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


  1. Happy Easter to (oh my goodness, I'm quoting Bunkerville) you and Mr. AOW!
    May God bless you immensely today and in the days to come.

  2. //For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
    And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
    (Job 19:25-26)//

    One of my favorite passages. To think that Job in all of his affliction could prophesy this hope, is at very least amazing.

    Happy Easter AOW.

    1. LA,
      Jesus Himself said, "I came to fulfill the law and the prophets." In fact, His last words on the cross came from Psalm 22.

      When I was a child, I memorized verses from Job 19 in the Christian school I attended. We were also required to memorize all of Isaiah 53.

      Later, I was privileged to sing in the chorus of several performances of Handel's Messiah. I love that oratorio, which uses only words from the Authorized King James Version of the Bible. Glorious words and glorious music!

  3. Rarely do Mr. AOW and I go out to brunch, lunch, or dinner on Easter Sunday. The day is for reflecting upon holy matters -- and for rejoicing in our Redemption.

    However, this Easter Sunday 2014, Mr. AOW and I have brunch reservations at our favorite restaurant, which offers a special menu for today.

    This year's late arrival of spring makes us want to get out and about. Besides, if we dine out, I don't have to cook today. **smile**

  4. Happy Easter, AOW. May God bless you both.

  5. He is Risen, Indeed! Happy Easter AOW! Did somebody say something about brunch!? Enjoy this glorious day!

  6. The American Peoples PartyApril 20, 2014 at 8:40:00 AM CDT

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  7. Mr. and Mrs. AOW, Enjoy your brunch. We also are going out this year with my Mom and sister-in-law, to a favorite restaurant that has special menu. My Mom is 92 now and still able to thoroughly enjoy the holidays. Like you, going out just sounded nice in this very late Spring. Blessings and a Happy Easter to you both.

  8. A Conservative Vermont VetApril 20, 2014 at 9:33:00 AM CDT

    While some may wonder why one would take the opportunity on this Holiest of Holy Days for Christians, to want to call upon the Almighty to Bless our Great Republic and at the same time, all of you, far from being a dichotomy whatsoever, the two invocations, are inextricably entwined

    Understandably, this devoted observance drives the secular progressives and the illogical fanatics to, and proponents of, The Establishment Clause, bonkers. So be it.

    Regardless, of their exhaustive attempts at revisionism, our country was founded by men who recognized that to survive, we were compelled to not only follow laws of nature but Laws of God as well, and recognized that these “rights” were those which were a “gift” from our Creator and should never be taken for granted.

    As our Freedoms are being challenged by forces who would see us destroyed and come primarily from those who do so in the name of their prophet and their god, it is important to remember our right to practice our individual faith—or not at all—is in peril and what better day than today to reflect, give thanks for what and “who” we are as well as pay tribute to not only our individual religious observance, but to ask our Creator to continue to bless this glorious Republic.

    There are some who wish to blame the world’s ills on us (the blame America first faction) and as we have seen of late, there are even some who from the pulpit of a Church no less, call upon the Lord to damn the United States; and others still, who consider us as the “Great Satan.”

    Well, to one and all of the above-- while I cannot claim to recognize whence comes your hatred and desire for our annihilation other than the fact that we are the ONLY country which stands between freedom on earth and totalitarianism and enslavement-- later this morning, I will pray in my Church of my faith, of my choosing and of my free will for the salvation of mankind and that someday, they also may come to enjoy what only we can appreciate, yet too often, simply take for granted.

    Furthermore, I will implore God to not only protect and keep us safe from all evil, but will also pray for the continued expression of said freedoms which are not permitted and protected, to the same extent, anywhere else on Earth.

    Therefore, to one and all, God Bless America, God Bless each and everyone of you and Happy Easter.
    And for you who choose not to believe, as long as you are Conservatives and support our cause and our Troops, may I wish you a Worldly Happy Sunday, as well.

    From a Conservative Vermont Vet

  9. I'm glad you posted this fine, spirited performance of HALLELUJAH. No ine ever does quite so well as the Brits. I'm also glad I resisted the temptation to post it, myself, and chose Messiaen's Outburst of Joy, a brilliant organ piece written in 1927, and an extraordinarily good version of Et Resurrexit from Bach's Mass in B-Minor, instead. The latter was performed in 2012 by a LITHUANIAN ensemble, and is in my opinion "world class." It's heartening to realize that even in a poor, relatively obscure Baltic state -- long subjected to Russian bullying -- the spirit that animates and drives devotion to Our Lord and Savior, and to excellence in Musical Art is not only alive and well, but thriving brilliantly.

    The Messiaen was recorded in 1970 on a French organ built by Cavaillee-Coll in 1888 -- the very instrument for which the piece was conceived.

    Hope you and The Man of the House thoroughly enjoy yourselves at brunch. In years past Easter Dinner With The Family was BIG DEAL. In fact the whole day was memorably special in every way. started playing Sunrise Services on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River wen I was just twelve. Then the men would prepare a huge breakfast to eaten before the 9:00 Am service. I participated in both the 9:00 and the 11:00 o'clock services either as a singer or a page turner for the organist, who was also my esteemed piano teacher for whim I would have done just about anything in those days. Mom would either prepare most of the dinner the night before, then get all dressed up, and attend the 11:00 o'clock with Dad after taxing me to the 6:00 AM service in the cliffs. If mother wasn't cooking, we'd take off after church to go to one of my aunt and uncle's houses for dinner there, Always hectic, Always hewady! Always joyful, but I can't for the life of me figure out today how we managed just to get THROUGH it all. ;-)



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