Sunday, March 28, 2010

Music of Holy Week


For me, Easter is the most important day of the Christian calendar.

Without it Christmas would have little meaning. It would be reduced to a secular winter holiday, that for many it already is. At best it would be a note on a calendar that marks December 25th as the day to remember a man named Jesus.

Some curious kid might ask, "Hey, Mom, who is this Jesus on my calendar?" Mom might say, "I don't remember. Look him up." Upon researching one might find that Jesus was a nice guy, a little different but nice. Some people liked him and others did not. What made him remembered was that he offered a new way of treating people, a new way of looking at life. He promised eternal life. He wanted people to feel closer to God. This life style worked for many, but the government thought that he was dangerous and that he might want to take over; after all he said that he was the Son of God. Even some religious people felt threatened by his authority. He was crucified and that was that.

But for those of us that believe in the man that called himself the Christ, the Son of God, His story did not end with His crucifixion, for Easter is the promise. The promise of eternal life in a world that is so incredibly wonderful and beautiful. A place where everyone respects others and treats them accordingly.A place where all is well. A perfect place where God's love will be the atmosphere that we live in.

To some extent I can experience Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. We all have felt sorrow, loss, regrets, pain, unfairness. But Easter is beyond my grasp of truly understanding. I do not know anyone that has risen from the dead. I am glad that I do not have to take a test explaining it. All I have to do is believe, and believe I do.

Neither the best sermon nor the most glorious music can fully express the wonder, the grandeur, the holiness of the Easter experience and promise. Perhaps Handel's Hallelujah Chorus comes the closest to giving me the feeling that I want to have on Easter morning, on every morning - that our God, our Messiah can over come all, that our God is forever and ever.

A Happy Easter to you.


  1. Hi Mya! Thanks for commenting on my blog, Counting My Blessings. And a special 'Thank you' for this post! You did such a great job with what you wrote about Jesus. Thank you for posting the Hallelujah Chorus! It always gives me goose bumps to hear this! I've heard it performed in person only one time, and it was wonderful!

  2. And a Happy Easter to you as well! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I just got lucky on the cardinal shot. She was coming in for a landing and the shutter opened just at that moment when her wings were folded but her feet hadn't quite reached the branch. I thought it was funny because it looks like the wind blew her off the perch and it was, indeed, a windy day.

    Peace and blessings to you!

  3. Another beautiful post and your music selections are just perfect.

    I just signed up to follow you-I could have sworn that I did that ages ago but I guess I didn't...very strange indeed!

    Thanks for your comment about my two "boys"!! They are already sick of their casts and we still have 5 weeks left! Thank goodness Easter is this weekend-maybe some chocolate eggs will take their mind off their injuries for a while!

    I hope that you have a very Happy Easter.

    Blessings and best wishes,

  4. Wonderful post.. May you have a Blessed Easter!
    And May the peace of God be with you and yours at this Easter Season.

  5. Mya Thank you for the Amen! on that beautiful poem I found for Easter...So glad you liked it too" Something happened to my post while I was making adjustments on the photo and I had to re-post.