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Letters from 12 to 18 December 2011

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Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell — and Messiah

Poet Mark Doty wrote a poem titled, "Messiah Christmas Portions" several years back which has a good answer to the question in your front page essay last week about why Handel's Messiah seems to show up each Advent, or at least his answer satisfies me. Here is a link to him reading his poem, on YouTube, so you can hear for yourself:

This other link is to a printed version posted by the Poetry Foundation:

Michelle C Jackson
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
Elk Grove, California, USA
12 December 2011

Marriage — and Messiah

Your brief mention last week in the News Centre of the Porvoo discussion on marriage should have added the very good news that those particular churches have continued to be in communion with one another despite their disagreements about what and who may constitute a marriage. As others have noted, if the Lutheran and Anglican churches of that agreement are able to show Christian charity to one another, what is wrong with the rest of the Anglican Communion?

And on a different subject: I consider myself something of a musician and have enjoyed many performances of the Messiah both within churchly settings and without. To my mind, one of the very best is that conducted by René Jacobs and released by Harmonia Mundi. His interpretation brings a certain evangelical excitement, if you will, to a work often dulled by careless repetition — rather like the Gospel!

May your Advent continue to be blessed.

The Reverend Carlton Kelley
Diocese of Indianapolis
Richmond, Indiana USA.
12 December 2011

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Earlier letters

We launched our 'Letters to AO' section on 11 May 2003. All published letters are in our archives.


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