|Letters from 12
to 18 December 2011
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Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell — and Messiah
Mark Doty wrote a poem titled, "Messiah Christmas
Portions" several years back which has a good answer to
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:
other link is to a printed version posted by the Poetry
Michelle C Jackson
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
Elk Grove, California, USA
12 December 2011
— and Messiah
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?
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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