Sunday, December 16th
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
The Fifth Annual Advent Concert featuring the OLOM Chancel Choir will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah this Advent Season. Bring the whole family for an hour-long, candle-lit, musical event which includes the ever popular “Hallelujah Chorus” among other classic features.
Messiah is an oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel. Handel uses a scriptural text to tell the events of the life of Jesus in three parts: Prophesy and Birth; Passion and Resurrection; and the Promise of Eternal Life. Since its premier, the oratorio has risen in popularity, becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. It begins with prophetic promises of the birth of the Christ, many from the Old Testament book of Isaiah. The actual birth of Jesus is revealed, and then Messiah narrates the experience of the shepherds outside of Bethlehem, completing the birth story.