John Michael Talbot: He Is Risen + Pope Francis: Use Weapons of Love to Fight Evil of Terrorism + Royal Choral Society: Hallelujah Chorus in Isolation

The Reason For The Season

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published Mar. 27, 2016
Updated: April 12, 2020

Happy Easter!

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. — Mark 16:6

DON TIPTON on Aug 11, 2012

Pope Francis: Use ‘Weapons of Love’ to Fight Evil of Terrorism

Thanh Nien News NewsVietnam.org on Mar 27, 2016

Partial transcript

“The Lord Jesus, our peace (Eph 2:14), by his resurrection triumphed over evil and sin. May he draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to shed blood in different parts of the world, as in the recent attacks in Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Iraq. May he water the seeds of hope and prospects for peace in Africa; I think in particular of Burundi, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, marked by political and social tensions.

With the weapons of love, God has defeated selfishness and death. His son Jesus is the door of mercy wide open to all. May his Easter message be felt ever more powerfully by the beloved people of Venezuela in the difficult conditions which they are experiencing, and by those responsible for the country’s future, that everyone may work for the common good, seeking spaces of dialogue and cooperation with all. May efforts be made everywhere to promote the culture of counter, justice and reciprocal respect, which alone can guarantee the spiritual and material welfare of all people.

The Easter message of the risen Christ, a message of life for all humanity, echoes down the ages and invites us not to forget those men and women seeking a better future, an ever more numerous throng of migrants and refugees – including many children – fleeing from war, hunger, poverty and social injustice. All too often, these brothers and sisters of ours meet along the way with death or, in any event, rejection by those who could offer them welcome and assistance. May the forthcoming World Humanitarian Summit not fail to be centred on the human person and his or her dignity, and to come up with policies capable of assisting and protecting the victims of conflicts and other emergencies, especially those who are most vulnerable and all those persecuted for ethnic and religious reasons.”

Updated: April 12, 2020

ROYAL CHORAL SOCIETY: Hallelujah Chorus in Isolation
#Messiah2020 #RoyalAlbertHome

RoyalChoralSoc on Apr 10, 2020

The Royal Choral Society performed the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah virtually this Good Friday, continuing a Royal Albert Hall tradition that has been going for 144 years – broken only by the Blitz in 1940/1.

Following the cancellation of this year’s annual performance due to Covid-19, members formed a virtual choir to allow audiences everywhere to enjoy this Easter institution. The choir invited the public to join them in singing the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ at 4:35pm (BST) on Good Friday 10 April 2020.

82 members of the Royal Choral Society filmed themselves singing in their own homes, and the videos were then stitched together, and shared as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s #RoyalAlbertHome series. Conductor Richard Cooke joined from his garden, with Richard Pearce – regular organist for the Last Night of the Proms – providing accompaniment.

The Royal Choral Society is a registered charity but receives no funding, relying mostly on ticket sales. Many 2020 Messiah ticket holders have kindly donated their refunds to the choir. Donations can be made via the choir’s website https://royalchoralsociety.co.uk/.

From the archives:

John Pilger: Can We Trust Our Governments In What They Say To Us About Coronavirus? No, We Can’t, Absolutely Not!

How To Increase The Strength Of Your Immune System During The Coronavirus Pandemic by Jack Balkwill

Keith Green: Easter Song + The Visual Bible: Matthew

Art Katz: The Cross of Christ

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Dear President Obama: Easter Has Nothing To Do With War (repost)

N. T. Wright: Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?

What Jesus Said About Resurrection

2 thoughts on “John Michael Talbot: He Is Risen + Pope Francis: Use Weapons of Love to Fight Evil of Terrorism + Royal Choral Society: Hallelujah Chorus in Isolation

  1. Resurrection poem
    Spring rebirth saga
    Dormant seed sprouts
    What dies gives food to life through-out
    We miss the miracle of life every day
    Only to box it up in some historical play
    What we shed
    What we keep
    What world is seen
    What world is unseen
    What separates you from me anyway
    To give metaphor to your passion play
    Daily workings we can’t see or understand
    Call it a Great Mystery
    Not the name you insist is in your minds plan
    Break free from these Chains
    Therefore, a Bridge not a Wall you build
    A Shield, not a Sword you hold
    Comfort from the Hate and Cold

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