Monday, November 22, 2010

Comfort Ye, My People

As Advent begins again, I share my own yearly way of entering the season: I listen to the first half of Handel's Messiah. It all starts this way:

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. . . .

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.

El Greco's St. John the Baptist:

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