“King of Kings! Lord of Lords! King of Kings! And Lord of Lords! And he shall reign forever and e-e-ver!”
“Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Ha-le-looooooooo-yaaaaaa!”
Are you humming along yet? It’s the season for Handel’s Messiah. The parents and alums have already joined the Concert Choir teacher at EPHS to practice the big combined closing number of the winter choral concert. I love this work, especially this wildly uplifting song that we associate with Christmas.
Actually, in the oratorio, the Hallelujah Chorus is the song of Easter. Christ is risen, and he will now reign forever. This is not a tiny vulnerable baby we are singing about, but a ruler triumphant.
While the references to the Messiah as king are throughout the Hebrew scriptures, this Sunday’s Feast of Christ the King is actually less than 100 years old. It’s a late addition to the Church calendar. It seems to me that those who promoted its inclusion caught the tail end of kingly reigns of means on earth. I have not been under the jurisdiction of a King, and perhaps many of you have not.
Many prefer to speak of God’s kindom, or God’s reign, rather than God’s Kingdom. As we jump from the Gospel of Mark to the Gospel of John in our last Sunday before Advent, how are we to understand this expected reign? Bring your thoughts about that, as we pray, sing, break open the word together and share the cup and the bread. I’ll be presiding.
This Sunday at 5 p.m., 7117 Washington Ave. South, Edina. Hope to see you!
An Ecumenical Catholic Community
cháris Χάρις khar’ece
Our name means grace, good will, loving-kindness, favor; of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.
O Come O Come Immanuel
December 2nd is the first Sunday of Advent. Starting that Sunday, we will return to having two masses. One will be at 10 a.m., the other at 5 p.m. We may have smaller circles, but we will serve all the folks that would like to be with us but who have conflicting schedules when we choose either morning or evening. Please join us!
That is also intergenerational learning night, and we will be doing some Advent dwelling. Morning mass will still be held. Evening prayer will include our brief Eucharist and a potluck meal. Watch for a Signup Genius for food ideas from planners.