Go thee up into the high pulpit!

Rocco reports on the installation Mass for Robert Carlson as Archbishop of St. Louis. (See Whispers in the Loggia for links to more photos and click on the image above for a larger version.)

The photo above puts me in mind of the air for alto and chorus (see video below) from Part the First of Handel's Messiah and the lyrics for the same from Isaiah:

O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion,
get thee up into the high mountain.
O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem,
lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid;
say unto the cities of Judah, behold your God!
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion,
Arise, shine, for thy Light is come,
and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
(Isaiah 40:9; Isaiah 60:1)

I just hope that with my difficulty with heights that I'm never assigned to a church with a pulpit like the one in the cathedral in St. Louis!

Here's the piece from Messiah - how often do you get to hear this in June?


1 comment:

  1. I have celebrated liturgy in this cathedral in St. Louis... everything about it is larger than life. A truly amazing experience.


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