HALLELUJAH for Christmas

After the first performance, in 1742, of Handel's oratorio Messiah, the British Earl of Kinnoull congratulated the composer on a "noble entertainment." Handel responded: "My Lord, I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wished to make them better."

When I read this in the sleeve notes in a CD of Messiah, it reminded meof an observation by Mary Baker Eddy: "The primitive privilege of Christianity was to make men better, to cast out error, and heal the sick" (Christian Healing, p. 3).

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