Friday, November 26, 2010

Hallelujah!

Do you stand during the Hallelujah Chorus? I asked this question to my knit group and they had never heard of the tradition. Do you stand?

I do. My family does. Our faith tradition, Lutherans, stand during doxological stanzas. And because I had to look this up, too, doxological means an expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service. What is the Hallelujah Chorus but an expression of praise to God?

Wikipedia says the tradition of standing during the Hallelujah Chorus started with King George. He may have been so moved by the music that he stood or perhaps his gout was bothering him and he stood to relieve the pain. The rule at the time is that when a royal stands, everyone stands.

It would be appalling to think that we stand during the H.C. because King George had gout, so I'm sticking with doxology as a perfectly fine reason to stand during the HC. We stand because we are moved to and why shouldn't we? HC is perhaps the most majestic piece of music ever written.

And now for your consideration, an Hallelujah Chorus flash mob. You're welcome.