The Spirit of Christ Found Within the Hymns

A Short Post again due to the fact that I still am wiped out with COVID.

This is a 16 minute video about the story behind the hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul” complete with a narration by Hugh Bonneville, a sweet theatrical performance following his words, and the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performing the song itself(with a brief part of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” sung at the beginning). Though this is for a Christmas Program, the hymn has a message that goes beyond that and truly gets at the heart of the Spirit of Christ. I find myself often watching this video and each time feel my heart touched by the power of the story of the Spafford Family and tears are brought to my eyes.

Another beautiful Christmas story told in this same way in shown below; a nearly 30 minute long video about the history of “The Messiah” written by George Frideric Handel in the 1700s. It is narrated by Martin Jarvis, acted out as well, song by various opera singers, played by the Orchestra at Temple Square, and song by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Incredible that under such stress and struggles, Handel wrote this 260 page score in so short a time and for such a good and charitable cause, matching the very heart of the Spirit of Christ as well.

I enjoyed watching both of these, seeing the people behind the songs we love so well and the religious messages taught in each hymn; how wonderfully music is to be able to reach into our hearts and souls and fill us with such strong emotions.