Psalm 23 to Amazing Grace, The Isle of Harris, old-style holy singing by the Scots

 

 

 

The Scottish Psalter version.

1 The Lord’s my shephard, I’ll not want.

2 He makes me down to lie In pastures green: he leadeth me the quiet waters by.

3 My soul he doth restore again; and me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, ev’n for his own name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, yet will I fear none ill: For thou art with me; and thy rod and staff me comfort still.

5 My table thou hast furnished in presence of my foes; My head thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows. 6 Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me: And in God’s house for evermore my dwelling-place shall be.

 

ROYAL CHORAL SOCIETY: Hallelujah Chorus in Isolation #Messiah2020 #RoyalAlbertHome

At twelve noon, on this date, April 13, 1742, the world heard the first performance of ‘Messiah’ There has not been a year since then that George Frederick Handel’s ‘Messiah’ has not been performed in concert halls around the world. The first performance took place in a Dublin music hall.

Many audiences typically stand during the Hallelujah chorus. The reason for this has its origins in a story that King George II was so moved by the chorus during the London premiere that he rose to his feet. Because of protocol, the audience in attendance also stood and thus the tradition was born.

Here is a link to a virtual performance of the Hallelujah chorus premiered on Good Friday 2020

https://youtu.be/_PQYVbd1Gwg

Feel free to stand or sit 😊

Happy Easter Monday

 

Why Christmas IS NOT A PAGAN HOLIDAY.

To clarify the text below for some readers – this is my personal conviction and opinion supported by others. If you disagree with anything here, take it to the Lord in prayer. I do not claim to be a master or a teacher and to know everything perfectly as someone suggested. Since the beginning of Christianity, there have been disagreements and arguments of which the Apostle Paul himself wrote. It’s not different today. Some of my close, personal Christian friends disagree with me about Christmas, so you need to decide for yourself if you want to celebrate the birth of Christ or not.

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I am coming boldly against the lying statements of some Christian and non-Christian conspiracy theorists claiming that Christmas is a pagan holiday which causes lots of confusion and suffering as well. It reminds me of one young family whom I knew at school where I used to teach. They had two lovely kids and also were teachers. The mum of a young father was also a teacher. At one point those young people became Jehovah Witnesses. They stopped celebrating Christmas and other holidays, they became weird and changed dramatically. The mother of that young man complained that her grandchildren are utterly unhappy as they suddenly are denied Christmas, Christmas tree, gifts and all the Christmas celebration they knew from the past. Everyone in that family was unhappy and shocked. Nowadays, someone is diligently trying to destroy this long tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus. It reminds me that Jehovah witness couple. As most people know Jehovah’s Witness is a cult, who does not even believe that Jesus Christ is God and our Savior (check what they believe exactly, I was told by a former Jehovah Witness lady, that they believe Jesus was an arcangel Michael. According to wikipedia: “Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Archangel Michael, “the Word” of John 1:1, and wisdom personified in Proverbs 8 refer to Jesus in his pre-human existence and that he resumed these identities after his ascension to heaven following his death and resurrection..)  It saddens me badly that devoted Christians are rejecting now the most beautiful holidays of the year.  More and more Christians are giving up on Christmas without the proper knowledge and checking if this is true, that Christmas is a pagan holiday. They stop celebrating the birth of our precious Savior, singing the most beautiful Christmas carols and songs which our great, great grandfathers sung to glorify Jesus Christ.

Think about it, who is behind Jehovah’s Witness cult? Isn’t it the devil and the spirit of antichrist? Whoever denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God, God Himself and our Saviour is a lair and an antichrist, said John, the Apostle.

So, if this is the case, who does not want Christians to celebrate Christmas? Isn’t it the same spirit of antichrist? I bet it is. I have been walking with Jesus very close for the last 12 years and I have never had any conviction about Christmas. Yes, we are not to overeat and overspend money going crazy about presents and other things, not to mention work Christmas parties where people get totally drunk.

I am talking about born again Christians who love the Lord Jesus and it brings them a joy to remember that He was born for us in December. This is also a great occasion to tell others why we love Christmas and why Jesus was born.

Lots of people just watch some conspiracy videos on youtube and without making any research they just follow blindly anybody who says something online.

This is wrong and this is not very wise because, firstly, this way you can be led astray by anybody.  Secondly, how do you know who is the person who made that video? Do you know him personally? Are you sure it is not a satanist who is only pretending to be a Christian? We do not know who is on the other side. Do not believe blindly anything.

Now, anyone can make any video they want and upload it to youtube, Beware and be wise. Jesus Christ told us to be gentle like a lamb and wise like a serpent. Be careful people, satan and his demons are very crafty, much more than humans, check everything and pray about any strange changes that you may want to introduce into your life after watching any unchecked video or reading unchecked articles. That is also true that Christmas has been hijacked by the world and people celebrate it no matter if they are Christians or not. As it is written on the following pages (you can check the validity of the historic information given by going to the old-style libraries with paper, printed books). I cannot imagine the Lord not being happy when His children, the church celebrates His birth every year. Do you celebrate your child’s, mother’s, father’s friend’s birthday? I bet you do, so why we should not be happy that our Wonderful Prince of Peace was born to save us from our sins? There is an excellent, article below with historical facts which explain that IT WAS PAGANS who stole the date of Christmas celebration from Christians. You can read a lot more information there which will prove that Christmas belongs to Christ. The article is well written and well researched.

Why Christmas is not a pagan holiday

“An increasing number of Christians have come to believe that Christmas is derived from paganism. They’ve heard that the timing of Christmas may have been borrowed from Roman sun god worship. Or that Christmas trees come from German paganism. Or that the star on top of the Christmas tree comes from astrological worship. But these myths are all so wrong. Christmas—the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord—is a thoroughly Christians celebration. Here’s why.” Read more in the link above.

Another, shorter and more personal article here:

Is Christmas a pagan holiday?

Check ALSO AN EXCELLENT TEACHING ON THE BIRTH OF JESUS below:

THE BIRTH OF JESUS SERMON

 

 

 

I love Christmas, I love you Jesus my Lord, my King, my life and my Saviour forever.

And I will not be quiet about your birth, this is the time to tell everybody why we have such joy and why armies of angels were singing when you came to this world.

Thank you, Lord, for humbling yourself and becoming a man to save us.

 

Amazing, angelic voice.

 

An amazing young Christian singer. “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger”.

MY REDEEMER LIVES by Nicole Mullen (Aldrich & James cover)

To all those who do not know yet, that praise we give to God, truly silences the enemy, be assured that it is exactly like it says in this psalm. The adversary hates when we praise our God and does flee, so if you are in troubles, no matter what, praise the Lord!

It will always uplift you, give you strength, the angels come and sing with you, the Holy Spirit pours His anointing on you, and you become invincible! Praise God with all your heart even through tears, through filling stuck, even if you do not feel like praising the Lord, still do it! Very often we are afflicted by the various demonic attacks to make us feel hopeless, depressed, angry, disappointed and so on but praise destroys all the traps of the devil! Praise the Lord! Like the apostle Paul said:  Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.  Philippians 4:4

 

Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory

in the heavens.

Through the praise of children and infants

you have established a stronghold against your enemies,

to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

what is mankind that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them?

You have made them  a little lower than the angels

and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands;

you put everything under their feet:

all flocks and herds,

and the animals of the wild,

the birds in the sky,

and the fish in the sea,

all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8

The Lord God bless you and keep you

 

Numbers 6:22-27  

The Priestly Blessing

22 The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

24 “‘“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”