View the introductory post for these 24 days with Handel’s Messiah.
First up today is the Pastoral Symphony. It has no text and is very soothing, but more importantly, it is a bridge leading to the first New Testament texts.
There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them: Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. … And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying:Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men.
-Luke 2:8-11, 13-14