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Heavenly Holidays – Singing with the Angels!

From Artistic Director, Michael Dell…

Heavenly Holidays – Singing with the Angels!

Angels are all around us, in one form (expression) or another! Even a cursory exploration reveals that these generally supernatural beings are found in various religions and mythologies (yes I can quote Wikipedia along with the best of them!). Perhaps some of the more concrete among us may wish to think of angels as somehow linked exclusively to our own specific faith story. However, it seems that, at least at the metaphorical level, we have nearly all, at one time or another, been “touched by an angel” (to name a once-popular television show, from 1994-2003!) regardless of our guiding beliefs.

In my own faith story, the holidays are chock full of “lessons and carols” with references to the Archangel Gabriel announcing to Mary the birth of Jesus, and to the multitude of angels, the heavenly host, singing “Glory to God!”, as expressed in Luke’s account of the shepherd’s stumbling upon the birth of Christ.

As I ponder the winter holidays, and all the various ways in which we might encounter and experience angels, I am drawn to four specific types of love, as described in four Greek words. It seems that expressing love is a common thread, and an essential element, in of all our celebrations around the globe:

Storge (familial love, as between parent and child) – “Goodnight, My Angel” by Billy Joel, reflects his natural love and affection for his own child, having nothing to do with merit or gaining anything in return.

Eros (passionate, romantic love) – “You Are My Christmas Angel” is a fun, romantic holiday love song, a fitting tribute to the object of one’s affections.

Philia (affectionate, warm and tender platonic love) – “Angels Unaware” is an anthem inspired by Hebrews 13: 1-2 – “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Agape (sacrificial, “Godly” love) – In the Christmas story, angels are the messengers of God, a link between the human and the Divine, representing God’s faithful love for us: “All night, all day, angels watchin’ over me!”

So, come join us this season for
“Heavenly Holidays – Singing with the Angels!”
Do you hear the angels on high,
Sweetly singing o’er the plains?
May we, this season, join the mountains in reply,
as we, too, echo back their joyous strains:
“GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO!”

Holiday Concert Schedule 

Tuesday, December 4 – First Christian Church, 7:00 p.m., 11924 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL

Friday, December 7 – City Rescue Mission, 7:00 p.m., 426 McDuff Ave., S. Jacksonville, FL

Sunday, December 9 – Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, 4:00 p.m., 3026 Woodlawn Road, Jacksonville, FL

Sunday, December 16 – South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, 3:00 p.m., 2137 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL

For any questions feel free to reach out to the Assistant to the Director, Deborah Dell, at heritagesingjax@aol.com

Hope to see you there!