Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Copley square and the magic of Christmas carols

The first week of December Claire, Grace and I packed up and headed to Boston.  The drawn-out reason why we chose right then in the middle of all the Christmas hoopla is a story for another day.

But the short reason is that my sister is moving from there on January 2nd and Claire and Grace were my last two kids I hadn't taken to explore "my old stomping grounds" with her over there.  

I had been searching fares to get there all Fall, and when JetBlue posted these phenomenal fares it was like a little gift that we snatched up quick as a wink.

Even if it meant freezing our tails off:)

Oh there's so much to say about that trip, but for now I just have to post a little part about music since I've been thinking about Christmas hymns that fill up my heart (helped by #LIGHTtheWORLD day number fifteen over HERE).

One of the days we took the girls to my very favorite spot in all of Boston: Copley Square.

I had to write a paper about the John Hancock Tower for one of my classes at Boston University and ever since then, that building with the Trinity Church snuggled up reflecting in it has captured my heart.
 Something about the juxtaposition of old and new, the decorative curves carved into stone reaching to God mixing in with sleek modern glass, all intermingled so beautifully speaks to me.
 I think it spoke to my girls a little bit too.

We went and sat in Trinity church and basked in it's beauty, accentuated by the music being practiced at the organ.

 Aren't those stained glass windows so beautiful?
I especially love that one above depicting Christ with all those children...even through stained glass the love is apparent.
Sitting there on those pews the spirit was thick as we were led to talk about our favorite Christmas songs.

The girls and I recited/sung softly the lines from Handel's Messiah from Isaiah that we have memorized:
 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the 
government shall be upon his shoulder: 
and his name shall be called 
Wonderful, 
Counseller, 
The mighty God, 
The everlasting Father, 
The Prince of Peace.

(Lots more about why that is my favorite Christmas hymn back HERE.)

And then Saydi shared the words of "Once in Royal David's City," some of which are not in our LDS hymnbook that are SO beautiful:

As we sat there enshrouded in such beautiful words my heart was so full.

For my sister, for my daughters, for that place I learned so much from living near.  For the Christmas season, and for the magic of Christmas music that can cut through the sometimes-hardness of our Christmas-hoopla-hearts...

...and make us remember the REAL reason for it all.

Which is sometimes so easy to forget.


Grace and Claire were super excited about it all:
HA!  Gotta keep it real.

But really, they felt it too.
 Christmas music is amazingly beautiful.

Some other lines from Christmas music that I adore:

"Let every heart prepare him room."

"Then pealed the bells more loud and see, God is not dead nor doth He sleep."

"And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there."

"Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace." 

And one of my very favorites:

"Oh come let us adore him."

How great that we can show that adoration in so many ways...so very evident at Christmas-time.

(I love how much those ladies are smiling while sharing that light.)

8 comments:

  1. I love that church and had the wonderful opportunity to sing there when my college choir toured there many years ago. Also, it was in that choir that I had to memorize "One In Royal David's City." I can still sing the alto line to it by heart.

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  2. You were right in my neighborhood! I live 5 blocks from Copley. My family goes to Christmas Eve mass at Trinity every year and it's so beautiful

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  3. This vocal arrangement of the Hallelujah Chorus seems weird to me. It's driving me crazy trying to figure out. Are the sopranos just waaay louder than the altos? Were alto lines removed or given to sopranos in the higher octave? It's like the Hallelujah Chorus for Soprano and Tenor. I can't quite put my finger on it, but ARGH!, someone tell me what is up!

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  4. What a temperature difference for you all! Desert to December in Boston! Brrrr!

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  5. I am so sorry your sister is having financial difficulties and has to leave her home in Boston - even temporarily. Who's farm are they working in CA?

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  6. Hi, this is Papa Eyre clarifying for Maria: Jeff and Saydi, in an effort to empathize with the Mexican illegals Donald Trump wants to deport, decided to become migrant workers and move to the farms of California.

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  7. How can they afford to do that? Did they sell their house? Did Jeff quit his job (or get laid off)?

    And more importantly, does the LDS Church condone breaking the law? Because that is what someone is doing if they are in this country ILLEGALLY. Do you empathize with all criminals? Instead of becoming like them, rich and powerful families like yours should help them become LEGAL, not encourage them to continue to break the law.

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  8. Lest anyone didn't realize that this is a joke, they are actually going on a grand adventure, renting their house in Boston for six months and caring for a farm north of San Francisco for friends while Jeff sets up an office for their company! It has nothing to do with the LDS church, Immigrants or breaking the law! No worries!

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