Passion Music: Surely, He Hath Borne Our Griefs

Handel’s Messiah is usually sung at Christmas but every time I have played or sung it, I strengthen my belief that it’s actually a piece that celebrates Easter. One of my favourite parts is this setting of Isaiah 53:4-6, which creates a bridge between yesterday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday tomorrow.

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows! He was wounded
For our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the
Chastisement of our peace was upon Him
And the Lord hath laid on Him, the iniquity of us all. 

 

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