Skip to comments.Azusa Pacific University Menís Choir Sings in Capitol Rotunda on Gohmert Led Tour
Posted on 05/05/2012 10:01:01 AM PDT by TXnMA
Last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) gave the Azusa Pacific University Choir a tour of the United States Capitol. The mens choir provided music for the 2012 National Day of Prayer events in Washington, D.C.
During an after hour tour, the choir preformed an impromptu acapella, but powerfully moving rendition of Holy, Holy, Holy, in the Rotunda of our nation's Capitol. Surrounded by so many evidences of God's blessings on this nation, the echoing notes certainly moved those present and just might move you as well.
Non-denominational Christian worship services were held only a matter of feet from Statuary Hall on Sundays for many decades after the Capitol was first constructed. This made the Capitol the largest church in Washington for much of the 1800's. The Capitol Church service was regularly attended by President Jefferson who coined the phrase "Separation of Church and State." President Madison, who is credited with a vital role in the writing of the Constitution itself, also attended these services. Jefferson's idea of the church-state separation was not offended by such Christian services as he even invited the Marine band to play hymns on many occasions.
You can hear the Azusa Pacific University Mens Choir sing in the Capitol Rotunda here.
Louie and his staff - from Tyler to DC -- have always been responsive, helpful, and unwaveringly conservative.
This performance, the setting, and the scenes panned to by the videographer are all awe-inspiring, and made me want to shout,
The music, the performance and the acoustics are truly awesome, but it was the attitudes of reverence by the young people that really brought tears to my eyes. Some were even brought to their knees in reverent awe -- as, I'm certain, I would have been!
(BTW, be sure to note the bronze statue on which the camera last dwells.) :-)
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If appropriate, could/would you please help with that?
Magnificent, dear brother in Christ!
Thank you ever so much for the ping, and the link!
The reason you pinged me to this was?
That was nice, but I wish that the camera work had been better. Thhe person holding the camera need to move SLOWLY around the rotunda. I was getting dizzy with all the shaking going on.
My guess is that, had he known how impressive the moment would be, Louie could/would have arranged for a professional videographer. As it is, I guess we have to live with that which was done on the spur of the moment with whatever (equipment and talent) was available...
I'll check with Louie's staff to see if they think it would be worth the trouble to have a pro videographer make footage of all the static (statuary, paintings, painting details, dome, etc. scenes.
With that -- plus the original video and soundtrack, even I (using just the free video editor that comes with the Mac) could produce a far superior edit...
Beyond a doubt, Louie's staff, with their available resources, could do far better.
An editor with image stabilization might be able to make a less seasick version of the movie.
Thanks, Betty. Azusa Pacific with Free Methodist and COG Anderson roots is out of the Wesleyan tradition.
Charles Wesley, 18th century author of Christian music still loved the world over, was probably the forerunner of “contemporary music” actually leading a revival. “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is old hymnology to us, but once upon a time it was new, fresh, bold.
Glad to see Azusa Pacific continuing a centuries old tradition.
There is something about harmony of voice that stirs the soul.
The Capitol Church service was regularly attended by President Jefferson who coined the phrase "Separation of Church and State."
Just listen to the music; and hear THE PASSION!
And that's where I am today: in a WESLEYAN church.
I looked down the suggested videos at the right side until I came across a rendition of Handel's Messiah.
The Truth of the lyrics and the building crescendo of the music will pert near always reduce me to tears.
It did again.