Shoppers Surprised by Hallelujahs

It was October 30, 2010, when suddenly among the shoppers Hallelujahs began to sound. It was not limited to one person or two, but immediately, the spirit caught, and throughout the crowded Macy’s store in Philadelphia dozens began to lift the praise.

The Opera Company of Philadelphia was instrumental in bringing it together to perform one of the Knight Foundation’s “1000 Random Acts of Culture” which they’ll be doing over the next three years across the country. Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ – the world’s largest pipe organ – the singers burst into song at exactly noon.

Source: Creative Minority Report

Isn’t that the neatest thing. I love watching the joy, the surprise, the excitement, the passion, and the sincerity of those customers on that recent day in Philadelphia. Had I been there, I too, would have sung, waved my arms, lifted my eyes skyward, thrust my baby high in the air, and joined in the thunderous applause of the grand finale.

…….for Yes!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!

George Frideric Handel

Edit: Nov. 22, 2010 Another surprise Hallelujah. Hat tip to Ronda Hurst



3 thoughts on “Shoppers Surprised by Hallelujahs

  1. Holly, thanks for weeping…and for caring. America has a beautiful face, and it is refreshing to see this side of us. I’ll be in a mall a time or two before Christmas, and hope I have the chance, then, to lift my Hallelujah with such a group. Whether or not that happens, though, I’ll surely be lifting one or two in a sanctuary, letting God know He is the object of my praise.

    Love you.

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  2. HG

    Thanks – both of these videos made me weep. Kind of hard to get your work done with tears streaming down your face! I wept because this is such a beautiful song, and I wept with joy because some Americans still want to sing this song in public.

    Almost makes me want to brave the mall, in hopes that I will hear this song sung in public by a beautiful choir. (but not quite).

    Thanks for sharing this – it is so beautiful!

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