Hallelujah in Macy's, Philadelphia

Hallelujah is a Hebrew word that means “Praise God.”
No matter the corrupt secular times we live in, the human heart has an irrepressible impulse to sing “Hallelujah!” with joy. As Blaise Pascal observed,

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.”

On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations to perform one of the Knight Foundation’s “Random Acts of Culture” at Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia. Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ – the world’s largest pipe organ – the OCP Chorus and throngs of singers from the community infiltrated the store as shoppers, and burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah” at 12 noon, to the delight of surprised shoppers.
This event is one of 1,000 “Random Acts of Culture” to be funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation over the next three years. The initiative transports the classical arts out of the concert halls and opera houses and into our communities to enrich our everyday lives. To learn more about this program and view more events, visit www.randomactsofculture.org.
H/t my friend Jay!

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Patriot Angel

Wow…how beautiful is that. Knowing it was in public and not a church…and as much as I love my Lord…this made me cry with tears of joy. I just wonder how long it will take before some atheist, Muslim or the government complains and puts a stop to these kinds of things?
Sorry to think of something negative…I know it is sad…but true. The day is fast approaching where things like this will cost you your freedom and life.


Hallelujah, indeed!
nice to know that I’m not the only one that this brought to tears!
Loved this, thank you!


All this video shows is how Americans are culturally conditioned by christianity from an early age through song, rhyme and fable. They may relate to the familiar tune, but that does not show a god shaped vacuum in their heart any more than singing along to “Hey Jude” shows a Paul McCartney shaped vacuum in their heart


Hallelujah! Give glory to God in the highest. This was a marvelous video. If you go on youtube there are a few different versions with different emphasis on the harmony, the shoppers or the conductor. One can see that the piece was enjoyed by the performers and by the shoppers. I’m glad to see noone was jumping up and down and saying it was politcally incorrect. Jesus is the reason for the season. I need to go shop at Macy’s this week and thank them. J, I have been ingrained with my Catholicism since infancy and I am glad of… Read more »