|Posted by "St Pauls Players" on October 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM|
Research for The Angel Band, Part of The Continuing Saga Of The Itinerant Thespian by William Antley on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:50pm
·Beginning research about the Angel Band or Angel Chorus. I exercised my google-fu and found numerous references to a musical group named “The Angel Band”, a trio of women who provide their style of music. Personal opinion here, I listened to a bit of their music and I was not impressed nor did I like it enough to continue listening after a few bars to get a feel for it.
Some other references to songs by various artists having lyrics about an angel band and some references to a church group, in Michigan I think, that provides services to battered and abused women.
I went through several pages until I found what looked to be the most promising link. Actually, the information in the link was what I was looking for. The information referenced Luke 2:1-20 in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
I picked up my Bible and did my reading. The actual reference to the angel band/chorus is at verses 13 and 14.
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising GOD and saying,
14 “Glory to GOD in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
I looked through the four gospels for any other reference but, the only reference at all is contained in the early part of Luke’s letter to Theophilus. Searching through the concordance in my Bible yielded little else appropriate to the Company or the Chorus.
Chorus would be more appropriate, in my opinion as a chorus does not necessarily sing but does provide meaningful; spoken, acted or sung, support to action that is occurring. In this case, after the Angel of The Lord brings proclamation of Christ’s birth to the shepherds in the field. The chorus appears in order to give greater credence to what this Angel has spoken and to reinforce the .glory of GOD to these men.
I’m no theologian nor a very good student of scripture but, these are my impressions regarding the angel chorus. They are a support mechanism for what is important that is occurring during the action that is being presented.
During Scrooge’s visit with the ghost of Christmas Future, the two appear at an event with the Cratchit family. During this visit Bob, his wife and their children are mourning the death of Tiny Tim, no idea how or when he died, just that he has. And, it is the Christmas season or even Christmas Eve or Day. And Tiny Tim is not present to rejoice this day with his family. The Chorus would likely be in the background providing a sort of support to the family’s mourning by undergirding their lament and perhaps providing a vocal support with low key keening to express sorrow and a touch of despair for the difficult loss suffered by the Cratchits.
As with the appearance of the heavenly host to the shepherds in the field, the Angel Chorus here provides the reinforcement to Scrooge of the potential horrible event that may befall the Cratchits if he does not mend his ways. They are also reinforcing and proclaiming to Scrooge of a result of evil behavior, in this case, the death of the Cratchit’s youngest son. A death that was not necessary for any reason.
Fortunately, the Angel Chorus’ proclamation and warning is heeded by Mr. Scrooge and he does a complete turnabout becoming a civilized human being and, The Cratchit family never has to deal with the death of Tiny Tim at such an early age. Presumably he will endure well into his dotage.