- And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voiceof many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying,Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. (Revelation 19:6)
- And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15)
- And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:16)
In many parts of the world, it is the accepted practice for the audience to stand for this section of the performance. Tradition has it that King George II rose to his feet at this point. As the first notes of the triumphant Hallelujah Chorus rang out, the king rose. Royal protocol has always demanded that whenever the monarch stands, so does everyone in the monarch's presence. Thus, the entire audience stood too, initiating a tradition that has lasted more than two centuries. It is lost to history the exact reason why the King stood at that point, but the most popular explanations include:
- As was and is the custom, one stands in the presence of royalty as a sign of respect. The Hallelujah chorus clearly places Christ as the King of Kings. In standing, King George II accepts that he too is subject to Lord of Lords.
- He was so moved by the performance that he rose to his feet.
- He arrived late to the performance, and the crowd rose when he finally made an appearance.
- His gout acted up at that precise moment and he rose to relieve the discomfort.
- After an hour of musical performance, he needed to stretch his legs.
There is another story told about this chorus that Handel's assistant walked in to Handel's room after shouting to him for several minutes with no response. The assistant reportedly found Handel in tears, and when asked what was wrong,
Handel held up the score to this movement and said,
"I thought I saw the face of God"
Who knows? Handel showed his love to God by writing such a wonderful composition.... The love although is not as great as the love that God have to us, still if you have already listen to his composition, you will just know what I mean...
Anyway, I can't explain everything in words.... Just get the music and try listening to it.. =)