I must confess to not having known, until today, what a Flashmob is. I might not be the only one, though…
In a flashmob, people gather in a place and start, one after the other, to do something unexpected, or witty, or meant to amuse and entertain the public.
What you see here is a Christian flashmob, and this is a spectacular one. What is clearly a group of a couple of dozen choristers (the text says more than 100, but it includes those who decided to sing along) start to sing the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah”. You can clearly see in the video how the process starts and how the people react: when the first girl (with the mobile phone) starts singing out of the blue, the reaction is rather the puzzled, “what’s going on” one; but then another chorister starts to sing, and then another two, and it goes on and on; at that point everyone just relaxes and enjoys the show.
The red poppies clearly tell you that the scene takes place in the United Kingdom, which is encouraging. Also encouraging is that there seems to have been no attempt of disruption from angry atheists, of which there must be much less around than the atheists would want us to believe.
This video has become a Youtube favourite and has been seen more than 30 million times. It has inspired a second one, this one in Lebanon, as reported on The Hermeneutic of Continuity.
You’ll see that the technique is the same, and that here, too, after the first reaction mobile phones and compact cameras pop out everywhere to record the event.
I found both videos particularly nice, and the second almost moving given the past and not-so-past troubles of Christians in Lebanon.
This is, I must say, a kind of mob I like.