About Azariah

Azariah: Whom Jehovah Helps is a spirited journey through 19th-century rural New York. On March fourth at the Old Songs Community Art Center in Voorheesville, NY, the tale of Azariah was told through participatory singing.

I recite the first Azariah text

Set in the "burnt-over district" in late 1844 (so-called because there was no more "fuel left to burn," meaning "people left to convert"), the story follows a young man named Azariah, a member of the Millerite sect, that believed Jesus would return to earth by October 22, 1844. After the prophecy failed, during the "Great Disappointment" that followed, Azariah begins to have visions in which he encounters mysterious prophets, who speak to him through song.

This web site documents Azariah: Whom Jehovah Helps. The site features a description of the event and a complete recording of the Azariah singing (recorded by Alex Chechile). The site presents the poetry and prose texts that comprise Azariah's story, features pictures from the singing, and contains information about shape note music and Millerite history, with links to other resources on the Internet.