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Church Cantatas for Lent & Easter Friday, January 06, 2012

Lead your congregation in Lenten or Easter worship with one of these dynamic cantatas!

The Song Everlasting
From Joseph M. Martin, who brought you Tapestry of Light, The Rose of Calvary and The Lenten Sketches, comes a new work filled with the music of grace. The life of Christ is dramatically presented in this choral cantata that tells the gospel story using American folk songs and hymns. Filled with time-honored tunes and texts, this masterfully arranged work will connect with the congregation and choir alike. Divided into three sections – Ministry, Humility and Victory – this cantata can be done progressively throughout Lent, Holy Week and Eastertide, or it can be performed as one large celebration of the life of Christ. The miracle and blessing of Christ’s earthly ministry, the humility of His passion and the victory of His resurrection fill this work with emotion and power. Thoughtful narration and spectacular orchestrations crown the cantata with variety and skill. Optional moments for congregational participation are included to incorporate your community of faith.

No Stone Could Hold Him
No Stone Could Hold Him is a spirited witness to the ministry, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Rock of our Salvation. Written by celebrated composer Lloyd Larson, this powerful work is filled with scripture-based images of Jesus as “A Rock in a Weary Land,” even when tempted by Satan to “turn these stones to food;” as the Solid Rock on which we stand through “Winds of Change” and “Shifting Sand;” as Jerusalem’s triumphant King who commands the rocks to keep silent; as the Cornerstone of our faith, betrayed and crucified; and as the risen Savior whom no stone could hold in the tomb. Inspired by these images, the music is bold and enlivening with rousing original music alongside energetic spirituals and gospel songs. This dramatic work is an exceptional choice for Easter worship with its seven choruses and options for duets and solos. It can also be performed during the Lenten season or Holy Week by omitting the final chorus.

Prayers at the Cross
Truly a unique offering for Holy Week, Lent, or even general use! Employing poignant narrative and lush choral writing, this work by Lee Dengler focuses on the three prayers Jesus uttered while on the cross, transforming them into prayers we also may pray: a prayer for forgiveness, a prayer for God’s presence when we are alone, and a prayer of commitment of our lives to God. Supported by optional parts for violin and cello, Prayers at the Cross is sure to be a powerful addition in a variety of worship settings.

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