Church Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2014 Thursday, January 02, 2014
Lead your congregation in Lenten or Easter worship with one of these dynamic cantatas, as recommended by Stanton’s expert Sacred Choral Music staff!
In My Place by Craig Courtney
“In My Place” is a poignant musical journey following Christ to the cross. It is a compelling reminder of the sacrifice that Jesus willingly made as He gave His life for each of us. Craig Courtney’s masterful compositions and Pamela Stewart’s inspired narrative will facilitate a memorable and meaningful worship experience for Lent or Holy Week. The music is a distinctive blend of original melodies and creative hymn settings. The narrative focuses on the observations of five first-hand witnesses to Christ’s final hours: Judas, Peter, the thief on the cross, the Roman centurion, and a crowd member who called for Christ’s death. Moving, dramatic, and life-changing are all appropriate descriptors of this exceptional Craig Courtney cantata.
Testimony of Life by Joseph M. Martin
Written in a traditional style and inspired by the celebrated “lessons and carols” format, “Testimony of Life” presents the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Comprised of choral anthems, Scripture and congregational songs, the work also divides easily into three sections, enabling directors to present the work progressively through Lent and Easter. Choirs of any size will enjoy the thoughtful part writing and the easily learned melodies. From joyful celebrations of Christ’s early ministry to the deep sadness of His suffering and crucifixion, from the shadowed whispers of Gethsemane to the brilliant alleluias of Easter, “Testimony of Life” is a thoughtful mix of artistry and ministry.