August 21, 2017

A Christmas Celebration (1977)

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Angels from the Realms of Glory 1’15”
Lullaby
 2’50”
Glory to God
 1’12”
See Amid the Winter’s Snow
 3’19”
Where Is He?
 2’05”
O Eastern Star
 1’11”
Come Unto Him
 1’09”
All Creation Join in Praising God
 1’09”
(Recording presently available)

for SATB chorus, with optional soprano solo, narrator, organ, optional flute, optional percussion (small drum, triangle, tambourine, finger cymbals)
Level: easy, 24’30″
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“Lullaby” SA, SSA, or SATB scores available for excerpted performance, with excerpted instrumental parts (flute/perc.) as well.

“Lullaby” also available orchestrated with strings, flute, harp, and glockenspiel.
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Program Notes:

Composed for the First Christian Reformed Church of Los Angeles, this cantata is a traditional telling of the Christmas story, with Biblical narration alternating between choral movements of poetry.

“A Christmas Celebration” is intended to celebrate the joy of our Lord’s birth. While some of the music has an almost Renaissance quality, early chant and contemporary sacred music have also influenced its composition. The texts combine poetry of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with passages from the Bible

—Henry Mollicone

“A Chrismtas Celebration” features narrations between each movement. The text comes from the Bible, and tells the traditional Christmas Story.

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Lyrics

Angels From The Realms Of Glory

Angels from the realms of glory,
wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye, who sang creation’s story,
now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
Come, come and worship Christ,
the newborn King of Israel!

Shepherds in the fields abiding
watching o’er your flocks by night;
God with man is now residing,
yonder shines the infant Light:
Come, come and worship Christ,
the newborn King of Israel!
Come, come and worship Christ,
the newborn King of Israel!

All creation join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son;
Evermore your voices raising
to the Eternal Three in One:
Come, come and worship Christ,
the newborn King of Israel!

J. Montgomery (1771–1854)

Lullaby

Lullay, lullay beloved child,
so fair, so mild, so meek,
the angels stand around thy bed
to watch thy gentle sleep.

O blessed child of mary fair,
our hope our faith, our light.
Thou com’st to earth to save the world
upon this blessed night!

–Anonymous

Glory To God

Glory to God in the highest!
Peace on earth to all men of good will!

–The Holy Bible

See Amid The Winter’s Snow

See amid the winter’s snow,
born for us on earth below,
See, the lamb of God appears,
promised from eternal years.

[chorus]
Hail, hail, thou ever blessed morn!
Hail, hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing, sing, through all Jerusalem:
Christ our Kind is born in Bethlehem!

Sacred infant all divine,
what a tender love was thine,
thus to come from highest bliss,
down to such a world as this!
[chorus]

Teach, O teach us, holy child,
by thy face so meek and mild,
teach us to resemble thee
in thy sweet humility,
[chorus]

E. Caswall (1814–1878)

Where Is He?

Where is he, the newborn King of Israel?
For we have seen the Eastern Star and come to worship him.

–The Holy Bible

O Eastern Star

O Eastern Star whose beacon light a gleam on shepherds threw,
to Bethlehem that wond’rous sight Arabia’s sages drew.
On thee in thought we love to gaze from Western lands afar,
and think upon thy wond’rous rays, thou lovely Eastern Star!

O fair the star of eve that sheds her light of peace and rest,
and fair the morning star that leads the day in glory drest;
But still more fair thy form arose, and lovelier to behold,
of which a more serene repose, a brighter glory told.

O Star appointed to adorn the savior of the world,
the promised child to Judah born in Bethlehem unfurled;
In whom the peaceful kingdom sealed should more and more increase;
in Him the mighty God revealed, the glorious Prince of Peace!

–Anonymous

Come Unto Him

Come unto Him all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and He shall give you rest.
Take His yoke and learn of Him,
for He is meek and lowly of heart,
And ye shall find rest unto your soul.

–The Holy Bible

All Creation Join In Praising God

All creation join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son;
Evermore your voices raising
to the Eternal Three in One:
Come, come and worship Christ,
the newborn King of Israel!
Glory to God in the highest!
[chorus]

J. Montgomery (1771–1854)

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