Music by Lloyd Larson
Narration by David Burke
Lyrics by David Burke, Lloyd Larson, Jay Parker, John Parker, and J. Paul Williams
Orchestrated by Brant Adams
Performance time: Approximately 35 minutes
This compelling reflection upon Jesus’ final days is viewed through His eyes and the eyes of those surrounding Him: Mary, sister of Martha, whose last glimpse of Jesus was during His triumphant entry to Jerusalem; an officer to Caiaphas, who views Jesus with contempt; Judas, His tortured betrayer; Peter, His chosen disciple who twice denies Him; Jesus, who prays, “Let those who are weary come to Me”; Pilate, who reluctantly condemns Jesus to die; Mary, the mother of Jesus, who anoints her son’s body with myrrh; Mary Magdalene, who discovers the empty tomb; and Thomas, witness to the resurrected Christ.
A sequence of dramatic scripture-based monologues tells the story, alternating with Lloyd Larson’s masterfully inspired music as the “voice of the believer” responds. Flexibly conceived, this work may be presented without staging, as a series of readings and choruses with minimal lighting and staging or fully staged, with a costumed cast. It may be presented in its entirety or in portions throughout Holy Week and Easter.
It is our hope that this work will prompt your own reflections upon the great wonder and mystery of the Incarnate God Who, for the love of His people, humbled Himself, dying for our salvation and triumphing over death.
Song Titles: The Cross (Prelude); Sing Praise and Hosanna to the King!; The Messiah Has Come!; Lord, Make My Life a Sacrifice; Wash My Sinful Spirit ;In the Garden He Prayed; The King of the Jews; Ah, Holy Jesus/O Love Divine; Glorious, Risen Christ!; By Faith and Not by Sight
Available Products: SATB and SAB Choral Book; Orchestral Score and Parts ( 2 Fl., Ob., 2 Cl., Bsn., 2 F Hns., 3 Tpts., 2 Tbns., Tuba, Timp., Perc., Harp, Pno., Vln. 1 & 2, Vla., Cello, Bass) Listening CD (includes SATB and SAB versions) Bulk Listening CD's (10 pak); Accompaniment CD; SA/TB Part-dominant Rehearsal CD's (Reproducible); SATB Part-dominant Rehearsal CD's (Reproducible); SATB CD Preview Pak (Limit one per church); SAB CD Preview Pak (Limit one per church)