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Christmas Cantata 2017 - A Cantata for Advent or Christmas Written and Arranged by Jay Althouse and Sally K. Albrecht Published by Alfred Publishing Co.

1. On a Night of Wonder


FIRST READING: Luke 1: 26-31

NARRATOR: The angel Gabriel was sent from God to the city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named to Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary, and the Angel came unto her and said:

GABRIEL: "Hail, Mary, full of grace, Blessed are you among women. Do not be afraid, for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus."

2. Let the Christ Child In


3. O Come, O Come, Emmanual and Listen Here, Listen Here

 SECOND READING: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (sung as a vocal solo by Lisa Giacomel)

 O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


THIRD READING: Luke 2: 1-7

NARRATOR: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And everyone traveled to his own town to register.

So Joseph traveled from Nazareth to the city of David, which was called Bethlehem, bringing with him his espoused wife, Mary, who was great with child.

While they were there, the time came for Mary to give birth. And she brought forth her first-born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 4. Once In Royal David's City


FOURTH READING: What Child is This?

NARRATOR: What Child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet while shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing, Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the Bavbe, the Son of Mary!

5. Gentle Mary, Tender Mary - Part A


5. Gentle Mary, Tender Mary - Part B


FIFTH READING: Luke 2: 8-14

NARRATOR: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night, and, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone 'round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them:

ANGEL: "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

NARRATOR: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying:

CHOIR: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

6. Angels We Have Heard on High



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