The Living Crèche
The Christmas Story in Scripture, Legend and Song
By Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman
Category: Choral Worship Cantata
Instrument: Choir
Version: Preview Pack (Choral Score & Listening Cassette)
An SATB Christmas cantata that may be staged as a living nativity pageant or presented as a service of lessons and carols. Incorporates traditional carols, biblical narrative, and legends that trace modern customs to their Christian origins. Flexible format encourages use of children's choir and congregation. Easily prepared. Optional 3-octaves handbell or chamber orchestra (2 violins, viola, cello [+bass], flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones [+tuba]) accompaniments and fully-orchestrated recordings are also available. Choral score 72 pages, includes reprintable 2-page program. Approx. 35 minutes.
I. The Advent of Christ
O Little Town of Bethlehem
To a Virgin Meek and Mild
The Holly and the Ivy
II. The Eve of Christmas
Silent Night
O Christmas Tree
III. The Friendly Beasts
The Friendly Beasts
IV. The Children
O Come, Little Children
V. The Shepherds
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Rise Up, Shepherd
The First Nowell
VI. The Wise Men
We Three Kings
VII. Spread the News: Jesus Christ Is Born!
On Christmas Night All Christians Sing
He Is Born
Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Part for Congregational Participation
Endnotes and Bibliography