A New Birth...A New Beginning. (A Christmas Cantata Celebrating God's Promise Fulfilled). By John Purifoy. For SAB choir. Cantatas. Christmas, Sacred. Duration 35 minutes. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.65-1961L).
The celebration of Christmas gives each of us a yearly opportunity to relive and reflect on that first Christmas-the birth of our Savior and the promise of a new beginning as Christians. Through narration and song, this cantata contemplates the challenge to Mary (and us) to trust God and deepen our faith; to overcome our fears and rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ as the shepherds did; and to offer gifts and to worship as did the Magi. While weaving familiar carols seamlessly into the fabric of the music, John Purifoy has provided his trademark original, tuneful approach to produce a Christmas service that leads us through the compelling Christmas story, celebrating a new birth and a new beginning for us all.