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Light of the World

By Mark Patterson

Unison/2-part choir and piano (with optional 1 octave handbells, finger cymbals, hand drum, small percussion)
Composed by Mark Patterson. Cantatas. Christmas, Sacred. Choral octavo. Duration 30-40 minutes. Published by Chorister's Guild (LO.CGC47).

Item Number: LO.CGC47

Christmas, Sacred.

This new, well crafted musical combines original songs and familiar carols from around the world to tell the Christmas story. Through narration, drama and song, choristers share how Jesus came to be the "Light of the Worldo over 2,000 years ago. The narration begins with the story of creation, turns to the prophetic words of Isaiah, and then recounts the events of Jesus' birth. Three of the carols give the option of singing the original language texts (French, German, Spanish); a pronunciation guide provided. Optional descants and accessible second parts enrich the experience and help develop part-singing skills. Many of the songs could be used separately for worship. Throughout the musical, a single burning candle symbolizes the light of Christ. This light is shared with the congregation at the close of the musical with an invitation to "take the Light" out into the world. Performance time: 30-40 minutes.

  • Will You Be Ready 
  • Silent Night 
  • He Is Born 
  • Rise Up Shepherd And Follow 
  • From a Distant Home 
  • Take This Light 
  • Jesus Light of the World (Reprise) 
  • Light Of The World 
  • Jesus Light of the World 

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  • 5

    Shreveport, LA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • November 03, 2007 Perfect for newly formed choirs!

    This is a beautiful little cantata for a beginning choir. It includes classic carol tunes with nicely written 2-part contemporary pieces, so the kids enjoy it without having to sell out to the Disney sound. I will be including K-8th grade to perform different parts of it, as...

    it is not too babyish for the 8th graders, and yet there are enough parts that are not too difficult to include the younger kids as well. I'm very happy with this little gem!

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