Everyday Christmas {part 3}


This is {part 3} of the Everyday Christmas series. In case you missed {the overview and part 1} or {part 2} you may want to check them out.

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And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Luke 2:15-20

 

When I was in high school, many moons ago, in the early 1970s, our church choir performed a few of John W. Peterson’s cantatas. If I am not mistaken, Night of Miracles was the first one we did. Our young pastor and his wife directed and accompanied us. It was a fabulous and meaningful experience for me, and I hope for the other participants.

This first video is the song Night of Miracles from the cantata of the same name, written by John W. Peterson. If you, as I, learned the piano accompaniment you will enjoy this particularly. The pianist is Walter Brown.


The next  video is the entire Night of Miracles cantata, sung by the Nameless Company of Lisbon. It is generally to my liking, as it is sung as written. It is not performed in an English speaking country, but is sung in English. That may be the reason I don’t care so much for the narrator, but the music is so well done I think it is worth listening to.

In the comments section it says that “This is a group of students directed by João Paulo Reya, who is a music and voice teacher, and this was recorded last Christmas at the 7th Day Adventist Central Church in Lisbon.” They certainly have trained voices and the pianist is experienced, which makes for pleasant listening. The entire video is 49 minutes long, with rather lengthy comments at the beginning (not in English), which end at 2:50. You may wish to begin listening after the comments.

Some of this post is reworked from Night of Miracles {John W. Peterson} posted on December 20, 2013.

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