Christmas of the Witnesses (2018)
for SATB Chorus and Organ
Text by Euan Tait
Harvard University Choir; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor
Duration: 3.5 min.
Dedication: for the 109th Annual Christmas Carol Services of The Memorial Church, Harvard University, December 2018
Commission: Commissioned by The Memorial Church, Harvard University
Publisher: Zimbel Press/Subito Music Corp.
Christmas of the Witnesses (2018) was written for the 109th Annual Christmas Carol Services of The Memorial Church, Harvard University, December 2018.
Always the still, gentle breath
of Love’s most longing message:
“Do not be afraid, beloved.
Be at peace, my children.
Watch and be embraced.”
We, the watchers at the cradle
this radiant Christmas
are fragile as candles,
and joined this holy night
by love’s witnesses, soldiers,
children of love and sacrifice
in this place. Our hearts flow
with the Holy Child’s music,
our beings streams of light.