THE TWELVE CHORUSES


Music composed and arranged by MIKLÓS RÓZSA.
Lyrics, Harry Robert Wilson except where otherwise indicated
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THE CHRIST THEME. (Miklos Rozsa)
Alleluia
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STAR OF BETHLEHAM (Star of Bethlehem)
Star of Bethlehem, star above,
Star of Bethlehem, star of love,
Bringing happy tidings of the Savior's birth
Good will and peace on earth
O star of stars whose light reflects the story,
O star of hope shine down on us in glory,
O wondrous star We heed thy call,
Lead us one and all
To the manger stall,
So that we may kneel and worship Him,
Star of Bethlehem, star above,
Star of Bethlehem, star of love
Bringing happy tidings of the Savior's birth
Good will and peace on earth
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THE NATIVITY
Long ago as the angels did sing,
There was born in a manger the King of Kings,
Three wise men followed a star,
Bearing gifts for the Babe from afar,
Shepherds tending their sheep on a dark night
Looked up and saw a great light.
The light shone down on the place where He lay
Within a stable so bare,
The heavens rang with a song full of love
In praise of the Holy Child so fair,
Or, glory be to the Father on high
And glory to the Son, Jesus,
May peace on earth fill heaven again
As we sing of good will to all men.
Oh lullaby, little one, softly sleep,
While angels their vigil keep,
Oh, lullaby, little one, softly rest,
While lying so gently on Mary's breast.
And so may all people kneel down and pray,
Worship the heavenly king,
Oh joyful the song that we sing,
Alleluia, Alleluia!


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THE KINGS OF BETHLEHAM (lyrics by Attila Jozsef):
We're the kings of Bethlehem, Holy Child,
With Your birth all heaven smiled.
Flaming star above us stood,
We came on foot as best we could,
A little lamb did tell us the way:
"Jesus Christ has come to earth today." Alleluia.

"King Melchior is my name,
From a distant land I came."
We adore You, Son of God,
You have been where angels trod.
When we heard that You were born,
We knew You'd bring a bright new morn,
And so we traveled 'cross the nation,
Seeking in You our salvation. Alleluia.

"I am Caspar, King on Earth,
Here to celebrate Your birth."
Dearest Lord, we worship You,
Let us pay You homage, too.
Though our food has long been gone,
We've traveled on through dusk and dawn,
To bring to You our gold and incense,
Gold and incense we have brought You. Alleluia.

"I have traveled long and far,
My name is King Balthazar."
Blushing gently Mary cries,
Seeing us through tear-dimmed eyes,
Shepherd's music softly playing
While the rest of us are praying.
She must feed her infant now.
"Dear three Kings, the stars are bright,
And we wish you all good night." Alleluia.
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ADORATION OF THE MAGI
In a stable bare lay the Little Babe so fair,
Alleluia, alleluia,
And a shining star led the Wise Men from afar,
Alleluia, alleluia,
They came bearing gifts to the Heavenly King,
Alleluia, alleluia,
At His feet they knelt and with praises did sing,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Let us bring our gifts to the Holy Child,
Alleluia, alleluia,
We will sing the praise of the Babe so mild,
Alleluia, alleluia,
And we humbly pray to the Lord, our God, today
Alleluia, alleluia!


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BLESSED MARY (Virgin Mary theme from King of Kings)
Blessed Mary, Mother of God,
O, mother of all, hear our prayer.
Thou who bore a Holy Child,
So meek and mild, so undefiled,
Sweet and fair one.
O beautiful one, Alleluia.
Praise to the Son and to the gracious Mother.

(alternately; 'Thou who bore a Holy Child,
So meek and mild, so undefiled,
Sweet and fair.
Hear us Mary, Beautiful one,
O Beautiful one, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
Praise to the Son and to the gracious Mother.)'

Blessed Mary, Mother of God,
O Mother of God, all-favored maid,
Thou who bore a Holy Babe,
We come to thee
On bended knee, unafraid.
Ave Maria.
Amen.
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THE MOTHERS LOVE (Lyrics by Mary Ann Eager)
Mother sweet and tender
Hums her baby a lullaby,
In her arms she enfolds him,
In her heart a sigh
Baby's eyes closed in slumber,
Tiny hands so new,
Fill her heart with wonder
And love for ever true.

Golden hours given
Through God's wondrous part,
His gift from heaven
So closely held to her heart
She hums lullabies.

My precious one,
Listen and you'll hear,
Angels whisper in your ear,
And the stars come through the night
So peacefully they light
God's miracle of life.

So sweet and tender
Hums her baby a lullaby,
In her arms she enfolds him,
In her heart a sigh.

Mother's love is sunlight
Lighting heaven so blue,
Warm, enduring for ever,
The mother's love is true.
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THE PRAYER OF OUR LORD
See Mathew 6:9-13

Our Father
Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day
Our daily bread
And forgive us our trepasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom
And the power and the glory
Forever. Amen

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THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
Blessed are the poor in spirit:for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteouness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.


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THE WAY OF THE CROSS (Lyrics by Harry Robert Wilson):
Take up the cross and follow Me,
Thus saith the Lord before Calvary,
Deny thyself for Me and I will comfort thee.
Come now, take up the cross and follow Me,
To follow Me thou must keep the holy laws
And love the Lord, thy God, with all thy mind and all thy heart,
And do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Take up the cross and follow Me,
Thus saith the Lord before Calvary,
Come, follow now, o world tempest tossed, the way of the cross.
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PIETA (Pieta)
Pieta, Pieta, Pieta
At the cross her station keeping
Sadly Mary stood weeping
And through her heart
His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish was bearing
How sad and sore distressed now-
was she the mother blessed
Watching by Him
watching by Him until the last
For lo! The piercing sword,
the piercing sword had passed,
In the tomb gently laid,
in the tomb gently laid.
Oh, such sorrow, such sorrow
Holy maid Holy maid.
Pieta, at the sepulchre unfolding
In the arms ever holding,
Thy dear Son with devotion,
We worship Thee in deep emotion
Pieta, Pieta, Pieta Amen


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KING OF KINGS THEME (Miklos Rozsa)
Hosanna
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