At the dawning of creation (Charles H. Giffen)
- Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2011-09-08). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 108 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Hymnal size edition 7in x 8.5in, with descants on pp. 3-4. Letter paper edition is the same as the hymnal size, but with crop marks. Copyright by the composer for CPDL, may be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
First published: 2011
Description: Text by Kathleen Pluth, copyright 2008, used by permission. Descant 2 on stanzas 2 and 6, descant 1 on stanzas 4 and 7. Both descants together on stanza 8. Descant 2 was specially composed for this setting.
Original text and translations
1. At the dawning of creation, God divided light from shade,
And He made us, male and female. In His image we were made.
And the life that God created we will honor and defend
From conception to the heavens; from beginning to the end.
2. God the Father called a people, and He drew them by the hand
And He led them through the desert and into the Promised Land.
3. In His saving Incarnation, Jesus bore a human frame
To restore the sacred Image hidden by our sin and shame.
4. And He walked among the people, healed the sick and raised the dead,
And the poor rejoiced at hearing the appealing words He said.
5. On the Cross, our gracious Savior Jesus laid His body down,
Dying as the Man of Sorrows; giving humankind a crown.
6. And He sent the Holy Spirit for forgiveness of our sins.
Even now God dwells among us; even now, new life begins.
7. When we share the Holy Myst’ries in the Eucharistic food
We are filled with life eternal: Jesus’ Body and His Blood.
8. When He comes again in glory, all the dead shall rise again,
And our human eyes shall see Him in the splendor of His reign.