Incarnation (Barbara Rosen)

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  • (Posted 2020-09-25)  CPDL #60681:         
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2020-09-25).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 295 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Incarnation
Composer: Barbara Rosen
Lyricist: Barbara Rosen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredArt song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Composed: 2020
Description: I believe that if something like an incarnation happened, it was intended to teach God what it was like to be human – and that would have to include being a human in mortal and spiritual agony, forsaken even by his trusted creator.

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Original text and translations

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Mary said yes to God.
Mary was a good child, raised to do her duty.
And this was God!
But God didn't say, "Mary! Mary you have to! Mary you must!"
What God said was, "Mary, will you trust?"
Mary said yes to God.
He didn't coerce, He didn't demand, He let her make her choice.
And Mary said yes to God.

Jesus said yes to God.
He didn't want to: he knew that all that was to come was death.
Suffering and death.
He begged God, "Lord! Let this cup pass from me!"
God said:
Nevertheless Jesus stayed for the betraying kiss.
Even though he knew, he chose to stay; he had a job to do.
And he was very sure.
Jesus said yes to God.
He said yes, and as he died, tortured, abandoned and denied, he said:
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
And God was made man.