Before Jesus (Tim Blickhan)

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  • (Posted 2022-06-16)  CPDL #69725:   
Editor: Tim Blickhan (submitted 2022-06-16).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 389 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Before Jesus
Composer: Tim Blickhan
Lyricist: Alla Renée Bozarthcreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2021

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Before Jesus was his mother.

Before supper in the upper room,
breakfast in the barn.

Before the Passover Feast,
a feeding trough.
And here, the altar of Earth,
fair linens of hay and seed.

Before his cry, her cry.
Before his sweat of blood,
her bleeding and tears.
Before his offering, hers.

Before the breaking of bread and death,
the breaking of her body in birth.

Before the offering of the cup,
the offering of her breast.
Before his blood, her blood.

And by her body and blood alone,
his body and blood and whole human being.

The wise ones knelt to hear
the woman’s word in wonder.

Holding up her sacred child,
her spark of God in the form of a babe,
she said: “Receive and let your hearts be healed
and your lives be filled with love, for
This is my body, This is my blood.”

Alla Renée Bozarth