Lo, The Beginning
SATB with (3) optional handbells and a solo. An arrangement of Praetorius' Es ist ein' Ros. Incorporates the Gospel text from John 1. Easy to put together and perfect for those Sundays after Christmas when the choir is "on holiday."
Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.
This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True Man, yet very God, now come and dwell among us,
Sharing thy grace and truth.
In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In him was life, and the life was the light of all. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.