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CANTATA: 'BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW'
A cantata for SATB choir, soprano and baritone soloists, and organ. (The short solo parts could be taken by members of the choir).
Texts (in English, Latin and Hebrew) selected by Jane Kennedy: sources include New English Bible, Revised Standard Version, Alternative Service Book, Hebrew Psalms and Roman Mass.
This cantata is intended to convey the constancy of the Christian message, whatever language is used to tell it. The changes in liturgical language and understanding are traced from the confusion of the tower of Babel, to the simple clarity of Christian teaching demonstrated at Pentecost, when Man rediscovered a clear means of communication, through love of his fellow man.
It opens with the Latin sicut erat in principio and ends with the modern English: as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever; and also includes a reminder of the Hebrew origins of the faith.