“Jesus Christ the Exorcist” by Neal Morse

Калифорниецът NEAL MORSE има репутацията да е сред водещите имена в съвременния progressive rock. Паметно е участието му в такива супер групи като Spock s Beard и Transatlantic, където оставя ярки следи с композиторските си дарби и клавирни умения. На върха на славата си с тези две формации, през 2002 година той се покръства и ги напуска. Причината е неговата дълбока християнска вяра, която не може да намери израз в контекста на двете групи, а поводът – конкретен епизод с неговото семейство няколко години преди това.

Ето за какво става дума: през 1998 г. лекарите откриват „дупка в сърцето“ на новородената му дъщеря Jayda, на която незабавно трябва да се направи сърдечна операция. Преди обаче да влязат в болница, жена му Cherie кани близки приятели (NEAL е на турне в Германия по това време) и заедно отслужват в църквата молебен за здравето на Jayda. Завеждат я след това в болницата за операция, подготвят я, правят контролни изследвания, които за всеобща почуда показват, че сърдечният порок е изчезнал без следа.

NEAL MORSE решава, че това е знак Божий, покръства се и се посвещава в служене на своята вяра. Издава цяла поредица албуми с християнска тематика, своеобразен връх сред които е progressive rock мюзикълът от миналата година “JESUS CHRIST THE EXORCIST“, или „ИИСУС ХРИСТОС ИЗЦЕЛИТЕЛЯТ“. Ето как започва всичко по думите на автора:

„Понякога провидението идва шепнешком, понякога всичко става с неочаквано телефонно обаждане. Един ден, беше през 2008 година, мой приятел от музикалния бранш ми се обади от Ню Йорк и сподели: „Снощи с един приятел слушахме рок операта „Jesus Christ Superstar“ и си казахме, че някой трябва да направи нова рок опера, базирана на историята на Иисус Христос. Аз му отговорих – знам кой е той!” И продължи да ме убеждава с нюйоркския си акцент, че трябва да напиша епична progressive rock творба на основата на Новия завет. Аз се засмях и казах, че съм много зает в момента, но ще си помисля. През следващите няколко месеца обаче долових как едно „Да” в отговор расте вътре в мен, най-накрая седнах и започнах да работя върху тази идея като прекарах няколко месеца в написването на първата чернова. Силното чувство, че съм се захванал със свята тема, продължи да нараства и дори ми се счуваха гласовете на хората, които по-късно пееха в оригиналната версия“.

Либретото на progressive rock мюзикъла започва със сцената на разпятието на Иисус Христос и се връща към последните му три години, като ревностният християнин NEAL се придържа стриктно към текстовете от евангелията на Матей, Марко, Лука и Йоан.

За целите на този проект NEAL MORSE работи повече от 10 години: става продуцент, съчинява текста и музиката, прави аранжиментите, свири на клавишни инструменти и китари, и кани впечатляващ състав от изпълнители: PAUL BIELATOWICZ (соло китара), BILL HUBAUER (клавишни инструменти), RANDY GEORGE (бас китара), и ERIC GILLETTE (барабани). Вокалните партии пък се изпълняват основно от TED LEONARD (Spock’s Beard, Enchant), TALON DAVID, NICK D’VIRGILIO (Big, Big Train, Spock’s Beard), JAKE LIVGREN (Protokaw), MATT SMITH (Theocracy), JOHN SCHLITT (Petra) и RICK FLORIAN (White Heart). Отделно има включени оркестър и вокални групи, които допринасят за епичното звучене на тази творба в две действия. 

Мюзикъла “JESUS CHRIST THE EXORCIST“, или „ИИСУС ХРИСТОС ИЗЦЕЛИТЕЛЯТ“ ще чуем в предаването “Картини от една изложба” на програма “Хоризонт” на БНР в събота, 18 януари, след новините от 21.00 ч.

 


В предаването на 18.01.2020 г.: Neal Morse и албумът “Иисус Христос изцелителят“

JESUS CHRIST THE EXORCIST
a progressive rock musical by neal morse
Date of Release: June 14th, 2019


SONGS/TRACKS:

CD 1:
1. Introducing (2:31)
2. Overture (3:19)
3. Getaway (2:41)
4. Gather the People (5:17)
5. Jesus Baptism (3:09)
6. Jesus Temptation (10:18)
7. There s a Highway (4:06)
8. The Woman of Seven Devils (5:41)
9. Free At Last (5:05)
10. The Madman of the Gadarenes (7:07)
11. Love Has Called My Name (4:14)
12. Better Weather (1:42)
13. The Keys to the Kingdom (4:48)
14. Get Behind Me Satan (3:23)

CD 2:
15. He Must Go to the Cross (3:10)
16. Jerusalem (3:56)
17. Hearts Full of Holes (3:40)
18. The Last Supper (3:50)
19. Gethsemane (7:39)
20. Jesus Before the Council and Peter s Denial (3:13)
21. Judas Death (3:35)
22. Jesus Before Pilate and the Crucifixion (8:17)
23. Mary at the Tomb (2:45)
24. The Greatest Love of All (5:00)
25. Lover Has Called My Name (Reprise) (1:30)

©2019 Frontiers Music Srl.


CREDITS:

CAST:

Ted Leonard – Jesus
Talon David - Mary Magdalene
Nick D’Virgilio - Judas Iscariot
Rick Florian - The Devil
Matt Smith - John the Baptist
Jake Livgren – Peter and Caiaphas
Neal Morse - Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue - Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse - Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1
Gabe Klein - Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein - Demon 4
Julie Harrison - Servant Girl


MUSICIANS:

Neal Morse: guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion;
Paul Bielatowicz: guitars;
Bill Hubauer: keyboards;
Eric Gillette: drums, guitars;
Randy George: bass.


ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS:

Female ensemble vocals: April Zachary, Amy Pippin, Debbie Bressee, Julie Harrison;
Male ensemble vocals: Wil Morse, Jake Livgren, Neal Morse, Mark Pogue, Michael Jackson;
Trumpet: Steve Patrick, Dominique Caster;
French horn: Holly Smith;
Trombone: David Cooper;
Saxophone and flute: Gabriel Collins;
Horn and string arrangements, string bass, cello, viola: Gideon Klein;
Violin 1: Jake Tudor, Gideon Klein;
Violin 2: Jake Tudor, Jose Weigand;
Viola: Grace Laminack;

Written and Produced by Neal Morse
Music and lyrics by Neal Morse.


Recorded at Radiant Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.

Recording assistant: Philip Martin.

Mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House.

Project coordination and supervision, graphic design, photography and layout: Joel Barrios.

Additional Images: Christian Rios


LYRICS:

1. Introduction

[Jesus on the cross]

[Jesus:]
Father, why have You forsaken me?
Behold Your Son
You have been with me all of my life
Father, look where they have taken me
I will obey now as You said to lay down my life
Father forgive them their envy and pride
They do not know whom they ve crucified
Father forgive them and heal them too
They do not know what they do
Now I give my soul up to You.....


2. Overture
[Instrumental]


3. Getaway
[3 1⁄2 years earlier. Israel is under the oppressive rule of Rome]

[Israelite 1:]
We sweat out in the sun outside beloved Jerusalem to pay Caesar Augustus

[Israelite 2:]
We re under Herod s hand – the Romans rape and pillage our land
The land that God gave to us

[Cast:]
But we re going to make a getaway
When the Savior comes to take away our pain

[Israelite 1:]
King David prophesied there ll come a Son with God on his side to conquer our enemies

[Israelite 2:]
I wish he d come right now – turn Caesar s sword into a plow

[Cast:]
Come, Savior, hear our plea
But we re going to make a getaway
When the Savior comes to take away our pain
Yes, we re waiting for a better day
When the glory s restored to Israel again


4. Gather The People

[John the Baptist:]
I can feel Him coming, feel Him coming, prepare the way
He ll reveal us, He s come to heal us
He s come to save
Be baptized and turn back to God today
I am the voice that prepares the way

[Cast:]
We can feel Him coming, feel Him coming alive today
Our hearts need washing that there d
Be nothing to block his way

[John the Baptist:]
I m baptizing some this is God s desire
But one s gonna come with the spirit and fire!
He will gather the people into one
And lead to the heart of the rising sun
He will gather the people into one
He will heal the people where they are
And light up the world like the morning star
He will gather the people into one
I rejoice to see his day
See him ruling in his righteousness
With a fan He ll come and blow the chaff away

[Cast:]
We rejoice to see His day
In love He ll stand victorious
The coming Christ who takes our sins away!
We can feel Him coming, feel Him coming alive today
(We rejoice to see His day)
He will deliver so come to the river be washed today
(We rejoice to see His day)
You know it s real, can you feel what the people say?
We ve been waiting – for so long waiting
Today s the day!

[John the Baptist:]
He will gather the people into one
And lead to the heart of the rising sun
He will gather the people into one
He will gather the people into one

[Jesus appears at the river where John is baptizing]

Look! The man who will bring us in
Behold the Lamb who will take our sin
There he stands the foundation stone
A man like the world has never known
Stronger than Rome
He ll make our way back home


5. Jesus Baptism

[Jesus:]
I ve come to be baptized by you, John
Let all the writings be fulfilled

[John the Baptist:]
We all have been praying for so long
To see the Father s perfect will

[Jesus and John :]
And all things fulfilled and all things we build
And all things are willed by the God of heaven
The whole human race in mercy and grace
Beholding the face of the God of heaven

[Jesus, John and others:]
Him who is true has come unto you
Do all you that you do for the God of heaven
With light shown around His glory is found
Love has come down by the God of heaven s might
Received in our sight – is heaven s open light!

[God speaks from heaven]

[God:]
This is my beloved Son in whom I m well pleased
And before Him everyone shall bow on their knees
This is my beloved Son let His day begin
Hear the host of heaven come and usher Him in
Let love begin
This is my Son...hear Him...hear Him!


6. Jesus Temptation
[Jesus is led into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil]

[Jesus:]
The spirit led me here
Straight away to this wilderness
God has made it clear
This is I where I must face my test
And I have had no food
For forty days I have had no bread
And in this solitude
I am hungry but being fed
Living by what God said
Still there s this feeling of dread
Like there s someone in my head....

[The Devil:]
I m the watcher of the red skies
And the thunder that rolls
I m the darker side of midnight
I ll devour you whole
Jesus, I ve come for your soul!
If you truly are Messiah
Turn these stones into bread

[Jesus:]
You are Satan, you re a liar
I believe what God said
You re only king of the dead

[The Devil:]
If you are the Son
If you are the Word
Cast yourself down
You will not be hurt
Surely the Son has all authority
All of the seas
And all of the shores
All that ya see
It all can be yours
If you will just bow down and worship me
Bow down and worship me!

[Jesus:]
It is written in the book
You shall not tempt your God
And I don t believe a word you say
You re a fake and a fraud
I only serve the one true God
And He s the one who sent me
As Adam failed I will succeed
And nothing here can tempt me
Nothing here can tempt me!

[The Devil:]
Lies, lies everyone lies to me!
See how everyone tries to be safe
But they ll never escape from my snare
You can t sever your ties to me
You will fall and your fall will be great
Just turn to me it s never too late

[Jesus:]
I am God s only Son
A new day has just begun
I m sending you on the run!

[The Devil:]
I m the watcher of the red skies
The Father of crime
You ve eluded me this time
But the masses are mine
I ll battle you for all time
All of the seas and all of the shores
All that ya see it still could be yours
If you ll just bow down and worship me
And I will be there when you come to save
Sending sad souls to their spiritual grave
Now that the world of men belongs to me

[Jesus:]
Satan, be gone
I know I am the Son
I will worship my God
And no other shall harm me
I ll deliver all men
Bring freedom again
I will cause them to live
And you will not prevent me
You re the Father of lies
You bring death and not life
I will bring them to life
Satan, be gone...


7. There s A Highway
[The Devil leaves Jesus and he begins his ministry]

[Jesus:]
Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
Turn from your ways of madness be made whole
This is a day of healing in the land
Turn around with your body, mind, and soul
Come and bring me your sick outsiders that you ve cast away
Tell all the lowly losers God has made a way
For the low there s a highway
For the low there s a highway
The Spirit of God is upon me
There s good news
He sent me to bring back the eyesight to the blind
And nobody that will come I will refuse
Follow me and we ll drink the brand new wine
Come and bring me your sick outsiders that you ve cast away
Tell all the lowly losers God has made a way
For the low there s a highway
For the low there s a highway
For the low there s a way
Yes, for the low there s a highway
But for the low there s a way
Yes, for the low there s a highway
Blessed are those who are humble in their minds
Only the pure can hear these words I ve said
Come and bring me your sick outsiders that you ve cast away
Tell all the lowly losers God has made a way
Bring me your sick outsiders that you ve cast away
Tell all the lowly losers God has made a way
For the low there s a highway
For the low there s a highway
For the low there s a highway


8. The Woman of Seven Devils

[A woman tormented by demons meets Jesus]

[Mary:]
I m the woman of seven devils
I m a child of the night
My name s Mary but some call me trouble
Live a tormented life
I m the sweetest of painted ladies
A little crazy that s true
Just be careful or some of my demons
Might get thrown on to you
Cause I get high every night and day
Rollin til I roll away
I m tired of payin dues
Oh but nothin takes my blues away
Seven devils got me in chains
I m the woman of seven devils
And I ll be sweet as a child
Then next minute I m seein double in a rage goin wild
And there s no one that can ever help me
Been this way all my life
I m not tryin to be nothin I can t be
I m just tryin to survive
Cause I get high every night and day
Rollin til I roll away
I m tired of payin dues
But nothin takes my blues away
Seven devils got me in chains

[Jesus:]
Woman with the troubled soul
You stand accused
But I do not condemn you
I do not condemn you, no
If you have faith as the smallest seed
You can be healed you can be freed
I ask you, will you be made whole?

[Mary:]
I m the woman of seven devils
Can t you see what I am?
Can you save this psychotic woman?
Lord, change me if you can
Cause I get high every day and night
And I m sick and tired of livin this life
I d really like to change
But what could take this strange away
Seven devils
All through my brain
Oh Jesus, break these chains!

[Jesus casts the demons out of Mary]


9. Free At Last

[Mary:]
All out of love
All out of time
Trapped in a world
In chains in my mind
Ashamed of the things I ve done
The lost and the lonely one
Then Jesus came
Like a light from above
Made a heart full of anger
A heart full of love
And now as I live and breathe
With everything I believe
And I know that it s real
From the way that I feel
And I feel like I m free at last
And the woman I ve been
All my guilt and my sin
Now I know it s all in the past
And I m free at last
Oh what relief to have it all gone
The devils and demons that held me so long
Now I m up in the skies
As the spirit begins to rise
And I know that it s real
From the way that I feel
And I feel like I m free at last
And the woman I ve been
All my guilt and my sin
Now I know it s all in the past
Oh I m free at last
Yes I m free at last
Oh thank God I am free
And I know that it s real
From the way that I feel
And I feel like I m free at last
And the woman I ve been
All my guilt and my sin
Now I know it s all in the past
And I m free at last
Oh I m free at last
Oh I m free
Oh Jesus set me free
And I m free at last
Thank God Almighty I am free at last


10. The Madman of the Gadarenes

[Jesus encounters a man possessed by many demons]

[The madman:]
I m the madman of the Gadarenes
Do you like my brand new clothes?
Among these tombs you will find me
How long I ve been here no one knows...

[1st demon:]
I have been in this man many years
And there are some more of us living here
We are called Legion

[2nd demon:]
I have been in this man many years ago we were lost
But now we re here in this man... what?

[3rd demon:]
I ve been in this man many years
There are many of us
Years ago we took him over and now
We are like a Legion in him

[4th demon:]
I have been here
What will you do will you torture us now?
There are many of us here and you know
We re a Legion
We are many

[Demons all together:]
We know who You are
The holy one of God!

[1st demon:]
I put murder in his heart

[2nd demon:]
I destroyed his careful mind

[3rd demon:]
I put fear into his eyes

[4th demon:]
I made him the crazy kind

[1st demon:]
What have You to do with us Jesus
Son of the most high God
Son of the God
Do not torment me

[2nd demon:]
What have You to do with us
Mighty Son of God I will beg
Oh Son of God, Son of God
Please do not torment me

[3rd demon:]
What will You do with all of us
Son of the most high God
I will beg You Son of the most high God
Do not torment me

[4th demon:]
What have You to do with us now
Son of the most high
I am begging you oh, Son of God
Son of God please don t torment me

[Demons all together:]
We know who You are
The holy one of God!

[Jesus:]
Come out, come out!
You ve been hurting him for too long
Come out, come out!
It s time for you to be gone
Go back to where you belong
In the name of God s only Son
You demons be gone!

[Demons all together:]
Please don t send us into nothing
Send us in the pigs we re begging
Crying out as one we re saying
Help us Jesus!
We obey you knowing you have
All authority and we have none
You re like your Father
Please have mercy Jesus
We know who You are
The holy one of God!

[Jesus:]
Go!

[The demons are cast into a herd of pigs who then run off a cliff into the sea. The man is now of a sound mind for the first time]

[Jesus:]
Are you alright now?

[Madman:]
Yes I feel fine
It feels like sunlight
Inside my mind

[Jesus:]
Go on home
Tell everyone you know
God has made you whole


11. Love Has Called My Name

[Jesus calls his disciples and his ministry is gathering fame throughout the land]

[Disciple 1:]
I am following what I feel from what
I ve seen I know it s real

[Judas:]
Jesus Christ – the son of man
All power of heaven s in His hand

[Disciple 1:]
And we are all disciples
Trying to understand

[Judas and disciples:]
For love has called my name
And now I m giving everything
Because love has called my name
I ll follow... I ll follow

[Disciple 1:]
I ve seen Him heal my daughter s heart

[Judas:]
I ve seen Him make the lame man walk

[Disciple 1:]
I ve had devils cast out I thought were me

[Judas:]
He s the master of my destiny

[Disciple 1:]
And wherever He goes I go as close as I can be

[Judas and disciples:]
Cause love has called my name
And now I m giving everything
Because love has called my name
This I know
Love called my name
And what I ve lost I count as gain
Because love has called my name
I ll follow I ll follow
I will follow, I will follow

[Jesus:]
You are the ones I ve chosen to be here
My friends the 12 disciples gathered near
What do they say, who is this son of man?
What do you think?
Who do you say I am?
Who do you say I am?


12. Better Weather

[Peter:]
Some say You re Elijah come back from the grave
Some say You re Jeremiah but you cannot save
But I say You are the Son of God
(Not Elijah come back down)
And Your way doesn t have to be so hard
(You re the one who ll wear the crown)
Yeah, I say You are the Son of God
And we re headed for some better weather
Some say You re a faker just like all the rest
And nothing good could ever come from Nazareth
But I say you are the Son of God
(Not Elijah come back down)
And Your way doesn t have to be so hard
(You re the one who ll wear the crown)
Yeah, I say You are the Son of God
And we re headed for some better weather
Better weather


13. The Keys to the Kingdom

[Jesus:]
Well you have spoken, Simon Bar-Jonah
You ve heard from God and not flesh and blood
You are now Peter, the rock is unbroken
On this revelation I ll build my love
And I ll give the keys to the kingdom
To you who receive the Son
The keys to the kingdom are yours and I give them for free

[Judas:]
Finally we ll conquer, conquer the Romans
They ve killed our children on holy ground
I will have vengeance; their backs will be broken
By the power of God we will strike them down

[Mary:]
May we come also? Is the way open?
Who can receive such salvation?

[Jesus:]
All who are seeking with hearts wide open
They can be part of my nation
And I ll give the keys to the kingdom
To you who will overcome
The keys to the kingdom are yours and I give them for free
I ll give the keys to the kingdom
To those who receive the Son
The keys to the kingdom are given
To one who is true
Now I give them to you!

[God:]
This is my beloved Son in whom I m well pleased
And before Him everyone shall bow on their knees
This is my beloved Son let His reign begin
But He first must overcome and suffer for men
He ll die for your sins
This is my Son
My treasure, my pearl
Who takes on the sins of the world

[Jesus:]
I must go to Jerusalem
To suffer at the hands of men
It s my destiny
It is what must be
When him that they will crucify
Will for the sins of many die
Remember me
Remember me

[Peter:]
Oh no, Jesus this is wrong
Over my dead body they will come
Cause I will follow you anywhere
Says I who have been with you everywhere
Yes I will follow you anywhere
Anywhere, but to the cross


14. Get Behind Me Satan

[Jesus:]
Get behind me Satan
You oppose the things of God within your mind
Get behind me Satan
I must drink this cup of wrath for all mankind
If you want to follow me you must take up your cross and get in line
He who saves his life shall lose and he who loses for my sake will find
Get behind me Satan
You are Satan if you seek the things of man
They will raise me up but on the third day I will surely rise again
What profit for a man if he should gain
The world and lose his very soul?
It s the Father s will that I must die
You cannot stop me, Peter, I must go!
Get behind me Satan
You oppose the things of God within your mind
Get behind me Satan
I must drink this cup of wrath for all mankind
Get behind me Satan!


15. He Must Go to the Cross
[Time has passed and Jesus is now famous throughout Israel. Caiaphas, the high priest, and the religious leaders are plotting against him]

[Priests and scribes:]
Oh my, we let it go by but we can t deny the things that He s done
Who knew? Now what shall we do?
The crowd thinks it s true, they think He s the one
They think He s the one

[Caiaphas:]
You fools you know nothing
This cannot go on
One way or another
This Jesus is done
It s not right that the nation
Should suffer the loss
For the good of the people
He must go to the cross

[Cast:]
Oh my, we let it go by but we can t deny the things that He s done
Who knew? Now what shall we do?
The crowd thinks it s true, they think He s the one

[Pharisee 1:]
But how shall we do it?
The masses will cry
They might turn against us
If Jesus will die

[Caiaphas:]
Get the Romans to do it
They re dogs anyway
Get our captors to kill Him
And the world will be saved

[Cast:]
Oh my, we let it go by but we can t deny the things that He s done
Who knew? Now what shall we do?
The crowd thinks it s true, they think He s the one

[Pharisee 2:]
The new kid, I saw what He did
We must keep it hid before we re undone

[Caiaphas:]
Oh my, we let it go by but this is the time
This Jesus is done
Jesus is done

[Cast:]
Oh my, we let it go by but we can t deny the things that He s done
Who knew? Now what shall we do?
The crowd thinks it s true they think He s the one

[Caiaphas:]
Jesus! You re finished now
We re gonna put You down
Jesus! You re finished now
We gonna, we gonna, we gonna put ya down
For the good of the people
He must go to the cross!


16. Jerusalem
[It s Passover and the people are gathering in Jerusalem]

[Cast:]
Jerusalem our city in the sky
Our song of ascent is relentless to God we will cry
Jerusalem from Judah up to Dan
We come to sing praises and eat of the Passover Lamb
Everyone dance and sing
Singing Hosanna
Everyone celebrate the day
Dance and sing, everyone singing Hosanna
Everyone celebrate the day

[Men:]
Jerusalem the talk s all over town
Will Jesus show up and will this be the final showdown?

[Women:]
We ve seen Him heal the sick and raise the dead
Some say He s Messiah

[Man 1:]
Some say He s just sick in the head

[Cast:]
Everyone dance and sing
Singing Hosanna
Everyone celebrate the day
Dance and sing, old and young, singing Hosanna
Everyone celebrate the day

[Mary:]
Jerusalem I feel the tension here
I have great sorrow for I know the ending is near
I ll wash His feet with water from my tears
No matter what happens I ll stay with offering and prayers

[Caiaphas:]
Jerusalem this man is not your king
Jesus, tell them to be silent, they re making a scene

[Jesus:]
Jerusalem if you should hold your peace
Even the rocks will cry out all creation will sing!

[Cast:]
Everyone dance and sing
Singing Hosanna
Everyone celebrate the day
Dance and sing, old and young, singing Hosanna
Everyone celebrate the day
Hosanna, God save now, Hosanna!


17. Hearts Full of Holes

[The celebration fades away and we look into the mind of Judas]

[Judas:]
I ve been with Jesus since it began
From winter days to desert sand
I was there at the wedding
Saw water turn to wine
But now He is talking bout giving in
And I don t see how we can win
He must show His hand
We are running out of time
Because dark is the night
We won t make it alone
Cause we all need Your light
For our souls
Yes, we need Your supply
Cause we ve got hearts full of holes
Yes, we all need Your light for our souls
Jesus there must be some other way
Of conquering the enemy
How can You help us
If You are dead and gone?
And I can t believe that we ve worked so hard
We trusted You, we trusted God
That it would all come to nothing
I cannot overcome
Because dark is the night
We won t make it alone
Yes, we all need Your light
For our souls
Yes, we need Your supply
Cause we ve got hearts full of holes
We need glory and light for our souls
Because dark is the night
We won t make it alone
Yes, we all need Your light
For our souls
Bring Your power and might
Restore all that they stole
We need glory and light for our souls

[Women:]
Hosanna, God save now, Hosanna!


18. The Last Supper
[Jesus and the disciples have the Passover meal the night before His death]

[Jesus:]
I have longed to eat with you and drink once more
With the ones I know
Before I go
We shall not partake like this until that day
When the kingdom s come
Through the death of the Son
This is how it must be done...
This is my body that is broken for you
This is my blood that makes the covenant new
Behold the one who betrays me is here among you!

[Disciples:]
Who is it oh, Rabbi?
Who is it my Savior?
Surely it is not I
Who could be the traitor?
Who is it my master?
Give us who s the taker
Who is there among us?
Who could be the traitor?

[Peter:]
I would surely die for You Lord Jesus
I would surely die for You
I will be with You til the end Lord Jesus
I am going to see this through

[Jesus:]
Before the cock crows this very morning
You shall deny me, Peter
Remember my words – three times this morning
You shall deny my name

[Peter:]
I tell you that it isn t true Lord Jesus
I tell you that it isn t true
I would never turn my back on You Lord
I will never turn on You

[Jesus:]
This I say to the one who will betray
You are one I love
What you sold was more than my blood
You chose the devil s way
Your guilt will take you down
So go do what you must do now!


19. Gethsemane

[Caiaphas and the Pharisees continue to plot to kill Jesus]

[Pharisees:]
We re gathered here today for one good reason
And it s not to celebrate the holy season

[Pharisee 2:]
Jesus, He has got the nerve
To come to the feast
He s come to disturb the peace

[Pharisees:]
Now that that s been said let s get right to it
We all want Him dead but how to do it?

[Pharisee 3:]
There is one among the twelve
Who could be some help

[Caiaphas:]
This could be the chance we ve waited for
Bring him at once this conspirator
But just keep it quiet or we ll start a war

[The devil enters into the mind of Judas]

[The devil:]
I m the watcher of the red skies
The spirit of death
I am speaking in his mind
He repeats what I said
I m the voice inside his head
Come on Judas take him over
He s as crazy as they say
Think of all the good that you ll do
With the money they ll pay
Judas now be on your way!

[Judas goes to the Pharisees]

[Judas:]
I know a place where He can be found
Not far from these gates but far from the crowd
There you can arrest Him quietly

[Caiaphas:]
Here is the cash give us the lowdown
Where does He go when no one s around?

[Judas:]
I hope you know this is very hard for me...
At night, in the Garden of Gethsemane
Because dark is the night
Please don t leave us alone
Cause we all need your light in our souls
Jesus stand up and fight
Bring back all that they stole
Cause we all need your light in our souls

[Jesus and the disciples spend the night in the garden of Gethsemane]

[Jesus:]
Will you wait and pray with me?
While my soul is in agony
Will you stay with me for one single hour?
Oh Father, take this cup from your only Son
Still not my will but thine be done
And to you be all the glory and power, Oh Father...
Here they come...
The Son of Man is betrayed into their hands
Let us go, my betrayer is at hand

[Soldiers led by Judas come to arrest Jesus. Peter begins to fight them.]

[Jesus:]
Peter, stop! It will not go down like this
And Judas would you betray me with a kiss?
You had to come in the dark of night
I was with you every day
This is your hour and I will not fight
This is my Father s way

[Guard:]
Come on, Judas let us take him away!

[The soldiers lead Jesus away]


20. Jesus Before the Council and Peter s Denial
[Jesus stands beaten and bloody before the high Priest and council]

[Caiaphas:]
We re gathered here
To pass judgment on Jesus
We ve heard the witnesses
Does He deserve death?
[to Jesus:]
What say you?
I want to hear it from your own lips
Are you the Christ?
Are you the Son of the blessed?

[Jesus:]
I am!
And you will see the Son of the most high
Seated at the right hand of God on His throne
I am!
And I will come in power and glory
With the clouds of heaven I ll come for my own

[Caiaphas:]
Blasphemy! Blasphemy! Heresy! Death to thee!

[Priests:]
Blasphemy! Blasphemy! Heresy! Death to thee!

[Caiaphas:]
Oh my God it s Blasphemy! Heresy!
Death to thee! It must be!

[Priests:]
Blasphemy! Heresy! Death to thee!
It must be!

[Caiaphas and priests:]
Feel our hatred!

[Peter is looking on from afar when he is found out]

[Servant girl:]
This man was with him
I know he was with him
I ve seen him with my own eyes

[Peter:]
What are you saying?
I don t know what you re saying
I tell you this servant girl lies

[Man 1:]
Yes, I saw you – I know I saw you
And your accent is from Galilee

[Peter:]
I don t know him
I swear I don t know him
Whoever you saw was not me...
I swear! I don t know him!

[Peter and Jesus eyes meet, then Peter flees the scene in anguish]


21. Judas Death

[Judas sees that Jesus is not going to fight and runs to the temple to repent]

[Judas:]
Why is He not fighting them?
These are all but common men
David s son will surely arise
To Pilate they have brought the Son
Now I see what I have done!
I believed the Father of lies
I was wrong, Lord Jesus
I ve betrayed innocent blood
I must try to make right
This evil thing that I ve done
Oh, Caiaphas
I have sinned forgive me, oh Lord!

[Caiaphas:]
What is that to us?
Take back your bloody reward

[Judas:]
I know what I must do
Oh God, I loved Him too
There s only one way out of this bottomless hole
So this is how it all ends
No tears, no words, no amends
May God have mercy on my wretched soul
Here I go!
Here I go!

[Judas hangs himself]


22. Jesus Before Pilate and the Crucifixion
[The soldiers and priests bring Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman ruler in Jerusalem]

[Pilate:]
What is this man accused of? What law did he break?
What has he done to fill you with such murdering hate?

[Caiaphas:]
He stirs up the people
Incites them to sin
He says they shouldn t pay the tax
To Caesar our friend

[Pilate:]
I have to know why I demand it

[Priests:]
Oh, Jesus must die

[Pilate:]
If you have proof I must have it

[Priests:]
Oh, hear our angry cry

[Pilate:]
I have to know why I demand it

[Priests:]
Oh, Jesus must die

[Pilate:]
If you have proof I must have it

[Priests:]
We re sons of Abraham
We cannot kill this man
Our law says we can t crucify
So you must send Jesus to die!

[Pilate to Jesus:]
Tell me what did you do?
Don t you know that I have authority?
Are you really the Christ, the King of the Jews?

[Jesus:]
My kingdom s not of this world
I was born to do one thing only
To be a light to the world and to witness the truth

[Pilate:]
What is truth?
You have a custom that at the Passover one man
Should be released to you
Do you want the King of the Jews?

[Crowd:]
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!
We want Barabbas the murderer
We deny Him! Crucify Him!
We have no King but Caesar

[Pilate:]
I wash my hands of this whole affair
His blood is on your heads
Take Him away

[Jesus is taken to be crucified]

[Jesus:]
Father why have You forsaken me?
Everyone s gone but my mother and John and these few
I know this is how it had to be
It s finished now and I m giving my life up to You

[Jesus dies on the cross]


23. Mary at the Tomb
[3 days later]

[Mary:]
It is dark
It has been three days since they killed Him
All are gone
Even Peter says, "I never knew Him."
But I will go
I will seek my Lord
Though the man is dead
I will go to Him
To anoint His body
What is this?
What has happened to my Lord Jesus?
What have they done now?
Who rolled the great stone?
He s gone!
Oh my God, they ve taken my Jesus
I must tell Peter
I can t bear this alone

[Jesus appears. Mary mistakes Him for the gardener]

[Jesus:]
Woman, why do you weep?
Whom do you seek?
Who is your Lord?

[Mary:]
They have carried Him away
Won t you tell me where they ve laid Him?
I have nowhere else to turn
So here I ll stay

[Jesus reveals himself]

[Jesus:]
Mary, Mary

[Mary:]
Rabbi! Jesus!


24. The Greatest Love of All

[Mary:]
I can t believe it, is it really You?

[Jesus:]
I always said that I would come to you
Now everything is yours

[Together:]
Just like you said it would be

[Jesus:]
Flowing from the source

[Mary:]
I feel so full and so free
Cause this is the greatest love of all
This is what we are living for

[Jesus:]
I am yours, I am yours
[Mary:]
No one could ever give you any more

[Together:]
Than this love that falls like heaven s rain

[Jesus:]
Heaven s rain
You came to me when all my friends had gone

[Mary:]
My love for You it kept me holdin on

[Jesus:]
In a little while you won t see me anymore

[Mary:]
No not again

[Jesus:]
But through the Spirit you ll have me
Like never before

[Together:]
And this is the greatest love of all
This is what we have waited for
No one could ever give you any more
Than this love that falls like heaven s rain
When the rain falls down from heaven

[Jesus:]
This is the greatest Love of all

[Mary:]
Oh, I will follow you

[Jesus:]
This is what we are living for

[Mary:]
Lord, I will go with You

[Jesus:]
No one could ever ask for any more

[Mary:]
Lord, You are all there is...
This is the greatest Love of all

[Jesus:]
I will never leave you or forsake you
[Mary:]
This is what we have waited for

[Jesus:]
I will never leave you comfortless

[Mary:]
No one could ever ask for any more

[Jesus:]
I ll give you power from on high...

[Together:]
Than this love that falls like heaven s rain

[Mary:]
This is the greatest Love of all

[She goes to embrace Him]

[Jesus:]
Don t cling to me
Cause I have not yet ascended
Go tell my brothers
I have risen from the dead!


25. Love Has Called My Name (Reprise)

[Entire cast:]
Love has called my name
And now I m giving everything
Because love has called name
I ll follow
Love has called my name
And what I ve lost I count as gain
Because love has called name
I ll follow
Love has called my name
And now I m giving everything
Because love has called name
I ll follow
Love has called my name
And what I ve lost I count as gain
Because love has called name
I ll follow
I ll follow
I ll follow


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