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Jesus, You Are a Stone

Composer Carson P. Cooman
Text Richard Leach
Two-part/SAB choir, organ
Lectionary Usage Palm Sunday
Life of Christ
2' 30" Price $1.50 (U.S.) Released 7/04
Catalog no. 405-483 Difficulty Moderately easy

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With gentle lyricism, Carson Cooman’s setting of Richard Leach’s text suggests the ripples radiating from a pebble dropped into a pond. Jesus is the stone and the city is the water. This work is ideal as a quiet Palm Sunday anthem, or as a musical commentary on urban ministry.

"The Passion Week text uses an interesting metaphor of Jesus being a stone hitting water -- causing ripples, sinking and curiously sweetening the water. The composer emphasizes the metaphor by artfully crafting ripples and waves in the organ accompaniment." --The Hymn, Autumn 2005

Anthem text
Jesus, you are a stone and the city is water,
round you the ripples spread out--
circles of praise as the crowd shouts hosanna,
you set off and center the shout:
Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!

Jesus, you are a stone and the city is water,
water in which you go down.
Over you rise many fathoms of power,
with violence concealed in its calm:
Hosanna! Hosanna!

Jesus, you are a stone and the city is water,
bitter, no life-giving spring.
Here is a wonder: you sweeten the water,
we come to the city and sing:
Hosanna! Hosanna!
Hosanna in the highest!

-Richard Leach, 1999.
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