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For two solo voices (tenor and baritone) and mixed chorus, interspersed with hymns to be sung by the congregation.
This work depicts the last few days of the Saviour's life. The rejoicing of the multitude with hosannas and palms, the view of Jersusalem from the steep of Olivet and the lament over the city, the dispersal of the money changers in the Temple, and the sad nocturnal walk on the Mount of Olivet are all portrayed in the First Part.
Part Two opens with the Last Supper, at which Jesus washed His disciples' feet, and commanded them to love one another. Then follows the agonizing prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, the sudden appearance of the hostile crowd, the abandonment of Jesus by His deciples, His utter loneliness among ruthless enemies, the turmoil before Pilate when Barabbas is released, the tragedy of the Cross, and the triumph of Calvary.