Cypress Choral

Offering at the Manger

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Beverly Lewis
CP 1728
Offering at the Manger tells the inspiring fictional story of an elderly woman who takes a homemade pie as a gift to the infant Jesus. Upon presenting her gift, she becomes the object of some derision from the more affluent gift givers. She leaves the stable feeling embarrassed when, suddenly, she is visited by an angel. The angel assures the woman that, of all the material gifts anyone could offer the Christ child, the greatest gift is love. The poem consists of six verses using varying voicings and gradually building in intensity until the final verse ends with the musical climax as the universal message of love is delivered.