What are We to Do

The Story of Joseph and Mary

 

A Cantata for schools

Written and © Loreno Rinaldi and Gerry Fitzpatrick.  Recorded for schools by Catriona Glen

 

Words, melody line and piano score:  Cantata Joseph 2017 – Full Score

Narrator:        When Romans ruled the whole known world,  controlled both land and sea.
When Caesar’s legions first approached these shores in times B.C.

narrator 2:     In a corner of the Roman dominion  ‘neath the hills of Galilee,
there was born a boy called ‘Joseph,’  nothing special his friends could see.

 

Chorus:
Joseph, son of David, son of Solomon the Wise, Joseph, carpenter and husband,
Guardian of the Child.
Joseph, guardian of the mother and the Child,  Joseph, Joseph, so reliable and strong.

Joseph, son of David, son of Solomon the Wise, Joseph, carpenter and husband,
Guardian of the Child.
Joseph, guardian of the mother and the Child,  Joseph, Joseph, so reliable and strong.

 

Narrator:        As a young man Joseph had to make his way in life;
When the time came he chose Mary as the perfect wife.

 

Narrator 2:     Mary, daughter of Anna and Joachim, was so young and full of charm.
Joseph asked for their betrothal,  he would love and care for her.

 

Chorus:         Joseph, son of David, son of Solomon the Wise, Joseph, carpenter and husband,
Guardian of the Child.
Joseph, guardian of the mother and the Child,  Joseph, Joseph, so reliable and strong.

 

Narrator:        At her prayers one day young Mary heard the angel Gabriel say:
‘Mary, God has loved you dearly, you will bear a child for him.’

 

Chorus

Joseph, Joseph, dear Joseph, what are we to do?
We always knew that someone would be chosen,
But why, why me and you?
Why, why me and you?

 

Mary, Mary, I love you, and while I may not understand –
God told our people through Isaiah
A child would be born to his command,
A child would be born to his command.

 

Mary, Mary, we are honoured, no matter what people may say.
Knowing that we are in his service,
Faith and love tell us we must obey.
Faith and love tell us we must obey.