Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (Cantata)


“Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” is a cantata narrated from two points of view: modern and ancient. The program lasts about one hour. It is voiced for SSAATTBB, accompanied by piano and organ, with optional violin obbligatos for selected songs. The organ may be omitted if none is available. Solo parts are included for the two narrators (both sing solo selections, and a duet); and four soloists in a moderate range.

A note about narrators: Narrator #1 will portray a modern disciple of Christ, and Narrator #2 will portray a disciple from Christ’s time. They can be either men or women, though the program was written with women in mind. Both will sing solo selections, and they will perform one duet together. Light costuming is suggested for Narrator #2.

Light costuming is also suggested for each of the soloists in “The Mighty Wonder of His Love.”

All organ scores are supplemental except “Cast Your Burden on the Lord” which uses organ only. An alternate score for piano is available if you are not using organ.

The titles included in the cantata are listed below. Linked titles are available separately. If a title is not linked, it is only available by downloading the complete program. A few titles have audio demos available–they are marked with a “*”. The performers’ interpretations may differ from the printed score.

Jesus, the Very Thought Of Thee (Intro)
As Shepherds Kept Their Lonely Vigil* (also appears in the “Silent Night” cantata.)
Promised Savior, Promised King*
The Mighty Wonder Of His Love
The Master’s Voice*
They Know Not What They Do
To Save the World From Sin
For Me Alone*
At the Rising Of the Sun
This is How I Know *
Cast Your Burden on the Lord*
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee*


  2 Responses to “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (Cantata)”


    Hi Sister DeFord!

    I’m hoping to have a proper look through your cantata “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”, and I’ve been able to download all the piano and obbligato parts – however I can’t locate the organ parts on the website. Are they just in a hidden corner that I can’t find or are they not available?

    Hope you can help… Thanks.


      Sam, the organ and violin parts are on my to-do list. They should be up in a week or two. (I keep meaning to get to those and they keep getting pushed to the back of the queue… bad.) In the meantime, the piano/vocal score is there, and since the entire program could be performed using just that score, it will give you a decent idea what it’s like. 🙂

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