Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir


Just Once a Year

Beginning simply with a solo violin playing a folkish jig, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs Wilberg’s processional "Just Once a Year." With lyrics from Wilberg's long-time collaborator David Warner, this dance tune gradually gathers strength into a bustling production number, a festive folk dance in which the concert’s guest artists, Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville, both participate.

AIRED: December 17, 2018 | 0:04:44

(gentle orchestral music)

- And it came to pass in those days,

that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus

that all the world should be taxed.

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee,

out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea,

unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem

to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife,

being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there,

the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son,

and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,

and laid him in a manger

because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds

abiding in the field,

keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,

and the glory of the Lord shone round about them,

and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, "Fear not.

"For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,

"For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,

"which shall be to all people.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David

"a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

"And this shall be a sign unto you.

"Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,

"lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was with the angel

a multitude of the heavenly host

praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest,

"and on earth peace, good will toward men."

♪ Fa la la la la la la la la


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