"Christ Lives! an Oratorio" was composed by Swami Kriyananda in 1984 after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This previously unpublished video is of the Good Friday, April 14, 2017 performance at Ananda Village in Northern California.
“Let us, like the prophet Jeremiah,
arise and go up to Zion
unto the Lord our God.
Like pilgrims, let us visit in spirit
the land of the prophets,
of Jesus Christ, and Mary, and the apostles,
and let us feel their spirit in that land,
a land made holy not only by what transpired there,
but because their blessings infuse the very soil.
For behind the Holy Bible --
by most men read as dusty history --
lives a radiant, singing, ever-fresh Reality!
In imagination, let us visit those holy shrines;
in desert winds hear angel melodies;
in sacred stones, see windows to God's light.
Let us walk where Jesus walked,
pray where he prayed,
receive him inwardly, as the apostles did --
that we, like them, may be given
"the power to become the sons of God."
And, then, as we return from our visit to the Holy Land
let us do so with the resolution
to see life itself as a pilgrimage.
For this green and fragrant earth is the Lord's,
and all its welcoming, green fields,
its smiling flowers,
praise-singing, soaring mountains,
timeless deserts, and deep, solemn seas
comprise also, in very truth, a holy land.
May our visit make us sensitive to the deep truth
that God is everywhere.
For Christ lives in the Holy Land,
but Christ lives also in you.”