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"Shepherds, Awake!" by Swami Kriyananda - Christ Lives - An Illustrated Oratorio

December 15, 2021

Composed after Swami Kriyananda visited the Holy Land in 1983, Christ Lives brilliantly captures the profoundly inspiring and uplifting experience of Christ’s presence there.

An illustrated oratorio, Christ Lives is a contemporary Oratorio that vividly brings to life the deep meaning of Christ's life. The photography and music by Swami Kriyananda, is sung by the Ananda World Brotherhood Choir.

In 2008, Swami Kriyananda and the World Brotherhood performed in San Jose, California. This is Swami’s introduction:

“I wrote this Oratorio after a visit to Israel, which we in the West call the Holy Land. I meditated. It’s very different Oratorio from any other you might find. I meditated in the various scared places. I felt the presence of Christ there, and I prayed to Him and He gave me these melodies. You can take that as you will, but to me it’s a reality. The melodies express the vibration of His presence which I felt there. It was a very holy visit for me. I hope you will feel His presence.”

As music alone can do, the Oratorio reaches the soul with both the message and spirit of Christ's life, and his call to all seekers to awaken the Divine within.


When in Bethlehem Jesus was born,
The angels did herald the news.
To shepherds that slept upon a wintry field,
They sang: “Awake in the lord!”

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