PART ONE

Overture..................................................................................................................The Orchestra

OPENING

Lord! Thou Alone Art God.............................................................................Chorus of Christians
and Thine are the heavens, the earth, and mighty waters. The heathen furiously rage, Lord, against
Thee and Thy Christ. Now behold, lest our foes prevail, and grant to Thy servants all strength and
joyfulness that they may preach Thy Word. (Acts 4:24, 26, 29)

To God On High Be Thanks And Praise........................................................................... Chorale
Who deigns our bonds to sever, His care our drooping souls upraise, And harm shall reach us
never. On Him we rest, with faith assured, Of all that live the mighty Lord, For ever and for ever.

SCENE 1: The Capture, Trial, and Stoning of Stephen

And The Many That Believed .............................................................................Narrative
were of one heart and of one soul. And Stephen, full of faith and full of power, did great wonders
among the people. And they of the Synagogue were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit
with which he spake. Then they suborned men who were false witnesses, which said:
(Acts 4:23a; 6:8, 10-11)

We Verily Have Heard Him Blaspheme......................................................... The False Witnesses
against these holy places, and against the law, ourselves have heard him speak. (Acts 6:13)

And They Stirred Up The People....................................................................................Narrative
and the elders, and came upon him and caught hold of him, and brought him to the council,
and spake: (Acts 6:12)

Now This Man Ceaseth Not..........................................................................Chorus of the People
to utter blasphemous words against the law of Moses, and also God! Did we not enjoin and
straightly command you, that you should not teach in the Name ye follow? And lo! ye have filled
Jerusalem with those unlawful doctrines! He hath said, and our ears have heard him: Jesus of
Nazareth, He shall destroy all these our holy places, and change all the laws and customs which
Moses delivered us. (Acts 6:11; 5:28)

And All That Sat In The Council .....................................................................................Narrative
looked steadfastly on him, and saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
Then said the High Priest: "Are these things so?" And Stephen said: (Acts 6:15)

Men, Brethren, And Fathers! Hearken To Me ..................................................................Stephen
The God of glory appeared to our fathers, delivered the people out of their afflictions, and gave
them favor. But they understood it not. He sent Moses into Egypt, for He saw their afflictions and
heard their groaning. But they refused him, and would not obey his word, but thrust him from
them, and sacrificed to senseless idols. Solomon built Him a house, albeit, the Most High God
dwelleth not in temples which are made with hands, for Heaven is His throne, and Earth is but his
footstool. Hath not His hands made all these things? Ye hard of heart! ye always do resist the
Holy Ghost, as did your fathers, even so do ye! Which of the Prophets have not your fathers
persecuted? And they have slain them which showed before the coming of Him, the Just one,
with whose murder ye have here been stained. Ye have received the Law by the disposition
of angels, and ye have not obeyed it." (Acts 7)

Take Him Away! ......................................................................................Chorus of the Hebrews
For now the holy Name of God he hath blasphemed, and who blasphemes Him, he shall perish!
(Acts 21:36; Leviticus 24:16)

Lo! I See The Heavens Opened .......................................................................................Stephen
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God! (Acts 7:56)

Jerusalem ..................................................................................................................Commentary
Jerusalem, thou that killest the Prophets, thou that stonest them which are sent unto thee;
how often would I have gathered unto Me thy children, and ye would not! (Matthew 23:37)

Then They Ran Upon Him ..............................................................................................Narrative
with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him, and cried aloud: (Acts 7:57, 58)

Stone Him To Death! ................................................................................Chorus of the Hebrews
He blasphemes God, and who does so shall surely perish! Stone him to death! (Leviticus 24:16)

And They Stoned Him ....................................................................................................Narrative
and he kneeled down, and cried aloud: "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit." And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:59, 60)

To Thee, O Lord, I Yield My Spirit ..................................................................................Chorale
Who break'st, in love, this mortal chain. My life I but from Thee inherit, And death becomes
my chiefest gain. In Thee I live, in Thee I die, Content, for Thou art ever nigh.


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