"Et Verbum caro factum est" (And the Word became Flesh). Nobuhiro Okada wrote this song on the first verses of the Gospel according to John. In this piece modern harmonies meets Christian tradition with a delicate Japanese touch.

Title Cantio Sacra I "Et verbum caro factum est" 

カンツィオ・サクラ I

Composer Nobuhiro Okada 岡田信浩
Reference TPR-0165
Instrumentation Soprano and Piano
Dedication à Akemi
Duration 16 minutes
Difficulty level
First performance 2007 (Paris)
Publication date June 2021

This song is based on the Gospel according to John, chapter 1, verses 1 to 18 (in latin).

Here is the English translation of those verses (new international version):

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Audio extract  
Video Okada Cantio Sacra I
Performing Rights Society SACEM
ISWC Code  T-703.916.701.8
Pages 39
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