The Lynching of the Christ



James Covell


Melding African American spiritual’s alongside Scripture, this work sheds new light in the context of viewing the crucifixion as a lynching. Artist for centuries have viewed the life of Christ thru the lens of their own particular culture and sought to make the Gospel relevant to their daily lives.


This night’s performance is the premiere of the first installment of this oratorio. “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” is the first of the seven sayings that Jesus uttered from the cross.


I was extremely fortunate to have two world class soloist singing for me. Cedric Berry and Caroline McKenzie.


The completion of the entirety of the work (approx. 70 minutes) will take several more years to finish. So it is with extreme gratitude that Lake Ave Church has chosen to start on this journey with me.