Amen

Season 2 Episode 11

The Twelve Songs of Christmas

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Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Dec 19, 1987 on NBC
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The Twelve Songs of Christmas
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The choir fights over which carol to sing in a competition.

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  • The church board is not able to agree on which Christmas song to perform for a special holiday song fest competition. Choir director Lorenzo decides to combine all their choices into one magnificent medley.moreless

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    Each season 'Amen' did a special Christmas-themed episode. This is one of the best. The entire second act is devoted to the musical performance of this gifted cast and a guest choir from St. Stephen's Baptist Church. But leading up to the concert are some very humorous arguments about whose idea is best. Thanks to Lorenzo (the final appearance of Franklyn Seales on the program), they manage to set aside their differences and work harmoniously. There are also a few cute scenes between Jester Hairston and Rosetta LeNoire, as late-in-life newlyweds Rolly and Leola. They have some very affectionate moments at the beginning of the episode, but then, they have their first argument as a married couple. Of course, they learn that it's a season of love and a season to celebrate the birth of Mary's boy child (the title of a song composed by Jester Hairston).moreless
Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

Deacon Ernest Frye

Clifton Davis

Clifton Davis

Rev. Reuben Gregory

Anna Maria Horsford

Anna Maria Horsford

Thelma Frye

Barbara Montgomery

Barbara Montgomery

Casietta Hetebrink (1986-1990)

Roz Ryan

Roz Ryan

Amelia Hetebrink

Jester Hairston

Jester Hairston

Rolly Forbes

Lynn Hamilton

Lynn Hamilton

Mrs. Phillips

Guest Star

Darius McCrary

Darius McCrary

Darius Hughes

Guest Star

Cliffy Magee

Cliffy Magee

Rapping Kid

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Franklyn Seales

Franklyn Seales

Lorenzo Hollingsworth

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    • Some of the songs included in the medley during the competition are: 'The Twelve Days of Christmas (Ernie's choice);' 'Go Tell It on the Mountain (Thelma's choice);' 'O Come All Ye Faithful (Amelia's choice);' and 'Mary's Boy Child (Rolly).' Earlier in the episode, we hear a solo of Cassieta's choice which is 'We Three Kings.' The medley is followed by a complete rendition of 'Silent Night' by Clifton Davis and the cast with the guest choir. The last scene features everyone at the deacon's home singing 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas.'

    • The building used to indicate the exterior of the concert hall for the City Wide Annual Song Fest in this episode is actually the Shrine Auditorium located in South Central Los Angeles.

    • One of the songs sung in the Christmas medley is 'Mary's Boy Child' composed by star Jester Hairston.

    • A special credit is given at the end of the episode for the St. Stephen Baptist Mass Choir and the St. Stephen Youth Choir for their participation in the musical scenes.

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