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cantata (noun) a story presented in a song sequence.
A story, especially with a religious theme, sung (but not enacted) by a chorus is a cantata. A cantata makes a religious story appealing and interesting because it is presented in a musical form.
- The new cantata about Jesus' resurrection, composed and presented by the church choir, has some really haunting tunes in it, effectively rendered and evoking feelings of piety.
- The audience was treated to a grand feast of melody as the chorus rendered each passage of the cantata dealing with a biblical theme.