It Is Finished (Tetelestai)

by Caitelen

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The extended spoken word version was created for an animated video by Full Of Eyes ( The original track was released on Caitelen's 2014 album, Undone By Grace.

This song is meant to draw us into the agony of what Christ endured on the cross. It is a "Good Friday" song meant to hold us in the suspense and discomfort of "it is finished." We sing "he is risen" in so many other songs, as we should, but it is good to let ourselves often remember the weight and cost of our freedom in Christ. Tetelestai is the Greek word for "it is finished."


See the God-man in the garden
Calling, "Abba"
The cold set in as his weary friends
could not keep watch

His hands, they were open
And his heart willed to obey

So they took him
and they struck him down
And they mocked him
with a thorny crown

But his hands remained open
praying "Father, forgive them"


Betrayed with an unholy kiss
Our curse became his heaviness
The Father's wrath upon his only Son
They pierced his side, blood and water flowed
The curtain tore and they laid him low
The sky went black, but darkness had not won

It is finished!
It is finished!
Hallelujah! It is finished
It is finished!


released August 30, 2016

Vocals: Caitelen Schneeberger
Piano: Caitelen Schneeberger
Cello: Leslie Peltier
Drums: Ian Byrd
Bass: Jon McMillan
Electric: A.J. McQuay
Electric: Bryan Lopez
Synth/Effects: Caitelen Schneeberger
Spoken word: Quina Aragon



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Caitelen Phoenix, Arizona

​Caitelen is a singer/songwriter, poet, and recording artist in Phoenix, AZ, whose music is vocally forward, lyrically emphatic, indie pop/rock narrative with a gospel twist. She strives for authenticity in her songwriting that reflects the ebb and flow of doubt and faith, and the beauty, longing, and awe of living in the "now and not yet." ... more

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