Saturday, 18 December 2010
|Choir||Ding Dong Merrily|
|All||O Come, All Ye Faithful|
|Choir||Benedicamus Domino (Peter Warlock)|
|All||O Little Town of Bethlehem|
|All||Once in Royal David’s City|
|Choir||Still, Still, Still (Austrian traditional, arr. Janzen)|
|All||While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks|
|All||Hark the Herald Angels Sing|
If any group of people could be relied on to brave the elements, it had to be the army, and in spite of atrocious weather we had a good turnout of members of the Army Cadet Force for a festive celebration of Christmas in their 150th anniversary year. Bishop Terence presided, and there were a Lord Mayor and a Lord Lieutenant too, to say nothing of an MP and ex-minister serving the drinks afterwards.
The second group of people who could be relied on to get themselves there was the was the choir, all of whom (magnificently) made it from far and wide and (though I say so myself) were in thoroughly good voice.
In between the musical items there were readings, prayers, and a homily. There was also a reflection on the Christmas truce in the trenches of 1914, during which we sang Silent Night and prayed for peace. Plenty for the young trainee soldiers to think about.