Christmas Vigil and Midnight Mass (2011)

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Introit O Emmanuel (chant)
Opening Hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 (A shoot springs from the stock of
Choir Angels we have heard on high (trad. arr Eric Paździora)
Hymn It came upon the midnight clear
Reading Luke 1:26-38 (The Annunciation)
Hymn In the bleak midwinter (Holst)
Reading John 1: 1-18 (In the Beginning was the Word)
Choir Coventry Carol (trad., arr Martin Shaw)
Bishop’s entrance and procession to the crib Adeste Fideles
Gloria Gloria de Noël (Thomas Niel)
Reading Isaiah 9:2-7 (The people that walked in darkness)
Psalm Christmas Psalm (Bernadette Farrell)
Reading Titus 2:11-14 (God’s grace has been revealed)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Reading Luke 2:1-14 (The Nativity)
Preparation of the gifts What sweeter music (John Rutter)
Sanctus, Acclamation Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion O Magnum Mysterium (T.L. de Victoria, 1548-1611)
Silent night
Postcommunion While shepherds watched their flocks
Recessional Hark the herald angels sing

A bigger congregation than usual joined us for Midnight Mass; perhaps it was the mild weather, or an end at last to the Chapel Street road works. Celebration Brass were there too, and Deacon Liam Bradley from the diocese of Menevia, nearly at the end of his year’s placement in Salford diocese, sang the Gospel beautifully. Our musical banquet had, as usual, something for everyone.

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