Christmas Vigil and Midnight Mass (2013)

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Introit O Emmanuel (chant)
Opening Hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 (A shoot springs from the stock of
Choir Carol of the Bells (Mykola Leontovych)
Hymn In the bleak midwinter
Reading Luke 1:26-38 (The Annunciation)
Hymn Unto us is born a son
Reading John 1: 1-18 (In the Beginning was the Word)
Choir O Little One Sweet (J.S. Bach)
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 Ps 95(96)
Reading Titus 2:11-14 (God’s grace has been revealed)
Gospel Acclamation St Agatha Alleluia (mcb)
Reading Luke 2:1-14 (The Nativity)
Creed Credo III & Et Incarnatus from the Mass for three voices (William Byrd, c.1540-1623)
Preparation of the gifts Ding Dong Merrily (traditional) – choir
Sanctus, Acclamation C, Amen German Mass (Schubert) & Missal tones
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion My Lord has come (Will Todd)
Silent night
Postcommunion O little town of Bethlehem
Recessional Hark the herald angels sing

Our usual rich pageant, with a packed congregation, Celebration Brass, and the choir in sparkling form. The choral et incarnatus during the Creed, taking a leaf from someone else’s book, made for a moment of appropriate stillness.

Happy Christmas!

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