Christmas Vigil and Midnight Mass (2014)

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

 
Opening Hymn Adeste Fideles
Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 (A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse)
Choir Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord, 1891-1961)
Hymn Once in royal David’s city
Reading Micah 5:1-4 (Out of you, Bethlehem, will be born the one…)
Choir Dong dong merrily
Hymn While shepherds watched their flocks
Reading Isaiah 52: 7-10 (How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of one…)
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)
Creed Credo III & Et Incarnatus from the Mass for three voices (William Byrd, c.1540-1623)
Preparation of the gifts In the bleak midwinter (Christina Rossetti/Gustav Holst, arr. Will Todd) – choir
Sanctus, Acclamation C, Amen Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion Candlelight Carol (John Rutter) – choir
Silent night
Postcommunion O little town of Bethlehem
Recessional Hark the herald angels sing
 

Our vigil was constructed along the lines set out in the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, and Bishop John, in his first celebration with us since his Mass of Installation, presided throughout. This made for a rich banquet of words and music, with plenty for the people to sing.

The organ was on the blink, regrettably, but Anthony's nifty portable keyboard (I’ll have to ask him for the details of make and model), fed through a portable guitar amplifier, made for a passably convincing substitute. Celebration Brass were there too, for a twentieth Christmas in a row, and our musical fare sounded as cheery and festive as ever.

Happy Christmas!

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