Vigil and First Mass of Christmas (2015)

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Opening Hymn Adeste Fideles
Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 (A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse)
Choir Wake, O wake with tidings thrilling (Philipp Nicolai, arr. J.S. Bach/mcb)
Hymn Once in royal David’s city
Reading Micah 5:1-4 (Out of you, Bethlehem, will be born the one…)
Choir Angel voices richly blending (trad. German, words by James Quinn)
Hymn O little town of Bethlehem
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 Today a Saviour has been born (Martin Foster)
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 A Noble Flower of Judah – Choir & Celebration Brass
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion Still, still, still (Austrian trad., arr. Janet Janzen) – Choir
Bread of Life (Bernadette Farrell)
Recessional Hark the herald angels sing

Our usual rich banquet of readings and songs, led by Bishop John. The choral items had a German/Austrian theme – arrangements of traditional Christmas melodies, including an energetic, dance-like rendition of Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen with choir, brass and organ taking it in turns to sparkle.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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