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Music at Services

[Hymns Archives]


December 28, 2008 – First after Christmas

Prelude: Noels Alexandre Guilmant

Processional Hymn: 121 (Forest Green) O little town of Bethlehem

Gradual Hymn: 126 (Cradle Song) Away in a Manger

Offertory Hymn: 130 (Mary’s Child) Born in the Night

Communion: Pastorale J.S.Bach

Closing Hymn: 137 (Greensleeves) What Child Is This?

Postlude: Noel Cesar Franck


December 24, 2008 – Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist

Preludes: What Child Is This? Ralph Vaughan Williams

Invitatory: O come let us worship

Processional Hymn: 118 (Adeste Fidelis) O come, all ye faithful

1st verse in Latin, verses 1- 5a in procession

Anthem: O Holy Night Adolph Adam

Sequence: Hymn 132 (Divinum Mysterium) vss. 1-3 Of eternal love begotten

Sequence: Hymn 132 (Divinum Mysterium) vss. 4-6 Of eternal love begotten

Offertory Hymn: 148 (See Amid the Winter's Snow)


Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Johannes Brahms

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Jacob Praetorius

What Child Is This? English Traditional

Closing Hymn: 145 (Antioch) Joy to the world

Postlude: Noël Alexandre Guilmant


December 24, 2008 – Family and Children's Eucharist


A Festival of Christmas Carols - The St. James Orchestra

What Is That Goodly Fragrance

Away in a Manger

Once in Royal David’s City

Silent Night

We Saw Three Ships

Angels We Have Heard on High

Processional Hymn: 138 (Mendelssohn) Hark! The Herald Angels

Offertory Hymn: 126 (Cradle Song) Away in a Manger

Closing Hymn: 135 (Iris) Shepherds in the Fields Abiding

Postlude: A Christmas Postlude

The St. James Orchestra


December 21, 2008 – 4th Advent


Three Chorale Preludes for Advent, Op.65 Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Rejoice Greatly, O My Soul

Brightly Shines the Morning Star

From the Depths of My Heart, I Praise Thee

Processional Hymn: 101 (Crüger) Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26

Anthem: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming Michael Praetorius

Offertory Hymn: 363 (Duke Street) My soul proclaims your glory, Lord


Creator of the Stars of Night Plainsong

Organ Meditation – John Barr

Closing Hymn: 645 (Down Ampney) Come down, O love divine

Postlude: Sortie on “Creator of the Stars of Night” Alexandre Guilmant


December 14, 2008-Third Advent

A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent


Suite for Trumpet and Strings in D G.F.Handel


Processional Hymn: 114 (Helmsley) Lo! He comes with clouds descending


First Lesson: Genesis 3: 8-15

God announces in the Garden of Eden that the seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.


This Is the Truth Sent from Above Ralph Vaughan Williams

Patrick Heatherley, baritone, St. James Choir, Instrumental Ensemble

Second Lesson: Jeremiah 23: 5-6

The Lord promises to send his people a righteous King, a Branch of the Tree of Jesse.


A Shoot Shall Come Out of Jesse Richard Horn

St. James Choir

Third Lesson: Haggai 2: 6-9

The Prophet Haggai fortells the advent of the desire of all nations.


Of the Father’s Heart Begotten English/arr. Willcocks

Male and St. James Choirs

Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 40: 1-5

The prophet proclaims the good news to a people in exile.


There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob Felix Mendelssohn

St. James Choir

Fifth Lesson: Luke 1: 26-35, 38

The angel Gabriel salutes the Virgin Mary.


The Angel Gabriel Basque/arr. Archer

St. James Choir

Sixth Lesson: Mark 1: 1-11

John the Baptist proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God.


Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding Wm. Monk

The Male Choir

Seventh Lesson: Matthew 1: 18-23

The Apostle tells of the birth of Christ.


The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow Henry Ley

Combined Choirs, trumpet

Offertory Hymn: 97 (Tantum Ergo [ St. Thomas]) Jesus came, the heaven’s adoring

Closing Hymn 306 (Richmond) O for a thousand tongues to sing


Sonata Seconda Giovanni Bonaventura Vivianii



December 7, 2008– Second Advent


Chorales for the Advent of Our Lord Dietrich Buxtehude

Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Only Son

In Dulci Jubilo

Come Now, Saviour of the World

Praise God, All Ye Christians

Processional Hymn: 108 (Merton) Hark! A herald voice is sounding

Psalm 85: 1-2,8-13

Anthem: On Jordan’s Bank Malcolm Archer

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry,

Announces that the Lord is nigh;

Awake and hearken for he brings

Glad tidings from the King of Kings!

Offertory Hymn: 106 (Ascension) There's a voice in the wilderness crying


Toccata per L’Elevatione Girolamo Frescobaldi

Comfort, Comfort Ye My People Claude Goudimel

Closing Hymn: 102 (Bereden väg för Herren) Prepare the way, O Zion

Postlude: Toccata in G Dietrich Buxtehude