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Music at Services

[Hymns Archives]


December 24, 2011 – Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist 10:00pm

Preludes: Noel Bourguignon Claude Balbastre

Invitatory: O come let us worship

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

Anthem: O Holy Night Adolphe Adam

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

Sequence: Hymn 132 (Divinum Mysterium) 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 Michael Praetorius

What Child Is This? English Traditional

Closing Hymn: 145 (Antioch) Joy to the world

Postlude: Noël Suisse Louis Claude Daquin


December 18, 2011 -Fourth Advent

A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent


Concerto in D Giuseppe Torelli

Allegro – Adagio – Allegro

Sonata in D Henry Purcell

Allegro – Adagio - Allegro

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.

Anthem: This Is the Truth Sent from Above English Carol, arr. Vaughan Williams

Second Lesson: Jeremiah 23: 5-6

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

Anthem: Long Ago, Prophets Knew German Carol, arr. Archer

Third Lesson: Haggai 2: 6-9

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

Anthem: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence French Carol, arr. Cleobury

Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 40: 1-5

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

Anthem: Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Is Calling! German Chorale, arr.Felix Mendelssohn

Fifth Lesson: Luke 1: 26-35, 38

The angel Gabriel salutes the Virgin Mary.

Anthem: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came Basque Carol, arr.A. Prower

Sixth Lesson: Mark 1: 1-11

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

Anthem: On Jordan’s Bank, the Baptists’ Cry English Hymn, arr.Archer

Seventh Lesson: Matthew 1: 18-23

The Apostle tells of the birth of Christ.

Anthem: Zion, At Thy Shining Gates Bohemian Carol, arr. George Guest

Offertory Hymn: 101 (Cruger) Hail to the Lord’s Annointed

Closing Hymn 88 (Stuttgart) Come thou long expected Jesus

Postlude: Trumpet Voluntary John Stanley


December 11, 2011 – 3rd 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: 97 (Tantum Ergo [St. Thomas]) Jesus came, the heaven’s adoring

Psalm 126

Anthem: Come, thou long expected Jesus Jean Phillipe Rameau

Come, thou long expected Jesus,

Born to set thy people free,

From our fears and sins release us,

Let us find our rest in thee.

Pauline Josey, violin

Offertory Hymn: 116 (Irish) “Your kingdom come” - on bended knee

Communion: Come Now, Saviour of the Heathen J.S. Bach

Communion Hymn: 70 (Maryton) Jesus, the joy of loving hearts

Closing Hymn: 102 (Bereden vag for Herran) Prepare the way, O Zion

Postlude: Noel: Our Bountiful Great God Claude Balbastre


December 4, 2011– Second Advent

Preludes: Six Noels Cesar Franck

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

Psalm 85: 1-2,8-13

Anthem: They That Wait Upon the Lord John Purifoy

Comfort ye, my people, speak tenderly,.

Proclaiming pardon has come:

He will feed His flock like a shepherd,

Gather his lambs in His arms, and carry them home.

Isaiah 40: 1-2

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

Communion: Lo, How Rose E’er Blooming Johannes Brahms

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

Closing Hymn: 103 (Winchester New) On Jordan’s bank, the Baptist’s cry

Postlude: Sortie sur les Noels Cesar Franck