Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holy Innocents - December 29 2013

  • (No choir)
  • Organ: Prelude on ‘Puer nobis nascitur’ – Sean Michael Salamon (born 1992)
  • Opening Hymn: Winchester Old
When Christ was born in Bethlehem, Fair peace on earth to bring,
In lowly state of love He came To be the children’s King.

And round Him, then, a holy band Of children blest was born,
Fair guardians of His throne to stand Attendant night and morn.

And unto them this grace was giv’n A Saviour’s name to own,
And die for Him Who out of Heav’n Had found on earth a throne.

O bless├Ęd babes of Bethlehem, Who died to save our King,
Ye share the martyrs’ diadem, And in their anthem sing!

Your lips, on earth that never spake, Now sound th’eternal word;
And in the courts of love ye make Your children’s voices heard.

Lord Jesus Christ, eternal Child, Make Thou our childhood Thine; That we with Thee the meek and mild May share the love divine.
  • Service Music: Holy Trinity Service – Christopher Tambling
  • Psalm 124 (said responsively)
  • Gradual Hymn: Puer nobis nascitur
Thee, Christ, we laud and magnify, The Father's Son omnipotent,
To Whom the blessed ones on high Raise endless praises jubilant.

Sweet infant bands Thy glories sing Within that City fair and bright, Slaughtered by Herod, impious King, In thought to do Thee foul despite.

For these their sufferings borne for Thee, In Heaven Thou now rewardest them, Crowns of celestial brilliancy Adorn the babes of Bethlehem.

Christ, by Thy Merits was us white, And grant that of Thy clemency We may with Thy redeemed unite In hymns of praise eternally.

They in Thy Light are glorified – O grant that we may conquer earth, And ever in Thy grace abide, Celestial longings breathing forth!

Join not to Herod's company Those who the martyred infants praise, But let us through Eternity With them upon Thy beauty gaze.
  • Offertory Hymn: Fulda
    1. A Hymn for Martyrs sweetly sing;
    For Innocents your praises bring;
    Of whom in tears was earth bereaved,
    Whom heaven with songs of joy received;
    2. Whose Angels see the Father's face
    World without end, and hymn His grace;
    And, while they praise their glorious King,
    A hymn for Martyrs sweetly sing.
    3. A voice from Ramah was there sent,
    A voice of weeping and lament,
    While Rachel mourned her children sore,
    Whom for the tyrant's sword she bore.
    4. After brief taste of earthly woe
    Eternal triumph now they know;
    For whom, by cruel torments rent,
    A voice from Ramah was there sent.
    5. And every tear is wiped away
    By your dear Father's hands for aye:
    Death hath no power to hurt you more;
    Your own is life's eternal shore.
    6. And all who, good seed bearing, weep,
    In everlasting joy shall reap,
    What time they shine in heavenly day,
    And every tear is wiped away
  • Concluding Hymn: Puer Nobis Nascitur
Unto us is born a son, King of choirs supernal: See on earth his life begun, Of lords the Lord eternal, Of lords the Lord eternal
Christ, from heav'n descending low, Comes on earth a stranger; Ox and ass their Owner know Now cradled in a manger. Now cradled in a manger.

This did Herod sore affray, And did him bewilder, So he gave the word to slay, And slew the little children. And slew the little children

 Of his love and mercy mild Hear the Christmas story: O that Mary's gentle Child Might lead us up to glory! Might lead us up to glory!

O and A and A and O, Cantemus in choro, Voice and organ, sing we so, Benedicamus Domino. Benedicamus Domino
  • Organ: Prelude on ‘Puer nobis nascitur’ – Healey Willan (1880 -1968)

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Eve - December 24 2013

  • Organ: Noel Alsacien (Lullaby based on ‘Sleep well, you child of heaven’) – Alexandre Guilmant
  • Opening Hymn: O come, all ye faithful
  • Service Music: 
    • Kyrie, Gloria and Creed - John Merbecke 
    • Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei (from Missa brevis in D) – Walter Macnutt
  • Psalm 96
  • Gradual Hymn: While shepherds watched
  • Offertory Hymn: Angels from the realms of glory
  • Anthem: The Lamb – John Tavener
Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life, and bid thee feed By the stream and o'er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing, woolly, bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice? Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Little Lamb, I'll tell thee Little Lamb, I'll tell thee; He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb. He is meek, and he is mild. He became a little child. I, a child, and thou a lamb, We are called by his name. Little lamb, God bless thee! Little lamb, God bless thee!
  • Communion Carols: Once in royal David’s city; Good Christian Men, rejoice
  • Communion Motet: Lute Book Lullaby – arranged by Geoffrey Shaw
Sweet was the song the Virgin sung, When she, when she to Bethlem Juda came, And was deliver'd of a Son, That blessed Jesus hath to name. Lulla, lulla, lula, lullaby,
Lula, lula, lula, lullaby, sweet Babe, sung she, My Son, and eke a Saviour born, Who hast vouchsafed from on high To visit us that were forlorn; Lalula, lalula, lalulaby, sweet babe, sang she, And rockt Him sweetly on her knee.
  • Concluding Hymn: Silent Night
  • No organ voluntary

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Advent 4 - December 22, 2013

  • Four Fancies – Orlando Gibbons
  • Opening Hymn 97 “Jesus came, the Heavens adoring” (Tantum ergo)
  • Service Music: New Plainsong – David Hurd
  • Psalm 80:1-7,17-18
  • Gospel Acclamation 
Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Cantor: The virgin shall conceive and bear a son: and they shall name him Emmanuel.
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
  • Hymn 114 “Lo, he comes with clouds descending” (Helmsley)
  • Anthem: This is the record of John – Orlando Gibbons
This is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed and denied not, and said plainly, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What art thou then? Art thou Elias? And he said, I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, What art thou? that we may give an answer unto them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? And he said, I am the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord.
  • Communion Hymn 96 “Creator of the stars of night” (Conditor alme siderum)
  • Concluding Hymn 89 “O come, O come Emmanuel” (Veni Emmanuel)
  • Organ: Prelude on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ – Peter Lutkin

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Advent 3 - December 15, 2013

  • Organ: Nun bitten wir (We now implore God the Holy Ghost) – Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Service Music: Creed, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei - John Merbecke
  • Sung Litany in Procession
  • Gospel Acclamation # 70
Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Cantor: I am sending my messenger before you: who will prepare your way before you.
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
  • Offertory Hymn 631 “The kingdom of God is justice and joy” (Paderborn)
  • Communion Hymn 95 “O come, divine Messiah” (Venez, divin Messie)
  • Concluding Hymn 116 “Your kingdom come” (Irish)
  • Organ: Nun komm, der heiden Heiland (Come now, saviour of the Gentiles) – Dietrich Buxtehude

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Advent 2 - December 8, 2013

  • Organ: Advent Music for Flute and Organ – Robert Powell
  • Opening Hymn 108 “Hark, a herald voice is sounding” (Merton)
  • Service Music: New Plainsong – David Hurd
  • Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19
  • Gospel Acclamation # 70
Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Cantor: Prepare the way of the Lord: All flesh shall see the salvation of God.
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
  • Offertory Hymn 109 “When the King shall come again” (Tempus adest floridum)
  • Anthem: O Thou, the central orb – Charles Wood
O Thou, the central orb of righteous love, Pure beam of the most High, eternal Light Of this our wintry world, Thy radiance bright Awakes new joy in faith, hope soars above. Come, quickly come, and let thy glory shine, Gilding our darksome heaven with rays Divine. Thy saints with holy lustre round Thee move, As stars about thy throne, set in the height Of God's ordaining counsel, as Thy sight Gives measured grace to each, Thy power to prove. Let Thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin, Our nature all shall feel eternal day In fellowship with thee, transforming day To souls erewhile unclean, now pure within. Amen.
  • Communion Hymn 443 “How beauteous are their feet” (Venice)
  • Concluding Hymn 98 “Hark the glad sound” (Bristol)
  • Organ: Advent Music for Flute and Organ – Robert Powell

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