Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve - December 24, 2014

  • Organ:  Noel cette Journée – Pierre Dandrieu (1664-1733) Pastoral Symphony (from ‘Messiah’) – George Frederic Handel (1685-1758)
  • Opening Carol 118 “O come, all ye faithful”
  • Service Music:  
    • Kyrie and Gloria - John Merbecke (page 9 of Service Music booklet) 
    • Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei - from “Messe de Minuit pour Noël” - Marc- Antoine Charpentier
  • Psalm 98: 1-5 (metrical paraphrase, sung to Winchester Old)
  • Gradual Carol “Silent Night”
  • Offertory Carol “See, amid the winter’s snow”
  • Anthem: Recitatives and “Glory to God” (from ‘Messiah’) – George Frederic Handel Recitatives: There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying: Chorus: Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, goodwill toward men.
  • Communion Carols: Once in royal David's city / Infant holy, infant lowly
  • Communion Motet: “The Angel Gabriel” – Basque Carol, arr. by Edgar Pettman
  • The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
    With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:
    "All hail” said he, “Thou lowly maiden Mary,
    Most highly favored lady." Gloria!

    "For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
    All generations laud and honor thee;
    Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
    Most highly favored lady." Gloria!

    Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;
    "To me be as it pleaseth God," she said.
    "My soul shall laud and magnify His holy name."
    Most highly favored lady." Gloria!

    Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
    In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn,
    And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:
    "Most highly favored lady." Gloria!
  • Concluding Carol “Hark! The herald angels sing”
  • Organ: Toccata for Organ - Georgi Alexandrowitsch Muschel (1909-1989)

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