December 24, 2005 10:30 PM
The Eve of the Feast of the Nativity
The Carol Prelude Service and the Service of Holy Communion

 The Carol Prelude Service 

The Hymns
Once in royal David's city – Stanzas 1-3 harmonised by A. H. Mann,
Descant and organ part by David Willcocks
I know a rose-tree springing (Tune: Rosa mystica)
Dost thou in a manger lie (Tune: Dies est laetitiae)
The first Nowell (Tune: The First Nowell, v. 3 arr. Willcocks)

The Carols and Motets
Sussex carol – English traditional carol, arr. Willcocks
I sing of a maiden – Patrick Hadley
Magnificat in G – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford



 The Service of Holy Communion 

The Hymns
The Processional Hymn: O come, all ye faithful – arr: Willcocks
The Sermon Hymn: Good Christian men rejoice
The Lighting of the Christ Candle: Away in a manger – arr: Maekelberghe
The Communion Hymn: O little town of Bethlehem (Tune: St. Louis)
The Kneeling Hymn: Silent night, holy night
The Recessional Hymn: Hark! the herald Angels sing – arr: Willcocks

The Setting of the Ordinary
Communion Service in F Major – Harold E. Darke

The Minor Propers
Christmas at Midnight – Plainchant

The Psalms, Anthems, and Motets
The Introit: Hodie Christus natus est – Francis Poulenc
The Psalm: 85:8-13. Audiam quid loquatur. – Anglican Chant: George Martin
The Offertory Anthem: Let all mortal flesh keep silence – Edward C. Bairstow
The Communion Anthem: A spotless Rose – Herbert Howells
The Communion Anthem: The blessèd son of God – Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Organ Voluntaries
The Prelude: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen, op. 122, no. 8 – Johannes Brahms
The Postlude: Toccata (from Symphonie V, op. 42) – Charles-Marie Widor