December 24, 2006, 10:30 PM and 11:00 PM
The Feast of the Nativity
The Carol Prelude Service and the Service of Holy Communion


 The Carol Prelude Service – 10:30 PM 

The Hymns
Once in royal David's city – Stanzas 1-3 harmonised by A. H. Mann,
Descant and organ part by David Willcocks
The first Nowell – English traditional carol, arr. Willcocks

The Carols and Motets
Laetentur coeli William Byrd
A boy was born Benjamin Britten
The holly and the ivy – English traditional carol arr. Reginald Jacques
Infant holy, Infant lowly – Polish carol, arr. Willcocks
What cheer? William Walton


 The Service of Holy Communion – 11:00 PM 

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. August 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 B MinorT. Tertius Noble, Francis Jackson (Kyrie)
Old Scottish Chant (739)

The Minor Propers
Christmas at Midnight – Gregorian Chant: The Anglican Use Gradual

The Psalms, Anthems, Carols, and Motets
The Introit: On this day earth shall ring – H. C. Stewart
The Psalm: 85:8-13. Audiam quid loquatur. – Anglican Chant: George Martin
The Offertory Anthems: Let all mortal flesh keep silence Edward Bairstow
Sir Christèmas William Mathias
The Carols at Communion: The blessèd son of God Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ding dong! merrily on high
– 16th c. French tune harmonized by Charles Wood

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