Schedule of Service Music for...


Thursday, December 24, 2009 – 8:30 PM and 9:00 PM
The Feast of the Nativity
The Carol Prelude and the Service of Solemn Holy Communion


The Carol Prelude – 8:30 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
I sing of a maiden Patrick Hadley
In the bleak midwinter Harold Darke
Ding dong! merrily on high – 16th c. French tune harmonised by Charles Wood
On this day earth shall ring Haldane Campbell Stewart


The Service of Solemn Holy Communion – 9:00 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 F MajorDarke
Old Scottish Chant (739)

The Minor Propers
Christmas at Midnight – Gregorian Chant: The English Gradual
The Introit: (see “The Psalms, Anthems, Carols, and Motets” below)
The Gradual: Tecum princípium – Psalm 110:3, 1
The Alleluia: Dóminus dixit ad me – Psalm 2:7
The Offertory: Lætentur cæli – Psalm 96:11
The Communion: In splendóribus – Psalm 110:3

The Psalms, Anthems, Carols, and Motets
The Introit: Hodie Christus natus est Francis Poulenc
The Psalm: 85:8–13. Audiam quid loquatur. Anglican Chant: George C. Martin
The Offertory Anthems: A Boy was born Benjamin Britten
Sir Christèmas William Mathias
The Carol at Communion: The blessèd son of God Ralph Vaughan Williams

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