Schedule of Service Music for...


Saturday, December 24, 2017 – 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
Torches John Joubert
In the bleak midwinter Harold Darke
A Christmas carol – Hungarian traditional tune, arr. Zoltán Kodály
The holly and the ivy – English traditional carol, arr. Reginald Jacques

The Service of Solemn Holy Communion – 9:00 PM
The Hymns
The Processional Hymn: O come, all ye faithful – arr. Willcocks
The Sermon Hymn: Of the Father’s love begotten
The Lighting of the Christ Candle: Away in a manger – arr. August Maekelberghe
The Communion Hymn: A great and mighty wonder
The Post-Communion 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 – Darke
Old Scottish Chant (739)

The Minor Propers
Christmas at Midnight – Gregorian Chant: The St. John’s Gradual (preliminary)
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: Laetentur coeli William Byrd
The Psalm: 85:8–13. Audiam quid loquatur. Anglican Chant: George C. Martin
The Offertory Anthems: Nativity Carol John Rutter
Personent hodie – German, 1360, arr. Gustav Holst
The Carols at Communion: Song of Mary Harold Friedell
Bethlehem Down Peter Warlock

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