Nine Lessons
and Carols

 

Monday 24th December
at 4.30pm

 

Programme

La Nativité - J Langlais

(The cradle –the angels -the shepherds-the holy family)

Silence

Once, in royal, David’s city (Choir vv 1 & 2. All vv3-6)

Bidding Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Choir:  This is the truth sent from above – trad:  arr. R VW

First lesson
God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head.  Genesis 3:8-19

Choir:  O come divine Messiah:  Howard Helvey

All:  God rest ye merry gentlemen

Second Lesson
God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.  Genesis 22: 15-19

Choir: Ding dong! Merrily on high - Trad French:  arr Willcox

Third Lesson
The prophet foretells the coming of the Saviour.  Isaiah 9: 2-7

All:  O little town

Fourth Lesson
The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.  Isaiah 11: 1-9

All:  Silent Night

Choir: In the bleak mid-winter:  Harold Darke

Fifth lesson
The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Luke 1: 26-38

All:  It came upon the midnight clear

Sixth Lesson
St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.  Luke 2: 1-7

Choir:  On Christmas Night - Traditional Sussex:  Arr Ledger

Seventh Lesson
The shepherds go to the manger.  Luke 2: 8-16

All:  Unto us a boy is born

Choir – Star Carol:  John Rutter

Eighth Lesson
The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.  Matthew 2: 1-12

All:  Hark! The herald

Ninth Lesson
St John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.  John 1: 1-14

Choir:  A Christmas Blessing:  Philip,Stopford

Prayers

Blessing

All:  O Come all ye faithful (vv 1,2,6 & 7)

Postlude:  In Dulci Jubilo - J S Bach