Advent Carol Service 2015

Choir: Matin Responsory  Palestrina
(sung by the choir from the west end of the church)

Processional Hymn: O come, O come Emmanuel
(the choir processes to top of the nave)

Bidding Prayers & Lord’s Prayer

Choir: Vox Dicentis Clama  E.W. Naylor

Hymn: Creator of the starry height
(choir processes to chancel stalls)

First Lesson: Isaiah XL 1-11
The Prophet proclaims good news to a people in exile.
First Antiphon: ‘O wisdom...’
Choir:  This is the truth sent from above  John Jordan

Second Lesson: Jeremiah XXIII 5-8
The Lord prepares to send his people a righteous king
Second Antiphon: ‘O Adonai…’
Choir:  There is no speech nor language  James Whitbourn

Hymn: Come thou long-expected Jesus

Third Lesson: Zechariah IX 9-12
The Lord promises that the king will come in peace
Third Antiphon: ‘O root of Jesse...’
Choir:   Jesus Christ the Apple Tree  Elizabeth Poston

Fourth Lesson: Haggai II 6-9
The prophet foretells the coming of the desire of all nations
Fourth Antiphon: ‘O key of David...’
Choir: Let all mortal flesh keep silence  Edward Bairstow

Hymn: Hills of the North Rejoice

Fifth Lesson: Isaiah XXXV 1-10
The Prophet foretells the glory of God’s Kingdom
Fifth Antiphon: ‘O Morning Star...’
Choir:  Out of your sleep  Richard Rodney Bennett

Sixth Lesson: Luke I 26-35, 38
The Angel Gabriel salutes Our Lady
Sixth Antiphon: ‘O king of the nations...’
Choir:  Mary walked through a wood of thorn  Radcliffe

Hymn: Hark a thrilling voice is sounding

Seventh Lesson: Mark 1 1-15
Jesus proclaims the gospel of the Kingdom
Seventh Antiphon: ‘O Emmanuel...’

Choir:  Hymn to the Virgin  Benjamin Britten
Eighth Antiphon: ‘O Virgin of virgins…’

Advent Collect & Blessing

Hymn: Lo! He comes with clouds descending