Advent Carol service 2016

Order of Service

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:  Daughters of Sion  Malcolm C. Boyle

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: O Thou the central orb  Charles Wood

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:  A spotlss Rose  Howells

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