Advent Carol Service 2017

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: Advent Prose  Rorate Cœli
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:  Zion hört die Wächter singen – J.S. Bach

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:   A tender shoot  Otto Goldschmidt

Fourth Lesson: Haggai II 6-9
The prophet foretells the coming of the desire of all nations
Fourth Antiphon: ‘O key of David...’
Choir: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree  Elizabeth Poston

Hymn: Awake, awake, fling off the night

Fifth Lesson: Isaiah XXXV 1-10
The Prophet foretells the glory of God’s Kingdom
Fifth Antiphon: ‘O Morning Star...’
Choir:  Never weather-beaten sail  Richard Shephard

Sixth Lesson: Luke I 26-35, 38
The Angel Gabriel salutes Our Lady
Sixth Antiphon: ‘O king of the nations...’
Choir:  The Angel Gabriel  Basque, arr. Archer

Hymn: O day of God, draw nigh

Seventh Lesson: Mark 1 1-15
Jesus proclaims the gospel of the Kingdom
Seventh Antiphon: ‘O Emmanuel...’
Choir:  A maiden most gentle  Andrew Carter

Eighth Antiphon: ‘O Virgin of virgins…’

Advent Collect & Blessing

Hymn: Lo! He comes with clouds descending