A Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols
Saturday December 18, 2010
4:00 pm - Saint Thomas Church
A series of three Ember Days (on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) are observed four times a year:
(1) following the Third Sunday of Advent
(2) following the First Sunday in Lent
(3) following the Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday)
(4) following Holy Cross Day
A major feast day overrides an Ember Day if they fall on the same day.
Ember Days, traditionally seasonal days of fasting and prayer, became over time associated with ordination of clergy and with prayer for the Church.
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of thy faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all members of thy holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and godly serve thee; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A favorite service of the many friends of our parish, the Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols brings together relevant lessons from scripture with beautiful hymns and carols. The congregation is invited to sing along during the familiar hymns.
If you are listening to the webcast of this service, please consider also clicking the link for the leaflet at the bottom of this page. The texts for all hymns and carols are printed in the leaflet. The leaflet will become available about five days prior to the service date.
If listening to the webcast makes you wish you had attended in person, you are in luck. We repeat this service on Wednesday, December 22 at 12:10pm. And if all of this makes you yearn for the biggest Lessons & Carols service of them all, you'll have that opportunity on Sunday, December 19, when you can attend The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. We offer it twice, at 11am and 4pm
►You may listen to John Scott's audio music notes regarding the music for this service here.
|Sung by:||The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys|
|Prelude:||Fuge sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)|
|Chorale Prelude on ‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her’, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)|
|Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 203, Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)|
|Works of:||Warlock, Ord, John Rutter, Andrew Carter and John Joubert|
|Voluntary:||Introduction and Variations on an Old Polish Carol, Op. 60, Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)|