Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

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Sunday, December 17, 2017
4:00 pm High Altar


Gaudete literally means "rejoice," for the Lord is coming! And so on this Sunday you'll notice that the Advent purple gives way to a splash of rose. The frontal on the altar changes, the vestments of the clergy change, there are flowers, and the third candle—a rose one—is lit on the advent wreath. All of this is a bit of joy breaking into what is otherwise a penetential season. After today we return to purple for the remainder of Advent.

During Lent, we observe a similar break in the midst of a pentential season. It is known as Lataere Sunday, which also means "rejoice." It is always celebrated on the Fourth Sunday in Lent.


Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Officiant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Turner

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Canonic Variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich’ her’, BWV 769, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude: In dulci jubilo, BWV 608, Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude: Pastorale über ‘Josef lieber, Josef mein’ und ‘Stille nacht’, Carl Sattler (1877-1966)

Prelude: Desseins éternels, from ‘La Nativité du Seigneur’, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Prelude: In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 197, Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)

Hymn: See leaflet
Once in royal David's city

Carol: People, look East, Christopher Steel (1938-1991)

Lesson 1: Genesis 3:8-15

Carol: Adam lay ybounden, Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

Lesson 2: Genesis 22:15-18

Hymn: See leaflet
It came upon the midnight clear

Lesson 3: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Carol: Kindle a light, Richard Lloyd (b. 1933)

Lesson 4: Isaiah 11:1-9

Carol: There is no rose, John Joubert (b. 1927)

Lesson 5: Saint Luke 1:26-38

Carol: Hereford Carol, arranged by Christopher Robinson (b. 1936)

Lesson 6: Saint Luke 2:1-7

Hymn: See leaflet
O little town of Bethlehem

Lesson 7: Saint Luke 2:8-16

Carol: The Shepherd’s Carol, Bob Chilcott (b. 1956)

Hymn: See leaflet
While shepherds watched

Lesson 8: Saint Matthew 2:1-12

Carol: What sweeter music, words and music by John Rutter (b. 1945)

Lesson 9: Saint John 1:1-14

Carol: Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Hymn: See leaflet
O come all ye faithful

Hymn: See leaflet
Hark! the herald-angels sing

Voluntary: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)


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