Choral Eucharist (for Advent 4)

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
11:00 am High Altar


At Saint Thomas, we keep the propers for the Fourth Sunday of Advent at the 8am and 9am services. As such, the appointed collect and lessons follow the lectionary, and the sermon corresponds. Therefore, if you seek a traditional Fourth Sunday of Advent service, consider attending at 8am (said) or 9am (sung).

At 11am and 4pm, we offer Lessons and Carols. The 4pm service is the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and it does not include a Mass. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is repeated on Christmas Eve at 4pm.


We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son our Lord cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Included in this Choral Eucharist at 11am are hymns sung by the congregation and choir, additional music sung exclusively by the choir, lessons, prayers, a sermon, and a Rite I Mass. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

Celebrant: Fr Moretz

Preacher: Fr Turner

Deacon: Bp Andrew St John

Subdeacon: Fr Spencer

Sung by: The Gentlemen of the Choir

Prelude: Fantasia on ‘Veni Emmanuel’, Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)

Service: Mass for three voices, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Hymn: 56
O come, O come, Emmanuel

Lesson: Micah 5:2-5a

Psalm: 80:1-7 Plainsong (Tone IV4)

Epistle: Hebrews 10:5-10

Hymn: 81
Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming

Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

Anthem: There is no rose, Anonymous

Anthem: Beata Virgo, William Byrd

Hymn: 265
The angel Gabriel from heaven came

Voluntary: Toccata on ‘Veni Emmanuel’, Andrew Carter (b. 1939)


Hymn 7:50-13:51
Kyrie 14:32-15:5
Psalm 17:55-19:46
Hymn 21:16-23:54
Sermon 28:34-39:9
Greetings 46:7-50:37
Offertory 51:11-55:28
Sanctus/Benedictus 58:42-1:6
Agnus Dei/Anthem 01:10:00-01:15:55
Hymn 01:20:53-01:23:36
Voluntary 01:23:38-01:27:20

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