Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
4:00 pm 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.

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Officiant: Fr Turner

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Fanfare on ‘Ding, Dong, Merrily on High’, Ryan Dodge (b. 1993)

Prelude: Weinachten, Op. 145, no. 3, Max Reger (1873-1916)

Prelude: Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20, Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

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

Hymn: Once in royal David's city
Words: Cecil Frances Alexander

Carol: A Boy was born, Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Lesson: Genesis 3:8 - 15 Genesis 3:8 - 15

Carol: This is the truth sent from above, arranged by Christopher Robinson (b. 1936)

Lesson 2: Genesis 22:15-18

Hymn: (See leaflet)
It came upon the midnight clear

Lesson 3: Isaiah 9:2 , 6 - 7

Carol: The holly and the ivy, arranged by Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941)

Lesson 4: Isaiah 11:1 - 9

Carol: Sussex Carol, arranged by David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Lesson 5: Luke 1:26 - 38

Carol: There is no rose Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)

Lesson 6: Luke 2:1 - 7

Hymn: (See leaflet)
O little town of Bethlehem

Lesson 7: Luke 2:8 - 16

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

Hymn: (See leaflet)
While shepherds watched

Lesson 8: Matthew 2:1 - 12

Carol: In the bleak midwinter, Harold Darke (1888-1976)

Lesson 9: John 1:1 - 14

Carol: Christe redemptor omnium, Matthew Martin (b. 1976)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
O come all ye faithful

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Hark! the herald-angels sing

Voluntary: Dieu parmi nous, from ‘La Nativité du Seigneur’, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)


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