The Blessing of the Crèche & Christmas Pageant

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
5:30 pm High Altar

This service is specifically designed for children and young families. The choristers will sing carols, accompanied by harp, and the readings and prayers will be read by members of our Sunday School using a children's’ version of the Christmas story. During the service, the figures that make up the Christmas Creche will be brought forward and put in their various places. The Rector will tell the children a traditional story and all children will receive a small gift. There will be a special order of service that the children can take home. Children are welcome to come to this service dressed as one of the characters in the Christmas story – Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, Magi (three wise men or kings), ‘Star’, inn-keeper, or one of the animals traditionally associated with the Christmas creche – ox, ass, lamb, donkey.

Officiant: Mother Turner

Sung by: The Choristers of the Saint Thomas Choir

Prelude: Prelude on ‘Irby’, Frederick Candlyn (1892-1964)

Prelude: Offertoire sur Deux Nöels, Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Once in royal David’s city

Reading: No room at the Inn

Carol: What songs are these, Richard Lloyd (b. 1933)

Reading: Mary and Joseph

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

Hymn: (See leaflet)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night

Reading: A Star and Visitors from the East

Carol: The Little Road to Bethlehem, Michael Head (1900-1976)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Away in a manger

Voluntary: Toccata, Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)


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