The Blessing of the Crèche & Christmas Pageant

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm The Blessing of the Crèche & Christmas Pageant

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.

OfficiantMother Turner
Sung byThe Choristers of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
PreludePrelude on ‘Greensleeves’, by Richard Purvis (1913-1994) (1913-1994)
Prelude‘Walking in the air’, from ‘The Snowman’, by Howard Blake (b. 1938) arranged by Robert Gower
Hymn102 -- Once in royal David’s city -- IRBY
ReadingNo room at the Inn
CarolC’est la Noël, by Gaston Litaize (1909-1991)
ReadingMary and Joseph
CarolThere is no rose of such virtue, by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
ReadingAngels and Shepherds
Carol‘It Was On a Starry Night’, Joy Webb (b. 1932)
Hymn94 -- While shepherds watched their flocks by night -- WINCHESTER OLD
ReadingA Star and Visitors from the East
Hymn128 -- We three kings of Orient are -- THREE KINGS OF ORIENT
Hymn101 -- Away in a manger, no crib for his bed -- CRADLE SONG, by Anonymous
VoluntaryIn dulci jubilo, by Leo Sowerby (1895-1968)


Crèche Service & Christmas Pageant 2019 Leaflet