Readings and Music for Christmas

from St Andrew’s Church

Unable to hold the originally planned carols services this weekend, we are grateful to Shaun and Eleanor for putting together a selection of music for us for the Sunday Service.

    JS Bach (1685-1750) – Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,
    Brahms (1833-97) – Es ist in Ros’ entsprungen

The Bidding Prayer

Invitatory Carol – Sussex Carol, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

First Lesson – Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah, Isaiah 9.2, 6-7

Organ – Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645, JS Bach

Second Lesson – The glory of little Bethlehem is foretold, Micah 5.2-4

Carol – O little town of Bethlehem, Lewis Redner (1831-1908)

Third Lesson – The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary, Luke 1.26-38

Organ – Three versets on Greensleeves

Fourth Lesson – St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus, Luke 1.3-7

Carol – Mary had a baby (Saint Helena Island Spiritual)

Fifth Lesson – The shepherds go to the manger, Luke 2.8-16

Organ – June Nixon (b. 1942) – Berceuse (Away in a manger)

Sixth Lesson – The wise men are led by the star to Jesus, Matthew 2.1-12

Carol – Do you hear what I hear?, Noël Regney (1922-2002) and Gloria Shayne (1923-2008)

Seventh Lesson – St John unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation, John 1.1-14

Carol – O come, all ye faithful, arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015)

The Blessing

Organ Voluntaries

    Hark! the herald angels sing

    JS Bach  In dulci jubilo BWV 729