Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 20, 2015
The Fourth Sunday Of Advent

The Fourth Sunday Of Advent

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 Jesus Christ 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.

4:00 PM


This webcast is currently unavailable.

After the conclusion of Lessons and Carols, you may wish to stay to make your Holy Communion at a brief said Mass at the High Altar.

OfficiantFr. Turner
Sung byThe Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
HymnOnce in Royal David's City -- IRBY
InvitatoryTomorrow shall be my dancing day, John Gardner (1917-2011)
Lesson 1Genesis 3:8-15
CarolAdam lay ybounden, by Philip Ledger (1937-2012)
Lesson 2Genesis 22:15-18
HymnGod rest you merry, gentlemen -- GOD REST YOU MERRY
Lesson 3Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
CarolThe lamb, by John Tavener (1944-2013)
Lesson 4Isaiah 11:1-9
CarolKing Jesus hath a garden Dutch Melody, arranged by John Scott (1956-2015)
Lesson 5Saint Luke 1:26-38
CarolA spotless rose, by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Lesson 6Saint Luke 2:1-7
HymnIt came upon the midnight clear -- NOEL, arranged by John Scott (1956-2015)
Lesson 7Saint Luke 2:8-16
Carol at the OfferingIn dulci jubilo, arranged by Robert Lucas de Pearsall (1795-1856)
HymnWhile shepherds watched their flocks by night -- WINCHESTER OLD
Lesson 8Saint Matthew 2:1-12
CarolA babe is born, by William Mathias (1934-1992)
HymnO come, all ye faithful -- ADESTE FIDELES
Lesson 9Saint John 1:1-14
CarolSing lullaby, Basque Traditional Carol, arranged by Edgar Pettman (1865-1943)
HymnHark! the herald angels sing -- MENDELSSOHN