Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion)

Sunday, December 23, 2012
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.

11:00 AM

 

At the beginning of this service, the lights are lowered and the people stand. The choir begins to sing Once in royal David’s city from the back of the nave. (In the picture above from the Advent Procession three weeks ago, the choir was arranged similarly for come thou, Redeemer of the earth.) At the third verse, the congregation joins in singing and the choir and clergy process down the center aisle to the chancel.

The Rector gives the Bidding and the congregation says the Lord’s Prayer and then the service beautifully proceeds in a rotation of twelve carols and hymns interwoven among nine lessons.

The nine lessons are read by nine representatives of our parish: a Chorister, a Member of the Sunday School, a Gentleman of the Choir, the Director of Music, the Headmaster of the Choir School, a Member of the Congregation, a Warden of the Parish, a Priest of the Parish, and finally the Rector. Following the singing of Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, the choir exits during the playing of the voluntary. The gate to the ambulatory is then closed as the priests and acolytes prepare for a low mass at the High Altar. Those in the congregation wishing to stay on for communion remain in place. Those wishing to leave exit immediately through the Narthex doors. No foot traffic is allowed through the ambulatory during or following the Voluntary because of prepartions for the Eucharist.

‚ñ∫The Rector speaks about the Incarnation in his weekly audio message.

Invitatory CarolSussex Carol, arranged by Philip Ledger (1937-2012)
Lesson 1Genesis 3:8-15
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Lesson 2Genesis 22:15-18
Lesson 3Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
CarolA great and mighty wonder, arranged by Antony Baldwin (b. 1957)
Lesson 4Isaiah 11:1-9
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Lesson 5Saint Luke 1:26-38
CarolThe voice of the angel, Gabriel Philip Ledger
Lesson 6Saint Luke 2:1-7
Lesson 7Saint Luke 2:8-16
CarolIn dulci jubilo, arranged by Robert Lucas de Pearsall (1795-1856)
Lesson 8Saint Matthew 2:1-12
CarolA babe is born, by William Mathias (1934-1992), , , , Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), , Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), , , , Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), , Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), , , Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), , Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), , Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols (followed by Holy Communion), William Mathias (1934-1992)
Lesson 9Saint John 1:1-14
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HymnsOnce in royal David’s city -- IRBY
God rest you merry, gentlemen -- GOD REST YOU MERRY
It came upon the midnight clear -- NOEL
HymnsOf the Father’s love begotten -- DIVINUM MYSTERIUM
Hark! The herald angels sing -- MENDELSSOHN