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.
Above: The choir leads the congregation in the singing of one of the hymns.
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. 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. There is no mass following this service. If you would like to make your Holy Communion this Sunday, consider attending one of the morning services.If you’ve missed the morning services, please note we offer at least one Mass every day this week.¬†
‚ñ∫The Rector speaks about the Incarnation in his weekly audio message.
|Invitatory Carol||Sussex Carol, arranged by Philip Ledger (1937-2012)|
|Lesson 1||Genesis 3:8-15|
|Carol||Adam our Father|
|Lesson 2||Genesis 22:15-18|
|Lesson 3||Isaiah 9:2, 6-7|
|Carol||A great and mighty wonder, arranged by Antony Baldwin (b. 1957)|
|Lesson 4||Isaiah 11:1-9|
|Carol||A spotless rose|
|Lesson 5||Saint Luke 1:26-38|
|Carol||The voice of the angel, Gabriel Philip Ledger|
|Lesson 6||Saint Luke 2:1-7|
|Lesson 7||Saint Luke 2:8-16|
|Carol||In dulci jubilo, arranged by Robert Lucas de Pearsall (1795-1856)|
|Lesson 8||Saint Matthew 2:1-12|
|Carol||A babe is born|
|Lesson 9||Saint John 1:1-14|
|Carol||Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child|
|Voluntary||Toccata-Gigue on the Sussex Carol|
|Hymns||Once in royal David’s city -- IRBY|
God rest you merry, gentlemen -- GOD REST YOU MERRY
It came upon the midnight clear -- NOEL
|Hymns||Of the Father’s love begotten -- DIVINUM MYSTERIUM|
Hark! The herald angels sing -- MENDELSSOHN