Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Christ Church
Meadville, PA
Sunday, 14 December 2008

‘Christmas’ Concerto in G - Arcangelo Corelli

Greensleeves - Ralph Vaughan Williams

PROCESSIONAL HYMN: Once in Royal David’s City - Irby
v. 1: Soloist, vv. 2-6: Choir & Congregation
(printed in the bulletin)


INVITATORY HYMN 56 (vv. 1, 3, 5, 7) - Veni Emmanuel

FIRST LESSON: Genesis 3, An Acolyte
CHOIR: Adam Lay Ybounden - William Witherup
HYMN 105 - God Rest You Merry

SECOND LESSON: Isaiah 9, A Lay Reader
CHOIR: Make We Merry - K. Lee Scott
HYMN 100 - Antioch

THIRD LESSON: Isaiah 11, A Lay Eucharistic Minister
CHOIR: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming - Michael Praetorius
HYMN 89 (vv. 1, 2, 4) - Carol

FOURTH LESSON: Micah 5, A Choir Member
CHOIR: Thou Shalt Know Him - Mark Sirett
HYMN 78 (vv. 1, 3, 5) - Forest Green

FIFTH LESSON: St. Luke 1, A Lay Reader
CHOIR: A Maiden Most Gentle (French Carol tune) - Andrew Carter
HYMN 265 - Gabriel’s Message

SIXTH LESSON: St. Luke 2, The Organist and Choirmaster
CHOIR: Lullay Myn Lyking - Richard R. Terry
HYMN 111 - Stille Nacht

SEVENTH LESSON: St. Luke 2, The Junior Warden
CHOIR: The Shepherds’ Farewell - Hector Berlioz
HYMN 96 (vv. 1-3) - Gloria

EIGHTH LESSON: St. Matthew 2, The Senior Warden
CHOIR: One Gift the Magi Bore - Glenn Rudolph
HYMN 109 (vv. 1, 2, 3, 5) - The First Nowell

NINTH LESSON: St. John 1, The Officiant
CHOIR: A Modern Medieval Carol - Colin Mawby
HYMN 83 (vv. 1, 3, 6) - Adeste fideles


RECESSIONAL HYMN 87 - Mendelssohn

Toccata on Veni Emmanuel - Adolphus Hailstork

We had a string quartet, a flutist and an organist friend who played the harp on the electronic keyboard in addition to our organist/choirmaster, our choir, a rent-a-tenor from the Presbyterians and a deacon who also sang as she was a member of the choir before being assigned to another parish and finally ordained in November.

Musicians will understand that the items in italics are hymntunes, not the title of the hymns. All are from the Hymnal 1982.

And the photo is of one of our lanterns all of which our Junior Warden cleaned yesterday. He installed fluorescent bulbs which are providing significantly more light. Thanks, GK!


forsythia said...

What, carols during Advent?!? Wouldn't happen 'round here in a zillion years. I believe there is a stipulation in the Maryland Vestry Act forbidding carols during Advent, at least for Episcopalians.

Paul (A.) said...

Lessons & Carols, Christ Church, New Brunswick, New Jeresy, December 21, 6:00 p.m.:

Introit: Various Christmas carols, Harp (John Sheridan)

Opening Hymn: Of the Father's Love begotten, Divinum Mysterium, v. 1 Youth Choir, remaining verses all.

Bidding Prayer

Carol (All): Dost thou in a manger lie, Dies est laetitiae

THE PROMISE: Genesis 17:1-7 (A member of the Vestry)

Carol (Parish Choir): Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland (arr: J.S. Bach)



First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (An Acolyte)

Carol (Parish Choir): Sure on this shining night (Samuel Barber) (harp accompaniment)

Second Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-4 (A Volunteer from the Food Pantry)

Carol (All): Profetiza, pueblo mio (Profetiza, Pueblo Mio



Third Lesson: Micah 5:2-4 ((A member of WomenSpirit)

Carol: O little town of Bethlehem
(vv, 1-2: (All) St. Louis (Lewis Redner)
v. 3: (Soprano solo) Christmas Carol (H. Walford Davies)
v. 4: (All) Forest Green (arr. R. Vaughn Williams)

Fourth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38 (The People's Warden)

Carol (Parish Choir): Hymn to the Virgin (Benjamin Britten)



Fifth Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7 (A member of the Men's Ministry)

Carol (Youth Choir): In the bleak midwinter (Bob Chilcott)

Sixth Lesson: Matthew 1:18-25 (The Deacon)

Carol (Parish Choir): Let folly praise that fancy loves (Richard Wayne Dirksen)



Seventh Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-6 (An Usher)

Carol (Parish Choir): The holly and the ivy (Stephen Paulus) (Oboe & Harp accompaniment)

Eighth Lesson: Luke 2:8-20 (A Lector)

Carol (All): There's a star in the east, Rise up, shepherd

Ninth Lesson: Matthew 2:1-12 (A Parent)

Carol (Youth Choir): Far from the East on a stately old beast (Francis Heilmann)

Last Lesson: John 1:1-14 (The Rector)

Carol (Parish Choir): Cantique de Jean Racine, Gabriel Fauré (harp accompaniment)

Welcome by Rector & Announcements

Closing Prayer

Blessing & Dismissal

Hymn (All): Watchman tell us of the night, Aberystwyth