December 24/25, 2008

Domenico Ghirlandaio, Nativity, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, c. 1492
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (NRSV, Luke 2:7).

The Nativity of Our Lord [Comments]

4:00 pm: A Festival of Lessons and Carols
The Cathedral Singers

Voluntary: La Nativité [
listen], Jean Langlais (1907-1991) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Carols: All this time [
text] [listen NML], William Walton (1902-1983) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

This have I done [
text] [listen: CML], Holst, Gustav (1874-1934) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

I wonder as I wander [
text] [listen: NML], Appalachian, arr. John Rutter (b. 1945) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

The Flower of Jesse [
text], Derek Holman (b. 1931) [NML] [CML]

Bogoroditsye Dyevo [
text] [listen: NML], Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Mary had a baby [
text], Michael Coghlan (b. 1949)

O Magnum mysterium [
text] Malcolm Archer (b. 1952) [NML]

Pastores loquebantur [
text], Francisco Guerrero (1527-99) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

The Shepherd’s Carol [
text] [listen: NML] Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) [NML] [CML]

Hodie Christus natus est [
text] Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Voluntary: Vom Himmel hoch [listen:
CML], Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

11:00 pm: Procession, Blessing of the Crib & Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Singers

Preludes: In dulci jubilo, BWV 751 [listen:
CML], BWV 608 [listen: CML], BWV 729 [listen: CML], Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Kyrie eleison, Patrick Wedd (b.1948) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Mass Setting: Missa Nativitatis, Patrick Wedd

Introit: All my heart this night rejoices [text & listen], Johann Ebeling (1637-76) [NML]

Motets: In dulci jubilo [listen: NML], arr. Robert Pearsall (1795-1856)

O magnum mysterium [text], Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)

Whence is that goodly fragrance? arr. Patrick Wedd

Postlude: From heaven high to earth I come [listen:
CML],Garth Edmundson (1900-71) [NML]

10:00 am: Choral Eucharist
The Choir of Trebles

Introit: Sussex Carol [
text] [NML] arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Mass Setting: Carol Mass,
Rubert Lang (b. 1948)

Music during Communion: Love came down at Christmas,
R.O. Morris (1886-1948)

Postlude: Noël suisse,
Claude Balbastre (1724-99) [BNQ] [NML]