December 24-25, 2011

Jacques Daret, The Nativity, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 1434-35

December 24, 2011
Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord

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

Prelude: In dulci jubilo, BWV 751 [Stella: YouTube], 608  [Kibbie: listen], Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)                              

Glory to the Christ Child  [Cleobury: text/listen], Alan Bullard (b. 1946)

There is no rose [text/YouTube], Alan Smith (b. 1962)

Pilgrim Jesus [text/Wells: clip], Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)

Sweet was the song [text], Mark Sirett  (b. 1952)

Hillside Carol [text], Alan Bullard (b. 1947)

I saw three ships [text/Stairwell: YouTube], arr. David Willcocks (b. 1919)

The virgin Mary had a baby boy [text/Providence:YouTube], arr. Stephen Hatfield (b. 1956)

Surge illuminare [text/Tallis:YouTube], Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94)

Postlude: In dulci jubiloBWV 729 [Kibbie: listen], Johann Sebastian Bach 

Fra Angelico, Nativity, Convento di San Marco, Florence, c.1440

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth (NRSV, John 1:14).

December 24, 2011 
Nativity of the Lord III [Comments]

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

Prelude: Noël en dialogue [Bardon:musicMe], Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)

Introit: All my heart this night rejoices [text/Rutter: listen], Johann Ebeling(1620[37]- 1666[76])

Mass setting: Missa Nativitatis, Patrick Wedd (b. 1948)

Communion motets: There is no rose [text/YouTube], Alan Smith (b. 1962)

I saw three ships [text/Stairwell: YouTube], arr. David Willcocks (b. 1919)

Postlude: Vom Himmel hoch [Lucas: YouTube], Garth Edmundson (1900-71)

Taddeo Gaddi, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Santa Croce, Florence, 1328-30

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified [NRSV, Luke 2:9].

December 25, 2011
Nativity of the Lord I [Comments] 

10:00 am Family Eucharist

The Cathedral Trebles

Prelude: Sussex Carol, Russell Schulz-Widmar (b. 1944)

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

Postlude: Noël suisse [Bardon:musicMe], Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772) 

There is no evensong on Christmas afternoon.