Sunday 24 December Christmas Eve

11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass

Order of Service
Midnight MassThe first Eucharist of Christmas
Mass setting
Gloria: David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas;
Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)—Festive Eucharist

Carols before Midnight Mass
The angel Gabriel from heaven came
Lo, how a rose e’er blooming 
[Organ  Brahms: Es ist ein Ros]
Once in royal David’s city
While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Infant holy, infant lowly
[Organ Zachow: In dulci jubilo]
Away in a manger
Silent night
The Infant King ('Sing Lullaby')

Motet during communion
Sussex Carol ('On Christmas night all Christians sing') arr. David Willcocks

Gathering   It came upon the midnight clear NOEL
Gradual   Silent night! Holy night! STILLE NACHT
Offertory   Hark! the herald-angels sing MENDELSSOHN

O little town of Bethlehem
The first Nowell the angel did say

Sending out   O come, all ye faithful ADESTE FIDELIS

Final organ voluntary
Wilbur Held (1914–2015)—O little town of Bethlehem

3.30 p.m. Crib Service

Once in royal David’s city IRBY
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed AWAY IN A MANGER
O little town of Bethlehem FOREST GREEN
While shepherds watched their flocks by night WINCHESTER OLD
Silent night, holy night STILLE NACHT
We three kings of orient are THREE KINGS OF ORIENT
O come, all ye faithful ADESTE FIDELIS
Hark! the herald-angels sing MENDELSSOHN

Print Email