The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Advent Carol Services

For St. John's College, Cambridge

Order of Service for the Years 2006, 2005, and 2004

 


 

A Service for Advent with Carols

Sunday 3 December 2006

From the Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge

Director of Music: David Hill
Senior Organ Student: Paul Provost

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Advent Prose: Rorate coeli (Plainsong)
Processional Hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel
Bidding Prayer
Carol: Adam lay y bounden (Philip Ledger)

I :The Message of Advent

Sentence and Collect
Antiphons: O Sapientia; O Adonai
First lesson: Isaiah 11 vv1-5
Carol: Threshold of Night (Tarik O'Regan)
Second lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5 vv1-11
Anthem: This is the record of John (Orlando Gibbons)

II: The Word of God

Sentence and Collect
Antiphons: O Radix Jesse; O Clavis David
Carol: This have I done for my true love (Gustav Holst)
Third lesson: Micah 4 vv1-4
Carol: E'en so Lord Jesus (Paul Manz)
Fourth lesson: Luke 4 vv14-21
Hymn: Come thou long-expected Jesus

III: The Prophetic Call

Sentence and Collect
Antiphons: O Oriens; O Rex Gentium
Carol: Out of your sleep (Nelson)
Fifth lesson: Malachi 3 vv1-7
Carol: A spotless rose (Herbert Howells)
Sixth lesson: Matthew 3 vv1-11
Hymn: On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry

IV: The Christ Bearer

Sentence and Collect
Antiphon: O Emmanuel
Carol: There is no rose (Benjamin Britten)
Seventh lesson: Luke 1 vv39-49
Motet: I sing of a maiden (Lennox Berkeley)
Magnificat: Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigense (Herbert Howells)
Eighth lesson: John 3 vv1-8
Sentence and Christmas Collect
Carol: Bethlehem Down (Peter Warlock)
Hymn: Lo! He comes with clouds descending
College Prayer and Blessing
Organ Voluntary: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV645 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

Source: BBC, Advent Carol Service for 2006
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/adventcarolservice/pip/nv8i8/)

Notes:

    The words and music to carol Threshold of Night (Music: Tarik O'Regan, b. 1978) was specially commissioned for this service. According to Novello, the sheet music for this work is not available. I wasn't able to discern the name of the lyricist. If you can help, please .

A link to the audio recording of this service: Advent Carols
(
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio3_aod.shtml?radio3/adventcarols )

Editor's Note: Although the webpage indicated that this recording would only be available for seven days after its initial posting, I was able to listen to the service on March 26, 2007 (via the Internet).

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A Service for Advent with Carols

27 November 2005

From the Chapel of St John's College in Cambridge

Director of Music: David Hill
Organists: Paul Provost and Léon Charles

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Advent Prose: Rorate coeli (William Byrd)
Processional Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Bidding Prayer
Carol: A Tender Shoot (Otto Goldschmidt)

I. The Message of Advent

Sentence & Collect
Antiphons: O Sapientia & O Adonia
First lesson: Isaiah 11.1-5
Carol: I Know a Flower (Francis Jackson)
Second lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11
Motet: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Edward Bairstow)

II. The Word of God

Sentence and Collect
Antiphons: O Radix Jesse & O Clavis David
Motet: The cry of Elisha after Elijah (Geraint Lewis)
Third lesson: Micah 4.1-4
Motet: Richte Mich Gott (Felix Mendelssohn Barthody)
Fourth lesson: Luke 4.14-21
Hymn: Come Thou Long-expected Jesus

III. The Prophetic Call

Sentence & Collect
Antiphons: O Oriens & O Rex Gentium
Carol: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (arr. David Willcocks)
Fifth lesson: Malachi 3.1-7
Motet: The Clouded Heaven (Judith Bingham)
Sixth lesson: Matthew 3.1-11
Hymn: On Jordan's Bank the Baptists Cry

IV. The Christ Bearer

Sentence & Collect
Antiphon: O Emmanuel
Carol: Telling God's story (Richard Wilberforce)
Seventh lesson: Luke 1.39-49
Motet: Ave Maria (Edward Elgar)
The Magnificat: Jackson in G
Eighth lesson: John 3:1-8
Sentence & Christmas Collect
Carol: There Is a Flower (John Rutter)
Hymn: Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
College Prayer & Blessing
Organ Voluntary: Wachet auf (Johann Sebastian Bach)

Source: BBC, Advent Carol Service for 2005
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/adventcarolservice/pip/r0gqt/ )

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A Service for Advent with Carols

Sunday 28 November 2004

From the Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge.

Director of Music: David Hill
Organists: John Robinson, Paul Provost

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Advent Prose Rorate Coeli (Wilkinson)
Processional Hymn: O come, O come Emmanuel
Bidding Prayer
Carol: Adam lay-y-bounden (Boris Ord)

I. The Message of Advent

Antiphons: O Sapientia; O Adonai
1st Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-5
Carol: There is no rose (John Joubert)
2nd Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Anthem: One foot in Eden (Nicholas Maw)

II. The Word of God

Antiphons: O Radix; O Clavis
3rd Lesson: Micah 4:1-4
Motet: Vox Dicentis, Clama (Edward Naylor)
4th Lesson: Luke 4:14-21
Hymn: Come thou long expected Jesus

III. The Prophetic call

Antiphons: O Oriens; O Rex Gentium
A Hymn to the Virgin (Britten)
5th Lesson: Malachi 3:1-7
This is the record of John (Gibbons)
Mary's Magnificat (Roger Hemingway)
6th Lesson: Matthew 3:1-11
Hymn: On Jordan's bank

IV. The Christ-Bearer

Antiphon: O Emmanuel
Ave Maria (Robert Parsons)
7th Lesson: Micah 5:2-4
Magnificat in B minor (Howells)
8th Lesson: Revelation 22:1-7
Lullay my liking (Francis Pott)
Hymn: Lo! he comes
Blessing
Organ Voluntary: Chorale Prelude 'Wachet auf!' BWV 645 (J S Bach)

Source: BBC, Advent Carol Service for 2004
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/adventcarolservice/pip/s9xgs/ )

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