Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Services & Events 2018–2019

Advent at S. Bartholomew the Great

The details of our programme from the start of Advent 2018 through to Epiphany 2019
will be found here from mid-2018 onwards.

As usual, the details of events organized by or on behalf of external organizations will be included as and when the details are confirmed. The events that we organize ourselves will be shown with a coloured background to make it easier to identify them.

The provisional dates for the eleven special services put on by the church itself during the season are below. Please note that these really are provisional and may be subject to change during the first part of 2018.

1.Sun, 2nd Dec, 201818:30Advent Carol Service
2.Sun, 16th Dec, 201818:30Tomorrow I will come, a Mid-Advent Carol Service
3.Mon, 17th Dec, 201818:30A Ceremony of Carols Carol Service, containing Britten's work for upper voices and harp – followed at 20:30 by a concert performance of Anthony Bolton's A Garland of Carols
4.Tue, 18th Dec, 201813:00Lunchtime Carol Service – a specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime
5.Tue, 18th Dec, 201818:30Tuesday Nine Lessons & Carols, particularly for Livery Companies associated with the church, but open to everyone
6.Wed, 19th Dec, 201818:30A Star-Spangled Christmas, celebrating the Christmas music tradition of the USA
7.Thu, 20th Dec, 201813:00Lunchtime Carol Service – another specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime
8.Thu, 20th Dec, 201818:30Stille Nacht, celebrating the German Christmas music tradition
9.Fri, 21st Dec, 201818:30A Christmas Carol – a Dickensian Carol Service, with readings from works by Charles Dickens and his contemporaries, and carols and hymns that Dickens could have known
10.Sun, 23rd Dec, 201818:30Sunday Nine Lessons & Carols, our main Christmas Carol service
11.Sun, 6th January, 201918:30Epiphany Carol Service

Further details about all these services will appear below.

Our sound system ensures that the readings are properly audible around the building during these services,
no matter where you are sitting, and also provides a loop for those for whom this would be useful


Sun 2nd Dec 2018 Advent Sunday
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
18:30Advent Carol Service in The Great
Traditional refreshments such as mulled wine and mince pies can be obtained in the Cloister Café before and after this service
 
Sun 9th Dec 2018 Advent II
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
18:30Choral Evensong in The Great
 
Sun 16th Dec 2018 Advent IIIGaudete Sunday
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
18:30Tomorrow I will come
A special service linking Advent with Christmas, based on the great
O Antiphons used in the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve

in The Great
The Magnificat at Vespers on each of those days has a different Antiphon. Each begins with the word "O", which is then followed by an attribute of the coming Messiah: Wisdom (Sapientia), Lord of Israel (Adonai), Root of Jesse (Radix Jesse), Key of David (Clavis David), Dayspring (Oriens), King of all Nations (Rex Gentium), God with us (Emmanuel). Beginning with the last one, if you put the first letters of the Latin names together, you get ERO CRAS, the Latin for "Tomorrow I will come": the Advent promise. This service builds on these seven aspects of Advent, all leading to the well-known hymn that unites the seven Antiphons in one text: O come, O come, Emmanuel.

Traditional refreshments such as mulled wine and mince pies can be obtained in the Cloister Café before and after this service
 
Mon 17th Dec 2018
in The Great
18:30  Priory Church Carol Service: The Ceremony of Carols
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
This carol service contains the entire Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by harp, and sung by the upper voices of the Priory Church Choir. Britten's settings are distributed among a squence of readings and hymns for the whole congregation
19:30  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service. Those wishing to attend the short concert at 20:00 may like to spend their time there until the concert is announced.
20:00  Concert: A Garland of Carols by Anthony Bolton
Tickets: £10.00 (Adults), £7.50 (Concessions), £5.00 (Childre). These will be available at the door, from the Parish office in advance, or online.
Anthony Bolton has been one of this country's outstanding and successful fund managers, but at the same time has had a thriving career as a composer. A Garland of Carols is his companion piece and homage to Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. As with the Britten work, it is accompanied by harp, and sung by upper voices. The carols focus more on secular Christmas texts, and are a delightful and beautiful addition to the season. It will be a wonderful way to make a real evening of beautiful Christmas music.
 
Tue 18th Dec 2018
in The Great
13:00  First Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A second specially shortened carol service this season that has been designed to fit into a lunchtime in a busy working day
18:30  Priory Church: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 
This is an unticketed event, but most of the central area of the church is reserved for those coming from Livery Companies that are especially associated with the Priory Church. All other seats are on a first-come, first-seated basis.
  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service.
 
Wed 19th Dec 2018
in The Great
18:30  A Star-Spangled Christmas
A Service of Lessons and Carols from the Christmas tradition in the USA
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Numerous Christmas Carols that we regard as part of an English Christmas actually began life in America and only came here later. It came upon the midnight clear, O little town of Bethelehem, We three Kings of Orient are, Away in a manger, Deck the Halls, are all examples of this. In many cases, they are still sung in the USA to the original tunes with which they were equipped when they were first sung. This carol service will include choir carols written in the Americas, and where there is an American tune for a familiar congregational carol, that is the one we will be using. It is a real star-spangled occasion.
  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service.
 
Thu 20th Dec 2018
in The Great
13:00  Second Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A second specially shortened carol service this season that has been designed to fit into a lunchtime in a busy working day
18:30  Stille Nacht
A Service of Lessons and Carols with music from Germany
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Many aspects of the English Christmas in fact come to us from Germany. Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, introduced the domestic Christmas Tree and Christmas Cards to the United Kingdom, and they spread from there to the United States. But while the UK and the US share a great deal of Christmas music, German Christmas music is almost completely different from UK Christmas music – but it is also very wonderful. This is a service with a difference, a sequence of Lessons & Carols with music drawn from the German Christmas tradition. You won't be disappointed!
  Glühwein, Stollen, Mince Pies, and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service.
 
Fri 21st Dec 2018
in The Great
18:30  A Christmas Carol
A Service of Readings from Charles Dickens, together with carols that he would have heard and known
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Many of the images of Christmas today are still drawn from the Victorian era, and are especially associated with the works of Charles Dickens and especially his book A Christmas Carol. This service focuses on musc and readings from the period, with carols sung to the music that would have been used at this time of the year.
  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service.
 
Sun 23rd Dec 2018 Advent IV
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
This service, as with our service on the evening of Tuesday 18th December, is modelled on the services originally begun in Truro Cathedral in 1880 by the then Bishop of Truro (later Archbishop of Canterbury) Benson, and introduced in 1918 to King's College, Canbridge, by its then Dean, Eric Milner White, which are marking their centenary there in 2018. The pattern opf the service is now well-known all around the world. This is our buiggest service of the year, so please do come early to be sure of getting a seat.
Christmas Eve, Mon 24th December 2018
The Great will be open from 23:00
Everyone is most welcome at our service tonight, which is unticketed .
However, please come as soon as possible after 23:00, if you want to be sure of a good seat.
23:45 Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass of the Nativity at the High Altar of The Great
 
Christmas Day, Tue 25th December 2018
09:00 Holy Eucharist in The Lady Chapel of The Great
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib at the High Altar of The Great
This service is very suitable for children, as well as for all other members of the family
 
Sun 30th Dec 2018 Sunday after Christmas
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
18:30 There will be no Evensong today
 
Sun 6th Jan 2019 The Epiphany of the Lord
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
11:00Ceremony of the Kings & Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
18:30Epiphany Carol Service in The Great
 
Christmas Tree and the Prior's Tomb
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