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 are below.

Events arranged by external organizations will be included when the details are confirmed.

1.Sun, 2nd Dec, 20181830Advent Carol Service
2.Sun, 16th Dec, 20181830Tomorrow I will come, a Mid-Advent Carol Service
3.Mon, 17th Dec, 20181830A 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, 20181300Lunchtime Carol Service – a specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime
5.Tue, 18th Dec, 20181800Tuesday Nine Lessons & Carols, particularly for Livery Companies associated with the church, but open to everyone – Please note the start time
6.Wed, 19th Dec, 20181830A Star-Spangled Christmas, celebrating the Christmas music tradition of the USA
7.Thu, 20th Dec, 20181300Lunchtime Carol Service – another specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime
8.Thu, 20th Dec, 20181830Stille Nacht, celebrating the German Christmas music tradition
9.Fri, 21st Dec, 20181830A 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, 20181830Sunday Nine Lessons & Carols, our main Christmas Carol service
11.Sun, 6th January, 20191830Epiphany Carol Service
Sun 2nd Dec 2018 Advent Sunday
0900Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
1000Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
1100Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
1830Advent 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
0900Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
1000Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
1100Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
1830Choral Evensong in The Great
 
Sun 16th Dec 2018 Advent IIIGaudete Sunday
0900Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
1000Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
1100Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
1830Tomorrow 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
1830  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
1300  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
1800  Priory Church: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols – Please note the start time 
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
1830  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
1300  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
1830  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
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1830  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
0900Holy Eucharist
1100Solemn Eucharist
1830A 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
0900 Holy Eucharist in The Lady Chapel of The Great
1100 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
0900Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
1100 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
1830 There will be no Evensong today
 
Sun 6th Jan 2019 The Epiphany of the Lord
0900 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
1100Ceremony of the Kings & Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
1830Epiphany Carol Service in The Great
 
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