Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Services & Events 2018–2019

Advent at S. Bartholomew the Great The details of our own Carol Service programme from the start of Advent 2018 through to Epiphany 2019 are below.

Events arranged by external organizations will be included in the diary further down as and when the details are confirmed.

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
4.Tue, 18th Dec, 201813:00Lunchtime Carol Service – a specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime
5.Tue, 18th Dec, 201818:00Tuesday Nine Lessons & Carols, particularly for Livery Companies associated with the church, but open to everyone – Please note the start time
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
 

Please note that this year, Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve will begin at 23:00. The church will be open from 22:00 that night.

On Christmas Day there will be a Said Eucharist at 09:00 in the Lady Chapel, and a Solemn Eucharist at 11:00 at the High Altar.

More details of all services and events can be found below.

 

Thu 29th Nov 2018 18:30 LHH Penna Carol Concert
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Sun 2nd Dec 2018 Advent Sunday
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Preacher: Fr Mark Young
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
11:00Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Preacher: Fr Bill Wilson
Setting: Missa Conditor alme siderum – Animuccia
At the Offertory: Conditor alme sidereum – Anon. c.1400
At the Communion: Dominus dabit benignitatem – James MacMillan
18:30Advent Carol Service in The Great
Music:
Advent Prose – Chant
Matin Responsory – arr. from Palestrina
Adam lay y-bounden – Matthew Martin
People look East – arr Barry Ferguson
There is no rose – Joubert
Ave Maria – Biebl
Joseph and the angel – arr. Gough
This is the record of John – Gibbons
Tomorrow go ye forth – Gabriel Jackson
Alma Mater Redemptoris – Chant

Mulled wine, mince pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
Tue 4th Dec 2018 18:30 Mencap Carol Service
Throughout the service you will enjoy carols from the English Baroque Choir and celebrity readings from the likes of Kathy Lette and Jules Robertson. Afterwards, Mencap hopse that you can stay for canapés and drinks. Christmas is a time of giving, by purchasing your ticket to Carols by Candlelight you are helping Mencap to support people with a learning disability around the UK.
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Wed 5th Dec 2018 18:15 Standard Chartered Carol Service
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Sun 9th Dec 2018 Advent II
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Preacher: Fr Jeremy Haselock
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
Preacher: Fr Mark Young
11:00Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Preacher: Fr Jeremy Haselock
Setting: Missa Brevis in A – Vann
At the Offertory: A spotless rose – Howells
18:30Choral Evensong & Benediction in The Great
Officiant: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
Responses: Reading
Canticles: Evening Service in Bb – Purcell
Anthem: Prepare ye the way – Wise
At Benediction: O Salutaris – Byrd & Tantum ergo – Victoria
 
Mon 10th Dec 2018 18:30 Worshipful Company of Feltmakers Service
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Tue 11th Dec 2018 18:00 Addleshaw Goddard Carol Service
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Wed 12th Dec 2018 17:45 NHS Bartshealth Carol Service
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Fri 14th Dec 2018 18:30 Saving Faces Concert
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Sun 16th Dec 2018 Advent IIIGaudete Sunday
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Preacher: Fr Mark Young
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
11:00Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Preacher: Fr Bill Wilson
Setting: Missa Prudentes virgines – Alonso Lobo
At the Offertory: Jerusalem surge – Heinrich Isaac
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.
Music:
Magnificat – Victoria
Antiphon 1 O Sapientia – Chant
O where shall wisdom be found – Boyce
Antiphon 2 O Adonai – Chant
Psalm 136 – Chant
Antiphon 3 O Radix Jesse – Chant
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen – Jan Sandström/Praetorius
Antiphon 4 O Clavis David – Chant
Remember, O thou man – Ravenscroft
Antiphon 5 O Oriens – Chant
O nata lux – Tallis
Antiphon 6 O Rex Gentium – Chant
Lift up your heads – Handel
Antiphon 7 O Emmanuel – Eriks Esenvalds
This have I done for my true love – Holst
Tomorrow go ye forth – Jackson

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the 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
Music:
A Ceremony of Carols – Britten

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
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 specially shortened carol service for the season, designed to fit into the lunchtime of a busy working day
Music:
I saw three ships – arr. Ian Humphris
The Lute-book lullaby – Ballet
Lullay my liking – Holst
In the stillness – Sally Beamish
Hodie Christus natus est – Palestrina

18:00 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.
Music:
Adam lay y-bounden – Peter Warlock
Wexford Carol – arr. Ben Parry
Creator of the stars of night – Malcolm Archer
In the stillness – Sally Beamish
Il est né, le divin enfant – John Rutter
Away in a manger – arr Darius Battiwala
Quem vidistis pastores – Poulenc
Illuminare Jerusalem – Judith Weir
Verbum caro factum est – Haßler

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the 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.
Music:
Noel Nouvelet – arr. Peter Schubert
The blasts of chill December – James Bassi
Lullay thou tiny little child – trad. Appalachian
Lullee, lullai, lullo lullabye – Mack Wilberg
Ave Maria – Stephen Paulus
Silent Night – arr. Paul Johnson
Dormi Jesu – Matthew D. Nielsen
I wonder as I wander – Appalachian arr. Carter
Go, tell it on the mountain – Rosephanye Powell

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the 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 specially shortened carol service for the season, designed to fit into the lunchtime of a busy working day
Music:
I saw three ships – arr. Ian Humphris
The Lute-book lullaby – Ballet
Lullay my liking – Holst
In the stillness – Sally Beamish
Hodie Christus natus est – Palestrina

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!
Music:
Wachet auf – Johann Sebastian Bach
Macht hoch die Tür – Reger
Puer natus in Bethelehem – Rheinberger
O Jesulein suess – Bach/Reger
Ave Maria – Biebl
Stille Nacht – Carter
Kommt, ihr Hirten – arr. Gough
Drei Könige wandern aus Morgenland – Cornelius
I wonder as I wander – Rütti

Glühwein, Stollen, and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister before & after the 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.
Music:
Welcome Yule – Sydney Nicholson
The great God of Heaven (The Incarnation) – Traditional
The Holly and the Ivy – (Old French)
In dulci jubilo – arr. Pearsall
When Christ was born of Mary free – Parry
A cradle song of the Blessed Virgin – Joseph Barnby
Hallelujah Chorus – Handel

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
Sun 23rd Dec 2018 Advent IV
09:00Holy Eucharist
Preacher: Fr Jeremy Haselock
11:00Solemn Eucharist
Preacher: Fr Jeremy Haselock
Setting: Missa Ave Maria – Peñalosa
At the Offertory: Auxilium meum – Passereau
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, Cambridge, by its then Dean, Eric Milner White. The college is marking the centenary of this in 2018. The pattern of the service is now well-known all around the world. This is our biggest service of the year, so please do come early to be sure of getting a seat.
Music:
Adam lay y-bounden – Peter Warlock
Wexford Carol – arr. Ben Parry
Creator of the stars of night – Malcolm Archer
In the stillness – Sally Beamish
Il est né, le divin enfant – John Rutter
Away in a manger – arr Darius Battiwala
Quem vidistis pastores – Poulenc
Illuminare Jerusalem – Judith Weir
Verbum caro factum est – Haßler

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.

Christmas Eve, Mon 24th December 2018
The Great will be open from 22:00
Everyone is most welcome at our service tonight, which is unticketed.
However, please come as soon as possible after 22:00, if you want to be sure of a good seat.
23:00 Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass of the Nativity at the High Altar of The Great
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME THIS YEAR
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
Procession Introit: Hodie Christus natus est – Rihards Dubra
Setting: Messe de Minuit pour Noël – Charpentier
At the Communion: Il est né le divin enfant – arr. John Rutter; Silent Night – arr. Rupert Gough
 
Christmas Day, Tue 25th December 2018
09:00 Holy Eucharist in The Lady Chapel of The Great
Preacher: Fr Jeremy Haselock
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
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
Setting: Missa Sancti Nicolai – Haydn
At the Offertory: Benedicamus Domino – Warlock
At the Communion: This lovely lady – Kelly
Postlude: Radetzky March – Johann Strauss Sr.
 
Sun 30th Dec 2018 Sunday after Christmas
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
Setting: Miss O magnum mysterium – Victoria
At the Offertory: O magnum mysterium – Victoria
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
 
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