Lessons and Carols

Gosh, it was a busy day at St Mark’s yesterday. Not only did we have the premiere performance of the Nativity Play in the morning but we also had our annual Lessons and Carols service in the evening. Great turnout for both and the church was transformed into something rather lovely and twinkly by night. (This is the one time of the year where we can give thanks to Tisec for at least teaching us the power of the tea light.) My batteries ran out in the morning (camera btw) and we can’t show the little darlings anyway so you’ll just have to believe me when I say they were very special indeed. The donkey was divine.

Do you want to see what our Lessons and Carols service contained? (We used to do traditional but now we do a mix of Scripture and poetry and stuff.)  The choir was larger this year with some of our young people joining and they all made a wonderful sound.

[And in case you are interested, I got to wear my academic hood too! Yay!  (Purple with fur trim, of course.) Pity the buttons on my cassock were quite so tight though. Bring back the fags, I say.]

  • Once in Royal David’s City
  • Adam lay ybounden : words 15th century, Music: Peter Warlock
  • Luke 1:26-34
  • I sing of a maiden : words anon 15th century, Music: Jeremy Rawson
  • The Mary of your Christmas Cards by Katie Baker
  • Angelus ad Virgenem : words anon 13th/14th century, Music: 14th c arr David Willcocks
  • Luke 2:1-20
  • Silent Night : words Josef Mohr, Music: Franz Gruber arr. Peter Hunt
  • Getting to the Front of the Stable by Ann Weems
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Matthew 2:1-12
  • Noel let us sing : words and music trad French arr Philip Ledger
  • The Bad-tempered Camel
  • Puer natus in Bethlehem : words 14th century Latin hymn, Music Josef Rheinberger
  • The Baby Jesus by Robert Karsten
  • Ring out the Bells : words and music Roger Emerson
  • O Come All ye Faithful
  • Blessing
  • Postlude: J S Bach Choral Prelude: in dulci jubilo BWV 729

Christmas songs

Kelvin was talking about one of his favourite Christmas carols – Jesus Christ the Apple Tree. I love it too – one of those which brings tears to the eye.

One which makes me laugh has the line ‘O pluck your cherry Mary.’ Once heard, you’ll be singing it all day. Or I have been known to sing just that line all day. Can’t remember what its called though.

But if you are looking for something different in the Christmas CD line (and yes, I know we are not listening to them YET) you should get Celtic Christmas from Brittany. I got a copy years ago in a shop in Edinburgh and it comes out every year and people always ask what it is. Beautiful.