Advent and Christmas Music

Sunday 16th December 2018 III Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) I CL
11.30am Missa Cantata

Organ Prelude- Nun komm der heiden heiland BWV 599 J.S.Bach

Hymn- 539 The race that long in darkness pined
Proper- Gaudete in Domino semper
Ordinary- Mass XVII
Credo I
Offertory-  Caelsetis aulae Nuntius, Chant
Communion –  Suite de Deuxieme Ton, Recit de Nazard, Clerambault
Organ Postlude-  Suite de Premier Ton, Grande Plein Jeu, Clerambault

Solemn Vespers and Benediction at 4.45pm

Sunday 23rd December 2018 IV Sunday of Advent I CL
11.30am Missa Cantata
Hymn- 516 The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
Proper- Rorate Caeli
Ordinary-Mass XVII
Credo I
Offertory Motet- Dixit Maria, Hans Leo Hassler
Communion Motet- Alma Redemptoris Mater, Palestrina
Hymn- 384 O Come O Come Emmanuel

Solemn Vespers and Benediction at 4.45pm

25th December 2018 Midnight Mass
11.30 Carol Service

516 The Angel Gabriel
414 Once in Royal (O.148)
401 O Little Town of Bethlehem vs 1,2 &3(G.92)
618 While shepherds watched (G166)
523 The First Noel (G.126)
53 Away in a Manger
41 Angels they have heard on High
202 Hark the Herald (G.39)

12am Midnight Mass
Proper- Dominus dixit
Ordinary- Kyrie- Missa Brevis, Palestrina. GSA -Missa VIII De Angelis
Credo III with Incanatus Est from Missa Brevis, Palestrina
Offertory Motet- ‘Gloria’, Vivaldi
Communion Motet- O Magnum Mysterium, Victoria
Final Carol: 7 Adeste Fidelis (G.88)
Organ Voluntary- Noel Suisse, Louis-Claude Daquin (b1694)

Christmas Stamps

Bishop Egan of Portsmouth writes:

Share your faith this Christmas

The buying of Proper Christmas stamps becomes more and more difficult. If you look at the Royal Mail on-line catalogue and scroll down the very last items you will find them there – presumably where those Christians will not make a nuisance of themselves by actually wanting to buy them! Royal Mail has confirmed that they are available, but you may need to badger your local Post Office to order them for you.

Alternatively you can buy them online direct from Royal Mail. See here for 1st class stamps and here for 2nd class. However you get them, please use the stamp on your envelope to express the true meaning of Christmas as well as the card inside it.