Monday 25 December 10am – CHOIR

Solemn Mass of Christmas Day (with Orchestra)

Is 52.7-10; Heb 1.1-6; Jn 1.1-18 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory Christmas Nativity 6

  • Introit: (Gregorian) Puer natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis, cujus imperium super humerum ejus et vocabitur nomen ejus, magni consilii Angelus. A child is born to us, and a son is given to us: whose government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, the angel of great counsel. 
  • Mass setting: Missa Brevis in F “Jugendmesse” (Haydn)
  • Motet: En natus est Emmanuel* (M. Praetorius)
  • Communio: Viderunt omnes fines terrae salutare Dei nostri. All the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
  • Hymns: Hark the herald-angels sing; Away in a manger; O Come all ye faithful
  • Organ Prelude: Nocturn: ‘There were shepherds abiding…’ – Arthur Milner (1894-1972)
  • Organ Offertorium: Noël – Charles Chauvet (1837-1871)
  • Organ Voluntary: In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*En natus est Emanuel, Dominus,
quem praedixit Gabriel, Domi­nus,
Dominus Salvator noster est.

Hic jacet in praesepio, Dominus,
puer admirabilis, Dominus.
Dominus Salvator noster est.

Haec lux est orta hodie, Dominus,
Ex Maria Virgine, Dominus.
Dominus Salvator noster est.

See, Emmanuel is born, the Lord,
Who was fortold by Gabriel,
The Lord, our Saviour.

Here he lies in a manger, the Lord,
The child of wonder,
The Lord, our Saviour.

This light is born today, the Lord,
Of Mary the Virgin,
The Lord, our Saviour.