Saturday 24 December 9pm – CHOIR

Night Mass of the Nativity

Is 9:1-7; Titus 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14 To you is born this day… a saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord

Carols at 9pm before the Mass at 9:30pm: O Radiant Dawn; Once in Royal David’s City; Away in a manger; Angels we have heard on High – followed by the Proclamation of Christmas from the Roman Martyrology

  • Introit: (Gregorian) Dominus dixit ad me, Filius meus es tu, ego hodie genui te. The lord said to me, You are my Son, this day I have begotten you
  • Mass setting: Missa O magnum mysterium (Victoria)
  • Motet: O magnum mysterium* (M. Lauridsen)
  • Communio: (Gregorian, Ps 109) In splendoribus sanctorum, ex utero ante luciferum genui te. Amidst the splendours of the heavenly sanctuary, from the womb, before the morning star, I have begotten you
  • Hymns: Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Silent Night; O Come All Ye Faithful

Organist: Christopher Brooks

Director of Music: Noel Debien

*O magnum mysterium* (M. Lauridsen)

Latin text English translation

O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
iacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Iesum Christum.

O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the newborn Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
the Lord, Jesus Christ.