Sunday 4 December 10am – CHOIR

2nd Sunday of Advent (A) Year of Matthew

Is 11:1-10; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12

  • Mass setting: Missa simplex
  • Motet: This is the record of John* (Orlando Gibbons)
  • Communio: Jerusalem surge, et sta in excelso, et vide jucunditatem quae veniet tibi a Deo tuo. Arise, 0 Jerusalem, and stand on high; and behold the joy that shall come to you from your God.
  • Hymns: Advent prose (Rorate caeli); O come, o come Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL
  • Organ Prelude: Meditation ‘Conditor Alme’ – Alec Rowley (1892-1958)
  • Organ Voluntary: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, Allzugleich – Johann Walther   (1684-1748)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*This is the record of John,
when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him,
Who art thou?
And he confessed and denied not, and said plainly,
I am not the Christ.

And they asked him, What art thou then? Art thou Elias?
And he said, I am not.
Art thou the prophet?
And he answered, No.

Then said they unto him,
What art thou? that we may give an answer unto them that sent us.
What sayest thou of thyself?
And he said, I am the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Make straight the way of the Lord.

Sunday 27 November 10am – CHOIR

1st Sunday of Advent (A) Year of Matthew

Is 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44

  • Mass setting: Missa simplex
  • Motet: O, thou the central orb* (Orlando Gibbons)
  • Communio: Dominus dabit benignitatem, et terra nostra dabit fructum suum. The Lord will bestow his loving kindness, and our land will yield its fruit.
  • Hymns: Advent prose (Rorate caeli); Lo, He comes with clouds descending HELMSLEY
  • Organ Prelude: Veni Emmanuel (Advent Suite) – Pietro Yon (1886-1943)
  • Organ Voluntary: Wachet Auf, BWV 645 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*O, thou the central orb of righteous love,
Pure beam of the most high, eternal light of this our bleak world,
Where thy radiance bright awakes new joy in faith, hope soars above.

Come, quickly come, and let thy radiant glory shine,
Gilding our darksome heaven with rays divine.

Thy saints with holy lustre round thee move, as stars about thy throne,
Set in the height of God’s ordaining counsel, as thy sight
Gives measured grace to each, thy power to prove.

Let thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin,
Our nature all shall feel eternal day, in fellowship with thee,
Transforming clay to souls erewhile unclean, now pure within.
Amen.