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.

Sunday 18 December 10am – CHOIR

4th Sunday of Advent (A) Year of Matthew

Is 7:10-14; Rm 1:1-7, Mt 1:18-24 The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and his name will be called Emmanuel

  • Mass setting: Missa simplex
  • Motet: Gabriel’s message* (Trad. Basque)
  • Communio: Ecce virgo concipiet et pariet filium et vocabitur nomen eius Emmanuel. Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.
  • Hymns: Advent prose (Rorate caeli); Virgin born, we bow before thee MON DIEU, PRÊTE MOI L’OREILLE
  • Organ Prelude: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland – Diedrich Buxtehude  (1637-1707)
  • Organ Voluntary: Toccata – ‘Vom Himmel hoch’ – Garth Edmundson (1900-1971)            

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*The angel Gabriel from heaven came
His wings as drifted snow his eyes as flame
“All hail” said he “thou lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favored lady,” Gloria!

“For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honor thee,
Thy Son shall be Emanuel, by seers foretold
Most highly favored lady,” Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head
“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said,
“My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name.”
Most highly favored lady. Gloria!

Of her, Emanuel, the Christ was born
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn
And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:1
“Most highly favored lady,” Gloria!