St Bride's: News - Christmas Eve: 4:30pm & 11:30pm

St Bride's: News

Christmas Eve: 4:30pm & 11:30pm

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4:30pm Sing Choirs of Angels

Following the amazing popularity of this service, which we introduced last year, we shall again be holding a 4:30pm service on Christmas Eve. It will feature some wonderful Christmas music, carols and readings, conjuring up a celebratory yet gentle and reflective atmosphere in preparation for the big day!

Music will range from the 16th century to the 21st, including two recently composed pieces, one a world premiere by our very own Bob Bryan!

11:30pm Midnight Mass

By long-standing tradition, we begin our 11:30pm service of Midnight Mass by singing the beautiful Austrian carol Silent Night every year. It sets the tone of the service perfectly: the stillness of the dark night, and the sense of expectation, as we prepare for the wonder and the mystery of the birth of Christ two thousand years ago.

Our setting this year will be Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai, an uplifting setting in the bright and joyful key of G major. During the communion we shall be singing some of the choir's favourite Christmas pieces, including John Taverner's exquisite setting of William Blake's The Lamb and Michael Head's choral arrangement of his lovely song The little road to Bethlehem.

Following communion it has become traditional to sing a meditative piece before the jubilation of the closing hymn, and this year we will be singing the setting of Pastores quidnam vidistis by the 16th century Flemish composer Clemens non Papa.

Come and join us for this special occasion and bring your family and friends to sing those well-loved carols, to listen to the choir, and to join in worship of God who has shared our human life in the person of Jesus.

Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December at 4:30pm & 11:30pm.


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