Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Services & Events 2015/2016

Advent at S. Bartholomew the Great

The details of our programme from the start of Advent 2015 through to Epiphany 2016 can be found below.
The details of events organized by or on behalf of external organizations are included. The Parish events that we organize ourselves are shown with a coloured background to make it easier to see which is which.

The church itself is putting on nine special services during this season. These are as follows:

1. Advent Carol Service on Sun 29th Nov 2015 at 18:30
2. Tomorrow I will come, our Mid-Advent Carol Service, on Sun 13th Dec 2015 at 18:30
3. Tuesday Nine Lessons & Carols on Tue 15th Dec 2015 at 18:00
4. Sunday Nine Lessons & Carols, our main Christmas Carol service, on Sun 20th Dec 2015 at 18:30
5. A Ceremony of Carols Carol Service, containing Britten's work for upper voices and harp, on Mon 21st Dec 2015 at 18:00
6. Lunchtime Carol Service – a specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime, on Tue 22nd Dec 2015 at 13:00
7. A Star-Spangled Christmas, a carol service celebrating the American Christmas tradition, on Tue 22nd Dec 2015 at 18:00
8. Stille Nacht, a carol service celebrating the German Christmas tradition, on Wed 23rd Dec at 18:00
9. Epiphany Carol Service on Sun 3th January 2016 at 18:30

Details of all these services can be found below.

We have a new sound system, which will make the readings once again properly audible around the building during these services


Thu 26th Nov 2015 19:30  Penna Carol Concert 
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Sun 29th Nov 2015 Advent Sunday
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Communion
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30Advent Carol Service
 
Tue 1st Dec 2015 18:00  Bowel Cancer Carol Service 
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Tue 2nd Dec 2015 18:00  Standard Chartered Bank Carol Service 
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Sun 6th Dec 2015 Advent II
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Communion
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30Choral Evensong & Sermon
 
Mon 7th Dec 2015 18:30  Action on Hearing Loss Carol Concert 
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Tue 8th Dec 2015 11:00  Vestey Foods Carol Service at St Bartholomew the Less
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18:30  Mencap Carol Service 
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Wed 9th Dec 2015 18:30  Carol Service of the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers 
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Thu 10th Dec 2015 18:00  Travers Smith Carol Service 
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Sun 13th Dec 2015 Advent III – Gaudete Sunday
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Communion
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30Tomorrow I will come
A special service linking Advent with Christmas, based on the great
O Antiphons used in the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve
With the Priory Church Choir and the Rahere Singers

The Magnificat at Vespers on each of those days has a different Antiphon. Each begins with the word "O" and an attribute of the coming Messiah: Wisdom (Sapientia), Lord of Israel (Adonai), Root of Jesse (Radix Jesse), Key of David (Clavis David), Dayspring (Oriens), King of all Nations (Rex Gentium), God with us (Emmanuel). Beginning with the last one, if you put the first letters of the Latin names together, you get ERO CRAS, the Latin for "Tomorrow I will come": the Advent promise. We have built a service on these seven aspects of Advent, all leading to the well-known hymn that unites the Antiphons in one text: O come, O come, Emmanuel.
 
Mon 14th Dec 2015 18:00  Addleshaw Godard Carol Concert 
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Tue 15th Dec 2015 18:00  Priory Church: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 
This is an unticketed event. There are some reserved seats for those coming from Livery Companies especially associated with the Priory Church. All other seats are on a first-come, first-seated basis.
 
Wed 16th Dec 2015 17:45  Barts Health NHS Trust Carol Service 
This is an unticketed and free event.
Most seats are on a first-come, first-seated basis.
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Thu 17th Dec 2015 18:00  Carol Service of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists 
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Fri 18th Dec 2015 18:30  Saving Faces Christmas Concert 
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Sun 20th Dec 2015 Advent IV
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Communion
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
 
Mon 21st Dec 2015 18:00  Priory Church Carol Service:
Music: The Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
This carol service contains the entire Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by harp, and sung by the upper voices of the Priory Church Choir. The items are interspersed between a squence of readings and hymns for the whole congregation
 
Tue 22nd Dec 2015 13:00  Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A specially shortened carol service designed to fit into a lunchtime in a busy working day
18:00  A Star-Spangled Christmas
A Service of Lessons and Carols from the Christmas tradition in the USA
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
This is a new carol service at the Priory Church. Numerous Christmas Carols that we regard as part of our English Christmas actually began life in America and only came here later. It came upon the midnight clear, O little town of Bethelehem, We three Kings of Orient are, Away in a manger, Deck the Halls, are all examples of this. In many cases, they are still sung in the USA to the original tunes with which they were equipped when they were first sung. This carol service will include choir carols written in the Americas, and where there is an American tune for a familiar congregational carol, that is the one we will be using. It should be a real star-spangled occasion.
 
Wed 23rd Dec 2015 18:00  Stille Nacht
A Service of Lessons and Carols with music from Germany
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Many aspects of the English Christmas in fact come to us from Germany. Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, introduced the domestic Christmas Tree and Christmas Cards to the United Kingdom, and they spread from there to the United States. But while the UK and the US share a great deal of Christmas music, German Christmas music is largely very different – but very wonderful. This is a service with a difference, a Nine Lessons & Carols with music drawn from the German Christmas tradition. You won't be disappointed!
 
 

 
 
Christmas Eve, 24th December 2015
12:30 Vigil Mass in the Lady Chapel
The church will be open from 23:00, when there will be trumpet music
23:45 The Midnight Mass of the Nativity
with the Blessing of the Crib, Procession,
Solemn Eucharist & Marian Anthem
with choir and trumpets
Christmas Day, 25th December 2015
09:00 Holy Communion
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib
This service is particularly suitable for children
There is no Evensong today
 
 

 
 
Sun 27th Dec 2015 S. John, Apostle & Evangelist
09:00Holy Communion in St Bartholomew the Great
11:00Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew the Less
18:30Choral Evensong of the Holy Innocents & Sermon
in St Bartholomew the Great
Sun 3rd Jan 2016 Christmas II
09:00 Holy Communion at St Bartholomew the Great
11:00Solemn Eucharist at St Bartholomew the Less
18:30Choral Evensong & Sermon at St Bartholomew the Greatr
Wed 6th Jan 2016 The Epiphany of the Lord
19:00 Solemn Eucharist of the Epiphany
Sun 10th Jan 2016 The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of the Lord
09:00 Holy Communion
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30Epiphany Carol Service
 
 
Christmas Tree and the Prior's Tomb







Christmas Tree and Ramsden Candles






Big Christmas Tree in the South Transept and Ambulatory






Candles with Christmas Tree






Ambulatory with Christmas Tree







One of the Candlestands owned by Tenebrae







Christmas Trees and the High Altar

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