Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Services & Events 2016/2017

Advent at S. Bartholomew the Great

The details of our programme from the start of Advent 2016 through to Epiphany 2017 can be found below. The details of events organized by or on behalf of external organizations will be included later in 2016 once the bookings have been confirmed. The events that we organize ourselves are shown with a coloured background to make it easier to see which is which.

The church itself will put on eleven special services during this season. These are as follows:

1. Advent Carol Service on Sun 27th Nov 2016, at 18:30
2. Tomorrow I will come, a Mid-Advent Carol Service, on Sun 11th Dec 2016, at 18:30
3. Lunchtime Carol Service – the first opportunity to come to a specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime, on Thu 15th Dec 2016, at 13:00
4. Sunday Nine Lessons & Carols, our main Christmas Carol service, on Sun 18th Dec 2016, at 18:30
5. A Ceremony of Carols Carol Service, containing Britten's work for upper voices and harp, on Mon 19th Dec 2016, at 18:00
6. Tuesday Nine Lessons & Carols, with places reserved for the Livery Companies associated with the church, on Tue 20th Dec 2016, at 18:00
7. Lunchtime Carol Service – the second opportunity to come to a specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime, on Wed 21st Dec 2016, at 13:00
8. A Star-Spangled Christmas, a carol service celebrating the Christmas music tradition of the USA, on Wed 21st Dec 2016, at 18:00
9. Stille Nacht, a carol service celebrating the German Christmas tradition, on Thu 22nd Dec 2016, at 18:00
10. The Spirit of Christmas Past, a carol service with music from the history of Christmas music in the United Kingdom, on Fri 23rd Dec 2016, at 18:00
11. Epiphany Carol Service on Sun 8th January 2017, at 18:30

Details of all these services can be found below.

Our sound system ensures that the readings are properly audible around the building during these services, no matter where you are sitting, and also provides a loop for those for whom this would be useful


Sun 27th Nov 2016 Advent Sunday
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30Advent Carol Service
 
Tue 29th Nov 2016 18:00  Publication Service of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers 
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Please contact the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers for details about attending this event
 
Wed 30th Nov 2016 19:30  Standard Chartered Carols 
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Thu 1st Dec 2016 18:00  Mencap Carol Service 
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Sun 4th Dec 2016 Advent II
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30Choral Evensong, Sermon & Benediction
 
Mon 5th Dec 2016 18:30  Worshipful Company of Cutlers: 600th Anniversary Service 
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Tue 6th Dec 2016 18:00  Silver Lining Concert 
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Wed 7th Dec 2016 15:00  Abbeyfield Carol Service and Reception 
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18:00  Travers Smith Carol Service 
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Fri 9th Dec 2016 18:00  Action on Hearing Loss Carol Concert 
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Sun 11th Dec 2016 Advent III – Gaudete Sunday
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist
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.
 
Tue 13th Dec 2016 15:00  Addleshaw Goddard Carol Concert 
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Wed 14th Dec 2016 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 15th Dec 2016 13:00  First Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
The first of two specially shortened carol services in this season that have been designed to fit into a lunchtime in a busy working day
18:30  Carol Service of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists 
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Sun 18th Dec 2016 Advent IV
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
 
Mon 19th Dec 2016 18:00  Priory Church Carol Service: The Ceremony of Carols
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. Britten's settings are distributed among a squence of readings and hymns for the whole congregation
 
Tue 20th Dec 2016 18:00  Priory Church: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 
This is an unticketed event, but most of the central area of the church is reserved those coming from Livery Companies especially associated with the Priory Church. All other seats are on a first-come, first-seated basis.
 
Wed 21st Dec 2016 13:00  Second Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A second specially shortened carol service this season that has been 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
The first American carol service at the Priory Church took place last year, and we are very pleased that it went so well that we will be repeating it in 2016 and probaby into the future. Numerous Christmas Carols that we regard as part of an 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.
 
Thu 22nd Dec 2016 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 almost completely different from UK Christmas music – but it is also very wonderful. This is a service with a difference, a sequence of Lessons & Carols with music drawn from the German Christmas tradition. You won't be disappointed!
 
Fri 23rd Dec 2016 18:00  The Spirit of Christmas Past
A Service of Lessons and Carols with music drawn from the past centuries of Christmas music in the UK
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
The United Kingdom has had a long tradition of Christmas music going back many centuries. In this service, we will sing and hear carols from yesteryear, some still very familiar, some that will be new to us today, but with a lo ng pedigree
 
Christmas Eve, Sat 24th December 2016
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, Sun 25th December 2016
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib
This service is particularly suitable for children
There is no Evensong today
 
Sun 1st Jan 2017 Sunday after Christmas
09:00 There will be no 09:00 Holy Eucharist today
NoonSolemn Eucharist at the High Altar of St Bartholomew the Great
Followed by a glass of Prosecco!
 
Sun 8th Jan 2017 The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of the Lord
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30Epiphany Carol Service
 
Christmas Tree and the Prior's Tomb

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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