Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Services & Events 2017/2018

Advent at S. Bartholomew the Great

The details of our programme from the start of Advent 2017 through to Epiphany 2018 will be posted here later in 2017. The details of events organized by or on behalf of external organizations will be included once the bookings have been confirmed. The events that we organize ourselves will be shown with a coloured background to make it easier to see which is which.

The church itself currently plans to put on eleven special services during this season. The provisional plan for these is follows – but please note, may be subject to change later in the year; please check back here:

1. Advent Carol Service on Sun 3rd Dec 2017, at 18:30
2. Tomorrow I will come, a Mid-Advent Carol Service, on Sun 10th Dec 2017, at 18:30
3. Sunday Nine Lessons & Carols, our main Christmas Carol service, on Sun 17th Dec 2017, at 18:30
4. A Ceremony of Carols Carol Service, containing Britten's work for upper voices and harp, on Mon 18th Dec 2017, at 18:00
5. Lunchtime Carol Service – a specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime, on Tue 19th Dec 2017, at 13:00
6. Tuesday Nine Lessons & Carols, mainly for Livery Companies associated with the church, on Tue 19th Dec 2017, at 18:00
7. Lunchtime Carol Service – another specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime, on Thu 21st Dec 2017, at 13:00
8. A Star-Spangled Christmas, celebrating the Christmas music tradition of the USA, on Wed 20th Dec 2017, at 18:00
9. Stille Nacht, celebrating the German Christmas music tradition, on Thu 21st Dec 2017, at 18:00
10. A Christmas Carol – a Dickensian Carol Service, with readings from works by Charles Dickens and his contemporaries, and carols and hymns that Dickens could have known, on Fri 22nd Dec 2017, at 18:00
11. Epiphany Carol Service on Sun 7th 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 3rd Dec 2017 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
 
Sun 10th Dec 2017 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
18:30Tomorrow 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.
 
Sun 17th Dec 2017 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
18:30A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
 
Mon 18th Dec 2017 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 19th Dec 2017 13:00  First 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  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 20th Dec 2017 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 2017 and 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 21st Dec 2017 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  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 22nd Dec 2017 18:00  A Christmas Carol
A Service of Readings from Dickens and his contemporaries, together with carols that he would have heard and known
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Many of the images of Christmas today are still drawn from the Victorian era, and are especially associated with the works of Charles Dickens and especially his book A Christmas Carol. This service focuses on musc and readings from the period, with carols sung to the music that would have been used at this time of the year.
 
Sun 24th Dec 2017 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
18:30Choral Evensong – NB no sermon
Christmas Eve, Sun 24th December 2017
The church will be open from 23:00
23:45 The Midnight Mass of the Nativity
with the Blessing of the Crib, Procession,
Solemn Eucharist
with full choral music
 
Christmas Day, Mon 25th December 2017
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib
This service is particularly suitable for children
 
Sun 31st Dec 2017 Sunday after Christmas
09:00Holy Eucharist
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30There will be no Evensong today
 
Sun 7th Jan 2017 The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Epiphany of the Lord
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00Ceremony of the Kings & Solemn Eucharist
18:30Epiphany Carol Service
 
Christmas Tree and the Prior's Tomb

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