Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Services & Events 2014/2015

Advent at S. Bartholomew the Great

The details of services and events for Advent 2014 through to Epiphany 2015 can be found below
During Advent, there are services or concerts here more or less every evening and sometimes during the day as well
Except where stated otherwise, all these events will take place at S. Bartholomew the Great
The services put on by the Priory Church itself are shown with coloured background.

Altogether, we put on eight special services during this season. These are: Advent Carol Service (Sun 7th Dec at 6:30pm); Tomorrow I will come, a sequence of words and music linking Advent to Christmas (Sun 14th Dec at 6:30pm); weekday Nine Lessons & Carols, to which some of our associated Livery Companies are also invited (Tue 16th Dec at 6:00pm); Sunday Nine Lessons & Carols, our main Christmas Carol service (Sun 21st Dec at 6:30pm); Ceremony of Carols, containing Britten's work for upper voices and harp (Mon 22nd Dec at 6:00pm); Lunchtime Carol Service – a specially shortened service to fit into the working day (Tue 23rd Dec at 1:00pm), Silent Night, a special carol service with music drawn mainly from the very beautiful German Christmas Carol tradition (Tue 23rd Dec at 6:00pm); and finally, our Epiphany Carol Service (Sun 4th January 2015 at 6:30pm). Details of all these services can be found below.


Thu 27th Nov 2014 7:30pm  Penna Christmas Concert 
 
Sun 30th Nov 2014 Advent Sunday
9:00amHoly Communion
10:00amFamily Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00amSolemn Eucharist
6:30pmChoral Evensong & Sermon
 
Wed 3rd Dec 2014 6:30pm  Mencap Carol Service 
 
Fri 5th Dec 2014 7:00pm  Edition Peters & Priory Church Choir Christmas Concert & Party 
 
Sun 7th Dec 2014 Advent II
9:00amHoly Communion
10:00amFamily Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00amSolemn Eucharist
6:30pmAdvent Carol Service
Music: Advent Prose Chant; Matin Responsory Palestrina arr. Stephen Cleobury; Adam lay y-bounden Ord; E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come Paul Manz; Remember, O thou man Arthur Oldham; Angelus ad Virginem Andrew Carter; I sing of a maiden Matthew Martin; How beautiful upon the Mountains John Stainer; Canite tuba Francisco Guerrero; Alma Mater Redemptoris Chant
 
Tue 9th Dec 2014 11:00am  Vestey Group Carol Service at S. Bartholomew the Less 
6:30pm  Bowel Cancer UK Carol Service 
 
Wed 10th Dec 2014 6:30pm  Worshipful Company of Feltmakers Carol Service 
 
Thu 11th Dec 2014 6:00pm  Travers Smith Carol Service 
 
Fri 12th Dec 2014 6:00pm  Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Carol Service 
 
Sun 14th Dec 2014 Advent III
9:00amHoly Communion
10:00amFamily Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00amSolemn Eucharist
6:30pmTomorrow 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

Music: Magnificat Chant; O Sapientia Chant; O where shall wisdom be found William Boyce; O Adonai Chant; Psalm 136 Chant; O Radix Jesse Chant; Virga Jesse Anton Bruckner; O Clavis David Chant; Remember, O thou man Thomas Ravenscroft; O Oriens Chant; Illuminare Jerusalem Judith Weir; O Rex gentium Chant; Lift up your heads George Frideric Handel; O Emmanuel Chant; Tomorrow shall be my dancing day Gustav Holst
 
Mon 15th Dec 2014 6:00pm  Addleshaw Goddard Christmas Concert 
 
Tue 16th Dec 2014 6:00pm  Priory Church: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 
Music: Adam lay y-bounden Peter Warlock; O Virgo Virginum Pierre de Manchicourt; Resonemus laudibus Willcocks; Sweet was the song Andrew Carter; A babe is born Peter Racine Fricker; Lullay my liking Gustav Holst; Les anges dans nos campagnes Bob Chilcott; The Three Kings Jonathan Dove; Gallery Carol John Gardner
 
Wed 17th Dec 2014 5:45pm  Barts Health NHS Trust Carol Service 
 
Thu 18th Dec 2014 3:00pm  Abbeyfield Housing Association Carol Service 
5:30pm  Cameron McKenna Carol Service 
 
Fri 19th Dec 2014 6:30pm  Saving Faces Christmas Charity Concert 
 
Sun 21th Dec 2014 Advent IV
9:00amHoly Communion
10:00amFamily Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00amSolemn Eucharist
6:30pmA Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Music: Adam lay y-bounden Peter Warlock; O Virgo Virginum Pierre de Manchicourt; Resonemus laudibus Willcocks; Sweet was the song Andrew Carter; A babe is born Peter Racine Fricker; Lullay my liking Gustav Holst; Les anges dans nos campagnes Bob Chilcott; The Three Kings Jonathan Dove; Gallery Carol John Gardner
 
Mon 22nd Dec 2014 6:00pm  Priory Church Carol Service:
Music: The Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten
 
 
Tue 23rd Dec 2014 1:00pm  Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
Music: The Lord at first did Adam make Traditional arr. David Willcocks; The Holly & the Ivy Henry Walford Davies; Quelle est cette odeur agréable arr. David Willcocks; In dulci jubilo Robert Lucas de Pearsall
6:00pm  Silent Night
A Service of Lessons and Carols with music from Germany
 
This is another new kind of Carol Service. 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!
Music: Wachet auf Johann Sebastian Bach; Süßer die Glocken nie klingen Karsten Gundermann; A tender shoot Otto Goldschmitt; Es steht ein' Lind' im Himmelreich Reginald Jacques; In dulci jubilo Johann Sebastian Bach; Stille Nacht Andrew Carter; Als ich bei meinen Shafen wacht' Traditional; Drei Könige wandern aus Morgenland Peter Cornelius; Alleluja! Freuet Euch! Andreas Hammerschmidt
 
 

 
 
Christmas Eve, 24th December 2014
12:30pm Vigil Mass in the Lady Chapel
The church will be open from 11:00pm, when there will be trumpet music
11:45pm 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 2014
9:00am Holy Communion
11:00am Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib
This service is particularly suitable for children
There is no Evensong today
 
 

 
 
Sun 28th Dec 2014 The Holy Innocents
9:00amHoly Communion
11:00amSung Eucharist (in the Lady Chapel) & Procession to the Crib
6:30pmChoral Evensong & Sermon
Sun 4th Jan 2015 The Epiphany of the Lord
9:00am Holy Communion
11:00amThe Ceremony of the Kings and Solemn Eucharist
6:30pmEpiphany Carol Service
Music: Tribus miraculis Marenzio; From the rising of the sun Charles Gore Ouseley; When Jesus our Lord Felix Mendelssohn; No small wonder Paul Edwards; Seek him that maketh the seven stars Edward Elgar; Let all the world Kenneth Leighton
 
 
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