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
Mon 1st Dec 2014 7:00pm   
Tue 2nd Dec 2014 6:30pm  Mencap Carol Service 
Wed 3rd Dec 2014 6:30pm  Mencap Carol Service 
Thu 4th Dec 2014 6:30pm  Prostate Cancer Research Carol Service 
Fri 5th Dec 2014 7:30pm  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
Mon 8th Dec 2014 7:45pm  Canticum Christmas Concert 
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 6:00pm  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

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 15th Dec 2014 6:00pm  Addleshaw Goddard Christmas Concert 
Tue 16th Dec 2014 6:00pm  Priory Church: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 
Wed 17th Dec 2014 5:45pm  Barts & The London Hospitals Carol Service 
Thu 18th Dec 2014 3:00pm  Abbeyfield Housing Association Carol Service 
6:00pm  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
Mon 22nd Dec 2014 6:00pm  Priory Church Carol Service:
The Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten
Tue 23rd Dec 2014 1:00pm  Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
6:00pm  Priory Church Service of Lessons and Carols 

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
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