Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Services & Events 2019–2020

Advent at S. Bartholomew the Great The details of our own Carol Service programme from the start of Advent 2019 through to Epiphany 2020 are below.

Events arranged by external organizations will be included in the diary further down as and when the details are confirmed.

1.Sun, 1st Dec, 201918:30Advent Carol Service
2.Sun, 15th Dec, 201918:30Tomorrow I will come, a Mid-Advent Carol Service
3.Mon, 16th Dec, 201918:30A Ceremony of Carols Carol Service, containing Britten's work for upper voices and harp
4.Tue, 17th Dec, 201913:00Lunchtime Carol Service – a specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime
5.Tue, 17th Dec, 201918:00Tuesday Nine Lessons & Carols, particularly for Livery Companies associated with the church, but open to everyone – Please note the start time
6.Wed, 18th Dec, 201918:30A Star-Spangled Christmas, celebrating the Christmas music tradition of the USA
7.Thu, 19th Dec, 201913:00Lunchtime Carol Service – another specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime
8.Thu, 19th Dec, 201918:30Stille Nacht, celebrating the German Christmas music tradition
9.Fri, 20th Dec, 201918:30A 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
10.Sun, 22nd Dec, 201918:30Sunday Nine Lessons & Carols, our main Christmas Carol service
11.Sun, 5th January, 202018:30Epiphany Carol Service
 

Please note that Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve begins at 23:00. The church will be open from 22:00 that night.

On Christmas Day there will be a Said Eucharist at 09:00 in the Lady Chapel, and a Solemn Eucharist at 11:00 at the High Altar.

More details of all services and events can be found below.

 

Sun 1st Dec 2019 Advent Sunday
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
18:30Advent Carol Service in The Great
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
Mulled wine, mince pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
Sun 8th Dec 2019 Advent II
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
18:30Choral Evensong & Benediction in The Great
 
Sun 15th Dec 2019 Advent IIIGaudete Sunday
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
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

in The Great
The Magnificat at Vespers on each of those days has a different Antiphon. Each begins with the word "O", which is then followed by 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. This service builds on these seven aspects of Advent, all leading to the well-known hymn that unites the seven Antiphons in one text: O come, O come, Emmanuel.
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
Mon 16th Dec 2019
in The Great
18:30 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
Music:
A Ceremony of Carols – Britten

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
Tue 17th Dec 2019
in The Great
13:00 First Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A specially shortened carol service for the season, designed to fit into the lunchtime of a busy working day
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
18:00 Priory Church: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols – Please note the start time
This is an unticketed event, but most of the central area of the church is reserved for those coming from Livery Companies that are especially associated with the Priory Church. All other seats are on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
Wed 18th Dec 2019
in The Great
18:30 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
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 is a real star-spangled occasion.
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
Thu 19th Dec 2019
in The Great
13:00 Second Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A specially shortened carol service for the season, designed to fit into the lunchtime of a busy working day
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
18:30 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!
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
Glühwein, Stollen, and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
Fri 20th Dec 2019
in The Great
18:30 A Christmas Carol
A Service of Readings from Charles Dickens, 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.
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
 
Sun 22nd Dec 2019 Advent IV
09:00Holy Eucharist
11:00Solemn Eucharist
18:30A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
This service, as with our service on the evening of Tuesday 18th December, is modelled on the services originally begun in Truro Cathedral in 1880 by the then Bishop of Truro (later Archbishop of Canterbury) Benson, and introduced in 1918 to King's College, Cambridge, by its then Dean, Eric Milner White. The college is marking the centenary of this in 2019. The pattern of the service is now well-known all around the world. This is our biggest service of the year, so please do come early to be sure of getting a seat.
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.

Christmas Eve, Tue 24th December 2019
The Great will be open from 22:00
Everyone is most welcome at our service tonight, which is unticketed.
However, please come as soon as possible after 22:00, if you want to be sure of a good seat.
23:00 Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass of the Nativity at the High Altar of The Great
PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME
 
Christmas Day, Wed 25th December 2019
09:00 Holy Eucharist in The Lady Chapel of The Great
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib at the High Altar of The Great
This service is very suitable for children, as well as for all other members of the family
Postlude: Radetzky March – Johann Strauss Sr.
 
Sun 29th Dec 2019 Sunday after Christmas
09:00Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
18:30 There will be no Evensong today
 
Sun 5th Jan 2020 The Eve of the Epiphany of the Lord
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
11:00Ceremony of the Kings & Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
18:30Epiphany Carol Service in The Great
Music:
To be announced nearer the time
 
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