R. Woodward Congregational Carol: ‘O come all ye faithful’

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Ding dong! Merrily on high’

Words: G. R. Woodward
Congregational Carol: ‘O come all ye faithful’

Words: Adeste fideles, translated F. Oakley, W. T. Brooke and others
All stand
O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord!

God of God,

Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God,
Begotten, not created:
O come, let us adore him…

Sing, choirs of angels,

Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above:
Glory to God
In the highest:
O come, let us adore him…

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,

Born on Christmas morning,
Jesu, to thee be glory giv’n;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him…
The congregation remain standing

Welcome and Bidding Prayer

First reading: Isaiah 9, verses 2-7

The prophet Isaiah speaks of the future Messiah
Whispering palms’

Words: Lope de Vega (1562-1635), translated by George Ticknor

Second reading: Luke 1, verses 26-37

Gabriel announces the birth of Jesus
Congregational carol: ‘Unto us is born a Son’

Words: Puer nobis nascitur, translated G. R. Woodward

Music: Piae Cantiones (1582)
Unto us is born a Son,
King of choirs supernal:
See on earth his life begun,
Of lords the Lord eternal,

Of lords the Lord eternal.

Christ, from heav'n descending low,
Comes on earth a stranger;
Ox and ass their owner know
Be-cradled in the manger,

Be-cradled in the manger.

Men only

This did Herod sore affray,

And grievously bewilder,
So he gave the word to slay,
And slew the little childer,

And slew the little childer.

Women only

Of his love and mercy mild

This the Christmas story:
O that Mary's gentle Child
Might lead us up to glory,

Might lead us up to glory!


O and A and A and O,

Cum cantibus in choro,
Voice and organ, sing we so,
Benedicamus Domino,

Benedicamus Domino.

Thys Endere Nyghth’

Words: 15c. anonymous

Third Reading: Matthew 1, verses 18-25

An angel appears to Joseph in a dream

There’s no Christmas without you’

Words and music: Kirk Franklin

The University of Surrey Gospel Choir
Fourth Reading: Luke 2, verses 8-20

The shepherds hear the good news
He came so still’

Words: 15c. anonymous

Fifth Reading: Matthew 2, verses 1-12

The Wise Men visit Jesus
Congregational Carol: ‘The first Nowell’

Words: traditional

Music: English traditional carol

Rejoice and let your shining lights appear’

Words: L. Laurenti (1700)

To the bidding:

Lord in your mercy

The congregation respond:

Hear our prayer

The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us we are bold to pray:

Congregational Carol: ‘Silent Night'

Words: G. B. Timms (b 1910) based on J. Mohr (1792-1848)

Music: Franz Gruber (1787-1863)
Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright;
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,

Shepherds first saw the sight:
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia:
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born!

Silent night, holy night,

Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiance beams from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
All remain standing

Sixth reading: John 1, verses 1-18

St John uses the image of ‘God’s Word made Flesh’

to express the meaning of Christ’s life

Congregational Carol: ‘Hark! The herald angels sing’

Words: C. Wesley, T. Whitefield, M. Madan and others

Music: Felix Mendelssohn, adapted W. H. Cummings, arranged David Willcocks

All stand

Hark! the herald angels sing

Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled:
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
With th’angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

Christ, by highest heav’n adored,

Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold him come
Offspring of a virgin’s womb:
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail th’incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell,

Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings;
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth:
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

The Blessing
The congregation remain standing as the University Chamber Choir process out.
Hodie Christus natus est

Words: antiphon to the Magnificat for Vespers on Christmas Day

Music: Liber usualis

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