The first Sunday in Advent 2015

This Sunday marks the first Sunday in Advent 2015.  We have decided that this is a good day for us to decorate the house for Christmas.  We’ll no doubt decorate the tree with lots of suitable Christmas music.  However at 3pm we’ll be tuning in to BBC Radio 3 to hear the Advent Sunday service from St John’s, Cambridge.  I think amongst all the festivities and thoughts of Christmas presents, shopping and cooking this is a nice way to formally start our Christmas.

BBC Radio 3 3pm on Sunday

Live from the Chapel of St John’s  College, Cambridge

Motet: O Oriens (Cecilia McDowall)
Processional Hymn:  O come, O come, Emmanuel!  (Veni Emmanuel) (descant: Hill)
Bidding Prayer
Carol: People, look East (Peter Tranchell, arranged Peter Marchbank)
I The Message of Advent
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons:  O Sapientia and O Adonai
First lesson:  Isaiah 11 vv.1-5
Carol: The clouded heaven (Judith Bingham)
Second lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5 vv.1-11
Carol: Out of your sleep (Anthony Milner)
II The Word of God
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons:  O Radix Jesse and O Clavis David
Carol: Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree (Elizabeth Poston)
Third lesson:  Micah 4 vv.1-4
Anthem: The Birth of Speech (Tim Watts) ***
Fourth lesson:  Luke 4 vv.14-21
Hymn:  Come, thou long-expected Jesus (Cross of Jesus) (descant: Robinson)
III The Prophetic Call
Sentence and Collect
Antiphons:  O Oriens and O Rex Gentium
Carol:  Creator of the stars of night (John Scott)
Fifth lesson:  Malachi 3 vv.1-7
Motet: Fuit homo missus a Deo (G.P. da Palestrina)
Sixth lesson:  Matthew 3 vv.1-11
Hymn: On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (Winchester New) (descant: Robinson)
IV The Christ-Bearer
Sentence and Collect
Antiphon:  O Emmanuel
Carol: As dew in Aprylle (Peter Warlock)
Seventh lesson: Luke 1 vv.39-49
Carol: A spotless rose (Herbert Howells)
Magnificat: Westminster Service (Herbert Howells)
Eighth lesson:  John 3 vv.1-8
Sentence and Christmas Collect
Carol: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (John Gardner)
Hymn: Lo! he comes with clouds descending (Helmsley) (descant:  Robinson)
College Prayer and Blessing
Organ Voluntary: Chorale Prelude on “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (BWV 661) J.S.Bach
Director of Music:  Andrew Nethsingha
Herbert Howells Organ Student: Joseph Wicks

** This work has been commissioned by the Master and Fellows of St John’s College, Cambridge and will be first performed at this year’s Advent Carol Services.

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