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Advent 4 2010 – Nine Lessons and Carols

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High Altar at St Mary's Cathedral

High Altar at St Mary's Cathedral


At St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, the season of Advent is kept until the morning service on Advent 4. Advent 4 was also the first occasion when Cedric Blakey preached at St Mary’s as Vice-Provost. After the conclusion of the service, the cathedral was transformed for Christmas. In 2009 a time lapse video was posted on YouTube.

This evening was the service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The cathedral choir was under the direction of Director of Music – Friðrik (Frikki) Walker. After the Welcome and opening prayer from Provost Holdsworth the service followed the traditional format of lessons and carols, however the narrative in the lessons began with a bit of Hebrews and then the annunciation rather than the Garden of Eden.

    Music before the service:
    Paean on Divinum Mysterium (John Cook)
    Rhapsodie sur les Noels (Eugene Gigout)
    The Holy Boy (John Ireland)
    Prelude on Adeste Fideles (Herbert Sumsion)

    Congregational Hymn – Angels from the realms of glory (Iris)

  • Lesson 1 – Hebrews 1:1-9 Long ago, God spoke to our ancestors
  • Choir Carol – Angels’ Carol (John Rutter)

  • Lesson 2 – Luke 1:26-38 The Annunciation
  • Congregation Hymn – The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (Gabriel’s Message)
    Choir Carol – Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (Trad; Music by John Gardner)

  • Lesson 3 – Isaiah 42:1-9 A new reign of justice is coming
  • Congregation Hymn – Joy to the world (Antioch)
    Choir Carol – Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden (Berlin Cathedral prayer book; Music by Felix Mendelssohn)

    Frikki Walker and choir during Nine Lessons and Carols.

    Frikki Walker and choir during Nine Lessons and Carols.

  • Lesson 4 – Luke 2:1-7 The Birth of the child
  • Choir Carol – In the bleak mid-winter (Christina Rossetti; Music Gregson-Williams)

  • Lesson 5 – Isaiah 9:2-3, 6-7 To us a child is born
  • Congregational Hymn – Lord, you were rich beyond all splendour (Quelle est cette Odeur Agreable)
    Choir Carol – Ecce novum gaudium (from 17th century Scottish song-books)

  • Lesson 6 – Luke 2:8-20 There were shepherds keeping watch
  • Congregational Hymn – Where is the stupendous stranger? (Mariposa)

  • Lesson 7 – Matthew 2:1-6 The coming of the Magi
  • Choir Carol – The Three Kings (Peter Cornelius)

  • Lesson 8 – 2 Corinthians 1:19-22 All of God’s promises is a “Yes!”
  • Congregational Hymn – No wind at the window (John Bell; Irish Traditional)
    Choir Carol – Where riches is everlastingly (Bob Chilcott)

  • Lesson 9 – John 1:1-8 The light shines in the darkness
  • Prayer and Blessing
    Congregational Hymn – O come, all ye faithful (Adeste Fideles)

    Concluding Organ Voluntaries:
    In dulci jubilo (J.S. Bach)
    Carillon Sortie (Henri Mulet)

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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