Sunday 2 January, 11.00am | Choral Matins | Epiphany

Introit

Videntes stellam – Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Responses

RH Christmas Responses

Psalm

72.10-15

Canticle

The Three Kings – Peter Cornelius (1824-1874) arr. Ivor Atkins (1869-1953)

Hymns

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

 

As with gladness men of old

 

The First Nowell

Anthem

We Three Kings – J. H. Hopkins (1820-1891)

March

The Old Brigade

Voluntary

Prelude in G major, BWV 541(i) – J. S. Bach

Sunday 9 January, 11.00am | Choral Matins | Baptism of Christ

Introit

Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day – David Willcocks (1919-2015) 

Responses

Smith

Psalm

29

Canticle

Sing Lullaby – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Hymns

Christ, when for us you were baptized

 

Songs of thankfulness and praise 

 

Come down, O Love divine 

Anthem

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (The Apostles) – Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

March

Blue Bonnets Over the Border (Quick March of the King's Own Scottish Borderers)

Voluntary

In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 – J. S. Bach

Sunday 16 January, 11.00am | Choral Matins | 2nd Sunday of Epiphany

Introit

Tribus miraculis – Jacob Handl (1550-1591)

Responses

Morley

Psalm

36.5-10

Canticle

Here is the Little Door – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Hymns

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning 

 

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun 

 

O Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Anthem

Expectans expectavi – Charles Wood (1866-1926)

March

My Boy Willie (Quick March of the Royal Tank Regiment)

Voluntary

Fanfare – Arthur Wills (1926-2020)

Sunday 23 January, 11.00am | Choral Matins | 3rd Sunday of Epiphany

Introit

Sing joyfully – William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

Responses

Byrd

Psalm

19

Canticle

Bethlehem Down – Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

Hymns

Crown him with many crowns 

 

The people that in darkness sat 

 

The church’s one foundation 

Anthem

The Heavens are telling (The Creation) – Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

March

Begone Dull Care (Quick March of The Royal Corps of Signals)

Voluntary

Toccata in F, BuxWV 139 – Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Sunday 30 January, 11.00am | Choral Eucharist | Candlemas

Introit

Senex puerum portabat – William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

Processional Hymn

Hail to the Lord who comes

Mass setting

Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

Gradual hymn

For Mary, Mother of our Lord 

Offertory Hymn

Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Communion motet

Nunc Dimittis (Great Service) – William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

Recessional hymn

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour

Voluntary

Prelude in C minor, BWV 546 (i) – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

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