Sunday 18 February

First Sunday of Lent

10.00 Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
The Season of Lent
Mass setting
James MacMillan (b. 1959)—St Anne’s Mass

Motet during communion
Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)—Almighty God, which hast me brought

Introit 496 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us MANNHEIM
Psalm 25. 1–9    
Offertory 318 O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray SONG 1
Communion 95 Forty days and forty nights AUS DER TIEFE
Post Communion 532 O for a closer walk with God CAITHNESS

Organ music before the service
Nicolas de Grigny (c.1671–1703)—Dialogue: Qui tollis peccata mundi (‘You take away the sins of the world')
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933)Aus tiefer Not ('From deep affliction')

Final organ voluntary
J. S. Bach (1685–1750)—Chorale Prelude on ‘'Aus tiefer Noth' (‘From deep affliction')

5.30 p.m. Evensong

Office Hymn 421 Father of heaven, whose love profound RIVAULX
Psalm 119.17–32
Canticles: Set C
Hymn before sermon 385 Be thou my guardian and my guide ABRIDGE
Hymn after sermon 557 i Praise to the Holiest in the height GERONTIUS
Final hymn 428 ‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’ STRACATHRO

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Wednesday 14 February

Ash Wednesday

7.30 p.m. Eucharist with Ashing

Order of Service
Ash Wednesday
Mass setting
James MacMillan (b. 1959)—St Anne’s Mass

Music during ashing
Attende Domine ('Hear us, O Lord')
Motet during communion
Richard Farrant (c.1525–80)—Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake

Introit 95 Forty days and forty nights AUS DER TIEFE
Psalm 51.1–18    
Offertory 96 ii Jesu, lover of my soul ABERYSTWYTH
Communion 97 i Lord Jesus, think on me SOUTHWELL
Post Communion 605 Through the night of doubt of sorrow MARCHING 416 ii

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Sunday 4 February

Second Sunday before Lent

10.00 Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
The All-Age Parish Eucharist on the Second Sunday before Lent
Mass setting
David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas

Motet during communion
Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni (1657–1743)—Cantate Domino canticum novum (Psalm 149: 'Sing to the Lord a new song')

Introit 267 Thou, whose almighty word MOSCOW
Gradual 136 Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord  ALLELUIA NO. 1
Offertory 380 (i) At the name of Jesus EVELYNS
Communion 260 Morning has broken BUNESSAN
Post Communion 254 For the fruits of his creation EAST ACKLAM

Organ music before the servic
Johann Gottfried Walther (1684–1748)—Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan ('What God does is done well)
Final organ voluntary
John ‘Christmas’ Beckwith (1759–1809)—Voluntary in D (Six Voluntaries, no. 2)

5.30 p.m. Evensong

Office Hymn 474 Immortal, invisible, God only wise ST DENIO
Psalm 65 vv 1–2, 9–end
Canticles: Set B
Hymn before sermon 267 Thou, whose almighty word MOSCOW
Hymn after sermon 271 God, whose farm is all creation GOTT WILL'S MACHEN
Final hymn 401 Come, let us join our cheerful songs NATIVITY

John William Beckwith, organist of Norwich Cathedral, was always known as John 'Christmas' Beckwith, having been born on 25 December.

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Sunday 28 January

Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
The Parish Eucharist for Feast of Candlemas—the presentation of Christ in the Temple
Mass setting
Gloria: David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas;
Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)—Festive Eucharist

Motet during communion
Johannes Eccard (1553–1611)—When to the temple Mary went

Gathering 44 Angels from the realms of glory IRIS
Psalm 24. 7–10    
Offertory 94 Hail to the Lord who comes OLD 120TH
Communion 2 Christ, whose glory fills the skies RATISBON
Distribution of candles 80 When candles are lighted on Candlemas Day LOURDES
Procession   Nunc Dimittis (plainchant)  

Organ music before the service
J. S. Bach (1685–1750)—Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf 
(Lord God, now unlock heaven's gate) BWV 617
Final organ voluntary
William Lloyd Webber (1914–82)—Postlude

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Sunday 21 January

Third Sunday of Epiphany (Sunday within week of prayer for Christian Unity)

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
Epiphany Season
Mass setting
Gloria: David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas;
Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)—Festive Eucharist

Motet during communion
Edward Elgar (1857–1934)—Ave verum corpus

Introit 477 In Christ there is no east or west KILMARNOCK
Psalm 128    
Offertory 90 i Songs of thankfulness and praise ST EDMUND
Communion 309 Let all mortal flesh keep silence PICARDY
Post Communion 563 Rejoice, the Lord is King GOPSAL

Organ music before the service
Johannes Brahms (1833–97)—Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele ('Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness')
Final organ voluntary
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676–1710)—Basse et dessus de Trompette en dialogue (Dialogue for trumpet as bass and upper voice)

5.30 p.m. Evensong

Office Hymn 89 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness WAS LEBET
Psalms 33. 1–12
Canticles: Set B
Hymn before sermon 489 Jesus, Lord, we look to thee VIENNA
Hymn after sermon 628 Ye that know the Lord is gracious HYFRYDOL
Final hymn 429 Forth in the peace of Christ we go DUKE STREET

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Sunday 14 January

Second Sunday of Epiphany

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
Season of Epiphany
Mass setting
Gloria: David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas;
Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)—Festive Eucharist

Motet during communion
Christopher Tye (c.1505–?72)—O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace

Introit 626 Ye holy angels bright DARWALL'S 148th
Psalm 139. 19    
Offertory 233 Jesus calls us: o’er the tumult ST ANDREW
Communion 308 i Just as I am, without one plea SAFFRON WALDEN
Post Communion 470 I, the Lord of sea and sky HERE I AM, LORD

Organ music before the service
César Franck (1822–90)—Prélude (from Prélude, Fugue et Variation)

Final organ voluntary
David Bednall (b.1979)—Meditation on Wie schön leuchtet ('How brightly shines')

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Sunday 7 January

Feast of the Epiphany

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
The All-age Parish Eucharist for the Feast of the Epiphany with Holy Baptism
Mass setting
Gloria: David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas;
Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)—Festive Eucharist

Motet during communion
Georges Bizet (1838–75)—Far away, what stranger comes this way

Gathering 83 As with gladness men of old DIX
Gradual 86 From the eastern mountains EVELYNS
Offertory 91 We three kings of Orient are THREE KINGS OF ORIENT
Communion 89 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness WAS LEBET, WAS SCHWEBET
Sending out 84 i Brightest and best are the sons of the morning EPIPHANY

Organ music before the service
César Franck (1822–90)—Prélude (from Prélude, Fugue et Variation)
Final organ voluntary
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)—Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern ('How brightly shines the morning star')

5.30 p.m. Evensong

Office Hymn  52 ‘Glory to God!’ all heav’n with joy is ringing HIGHWOOD
Psalms 98 and 100
Canticles: Set A
Hymn before sermon 87 Hail to the Lord’s anointed CRÜGER
Hymn after sermon 85 Earth has many a noble city STUTTGART
Final hymn 88 How brightly shines the morning star WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET


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Sunday 31 December

First Sunday of Christmas

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
Christmas Season
Mass setting
Gloria: David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas;
Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)—Festive Eucharist

Carol during communion
The Holly and the Ivy—transcribed by Cecil Sharp from the singing of Mrs Mary Claydon at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Introit 81 Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided LORD OF THE YEARS
Psalm 148. 7–end    
Offertory 54 I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship LONDONDERRY
Communion 41 A great and mighty wonder ES IST EIN ROS
Post Communion 57 Joy to the world, the Lord is come ANTIOCH

Organ music before the service
J. S. Bach (1685–1750)—'Schlafe, mein Liebster' (from Christmas Oratorio)
Final organ voluntary
formerly attributed to J. S. Bach—Nun songet und sei froh ('In dulci jubilo')

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Monday 25 December Christmas Day

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
Christmas Morning Eucharist
Mass setting
Gloria: David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas;
Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)—Festive Eucharist

Motet during communion
arr. David Willcocks (1919–2015)—Infant holy, infant lowly

Gathering   O come, all ye faithful ADESTE FIDELIS
Gradual
Crib
  While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Once in royal David’s city
 
Offertory God rest you merry GOD REST YOU MERRY
Communion   In the bleak mid-winter
See amid the winter’s snow
CRANHAM
HUMILITY
Sending out Hark! the herald-angels sing MENDELSSOHN

Organ music before the service
Archangelo Corelli (1653–1713)—Pastorale from Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8 'fatto per la notte di natale' ('Christmas Concerto')
Final organ music
Jester Hairston (19012000) Mary's Boy Child’s

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Sunday 24 December Christmas Eve

11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass

Order of Service
Midnight MassThe first Eucharist of Christmas
Mass setting
Gloria: David Thorne (b. 1950)—Mass of St Thomas;
Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)—Festive Eucharist

Carols before Midnight Mass
The angel Gabriel from heaven came
Lo, how a rose e’er blooming 
[Organ  Brahms: Es ist ein Ros]
Once in royal David’s city
While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Infant holy, infant lowly
[Organ Zachow: In dulci jubilo]
Away in a manger
Silent night
The Infant King ('Sing Lullaby')

Motet during communion
Sussex Carol ('On Christmas night all Christians sing') arr. David Willcocks

Gathering   It came upon the midnight clear NOEL
Gradual   Silent night! Holy night! STILLE NACHT
Offertory   Hark! the herald-angels sing MENDELSSOHN
Communion  

O little town of Bethlehem
The first Nowell the angel did say

FOREST GREEN
THE FIRST NOWELL
Sending out   O come, all ye faithful ADESTE FIDELIS

Final organ voluntary
Wilbur Held (1914–2015)—O little town of Bethlehem

3.30 p.m. Crib Service

Once in royal David’s city IRBY
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed AWAY IN A MANGER
O little town of Bethlehem FOREST GREEN
While shepherds watched their flocks by night WINCHESTER OLD
Silent night, holy night STILLE NACHT
We three kings of orient are THREE KINGS OF ORIENT
O come, all ye faithful ADESTE FIDELIS
Hark! the herald-angels sing MENDELSSOHN

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Sunday 24 December 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent

10.00 Parish Eucharist

Order of Service
The Season of Advent at the Sunday Parish Eucharist
Mass setting
James MacMillan (b. 1959)—St Anne’s Mass

Motet during communion
arr. Otto Goldschmidt (1829–1907))—A tender shoot

Introit 49 Come, thou Redeemer of the earth PUER NOBIS NASCITUR
Psalm 89. 1–8    
Offertory 241 Sing we of the blessed mother ABBOT'S LEIGH
Communion 238 For Mary, mother of the Lord ST BOTOLPH
Post Communion 58 Long ago, prophets knew PERSONENT HODIE

Organ music before the service
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)—Chorale Prelude on ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ (‘Now come, Saviour of the heathen’) BWV 659
Final organ voluntary
Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau (1663–1712)—Chorale Prelude on ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ (‘Now come, Saviour of the heathen’)

The Lutheran chorale, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland', is based on Ambose's 'Veni redemptor gentium', for centuries the principal hymn for the first Sunday of Advent. As we were still worshipping in the school hall at the start of Advent, we take the opportunity on the last Sunday in Advent to include one of J. S. Bach's six settings of the chorale, four of them for organ, and BWV 659 arguably the greatest. After the service we have the livelier setting of the same chorale tune by F. W. Zachau, Handel's first music teacher.

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