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Midnight Mass

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Silent Night, Holy Night
All is calm, all is bright...

We sing this lovely Austrian carol every year at Midnight Mass. It perfectly sets the tone of the service - the stillness of the dark night, the sense of expectation, the wonder and the mystery of the birth of Christ two thousand years ago.

Our setting this year is Mozart's Mass in B Flat, one of Mozart's less familiar settings, but frequently performed here.  During the communion we shall be singing some of the choir's favourite Christmas pieces, including John Taverner's exquisite setting of William Blake's The Lamb and Bob Chilcott's The heart in waiting, which sets a contemporary poem by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Following communion it has become traditional to sing a meditative piece before the jubilation of the closing hymn, and this year we will be singing Francis Poulenc's O magnum mysterium, the first of his four Christmas motets for unaccompanied choir.

Come and join us for this special occasion and bring your family and friends to sing those well-loved carols, to listen to the choir, and to join in worship of God who has shared our human life in the person of Jesus.

Why not prepare for the busy celebration of communion by coming to our service of evensong at 5:30pm.

Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December at 11:30pm.

 

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