Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

Friday 24th December at 11:30 pm

A special late night service sharing in the anticipation of the joy of Christmas and celebrating its message of good news.

By long-standing tradition, we begin our 11:30pm service of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December, by singing the beautiful Austrian carol Silent Night. It sets the tone of the service perfectly: the stillness of the dark night, and the sense of expectation, as we prepare for the wonder and the mystery of the birth of Christ two thousand years ago.

The service is open to all and free to attend. We request that you register please to reserve your place. This helps us manage numbers and enables us to keep you updated about the service.

St Bride’s Choir will sing Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai as the communion setting, an uplifting setting in the bright and joyful key of G major.

During the communion we shall be singing some of the choir’s favourite Christmas pieces, including John Tavener’s exquisite setting of William Blake’s The Lamb and John Ireland’s choral arrangement of his lovely song The Holy Boy.

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 the setting of Videte miraculum by the 16th century English composer Thomas Tallis.

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This service will also stream online on this page at the same time as the service in church, and on our pages at FacebookYouTube and SoundCloud.

congregation sitting for service


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