Olton Friary Carol Service 2021

 

Carol                              Choir – Quiet is the Whisper

Father                            Opening Prayer

1st Reading                    Emmanuel: God With Us

Carol                               Lo he comes with clouds descending

2nd Reading                   John 1: 1-14

Carol                               The Holly and the Ivy

Carol                               Choir – Remember O thou man

3rd Reading                    Annunciation   Luke 1: 26-38

Carol                              Ding Dong merrily on High

Carol                              Carol – In Dulci Jubilo

4th Reading                    Visitation        Luke 1: 39-56

Carol                               Choir – Infant Holy/Silent Night

Carol                               It came upon the Midnight Clear

5th Reading                    Fifth Reading – Nativity Luke 2: 1-7

Carol                               Choir – The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

Carol                               God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen

6th Reading                    Sixth Reading – The Innkeeper’s Tale

Carol                               O Holy Night

Carol                               Joy to the World

Father                             Final Blessing

Carol                              Adeste Fideles/O Come all ye Faithful

 

Carol – Lo he comes with clouds descending

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
once for favoured sinners slain;
thousand, thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
God appears on earth to reign

Ev'ry eye shall now behold him
robed in glorious majesty;
those who set at naught and sold him,
pierced and nailed him to the tree,
deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
shall their true Messiah see.

Those dear tokens of his passion
still his dazzling body bears,
cause of endless exultation
to his ransomed worshippers.
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture,
gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, amen, let all adore thee
high on thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the pow'r and glory,
claim the kingdom for thine own.
Come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus
Everlasting God, come down!

 

Carol – The Holly and the Ivy

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown

O, the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ,

Sweet singing in the choir

The holly bears a blossom,
As white as lily flow'r,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our sweet Saviour

The holly bears a berry,
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To do poor sinners good

The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
On Christmas Day in the morn

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

 

Carol – Ding Dong merrily on High

Ding, dong! Merrily on high,
In heav'n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv'n with angel singing
Gloria Hosanna in excelsis!

E'en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And "Io, io, io!"
By priest and people sungen
Gloria Hosanna in excelsis!

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers,
May you beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers
Gloria Hosanna in excelsis!

 

Carol – In Dulci Jubilo

In dulci jubilo. Let us our homage show.
Our heart’s joy reclineth. In praesepio
And like a bright star shineth. Matris in gremio,
Alpha es et O! Alpha es et O!

O Jesu parvule, I yearn for thee alway
Hear me, I beseech thee, O puer optime;
My prayer let it reach thee, O princeps gloriae.
Trahe me post te. Trahe me post te.

O patris caritas! O Nati lenitas!
Deeply were we stained. Per nostra crimina:
But thou hast for us gained. Coelorum gaudia,
O that we were there! O that we were there!

Ubi sunt gaudia. If that they be not there?
There are Angels singing. Nova cantica;
There the bells are ringing. In regis curia.
O that we were there! O that we were there!

 

Carol – It came upon the Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear,
that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth
to touch their harps of gold:
‘Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
from heaven's all-gracious King!'
The world in solemn stillness lay
to hear the angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
the world has suffered long
beneath the angel-strain have rolled
two thousand years of wrong:
and man, at war with man, hears not
the love-song which they bring:
O hush the noise ye men of strife,
and hear the angels sing!

For lo, the days are hastening on
by prophets seen of old
when with the ever-circling years
shall come the time foretold:
when the new heaven and earth shall own
the prince of peace, their king;
and all the world send back the song
which now the angels sing.

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Carol – God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's pow'r
When we were gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Jewry,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn

Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same,
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

O Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error, pining
'Til He appeared and the soul felt it's worth
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, oh, hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night, O holy night, O night divine

 

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand;
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the Wise men from Orient land.
The King of King’s lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend;
He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King, before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, before Him lowly bend!

 

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love, and His gospel is peace;
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother,
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name;
Christ is the Lord, Oh, praise his name forever!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!

Carol - Joy to the World

Joy to the world! the Lord has come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns;
Your sweetest sings employ
While fields and streams, and hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
The wonders of His love,
The wonders of His love,
The wonders, the wonders, of His love.

Adeste Fideles

Adeste fideles,
Laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Natum videte regem angelorum
Venite Adoremus
Venite Adoremus
Venite Adoremus Dominum

Deum de Deo,
Lumen de lumine
Gestant puellae viscera,
Deum verum, gentium non factum
Venite Adoremus
Venite Adoremus
Venite Adoremus Dominum

 

O come all ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exaltation,
Sing all ye citizens of heav’n above:
Glory to God
In the highest
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Have a very merry Christmas