Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Youth and Adult Choirs, sermon by Michael Corey.

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Variations on a Basque Noël    Carson Cooman, 2017

In an email to colleagues around the world, concert organist James Kibbie writes: “For the past 17 years, I’ve recorded a work on the beautiful little pipe organ in our home as an ‘audio holiday card.’  This year’s offering is Variations on a Basque Noël, written especially for this recording by Harvard University composer Carson Cooman.

Processional Hymn 128    We three kings of orient are Three    Kings of Orient

Gloria S280     Robert Powell (b.1932)

Sequence Hymn 124    What star is this, with beams so bright    Puer nobis

Offertory Anthem    The first nowell    Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
Words: English Carol, 18th Century, found at Hymn 109

What does ‘noel’ mean? “Nowell,” the English transliteration, comes from the old French “nouel,” which is now written in modern French as “noël.” The derivation of this word probably comes from the earlier Latin term “natalis,” relating to a birth. In Latin, “dies natalis” means “birthday.” Some suggest that “noel” is also related to “novellare” or “nouvelle” meaning “new” – something to tell. As hymnologist and hymn writer Carl P. Daw, Jr. indicates, The Oxford English Dictionary notes the earliest use of “nowel” in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (c. 1395), where the poet cites “The Franklin’s Tale” (1255): “And ‘Nowel’ crieth every lusty man.” (Notes by C. Michael Hawn)

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God     Franz Schubert

Communion Motet    O magnum mysterium     Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

O magnum mysterium et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum jacentem in praesepio. O beata Virgo, cuius viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Jesum Christum. Alleluia.

O great mystery and wonderful sacrament, that beasts should see the new-born Lord lying in a manger. O blessed virgin, whose body was worthy to bear the Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia.

Hymn in Procession 119    As with gladness, men of old    Dix

Voluntary    O morning star, how fair and bright    Egil Hovland (1924-2003)