Holy Eucharist Rite II, with the St. John’s Christmas Pageant at 10:30 a.m., sung by the Adult and Youth Choirs, with Jeffrey Higgins and Thomas Hintz, trumpets.

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Noel grand jeu et duo     Louis Claude Daquin (1694-1772)

Traditional Carols with brass, choir, and organ.

Anthem (at Angels Dance)

Ding, dong, merrily on high    arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015)

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 rhyme
Your eve’time song, ye singers
Gloria Hosanna in excelsis!

Choir     Rocking     Czech Carol, arr. Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)
Words translated Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir;
We will lend a coat of fur
We will rock you, rock you, rock you,
We will rock you, rock you, rock you;
See the fur to keep you warm,
Snugly round your tiny form.

Mary’s little baby, sleep, sweetly sleep,
Sleep in comfort, slumber deep;
We will rock you, rock you, rock you
We will rock you, rock you, rock you;
We will serve you all we can,
Darling, darling little man.

Voluntary   My spirit be joyful from Cantata 146   Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
arr. E. Power Biggs

Trumpets: Tom Hintz, Jeffrey Higgins