First Eucharist of Christmas

Our first Eucharist of Christmas was celebrated at 11:30pm on Christmas Eve. Due to illness, Rev Sue was unable to officiate, but Reader Christine stepped up and did a wonderful job for us.

Before the service we heard Britten’s “There is no Rose” from his “A Ceremony of carols”, then a special medley of Christmas carols sung by our singing group, Maggie’s Music Makers. We then began the service with the perennial favourite, “Once in Royal David’s City”, with the equally traditional solo first verse.

The service was livestreamed here:

The readings were:

You can read the sermon again here.

The anthem after the sermon was Britten’s “This Little Babe”:

Then anthem during communion was Britten’s “As Dew in Aprille”:

We finished, of course, with “O Come all ye Faithful”

Afterwards, instead of an organ voluntary, Carol, Jennifer and Tom offered Darke’s version of “In the Bleak Mid-Winter”:

St Margaret’s Church Prestwich holds CCLI licences CCL 79250, MRL 775231 and 466111 for music streaming and One Licence M-40120 for music streaming.

  • A Ceremony of Carols © Boosey & Hawkes 1945

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