Monday, 21 December 2020 | Exeter College Chapel, Oxford

Thank you for joining us for this service of music, silence, and lessons in honour of the Birth of Christ. The order of service can be found here.



0:00 Bells

0:23 Introit: I Sing the Birth, Parry


3:17 The Bidding Prayer


4:02 Carol: Once in Royal David's City


9:11 Introduction


11:45 In dulci jubilo, Pearsall


15:32 Poem: He Will Come Like Last Leaf's Fall, Rowan Williams


16:28 Carol: It Came upon the Midnight Clear


20:06 Lesson: Isaiah 52. 7–10, read in Welsh


21:06 A Spotless Rose, Howells


24:49 Poem: [Untitled], Luci Shaw


25:38 Carol: The Holly and the Ivy


28:27 Lesson: Matthew 1. 18–25


29:45 Carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem


33:33 Masters in this Hall, Caitlin Harrison (World Premiere)


37:21 Lesson: Luke 2. 8–19, read in Russian


38:38 See Amid the Winter's Snow, Willcocks


44:54 Poem: Ring out ye Crystall sphears, Milton


44:19 Sussex Carol, Willcocks


48:17 Carol: Joy to the World


50:04 Lesson: Matthew 2. 1–12


51:39 In the Bleak Midwinter, Darke


56:34 Lesson: Matthew 2. 13–18


57:45 Coventry Carol


1:00:40 Lesson: John 1. 1–18


1:02:53 Carol: O Come, All Ye Faithful


1:09:09 The Prayers


1:10:22 Sleep, Baby, Sleep, Elizabeth Stirling


1:13:07 The Blessing


1:13:33 Carol: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing


1:16:47 The Dismissal


1:16:57 Voluntary: In dulci jubilo, BWV 729, J.S. Bach




In this service:

Officiant: The Rev'd Andrew Allen, assisted by The Rev'd Canon Dr Margaret Whipp

Readers: Ted Thornton, Gwynfor Morgan, Christina de Bellagiue, Mark Sinfield, Elena Dickinson, Esmond Cordingley-Poole, Jennifer Opare-Kumi, Tim Ecott, Sir Rick Trainor


Exeter College Chapel Choir

Conductor: Christopher Holman

Organ: Miles Swinden

Soloists: Sophie McDonald (Once in Royal David's City); Caitlin Harrison, Ellen Luckins, Chris Scholtens (Pearsall); Matthew Cann (Howells); Léo Charlier, Belle Allan (Harrison); Helena Bayley, Chris Scholtens (Darke)