Originally instituted at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England, this service was based on a medieval vigil service and was adapted in the early twentieth century by the Very Rev. E.M. Millner-White, dean of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England. Since then, it has been sung annually in King’s College Chapel on Christmas Eve, and at St. Mark’s since 1942. The candlelit service opens with the traditional carol “Once in royal David’s city,” a bidding prayer, and the Lord’s Prayer. The story continues with the promise to Abraham, the assurance of the prophet Isaiah, the calling of Mary, the birth of Jesus, and ends with St. John’s unfolding of the great mystery of the Incarnation. Carols, familiar and unfamiliar, will be sung throughout the service.
This year, in place of a reception, there will be a gathering at The Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave.
Those attending over the age of 12 must provide proof of two vaccinations and masks must be worn.
Younger children are most welcome at the discretion of parents. Child-care will not be able to be provided this year.
Early seating is advised. Parking is available in the parish lot at 2315 Ellsworth.
An offering is received for the work of St. Mark’s Choir Association.
Tax-deductible contributions may be made payable to St. Mark’s Choir Association.
Becky Blessing, Jeff Pace, Katy Hada, Ann Glusker, and Adam Readhead, soloists
Devon Thrumston, cello
Leon Chou, organ
Congregational carols include:
Once in Royal David’s City
The angel Gabriel from heaven came
Hark, the glad sound!
It came upon a midnight clear
O Little Town of Bethlehem (tune: Bethlehem)
O come, all ye faithful
Hark! the herald angels sing
Choir carols include:
Philip Ledger: Adam lay ybounden
Mateo Flecha the Elder: Riu, riu chiu
John Jacob Niles/ arr. Rutter: I wonder as I wander
Carolyn Jennings: Climb to the top of the highest mountain
John Rutter: Dormi Jesu
Pettman: A Carol of Adoration
Harold Darke: In the Bleak Midwinter
Please contact George Emblom at email@example.com