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Organ voluntary: Toccata del secondo tono, (Anon.),
played by Alessandro Bianchi, on the organ of the Basilica di S. Paolo Cantù, Como..
Anthem: For unto us a child is born, (The Messiah), Handel
Reflection, part 1,
Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff
The Shepherd’s Carol, Robert Chilcott
Reflection, part 2
Anthem: O Magnum mysterium, the fourth of the nine responsories for Matins on Christmas Day.
As set by Francis Poulenc, (1899-1963)
O magnum mysterium
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum
jacentem in praesepio.
O beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt
portare Dominum Jesum Christum.
O great mystery
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord
lying in a manger!
O blessed is the Virgin, whose womb
was worthy to bear Christ the Lord.
Reflection, part 3
Hymn: Hark the herald angels sing,
Mendelssohn, The Choir and Congregation of the Church of the Advent.
Organ voluntary: Toccata del terzo tono, (Anon.)
Alessandro Bianchi, on the organ of the Basilica di S. Paolo Cantù, Como.
The Choral Music is from the sound archive of the Choir of the Church of the Advent Boston, under the direction of Mark Dwyer, Director of Music, by kind permission of the Rector, the Revd. Fr Douglas Anderson.