One of my favorite memories of my former parish, St. John Chrysostom Anglican Church, is the annual Christmas Sing. Each year I prepared a small booklet with the reading and the lyric. These changed from year to year. For A.D. 2015 I have expanded the range of free Seasonal Videos to include a virtual version of the Christmas Eve service which is also included in the AIC Bookstore publication, Occasional Services for Anglican Worship available at the AIC virtual Bookstore: https://www.Amazon.com/Author/Ronald-E-Shibley.
This new video fits between the 12/24 episode (O Emmanuel) of The Great “O” Antiphons program and the 12/25 episode (First Day of Christmas) in The Twelve Days of Christmas videos. The new program opens with the Christmas Eve Antiphons with which I closed the last episode in The Great “O” Antiphons. Members of the Rev. Dr. Paul Hubbard family (St. Timothy Anglican, Poquoson, Va, and St. Andrew Anglican, Richmond, Va, and my wife Corkie provided the Antiphon responses.
Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve is now available both on the AIC’s You Tube channel (https://www.YouTube.com/C/SaintJohnC) and the Digital Library page at http://www.AnglicanInternetChurch.net.
The program includes nine Scripture readings from Isaiah, the Gospel of St. Luke and the Gospel of St. John, plus mosaics, stained glass, and icons from the 6th through the 20th Century and nine traditional carols for the season following each reading. Rather than clutter up and lengthen the presentation I chose to include the historical information about the composer and the tune with the slide containing the lyric for each carol. A tenth song is included as the background for the opening and closing slides.
Carols included are, in order, We Wish You a Merry Christmas (opening and closing theme); It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; What Child Is This?; Away in a Manger; Hark! the Herald Angels Sing; The First Nowell; Good Christmas Men, Rejoice; Silent Night; God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; Once in Royal David’s City; and Joy to the World. The purchase of royalty-free music for this series was made possible by the financial support of our contributors. Instruments used in these instrumental versions include flute, handbells, guitar, piano, French horn, Oboe, and others. Arrangements are mostly traditional, except Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, which is a modern adaptation for the piano by the same artist (Rob Stroh) who performed the version of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel theme for the Great “O” Antiphons.
Thanks so much to all who have supported and followed the Anglican Internet Church’s video-based ministry in A. D. 2015. May God bless you with a Happy and Blessed Christmas season.