Feast Days & Special Services

Traditional forms of worship are used at St Michael’s within the cycle of the Church’s seasons.  For details and times of our weekly services, click the main Worship link above.

A full list of Feasts and Saints’ days for the forthcoming year, updated with music as available, appears further down this page.

We are currently developing information on our Special Services below – Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and CBS Masses – which will include links and sample Orders of Service. For more on weddings at St Michael’s, see our Weddings pages.  For times of regular services, see the main Worship page.

View, download or print the Usage of St Michael’s, which is a generic calendar of Feast days and Saints days traditionally observed at St Michael’s Mount Dinham.

Special Services

BAPTISM

BAPTISM

Holy Mass and Baptism at St Michael’s …

Order of Service for Baptism within the Mass

MARRIAGE

MARRIAGE

Couples at St Michael’s often choose a full Nuptial Mass for their Wedding service. Others choose a simpler marriage service or blessing. Our experienced Choir and Organists will provide traditional or contemporary music to lead your congregation and lift your hearts.

Read more about weddings at St Michael’s

FUNERAL

FUNERAL

A Funeral at St Michael’s can vary from a Prayer Book or Common Worship Service to a full Requiem Mass with Incense and Asperges. The Choir of St Michael’s can provide singers as required.

CBS MASS

CBS MASS

The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament meets monthly in the St Clement’s Chapel to celebrate Mass on a particular Saint’s or Martyr’s day, with Plainsong Propers and Hymns. For details contact the Chapel Wardens, Richard Parker or Christopher Heaven.

Dates for 2017 are detailed under “Events”.

Dates of CBS Masses for 2016

January, Wednesday 6th, 7.30pm – Feast of the Epiphany, Parish Sung Mass & Farewell to Fr David Hastings as Ward Superior & Honorary Assistant Priest.

February, Tuesday 2nd, 7.30pm – Candlemas, Sung Mass

March, Tuesday 1st, 6pm – St David, Patron of Wales (589)

April, Monday 4th, 7.30pm – Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Annunciation (transferred), Sung Mass

May, Thursday 5th, 7.30pm – Ascension Day, Parish Sung Mass

June, Thursday 9th, 6pm – St Columba of Iona, Abbot (597)

July, Thurs 14th, 6pm - John Keble (1792-1866), Poet, Priest & Founder of the Oxford Movement.

August, Thurs 4th, 6pm – St John Mary Vianney – Curé D’Ars (1786-1859)

September, Thurs 8th, 6pm – Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary (~20BC)

October, Thurs 6th, 6pm – St Bruno (~1030-1101) Founder of Carthusian Order

November, Tues 22nd, 6pm – St Cecilia (c.230), Patroness of Musicians.

December, Thurs 8th, 6pm – Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Dates of CBS Masses for 2015

January, Tuesday 6th, 7.30pm – Feast of the Epiphany, Parish Sung Mass

February, Tuesday 24th, 6pm – St Matthias, Apostle

March, Tuesday 17th, 6pm – St Patrick, Patron of Ireland (460)

April, Thursday 23rd, 6pm – St George, Patron of England (303)

May, Thursday 14th, 7.30pm – Ascension Day, Parish Sung Mass

June, Thursday 11th, 6pm – St Barnabas, Apostle

July, Thursday 2nd, 6pm – Eve of St Thomas the Apostle

August – no Vespers or CBS Mass

September, Tuesday 1st, 6pm – St Giles, Hermit (710)

October, Tuesday 13th, 6pm – St Edward the Confessor, King of England (1066)

November, Tuesday 17th, 6pm– St Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop (1200)

December, Tuesday 8th, 6pm – (Immaculate) Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

For more details, contact the Chapelwarden, Richard W Parker, (Fr David Hastings, has retired as Ward Superior).

CBS Mass dates from the end of 2014

September, Tuesday 16, 6pm – St Ninian (432)

October, Tuesday 28, 6pm  – SS Simon & Jude Apostles

November, Tuesday 11, 6pm  – St Martin of Tours (397)

December, Thursday 4, 6pm -  Nicholas Ferrar of Little Gidding (1637)

Feast Days 2017

January
Friday 6th, 2017 7:30pm
EPIPHANY

Sung Mass; the Magi arrive at the Crib.

Friday 6th January; Sung Mass will be preceded Choir Practice at 6.30pm.

Liturgical colour, WHITE, a Feast of Our Lord. It is St Michael’s usage, wherever possible, to keep all Feasts on the day with drinks afterwards.

Music for 2017 – Mass in F, Sumsion; O God who by the leading of a star, Attwood.

Music for 2016 – Mass in C & F, C V Stanford; Three Kings from Persian lands afar, Peter Cornelius; with farewell & thank you to Fr David Hastings for his devoted service to the pastoral and spiritual life of St Michael’s over 4 years, as he retired as Honorary Assistant Priest.

Music for 2015 – Mass in E, Harold Darke; We Three Kings, Hopkins arr. Alex West.

February
Thursday 2nd, 2017 7:30pm
CANDLEMAS

Sung Mass with Candle Blessing and Procession

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, celebrated 40 days after Christmas, on 2nd February. For 2017 this Feast is on a Thursday, with Mass sung at 7.30pm preceded by Vespers at 6pm and Choir Practice at 6.30pm.

Liturgical colour, WHITE, a Feast of Our Lord.

Music for 2017 – Mass in F, Darke; Nunc Dimittis, Gustav Holst.

Music for 2016 – Setting: Missa Brevis “Laetatus Sum”, Dr Nigel Browne; Motet: Lux Aurumque, Eric Whitacre.

Music for 2015 was Setting: Mass in F, Charles Wood; Anthem: When to the temple Mary went, Johannes Eccard 

And Evensong Canticles: Collegium Regale, Herbert Howells
Anthem: Abendlied, Josef Rheinberger
O Salutaris & Tantum Ergo: Chris Upton

March
Wednesday 1st, 2017 7:30pm
ASH WEDNESDAY

Sung Mass with Imposition of Ashes

Liturgical colour, PURPLE

Music for 2017 – Setting: Mass in the Dorian Mode, Thomas Tallis; Motet: Remember not Lord our offences, Henry Purcell.

For 2016, Setting: Mass in A Minor, Casciolini; Motet: Hide Not Thou Thy Face, Farrant

For 2015, Setting: Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd; Anthem: Versa est in luctum, Alonso Lobo

For 2014, Setting: Mass in A minor, Casciolini; Motet: Thou knowest Lord the secrets of our hearts, Purcell

March
Sunday 5th, 2017 10:45am
First Sunday in Lent

Sung Mass with Litany

The Litany by Thomas Cranmer published in 1544 is the earliest officially authorized vernacular service in English. It is sung in Procession at the start of the Mass.

Liturgical colour, PURPLE

Music for 2017  Setting: Missa De Angelis, Plainsong; Motet: Purge me, O Lord, Tallis.

For 2016, Setting: Missa De Angelis, Plainsong; Motet: O Lord Look Down from Heaven, Battishill

For 2015, Setting: Sarum Mass, Plainsong; Motet: Hide not thou thy face from me O Lord, Farrant

March
Sunday 26th, 2017 10:45am
MOTHERING (LAETARE) SUNDAY

Sung Mass; 4th Sunday in Lent

Mothers are presented with posies of spring flowers, distributed after the service, followed by Simnel cake and drinks

Liturgical colour, ROSE RED

Music for 2017  Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, Palestrina; Motet: The Lord bless you and keep you, John Rutter.

For 2015 – Setting: Missa O quam gloriosum, Victoria; Anthem: Ave Maria Gratia Plena, Parsons

For 2014 – Setting: Missa de Angelis, Plainsong. Motet: Oculi omnium, Charles Wood

April
Sunday 2nd, 2017 10:45am
PASSION SUNDAY

Sung Mass; 5th Sunday in Lent

Marked with the Veiling of Crosses and Statues

Liturgical colour, PURPLE

Music for 2017 – Mass in the Dorian Mode, Thomas Tallis; Song of Christ’s Glory, Grayston Ives.

For 2016 – Setting “Missa Brevis” Lotti; Motet: Were you there when they crucified my Lord? arr. Ogden.

For 2015 – Setting: Mass in A minor, Casciolini; Anthem: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis, Lotti

For 2014 – Setting: Mass in the Dorian mode, Tallis.  Motet: Were you there? arr. Ogden.

March
Sunday 26th, 2017 10:45am
THE ANNUNCIATION (transferred)

Sung Mass
Normally 25 March, but transferred to Sunday 26 May 2017, which is also Mothering Sunday.

Liturgical colour, WHITE

Music for 2017  Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, Palestrina; Motet: The Lord bless you and keep you, John Rutter.

For 2016 – Mon 4 April – Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, Palestrina; Motet: Ave Maria, Parsons.

For 2015 – Setting: Missa “Dixit Maria”, Hans Leo Haßler; Anthem: Hymn to the Virgin, Benjamin Britten

For 2014 – Setting: Missa “Ave Maris Stella”(Hail, Star of the sea), Victoria.  Motet: Magnificat, Sweelinck

April
Sunday 9th, 2017 10:30am
HOLY WEEK - PALM SUNDAY

Sung Mass with the Blessing & Procession of Palms and Sung Gospel of the Passion

Liturgical colour, RED

Music for 2017 – Mass in the Phrygian Mode, Wood; Motet:Hosanna to the Son of David,Weelkes.

For 2016 – Setting: Darke in F; Motet: When I survey the wondrous Cross, Wilby.

For 2015 – Setting: Mass in D, Kenneth Leighton; Anthem: Pueri Hebraeorum, Victoria

For 2014 – Setting: Mass in the Phrygian mode, Wood. Motet: Drop, Drop Slow Tears, Gibbons

April
Wednesday 12th, 2017 6:00pm
SPY WEDNESDAY

Spy Wednesday, Stations of the Cross

Liturgical colour, PURPLE OR RED

With sung Stabat Mater Dolorosa

For 2017 – Stabat Mater Dolorosa, for Soprano and Alto soli, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)

For 2015 & 2016 – Stabat Mater Dolorosa, by Charpentier for female voices.

For 2014 – Stabat Mater Dolorosa, for Soprano and Alto soli, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)

April
Thursday 13th, 2017 7:30pm
MAUNDY THURSDAY

Maundy Thursday Mass with Foot Washing

At the end of this service the High Altar is stripped – followed by the Watch through the Night

Liturgical colour, WHITE

Music for 2017 – Anglican Folk Mass, Martin Shaw. Motets: Ubi Caritas, Tantum Ergo, Maurice Duruflé.

For 2016 – Setting: Wood in F; Motets: Ubi caritas, Mealor; God so loved the world, Stainer.

For 2015 – Setting: Missa Brevis, Lotti; Foot Washing: Ubi caritas, Mealor; Anthem: God so loved the world, Stainer

For 2014 – Setting: Missa Brevis, Lotti; Motets: Ego Sum Panis Vivus (I am the living bread), Byrd. O Vos Omnes (O all ye that pass by), Victoria

Plainsong Tenebrae was sung at 4 am

April
Friday 14th, 2017 10:30am
GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY

Good Friday Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross

Liturgical colour, BLACK

Music

Reproaches, Upton

Crux Fidelis, attr. King John IV of Portugal

April
Friday 14th, 2017 8:00pm
GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE

The ancient Tenebrae Responds and Psalms are sung from the Gallery by candlelight

The nave is lit with candles which are gradually extinguished during the service, as a series of Psalms are sung and Lessons are read meditating on the Passion and Death of Our Lord.

Liturgical colour, BLACK

Music

The Psalms and Responds are sung to plainsong, elaborated with polyphony by Orlando di Lassus (1532-1594)  and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

Miserere Mei, Allegri.

April
Saturday 15th, 2017 8:00pm
EASTER EVE - VIGIL & FIRST MASS OF EASTER

Sung Mass, The Easter Vigil

With the Ceremony at the Font : the Blessing of the New Fire and Lighting of The Paschal Candle. Sung Exsultet. Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and First Mass of Easter. The service is followed by a party.

Liturgical colour, WHITE

Music – Setting: Stanford in C&F; Motet: Since by man came death, by Man came also the Resurrection, Handel’s Messiah.

Hymn: Light’s Glittering Morn  (Words: Unknown author, possibly 4th Century (Aurora lucis rutilat); translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale in The Hymnal Noted, 1851)

For 2016 – Setting: Stanford in C&F; Motet: Out of the Stillness, Shephard.

For 2015 – Setting: Fitzwilliam Mass, Alex West; Anthem: Lift up your heads, Handel

For 2014 – Setting: Mass in F, Charles Wood. Motet: Out of the Stillness, Richard Shephard

April
Sunday 16th, 2017 10:45am
EASTER DAY

Sung Mass for Easter Day

Liturgical colour, WHITE

Festal Mass and Blessing of the Easter Garden

Music – Introit: This Joyful Eastertide, Charles Wood; Setting: Spatzenmesse, W A Mozart; Anthem: Hallelujah Chorus, G F Handel.

For 2016 – Introit: Sing out this Eastertide, Keitch; Setting: Mass in G, Schubert; Motet: Haec Dies, Byrd.

For 2015 – Introit: Surrexit Christus Dominus, Michael Praetorius; Setting: Kleine Orgelmesse, Haydn; Anthem: Easter Anthem, Billings

For 2014 – Introit: This Joyful Eastertide, Charles Wood; Setting: Mass in G, Franz Schubert.  Motet: Haec Dies, William Byrd

May
Sunday 21st, 2017 10:45am
ROGATION PROCESSION

Rogation Procession, Sunday before Ascension

Sung Mass with procession around Mount Dinham, praying at its 4 corners for God to bless our work and the fruits of the Earth in their seasons

Liturgical colour, WHITE

Music – Missa Brevis, Lotti; Motet: If ye love me, Tallis.

For 2016 – Missa “Entre Vous Fille” Lassus; Motet: Thou visitest the Earth and blessest it, Maurice Greene(1696-1755).

Music for 2015 -  Setting: Bairstow in E flat. Anthem; Greater Love hath no man, John Ireland.

Music for 2014 – Setting: Missa Brevissima, Casciolini

Motet: God looks on nature with a glorious eye, Graham S Keitch.
Words by John Clare (1793-1864). World premiere performance.

May
Thursday 25th, 2017 7:30am
Ascension Day Matins

Ascension Day Matins, 40 days after Easter

Plainsong Matins is sung from the West Gallery, followed by breakfast

May
Thursday 25th, 2017 7:30pm
Ascension Day

Ascension Day, 40 days after Easter

Sung Mass, followed by drinks

Liturgical colour, WHITE

Music for 2017 – Little Organ Mass, Haydn; Motet: O clap your hands together all ye people, Gibbons.

For 2016 – Setting: Spatzenmesse, Mozart; Ascendit Deus, Philips

Music for 2015 & 2014 – Setting: Mass in C & F, C V Stanford; Motet: Coelos ascendit hodie, C V Stanford.

June
Sunday 4th, 2017 10:45am
Pentecost/Whitsunday

Pentecost Sunday, 50 days after Easter

Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour, RED

Music – Setting: Mass in F, Charles Wood: Litany to the Holy Spirit, Hurford (words Herrick).

For 2016 – Setting: Mass in F, Rheinberger; If Ye Love Me, Stopford

For 2015 – Setting: Victoria ‘O quam gloriosum’. Anthem: Tallis ‘If ye love me’.

For 2014 – Setting: Missa Brevis “Laetatus Sum”, Dr Nigel Browne. Motet: Exultate Deo, Palestrina

June
Sunday 11th, 2017 10:45am
Trinity

Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour, WHITE

Music – Missa O Quam Gloriosum,Victoria; Benedicta sit Sancta Trinitas, Agazzari.

For 2016 – Setting: Little Organ Mass, Haydn; Duo Seraphim, Guerrero

For 2015 – Mass in F, Charles Wood. Anthem – Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas, Agazzari.

For 2014 – Setting: Mass in F, Charles Wood. Motet: Duo Seraphim, Guerrero (Two Seraphim, words from Isaiah 6, with 3 intertwining 4-part choirs representing the Holy Trinity)

June
Thursday 15th, 2017 7:30pm
Corpus Christi

Sung Mass with procession of the Blessed Sacrament around Mount Dinham

Thursday after Trinity Sunday

Liturgical Colour, WHITE

Music – Mass for Four Voices, and Ave Verum Corpus, William Byrd.

For 2016 – Setting: Missa “Inter Vestibulum”, Guerrero; O Sacrum Convivium, Guerrero

For 2015 – Setting: Mass in the Dorian Mode, Thomas Tallis. Anthem: Ave Verum Corpus, William Byrd.

For 2014 – Setting: Mass in F, Rheinberger. Motet: Ave Verum Corpus, William Byrd.

June
Sunday 18th, 2017 10:45am
Music Sunday

Sung Mass with Viennese Mass Setting accompanied by Strings

Date chosen by Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) -

Liturgical Colour, GREEN

Music – IntroitCantate Domino”, Pitoni; Hymns: 336 : 484 : 420; Setting: Missa Brevis ‘Laetatus Sum’, Dr Nigel Browne; Motet: Jubilate Deo, Gabrieli.

Music for 2016 – Setting: Missa Sancti Nicolai, Mass No. 6 in G major, Franz Joseph Haydn. Motet: 8-part Jubilate Deo (Psalm 100), Giovanni Gabrieli. A week earlier than usual to coincide with Her Majesty the Queen’s Official 90th Birthday.

Music for 2015 -  in a departure from the Viennese – Setting: Missa “Ego flos campi”, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (ca. 1590-1664), a Spanish composer in what is modern Mexico. Anthem: Lauda Jerusalem, Monteverdi (1567-1643).

Music for 2014 – Setting: Little Organ Mass, Franz Joseph Haydn.  Motet: Insanae et vanae curae, Haydn

July
Sunday 9th, 2017 10:45am
Sea Sunday

The Second Sunday in July has been kept as Sea Sunday with Sermon and Prayers reflecting on the worldwide work of the Mission to Seafarers, and an opportunity to learn more about the charity and make a donation.

Fr David Hastings gained personal experience of the Mission to Seafarers’ work in Limassol while working as a locum Priest on Cyprus.

While the Choir’s music in 2015, Byrd 5-part Mass and Victoria Jesu Dulcis Memoria, was not sea related, the hymns “God is working his purpose out … as the waters cover the sea” and “Eternal Father strong to save … for those in peril on the sea” certainly were.

August
Sunday 13th, 2017 10:45am
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Owing to Summer Holidays, this Feast will be kept at St Michael’s on Sun 13 Aug this year.

Music – Setting: MIssa Ave Maris Stella, Victoria; Motet: Ave Maria, Parsons.

It is likely there will be a Solemn Eucharist in Exeter Cathedral at 5.30pm on Tue 15 Aug.

Liturgical Colour, WHITE

Music for 2016 – Setting: Missa Super Dixit Maria, by German composer Hans Leo Haßler (1564-1612). Motet: Ave Maria, attr. Franco-Flemish Jacob Arcadelt (1505-68).

Music for 2015 – Setting: Mass for 4 Voices, Byrd. Motet: Ave Maria, Arcadelt

Music for 2014 – Setting: Missa “Dixit Maria”, Hassler. Motet: Ave Maria, Arcadelt

September
Friday 29th, 2017 7:30pm
Michaelmas

Procession, Sung Mass and Party for our Patronal Festival.

Liturgical Colour, WHITE

Music for 2017 -

Music for 2016 – Introit: Angeli Archangeli, Andrea Gabrieli. Setting: St Nicolas Mass, Franz Joseph Haydn. Motet: Faire is the Heaven where happy soules have rest, Sir William Harris. The occasion of Fr Christopher Durrant’s first Celebration of the Eucharist.

Music for 2015 – Setting: Mass in F, Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901). Motet: Faire is the Heaven, Sir William Harris (1883-1973).

Music for 2014 – Setting: Missa “O quam gloriosum”, Victoria (1548-1611). Motet: And I saw another angel, Stanford (1852-1924).

October
Sunday 1st, 2017 10:45am
Dedication Sunday

First Sunday after our Patronal Festival, this year we will observe as Dedication Sunday.

Music for 2017 -

Music for 2016 – Setting: Mass in F, Rheinberger.  Motet: Locus iste a Deo factus est, Bruckner.

Music for 2015, which was kept as the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.

Hymns: 451 : 263 (omit *) : Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.
Setting: Missa L’Hora Passa, Viadana. Motet: Laudans Exsultet Gaudio, Croce.

6pm Evensong & Benediction – Smith Responses. Psalm: 125, 126. Office Hymn 242. Canticles: Walmisley in D minor. Anthem: O Lord the Maker of All Things, Mundy.

October
Sunday 15th, 2017 10:45am
Harvest

Sung Mass, Harvest Thanksgiving with shared Harvest Loaf.

Liturgical Colour, GREEN

Music for 2017 -

Music for 2016 – Setting: Mass in C, Ireland.  Motet: O Lord increase our faith, Loosemore.

Music for 2015 – Setting: Missa Brevis, Lotti. Motet: God Looks on Nature, Graham Keitch.

Music for 2014 – Setting: Mass in F, Harold Darke. Anthem: Litany to the Holy Spirit, Peter Hurford

October
Sunday 29th, 2017 10:45am
All Saints' Sunday

Sung Mass of All Saints – transferred to previous Sunday for 2016

Liturgical Colour, WHITE

Music -

Music for 2016 – Setting: Missa O Quam Gloriosum, Victoria.  Motet: Holy is the True Light, Harris.

Music for 2015 – Setting: Missa Brevissima, Casciolini. Motet: O Quam Gloriosum, Victoria.

plus 6pm Evensong & Benediction – Canticles: Dyson in F. Anthem: And I Saw a New Heaven, Bainton. O salutaris & Tantum Ergo: Liszt.

Music for 2014 – Setting: Missa “O Quam Gloriosum”, Victoria

Anthem: And I saw a new heaven, Bainton

November
Thursday 2nd, 2017 7:30pm
All Souls' Day

Sung Requiem Mass

Liturgical Colour,  BLACK

Music -

Music for 2016 – Missa Pro Defunctis a 4, Victoria. Motet: Justorum Animae, Stanford. Russian Contakion of the Departed.

Music for 2015 – Missa Pro Defunctis a 4, Victoria. Motet: Justorum Animae, Byrd. Russian Contakion of the Departed.

Music for 2014 – Fauré Requiem, Justorum Animae Byrd 

Music for 2013 – Fauré Requiem

Music for 2012 & 2011 – Duruflé Requiem

November
Sunday 12th, 2017 10:45am
Remembrance Sunday

Sung Mass

Act of Remembrance is observed at 11am, or at the end of the service.

Music -

Music for 2016 – Setting: Mass in F, Sumsion.  Motet: Requiescat in pace, Noble.

Music for 2015 – Setting: Mass in F, Herbert Sumsion. Motet: Greater Love hath no man than this, John Ireland.

Music for 2014 – Setting: Anglican Folk Mass, Martin Shaw. Motet: For the Fallen, Graham Keitch

November
Sunday 26th, 2017 10:45am
Christ the King

Sung Mass

Liturgical Colour: RED

Also traditionally known as Stir-up Sunday, from the Prayer Book Collect and the making of Christmas puddings, the last Sunday before Advent is a celebration of Christ the King, Jesus as the just ruler over all the Universe.

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Music -

Music for 2016 – Setting: Mass in A minor, Casciolini.  Motet: Te Deum Laudamus in E, Horatio Parker.

Music for 2015 – Setting: Mass in C & F, Stanford. Motet: Above All Praise and Majesty, Mendelssohn.

Music for 2014 – Setting: Mass in E, Harold Darke. Motet: I saw the Lord, Sir John Stainer.

December
Sunday 3rd, 2017 10:45am
Advent Sunday

Litany by Cranmer (1544) and Sung Mass

The Litany published in 1544 is the earliest officially authorized vernacular service in English.  The 1st candle of the Advent wreath is lit.

Advent Sunday is the Sunday nearest to 30 November and the start of the Christian Year.

Liturgical colour, PURPLE

Music -

Music for 2016 – Setting: Mass in F, Charles Wood.  Motet: O Thou the Central Orb, Wood.

Music for 2015: Setting: Mass in D Leighton. Motet: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Bairstow.

Music for 2014: Setting: Missa Papae Marcelli, Palestrina. Carol: This is the Truth sent from above, Vaughan Williams

December
Sunday 10th, 2017 6:00pm
Advent Procession

The Advent Procession uses Prayers, Readings, Hymns and Carols illuminating the Great O Antiphons which comprise the Advent Hymn “O come, O come Emmanuel” and concludes with the Magnificat (and in former years the service of Benediction).

This usually takes place on the 2nd Sunday of Advent to avoid clashing with the Cathedral’s Advent Service a week earlier.

December
Sunday 17th, 2017 10:45am
Gaudete Sunday

Sung Mass

The 3rd Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, from the Introit words “Rejoice in the Lord alway”; the Rose Candle of the Advent wreath is lit.

Liturgical colour, ROSE RED

Music -

For 2016 – Setting: Mass in A minor, Casciolini; Motet: E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, Manz.

For 2015 – Setting: Mass in E, Harold Darke; Motet: Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Anon.

For 2014 – Setting: Mass in E flat, Bairstow; Motet: This is the Record of John, Orlando Gibbons.

December
Sunday 17th, 2017 6:00pm
Nine Lessons and Carols at St David's Church

A traditional Service of 9 Lessons and Carols was re-introduced in recent years, but this year St Michael’s Choir will give a Charity Carol Concert instead on Saturday 16th December.

For a Carol Service on Sunday 17th December, journey up St David’s Hill and share the Christmas story at St David’s Church, with favourite Carols for Choir and Congregation.

December
Sunday 24th, 2017 11:30pm
MIDNIGHT MASS

Sung Mass and Blessing of the Crib, by candlelight

Carols are sung from the West Gallery at 11pm. Mass starts at 11.30pm.

Liturgical colour, WHITE/GOLD

Unusually in 2017 Christmas Eve falls on the same day, a Sunday, as Advent IV, so there will be a Sung Mass at 10.45am as well as Midnight Mass at 11.30pm.

Music -

For 2016 – Missa “O Quam Gloriosum” and Motet ” O Magnum Mysterium”, both Victoria.

For 2015 – Setting: Mass in F, Charles Wood; Motet: In Dulci Jubilo, R L Pearsall

For 2014 – Setting: Missa “O magnum mysterium”, Victoria; Motet: A babe is born, I wys, arr. Bainton

December
Monday 25th, 2017 10:30am
CHRISTMAS DAY

Sung Mass with Prayers at the Crib

Liturgical colour, WHITE/GOLD

Music-

For 2016 – Setting: Mass in F, and Motet: In the Bleak Midwinter, both Harold Darke.

For 2015 – Setting: Mass in F, Harold Darke; Motet: Born Today, Sweelinck

For 2014 – Setting: Mass in C & F, C V Stanford; Motet: O little one sweet, J S Bach