Christmas Day – at St David’s Church

Hosted by: St Michael's Church and Choir

2020 – Please Note. Owing to Covid-secure precautions, our Parish Christmas Morning Service is ONLY the 9.30am Eucharist at St David’s Church.

There is NO Morning Mass at St Michael’s today as we hosted the  whole Parish Midnight Mass last night.

Please join us on Christmas Day morning at 9.30am (an hour & a half earlier than usual – Turkey time!) for Sung Eucharist and Prayers at the Crib, as we greet the Baby Jesus. All are welcome at St David’s this year. Our Celebrant & preacher is…



Music – Hymns: 24 : 32 : 30 plus plainsong Christmas Sequence. Setting: Mass in F, by Harold Darke. Motet:Ding Dong Merrily on High, arr Woodwrd.

Please Note – there will be no Midweek Masses during Christmas week this year. Exeter Cathedral has a Sung Eucharist on Thurs 26 Dec for St Stephen’s Day, see  Also no Choir Practice and no Vespers. We wish you a Happy Christmas Week and hope to see you for Sung Mass at 11am on Sunday 29th December.

Music for 2017 – Hymns: 34 : 33 : 26 (omit v4) plus plainsong Christmas Sequence. Setting: Mass in F, Harris. Motet: In the Bleak Midwinter, Darke.

Music for 2016. Mass in F (from 1926) and In the Bleak Midwinter (composed in 1911), both by Harold Darke (1888-1976). Our Celebrant & Preacher will be Canon Tom Honey, who will be leaving the Parish in January 2017 to become Chaplain to St Michael’s Hospice in Basingstoke. We wish Fr Tom well.

Hymns: 24, 42, 26 plus the plainsong Christmas Sequence -  The Liturgical colour is WHITE/GOLD

Music for 2015. The Setting was Harold Darke’s 1926 Communion Service in F (with a 9-fold Kyrie added in 1954), with Soprano, Tenor and Bass solos through the last 3 movements. The Motet was Jan Sweelinck’s exciting Hodie – Born Today – published in 1619.

Music for 2014 was Setting: Mass in C & F by Charles Villiers Stanford. (Missa “O magnum mysterium”, Victoria, was sung at Midnight Mass.)  Motet: O little one sweet, J S Bach.

INTROIT. Puer natus est. Is. 9. UNTO us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his Name shall be called, Angel of mighty counsel. Ps. 98. O sing unto the Lord a new song: for he hath done marvellous things. V. Glory be.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: grant that we, being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit.

GRADUAL. Ps. 98. All the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God: O be joyful in God, all ye lands. V. The Lord hath declared his salvation: in the sight of the heathen his righteousness hath he openly shewed.

Alleluia, alleluia. V. A hallowed day hath dawned upon us: come, all ye nations, and worship the Lord: for on this day a great light hath descended upon the earth. Alleluia.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 89. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is: righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat.

COMMUNION. Ps. 98. All the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.


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