Midnight Mass

Hosted by: St Michael's Church and Choir

Visitor or regular, you will be most welcome to join us at 11pm on Christmas Eve as the Choir sings Carols, or at 11.30pm for the start of our joyful Midnight Mass of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sung Mass and Blessing of the Crib, by candlelight, with a little celebration afterwards.

Choir Practice at 10pm. Carols from the West Gallery or on Mount Dinham at 11pm. Mass starts at 11.30pm. Celebrant & preacher Fr Nigel Guthrie.

Music for 2018 – Hymns: 26 : 29 : 30 (omit vv3-5).  Setting: Mass in F Sumsion.  Motet: O Magnum Mysterium, Byrd.

Beautiful Poster (from last year) available from link box below, scroll down quite some way.

O magnum mysterium et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum jacentem in praesepio. – O great mystery and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord lying in a manger.

Music for 2017 – Hymns: 21 : 29 : 30 (omit vv3-5).  Setting: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera Palestrina.  Motet: O Magnum Mysterium Victoria.

Music for 2016 was Missa “O Quam Gloriosum” and Motet “O Magnum Mysterium” both by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611). Hymns NEH 32, 29, 30 (omit vv3-5). Our Celebrant & Preacher will be Fr Christopher Durrant.

Music for 2015 was the beautifully tuneful Mass in F by Charles Wood (at his most Rutteresque, if that’s not too much of an anachronism) and the ever popular 1837 arrangement of “In Dulci Jubilo” by R L Pearsall, translating the German of the original macaronic text into English but letting the Latin stand.

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock. “Now they are all on their knees,” An elder said as we sat in a flock By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where They dwelt in their strawy pen, Nor did it occur to one of us there To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave In these years! Yet, I feel, If someone said on Christmas Eve, “Come; see the oxen kneel,

“In the lonely barton by yonder coomb Our childhood used to know,” I should go with him in the gloom, Hoping it might be so.

The Oxen – Christmas Poem by Thomas Hardy (published in The Times on Christmas Eve, 1915).

INTROIT. Dominus dixit. Ps. 2. THE Lord said unto me: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Ps. ibid. Why do the heathen so furiously rage together: and why do the people imagine a vain thing? V. Glory be.

O GOD, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of the Birth of thine only Son Jesus Christ: grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge. Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

GRADUAL. Ps. 110. In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee free-will offerings with an holy worship: the dew of thy Birth is of the womb of the morning. V. The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit thou on my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 2. The Lord said unto me: thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Alleluia.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 96. Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad before the Lord: for he is come.

COMMUNION. Ps. 110. With an holy worship: the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.

Music for 2014 was Setting: Missa “O Magnum Mysterium” by Victoria (1548-1611). An a cappella Mass setting based on Victoria’s music for the Latin text “O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio!”. “O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger!”  Motet: A babe is born, I wys, arr. Bainton

Midnight Mass Poster


St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB