We'll start out with the family string ensemble playing Corelli Trio Sonata. Then here are the following carols we'll be singing in between the movements of the Corelli.
From Heav'n Above to Earth I Come (Vom Himmel Hoch...yeah, I know, Luther)
Once in Royal David's City (Irby)
When Blossoms Flowered 'Mid the Snows (Gesu Bambino)
How Great Our Joy! (Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht)
In the Bleak Midwinter (Cranham)
All My Heart This Night Rejoices (Warum Solt Ich)
Before the Midnight Missa Cantata, we're having bits and pieces of the Matins for Christmas Day, including some of the readings and antiphons ending with the Kalenda.
Lesson One, First Nocturn: Isaiah Chapter 9 (Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace...)Pray that the schola and I stay well. We're all under the weather right now, coughing, sniffling, etc. Christmas Eve has always been a demanding night for our family. The children have grown up playing their instruments and singing for Christmas Eve. So we continue this year. While the rest of the world is busy wrapping presents, we're practicing music in our living room. The above is our Christmas card to the parish.
Followed by the responsory Hodie nobis caelorum Rex de Virgine nasci
Carol: Unto Us a Child is Born (Puer nobis nascitur)
Lesson Two, First Nocturn: Isaiah Chapter 40 (Comfort, comfort my people)
Followed by the responsory Hodie nobis de caelo pax vera descendit
Carol: Comfort, comfort ye my people (Geneva)
Lesson Three, First Nocturn: Isaiah Chapter 52 (Arise, put on thy strength)
Followed by the responsory Quem vidistis, pastores?
Carol: While Shepherds Watched Their Flock by Night (Winchester Old)
Lesson Four, Second Nocturn: Sermon by Pope St. Leo the Great (Today is Life's Birthday)
Followed by responsory O Magnum mysterium
Carol: What Child is This?