Today's Service

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13 December 2020

Welcome to St Clement Danes Church for our Christmas Carol Service.


Conducted by

The Reverend David Osborn

Resident Chaplain

Music during the Service by

The Choir of St Clement Danes

Director of Music

Mr Simon Over

Assistant Director of Music

Charles Newsome-Hubbard

Organ Preludes Chorale preludes on:

Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland - J S Bach

Please stand as the clergy and ministers enter and the choir sings

Once in Royal David’s City

1. Once, in royal David’s city,

Stood a lowly cattle-shed,

Where a mother laid her Baby,

In a manger for a bed.

Mary was that mother mild,

Jesus Christ her little child.

2. He came down to earth from heaven

Who is God and Lord of all,

And His shelter was a stable,

And His cradle was a stall:

With the poor and mean and lowly

Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

3. And through all His wondrous childhood

He would honour and obey,

Love and watch the lowly maiden,

In whose gentle arms He lay.

Christian children all must be

Mild, obedient, good as He

4. And our eyes at last shall see Him,

Through His own redeeming love;

For that Child, so dear and gentle,

Is our Lord in heaven above;

And He leads His children on

To the place where He is gone.

5. Not in that poor, lowly stable,

With the oxen standing by,

We shall see Him’ but in heaven,

Set at God’s right hand on high;

When like stars His children crowned,

All in white shall wait around.

Please sit

Welcome: The Resident Chaplain

Bidding Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Lighting of the Third Advent candle

Choir: Adam and his helpmate - Provençal Noël

1st Reading: Isaiah 9 verse 2, and 6 to 7

The prophet Isaiah foretells the birth of Christ


Choir: A spotless Rose - Howells

2nd Reading: Luke 1 verses 26 to 35 and 38

The Angel Gabriel visits the Blessed Virgin Mary

Please stand as the choir sings

In the bleak midwinter

1. In the bleak midwinter

Frosty wind make moan,

Earth stood hard as iron,

Water like a stone;

Snow had fallen, snow on snow,

Snow on snow,

In the bleak midwinter,

Long ago.

2. Our God, heaven cannot hold Him,

Nor earth sustain;

Heaven and Earth shall flee away

When He comes to reign:

In the bleak midwinter

A stable-place sufficed

The Lord God Almighty,

Jesus Christ.

3. Angels and archangels

May have gathered there,

Cherubim and seraphim

Thronged the air;

But His mother only,

In her maiden bliss,

Worshipped the Beloved

With a kiss.

4. What can I give Him,

Poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd,

I would bring a lamb;

If I were a wise man,

I would do my part;

Yet what can I give Him -

Give my heart.

Please sit

Choir: Gabriel’s Message - Pettman

3rd Reading: Luke 2 verses 1 to 7

St Luke tells of Christ’s nativity

Please stand as the choir sings

Away in a manger

1. Away in a manger no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.

The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay

The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

2. The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,

But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes,

I love Thee, Lord Jesus! look down from the sky,

And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

3. Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay

Close by me for ever, and love me, I pray,

Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,

And fit us for heaven to live with Thee there.

Please sit

Choir: A maiden most gentle arr. Andrew Carter

4th Reading: Luke 2 verses 8 to 16

The Shepherds go to the manger

MaryPlease stand as the choir sings

Silent Night

1. Silent night! Holy night!

All is calm, all is bright,

Round yon virgin and her child,

Holy infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

2. Silent night! Holy night!

Shepherds quail at the sight;

Glories stream from heaven afar,

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ the Saviour is born,

Christ the Saviour is born.

3. Silent night! Holy night!

Son of God, love’s pure light;

Radiant beams Thy holy face

With the dawn of saving grace,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Please sit

Choir: O leave your sheep Leighton

5th Reading: Matthew 2 verses 1 to 11

The wise men are led by the star to Jesus

3 Kings

Choir: Seek him that maketh the seven stars - Dove

3 Kings Nativity

Please stand as the choir sings

O little town of Bethlehem

1. O little town of Bethlehem,

How still we see thee lie!

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by;

Yet in thy dark street shineth

The everlasting Light;

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in Thee tonight.

2. O morning stars, together

Proclaim the holy birth,

And praises sing to God the King,

And peace to men on earth;

For Christ is born of Mary;

And, gathered all above,

While mortals sleep, the Angels keep

Their watch of wondering love.

3. How silently, how silently,

The wondrous gift is given!

So God imparts to human hearts

The blessings of His Heaven,

No ear may hear His coming;

But in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive Him still

The dear Christ enters in.

4. O Holy child of Bethlehem,

Descend to us we pray;

Cast out our sin, and enter in;

Be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas Angels

The great glad tidings tell;

O come to us, abide with us,

Our Lord Emmanuel.

Please remain standing as the Resident Chaplain reads

The Gospel: John 1 verses 1 to 14

St John unfolds the mystery of the Incarnation


Hark the herald angels sing

1. Hark! the herald-angels sing

Glory to the new-born King,

Peace on earth and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled.

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;

With the Angelic host proclaim,

Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Hark the herald-angels sing

Glory to the new born King.

2. Christ, by highest heaven adored,

Christ, the everlasting Lord,

Late in time behold Him come,

Offspring of a Virgin’s womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see!

Hail the Incarnate Deity!

Pleased as Man with man to dwell,

Jesus, our Emmanuel!


3. Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Sun of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings,

Risen with healing in His wings.

Mild, He lays His glory by,

Born that man no more may die,

Born to raise the sons of earth,

Born to give them second birth.


Final Prayer and Blessing

Organ Postlude Carillon-Sortie - Mulet

The clergy and ministers depart.


The Carillon will play throughout the day
Tower Captain: Helen Windsor.

Please exit the church as follows:
Those on the north side (pulpit side) via the north door.
Those on the south side and gallery via the south door.
Please observe social distancing as you leave the building.

There will be retiring collection boxes and contactless points at the back of the church for your donation as well as a drop box for your contact form, if you haven’t used the QR track and trace app

Thank you.

Christmas Services at St Clement Danes Church

20 December 11.00 Choral Matins

Christmas Day 11.00 Morning Prayer

Please note that the church then closes from lunchtime on Christmas Day and reopens on Sunday 3 January 2021 for worship at 11.00.

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