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Monday, November 26, 2007

Rodger on the Lessons and Carols

Huzzah!


(A kudos to anyone who can sight read this well enough to know what it is without playing it.)

Our choir, for the first time ever, is going to have a joint "Lessons and Carols" service on Saturday, Dec. 15 with the added strength of an adjacent parish. It will start at 3 p.m., followed by a little reception, then Sat. vigil Mass - so if you're in Old Town in San Diego, drop by. [Capisce, Digi & AA?]

I've often had "Lessons and Carols envy" for these delightful services put on by our Anglican friends. I hope it goes well. I was unaware of such things until about 15-20 years ago when I ran across a Video tape of a "Lessons and Carols Service" by King's Choir, Cambridge. The video had the 9 lessons and Carols, and also had a nice segment about the school where choir boys are trained.

The English have a traditional song "Once in Royal David's City" that is quite unknown to the average American - (odd, because there are other British Carols well known in these parts, but not that one.) Is that song often done in English *Catholic* churches too?

12 comments:

Ma Beck said...

It's your favorite!
(All those descending notes give it away pretty quickly...)

;)

gemoftheocean said...

Ma, you're a genius!!!

Karen
[or you sight read really well. :-D
I've played music since I've been 8, and that one's a fairly simple arrangement to play - but unless I KNOW, it could take me a good couple of minutes to figure that out. Duh.]

DigiHairshirt said...

Oh, Gem! I'm not sure what my social schedule will be, but if I am free that evening, I will head on down!

Mac McLernon said...

Ok, I give in...

BTW Once in Royal David's City is very popular in England. Catholic as well...

gemoftheocean said...

Mac it's the Glooooooo-oo-oo-or--or-or OR-or-or-or-or- OR-or-or-or OR-I-A

Line from Angels we have Heard on High. My favorite Christmas Hymn. I simply don't know how we missed getting Once in Royal David's City from you. We know Ding-Dong Merrily on High, and I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In and a raft of others..one of my favorites being "WE wish you a Merry Christmas" figgy pudding and all. Though in real life I wouldn't touch figgy anything (other than fig newtons) with a 10 foot barge pole.

Mac McLernon said...

Aha... I was misled by the first notes going down... I sing a slightly different version...!

swissmiss said...

Karen:
I used to play Once in Royal David's City on the organ and flute (back when I could play) but haven't heard Ding-Dong Merrily on High around much. I Saw Three Ships, yep. The simple pleasures of the Christmas season!

gemoftheocean said...

Swiss, grant you, Ding=dong isn't heard as often as we would wish, but That also has a great "Gloria" in it, I wish they would do it more often. I've not heard it IN church, but done in performance. Another not done a lot over hear but heard is "The Holly and the Ivy."

KAren

DigiHairshirt said...

Gem, sadly I must decline as that is the Annual Richer Family Christmas Tree Buying and Decorating It Day, along with dinner later that evening with my priest and his family.

However, I would like to take the opportunity - as I usually do during the Christmas holidays - to pop on down to Old Town. If I do so on a Saturday, what time is the Vigil Mass?

gemoftheocean said...

Digi- I always assist at the 5:15 on Sunday night - I'll be easy to spot. As I'll be doing the readings (and hopefully not chasing down people walking away with the Host rather than consuming it.) I hope our servers are on their best behavior for you. DO come by the sacristy and say "hey" - we can go out for drinkies or whatever after if you guys have the time. It's the only catholic church in s Old Town and it's named (sssht!) after the patron Saint of the United States.

Karen

DigiHairshirt said...

Ronald Reagan?

gemoftheocean said...

Ronaldus Magnus

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