Order of Service – Special Services

Carols from Around the World

Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 7:30PM

Welcome to our service of Carols selected from around the world.  Inspired
by the Nativity collection at Glencairn, these are some of the most popular
carols from outside of the USA, and offer a beautiful and inspiring glimpse
of Christmas traditions all over the Lord’s creation.  Music was chosen to
represent places where the New Church has congregations, or where some
of our choir members came from before moving to Bryn Athyn.  With only
9 carols, our list is far from complete, but we hope it provides an interesting
way to share in the traditions from around the world celebrating the Lord’s

Organ and Guitar Preludes
The Huron Carol – arr. Jim Paterson                                                        Canada
A la ru (Sleep Now Holy Baby) – arr. Karl Osterland                             Spain
The Wexford Carol – arr. M. Hayes and D. Wagner                                England
Fugue on a Napelese Chriatmas Tune – arr. Sarah Glick                       Nepal
The Coventry Carol – Traditional                                                               England
Greensleeves – Traditional, arr. Jorge Morel                                           England
Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow – Spiritual, arr. R. Hughes                   USA
Meditation on “Go Tell It On the Mountain” – David Lansky                USA

Opening Hymn:  Once in Royal David’s City………….947             England

Opening of the Word

Prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who are in the heavens, hallowed by Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven so upon the earth.
Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen

In the Bleak Midwinter – Harold Darke                                                  England

Readings:  Isaiah 42:1-4, Secrets of heaven 2853:2 and 8152

Alilo (Rach’uli alilo) – Traditional                                                             Georgia

Readings:  Isaiah 49:6, True Christian Religion 354:1

Betlehems Stjarna – Alice Tegner                                                              Sweden

Hymn: O Come, O Come, Immanuel…………………..968                   France

Betelehemu – Via Olatunji and W. Whalum, arr. B. Brooks                Nigeria

Readings:  Isaiah 60:1-3, Conjugial Love 324

Jeg er sa glad hver julekveld – arr. Robin Bier                                        Norway

Hymn:  Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming……………….944                   Germany

A Borboleta – arr. Grayson Zuber                                                               Brazil

Readings:  Luke 2:8-14, Spiritual Experiences 491

The Three Drovers – William James, arr. G. Bier                                    Australia

Hymn:  City of David, Bethlehem…………………………948                  France

Bogoroditse Devo – Sergi Rachmaninoff                                                   Russia

Readings:  Luke 2:25-32, Apocalypse Explained 843:3

Still Still Still with Silent Night – arr. Ryan James Brandau                 Germany

Benediction and Closing of the Word

Hymn:  Lovely Child………………………………………………982                   USA

Organ Postlude
Carillon on a Ukranian Carol – Gerald Near                                                Ukraine

Minister:  Rev. Eric Carswell                Organ:  Terry Schnarr
Bryn Athyn Festival Chorus                  Conductor:  Graham Bier
Bryn Athyn Seraphim Choristers         Director:  Robin Bier

Student Conductor:  Ariel Martin

Guitar:  Grayson Zuber

Percussion:  Derek Ariel Austin