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Midnight Mass: A Preview

Thursday, December 24, 2009, 00:05 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

My church has a regular Sunday choir that for many years didn’t sing at Christmas and Easter masses. In order to provide special music for the Easter Vigil and Midnight Mass at Christmas, the music director began assembling a pick-up choir for those two occasions, and it became a tradition. This year, we are officially the regular choir with tag-alongs. I’m an annual tag-along, even though I read music and sing better than some of the regulars. Alas, that’s the risk you run when you don’t require auditions. But I digress.

With a whopping two rehearsals under our belts, we are almost ready for church tomorrow night. We were supposed to have three rehearsals, but last weekend’s snow storm necessitated the cancellation of rehearsal #2. The choir director is relying on a cram rehearsal before mass and the Holy Spirit after that.

Without further ado, here’s a sneak peak at the music we are doing at tomorrow’s Midnight Mass. Join us if you’re in the neighborhood. Lessons and Carols start at 11:30 pm, Mass at (wait for it) midnight.

Lessons and Carols

  • “As the Night Begins” (Norbet)
  • “My Soul in Stillness Waits” (Haugen)
  • “Verbum Caro” (Anon.)
  • “Hodie Christus Natus Est” (O’Brien)
  • “Child of the Poor” (Soper)
  • “Just When We Truly Needed Peace” (Carter)
  • “O Holy Night” (Adam)


  • Gathering — “O Come All Ye Faithful” (Anon.)
  • Responsorial Psalm — “Today Is Born Our Savior” (Chepponis)
  • “Christmas Season Gospel Acclamation” (Sussex Carol, adapt. Bridge)
  • Gloria — “A Christmas Gloria” (Gibson)
  • Presentation of Gifts — “The First Noel” (Anon.)
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist mass parts — Mass of Creation (Haugen)
  • Lord’s Prayer (Brown)
  • Communion Hymn (choir) — “Wood of the Cradle” (O’Brien)
  • Communion Hymn (congregation) — “Silent Night” (Mohr, Gruber)
  • Closing Hymn — “Joy to the World” (Handel)
  • Postlude — “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (Mendelssohn)
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