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THE MARINERS’ CLUB
     
     
HONG KONG
     
     
     
CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE
     
     
with
     
     
The Choir of All Saints’ Cathedral Mong Kok
     
and
     
The Choir of Gonville &      Caius College Cambridge
     
     
     
     
SUNDAY, 14TH      DECEMBER 2014
     
     
AT 7.30 P.M.




 

 
PROCESSIONAL HYMN                  (Congregation stands)
 
Once in Royal David’s City              (1st verse choir only)
 

1.Once in royal David’s city
 
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
 
Where a mother laid her baby
 
In a manger for his 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
 
Day by day like us he grew,
 
He was little, weak and helpless,
 
Tears and smiles like us he knew:
 
And he feeleth for our sadness,
 
And he shareth in our gladness.
 
   
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,
 
Where like stars his children crowned,
 
All in white shall wait around.
 
 
WELCOME        (Sit)                                                                                                         
 
                                         
 
The Reverend Stephen Miller, Senior Chaplain
The Mission to Seafarers            







THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever.   Amen.

INSTRUMENTAL      O Christmas Tree                               Cathedral Chimers
                                     Deck the Hall




1ST LESSON                           Genesis 3.8 – 15                                     (Sit)
                                             Mr. Justin Davis, Intern (The Episcopal Church USA)
                                             The Mission to Seafarers

ANTHEM                                 A Spotless Rose                                  Joint Choir

A spotless rose is blowing, Sprung from a tender root,
Of ancient seers foreshowing, Of Jesse promised fruit;
Its fairest bud unfolds to light Amid the cold, cold winder,
And in the dark midnight. The rose which I am singing,
Whereof Isaiah said, is from its sweet root springing
In Mary purest maid; for through our God great love and might,
The Blessed Babe she bare us in a cold, cold winter’s night.
(Words: Anonymous, 14th century, Music: Herbert Howells)

2ND LESSON                       Genesis 22.15 – 18                                    (Sit)
                                          Rev. Anders Johansson, Senior Chaplain
                                          Church of Sweden, Hong Kong

 
HYMN (Congregation stands)
 
WHAT CHILD IS THIS                                                                                
 
   
1.What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him love,
The Babe, the son of Mary.
 
    
2.So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
 
Come, peasant, king, to own him.
 
The King of kings salvation brings,
 
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
 Raise, raise the song on high,  
 
The virgin sings her lullaby :
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The babe, the Son of Mary.

3RD LESSON                                         Isaiah 9.2, 6 & 7                               (Sit)
                                                           Mr Johann Winklhofer, Assistant Chaplain
                                                           German Seamen’s Mission


ANTHEM                                    A great and mighty wonder     G & C Cambridge Choir

A great and mighty wonder, A full and holy cure!
The Virgin bears the Infant With virgin honour pure.
  Repeat the hymn again!
"To God on high be glory, And peace on earth to men!"

The Word becomes incarnate and yet remains on high!
And cherubim sing anthems to shepherds from the sky.
  Repeat the hymn again! etc

While thus they sing your Monarch, Those bright angelic bands,
Rejoice, ye vales and mountains, Ye oceans clap your hands.
  Repeat the hymn again! etc

Since all he comes to ransom. By all be he adored,
The Infant born in Bethl'em the Savior and the Lord.
  Repeat the hymn again! etc

And idol forms shall perish, and error shall decay,
And Christ shall wield his sceptre, Our Lord and God for ay.
  Repeat the hymn again! Etc
(Text: St. Germanus, 634-734; translated by John M. Neale, 1818-1866
Music: Old German tune; Harmony: Michael Praetorius)

4TH LESSON                                                  Isaiah 11.1 – 9                                  (Sit)
                                                                    Ms. Sol Paderagao
                                                                    A Flying Angel


INSTRUMENTAL                       It came upon the midnight clear/                        Clarinet Solo
                                                     Angels we have heard on high

CAROL                                        Sans Day Carol                                                      Joint Choir
 
  
1.Now the holly bears a berry as white as the milk,
 
     And Mary bore Jesus, who was wrapped up in silk:
 
Chorus
 
And Mary bore Jesus Christ our Saviour for to be,
 And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly.
 
Holly! Holly!
 
And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly!
 
 
2. Now the holly bears a berry as green as the grass,
 
    And Mary bore Jesus, who died on the cross: (Chorus)
 
 
3. Now the holly bears a berry as black as the coal,
 
    And Mary bore Jesus, who died for us all: (Chorus)
 
 
4. Now the holly bears a berry, as blood is it red,
 
    Then trust we our Saviour, who rose from the dead: (Chorus)
 
(Cornish traditional carol, Arranged by John Rutter)

5TH LESSON                                 Luke 1.26 – 38                                        (Sit)
                                                   Captain Luca Ferrerio, Assistant Chaplain
                                                   The Mission to Seafarers



HYMN (Congregation stands)
The Angel Gabriel
1. The Angel Gabriel from heaven came,
his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
‘All hail,’ said he, ‘thou lowly maiden Mary,
most highly favoured lady.’
Gloria!

2. ‘For known a blessèd Mother thou shalt be,
all generations laud and honour thee,
thy son shall be Emmanuel by seers foretold;
most highly favoured lady.’
Gloria!

3. Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
‘To me be as it pleaseth God,’ she said.
‘My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name’:
most highly favoured lady.
Gloria!

4. Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born
in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,
‘Most highly favoured lady.’
Gloria!

6TH LESSON                                                           Matthew 1.18 – 23                              (Sit)
                                                                             Mr. Anthony Nightingale, Chairman
                                                                            Sailors Home and The Mission to Seafarer


ANTHEM                                              O Holy Night / Pass the Advent Candle /                  Children Choir
                                                          English Carols

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
This is the night of the dear Savior's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees!
Oh, hear the angel voices.
O night divine, O night when Christ was born.
O night divine, O night, O night divine.
(English Words by D.S.Dwight, Music by Adolphe Adams)

Words by Patrick M.Liebergen and John M. Neale
Arranged by Patrick M.Liebergen
Pass the light of peace around, See the light of hope abound;
Hear the song of joy resound, Let the light of love go 'round;
Hear the song of joy resound, Let the light of love go 'round.
O pass the light of peace around.
Pass the light of peace around, See the light of hope abound;
Hear the song of joy resound, Let the light of love go 'round;
Hear the song of joy resound, Let the light of love go 'round.
O pass the light of peace around, and let the light of hope abound.
Pass the light of peace and hope around, Hear the song of joy resound, rejoice!
Let the light of love go 'round.
Pass the light around!
O pass the light of peace around.

Here we come a-caroling among the leaves so green.
Here we come a-wand'ring, so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you, and to you glad Christmas, too.
And God bless you and send you a happy New Year,
And God send you a happy New Year!
We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin,
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
(Words: Traditional, Arranged by Yu Wing Fun)

HYMN (Congregation stands)
Silent Night
1. Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round you virgin mother and child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

2. Silent night, Holy night,
Shepherds quake 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 from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

7TH LESSON                                                             Luke 2.8 – 16 (Sit)
                                                                                Father Valan Arockiaswamy, SVD
                                                                                Port Chaplain
                                                                                Apostleship of the Sea

HYMN (Congregation stands)
While Shepherds watched their Flocks by night
1. While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.

2. ‘Fear not,’ said he (for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind);
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.

3. To you in David’s town this day
Is born of David’s line
A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;
And this shall be the sign:

4. The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid.’

5. Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, who thus
Addressed their joyful song:

6. ‘All glory be to God on high,
And on the earth be peace;
Good-will henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease.

8TH LESSON                                              Matthew 2.1 – 11                           (Sit)
                                                                 Mr. Colin Shaftesley, Hon. Secretary
                                                                 Sailors Home & The Mission to Seafarers

CAROL                                    God rest ye merry gentlemen                      Joint Choir

God rest you merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Saviour was born upon this day,
To save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray:
Refrain
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

In Bethlehem, in Israel, this blessed Babe was born,
And laid within a manger Upon this blessed morn;
The which His Mother Mary did nothing take in scorn: (Refrain)

From God our heavenly Father a blessed angel came,
And unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same,
How that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name: (Refrain)

The shepherds at those tidings rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks afeeding in tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightwaythis blessed babe to find: (Refrain)

But when to Bethlehem they came,
Whereat this infant lay,
They found him in a manger, where oxen feed on hay;
His mother Mary kneeling unto the Lord did pray: (Refrain)

Now to the Lord sing praises, all you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas all others doth deface: (Refrain)
(English carol, 18th century, Arranged by Mark Sirett)


9TH LESSON                               John 1.1 – 14                                     (Sit)
                                                The Reverend Maria-Louize Helbo, Danish Minister
                                                 Danish Seamen’s Church

ANTHEM                 Hear the angels sing                                     G & C Cambridge Choir

Hear the angels sing, Carolling the baby King,
Tidings of joy they bring: Praise the King of kings.
Say a simple prayer, Nature’s finest gifts prepare;
Gold, frankincense and myrrh: Say a simple prayer.
Out of the East the three wise men Followed the wisdom of the star!
See the candle shine, Twinkling an ageless sign,
Crowning a humble shrine: See the candle shine.
In that rustic stall, Watchful lies the Lord of all,
Safe in His mother’s shawl: Bless the Lord of all.
Sweetly sleeps the new-born child, Peaceful in His manger bed
and hushed with lullabies. Monarchs from the East
Kneel beside the lowing beasts. Come, join the birthday feast:
Join the Christmas feast. Sound the trumpets bright,
Echoes in the longest night; Welcome the morning light:
Echoes through the night. Where the holly grows,
Magical the ivy glows, Glimmers the mistletoe,
Where the holly grows. Shepherds passing by
Catch the infant’s lusty cry, Keen in the clear cold sky
Rings the infant’s cry. Out of the East the three wise men
Followed the wisdom of the star! Hear the angels sing,
Carolling the baby King, Tidings of joy they bring:
Praise the King of kings. Say a simple prayer,
Nature’s finest gifts prepare; Gold, frankincense and myrrh:
Say a simple prayer. Hear, hear the angels sing,
Carolling the baby King, Tidings of joy they bring:
Praise the King of kings! Come hear the angels sing!
(Text: Paul Williamson, Music: Thomas Hewitt Jones (b. 1984))

OFFERTORY HYMN (Congregation stands)
During which the collection will be taken for the Chaplains’ Christmas Appeal for Christmas gifts for seafarers.

O come, all ye faithful
1. O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
  Born the King of Angels:
  O come, let us adore him,
  O come, let us adore him,
  O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
2. God of God,
Light to Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God,
Begotten, not created:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

3. See how the Shepherds,
Summoned to his cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear;
We too will thither
Bend our joyful footsteps:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

4. Lo! star-led chieftains,
Magi, Christ adoring,
Offer him incense, gold, and myrrh;
We to the Christ Child
Bring our heart’s oblations:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

5. Child, for us sinners
Poor and in the manger,
Fain we embrace thee, with awe and love;
Who would not love thee,
Loving us so dearly?
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

6. Sing, choirs of Angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God
In the Highest:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

PRAYERS                                                   The Reverend Stephen Miller, Senior Chaplain
                                                                   The Mission to Seafarers

HYMN (Congregation stands)
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:
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

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:
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

BLESSING

RECESSIONAL HYMN (Congregation stands)
Eternal Father
1. Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biss’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

2. O Trinity of love and power,
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.


Thank you!

We are most grateful to All Saints’ Cathedral Choir and The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge for leading the singing in our worship.  Our thanks also to all who took part in reading the lessons.

We  wish  you  and  you’re  family  all  the  blessings  of  Christmas and hope that you will stay and join us for the party that follows tonight’s service.

Merry Christmas (English)
geseënde Kersfees (AFRIKAANS)
ميلاد مجيد (miilaad majiid) (ARABIC)
З Божым нараджэннем (Z Bozym naradzenniem) (BELARUSIAN)
subho baradin (BENGALI)
sretan Božić (BOSNIAN)
весела коледа (vesela koleda) (BULGARIAN)
Christmas nay hma mue pyaw pa (BURMESE)
圣诞快乐 (Simplified Chinese)
聖誕快樂 (Traditional Chinese)
Nadelek lowen (CORNISH)
sretan Božić (CROATIAN)
Glædelig jul (Danish)
vrolijk Kerstfeest (DUTCH)
häid jõule (ESTONIAN)
Maligayang Pasko (FILIPINO)
hyvää joulua (FINNISH)
joyeux Noël (FRENCH)
gilocav shoba axal wels (GEORGIAN)
frohe Weihnachten / fröhliche Weihnachten (GERMAN)
Καλα Χριστούγεννα (kala christougenna / kala xristougenna) (GREEK)
חג מולד שמח (hag molad saméa'h) (HEBREW)
Krismas ki subhkamna (HINDI)
selamat Natal (INDONESIAN)
Nollaig shona (IRISH GAELIC)
buon Natale (ITALIAN)
sugeng Natal (JAVANESE)
merii kurisumasu (JAPANESE)
메리크리스마스 (KOREAN)
souksan van Christmas (LAO)
felix dies Nativitatis (LATIN)
priecīgus Ziemassvētkus (LATVIAN)
su Kalėdomis / linksmų Kalėdų (LITHUANIAN)
среќен Божиќ (MACEDONIAN)
selamat hari natal (MALAY)
Christmas ashamshagal (MALAYALAM)
meri Kirihimete (MAORI)
god jul (NORWEGIAN)
کریسمس مبارک (Christmas mobaarak) (PERSIAN)
wesołych świąt bożego Narodzenia (POLISH)
feliz Natal (PORTUGUESE)
un Crăciun fericit (ROMANIAN)
с Рождеством Христовым (S rozhdestvom Khristovym) (RUSSIAN)
ia manuia le Kerisimasi (SAMOAN)
Nollaig chridheil (SCOTTISH GAELIC)
Христос се роди (Hristos se rodi) (SERBIAN)
Chrismas joon wadhayoon (SINDHI)
suba nattalak wewa (SINHALESE)
vesel božič / vesele božične praznike (SLOVENIAN)
feliz Navidad (SPANISH)
heri la Krismasi (SWAHILI)
God Jul (SWEDISH)
கிறிஸ்மஸ் தின நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள் (Krismas dina nal vaagethoukkal) (TAMIL)
Krismas shubhakankshalu (TELUGU)
สุขสันต์วันคริสต์มาส (souksaan wan Christmas) (THAI)
mele Kilisimasi (TONGAN)
Noeliniz kutlu olsun (TURKISH)
З Різдвом Христовим (Z Rizdvom Khrystovym) (UKRAINIAN)
Mừng Chúa Giáng Sinh (VIETNAMESE)
Nadolig llawen (WELSH)
Jénwèl (WEST INDIAN CREOLE)
אַ גוטע ניטל (a gute nitl) (YIDDISH)
UKhisimusi omuhle (ZULU)










               




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