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 Church of Canada

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christmas eve music

These are the selections for Christmas Eve.
As music ministers, I am hoping that we'll be able to offer a few selections as a choir, and have individuals lead a piece while everyone else is muted and sings along.

O Come O come Emmanuel  - Sung as choir

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

1 O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

2 O come, O come, great Lord of might,

who to your tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain

3 O come, O King of nations, bind

in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease
and be yourself our King of Peace. Refrain 

The Huron Carol - Rev. Deb Edghill-Jones to lead


1. 'Twas in the moon of winter-time
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wandering hunter heard the hymn:

"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria."

2. Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp'd His beauty round;
But as the hunter braves drew nigh,
The angel song rang loud and high. Refrain

3. O children of the forest free,
O sons of Manitou,
The Holy Child of earth and heaven
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy. Refrain

4. The earliest moon of winter-time
is not so round and fair,

As was the ring of glory
on the helpless infant there;

The chiefs from far before him knelt
with gifts of fox and beaver pelt.

"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, In excelsis gloria."

O Holy Night  - Perhaps Rev. Teri-Anne

O Holy Night

O Holy Night  

The stars are brightly shining
It 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
O hear the angel voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine
O night, O night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
Led by good news of angels sweetly singing
The Shepherds join us at their great command.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend.


Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall God break for his Son is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.


Away in a Manger - AB Deb

away in a manger
Deborah Vaughan (Deborah Vaughan's Album)

Hymn before the Sermon -  In the Bleak Midwinter - perhaps Rev Kywin takes lead

High w/ BGVs
Primotrax (In the Bleak Midwinter)

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan;
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago

(short music break)

2 Our God, heaven cannot hold Him

Nor earth sustain,
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty —
Jesus Christ.

(short music break)

3 Angels and Archangels

May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air;
But only His Mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.

(short music break)

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 I can I give Him,
Give my heart.

O Come, All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful

Offertory Hymn:  O come, All Ye Faithful - perhaps Rev. Charlene takes lead

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 of Light eternal, 
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin's womb; 
Son of the Father, begotten, not created, [Refrain] 

3 Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, 
Sing, all ye citizens of heav'n above: 
"Glory to God, all glory in the highest!" [Refrain]

Closing Hymn - Silent Night - Sung as Choir

Silent Night

Silent Night

1 Silent night! Holy Night! 
All is calm, all is bright
round yon 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!
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.