Wednesday, 1 December 2021

December and Christmas 2021
in the Rathkeale and
Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

The Christmas Crib in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Sunday 5 December (The Second Sunday of Advent, Advent II):

9.30: The Parish Eucharist, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton;
11.30: Morning Prayer, Saint Brendan’s Church, Tarbert;

Readings: Baruch 5: 1-9; the Canticle Benedictus (Luke 1: 68-79); Philippians 1: 3-11; Luke 3: 1-6.

Hymns:
119, Come, thou long-expected Jesus (CD 8)
Canticle: Benedictus as Hymn 685 (CD 39)
134, Make way, make way, for Christ the King (CD 8)
204, When Jesus came to Jordan (CD 13)

5 p.m.: Carols and Lighting the Christmas tree, the Old Abbey, Rathkeale.

Sunday 12 December 2021 (The Third Sunday of Advent, Advent III):

9.30: The Parish Eucharist, Castletown;
11.30:, Morning Prayer, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.

Readings: Zephaniah 3: 14-20; Canticle Song of Isaiah (CD 43, No 6), Philippians 4: 4-7; Luke 3: 7-18.

Hymns:
281, Rejoice, the Lord is King! (CD 17)
Canticle: Song of Isaiah (CD 43, No 6)
135, O come, O come, Emmanuel (CD 8)
136, On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (CD 8)

Sunday 19 December 2021 (The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Advent IV):

9.30: no morning service, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton;
11.30: The Parish Eucharist, Saint Brendan’s Church, Tarbert

Readings: Micah 5: 2-5a; the Canticle Magnificat (Luke 1: 46-55; Hymn 712, CD 40); Hebrews 10: 5-10; Luke 1: 39-45.

Hymns:
158, God rest you merry, gentlemen (CD 9)
Canticle: Magnificat, Luke 1: 46-55 as Hymn 712 (CD 40)
174, O little town of Bethlehem (CD 11)
198, The first Nowell the angel did say (CD 12)

3 p.m.: Carol Service, Askeaton, followed by refreshments (subject to Covid restrictions at the time).

Processional Hymn: 177, Once in royal David’s city

Carol 1: 155, Ding Dong! merrily on high

Lesson 1: Genesis 3: 8-19 (Adam has Paradise but his progeny will bruise the serpent’s head)

Carol 2: 135, O come, O come, Emmanuel

Lesson 2: Genesis 22: 15-18 (God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed all nations shall be blessed)

Carol 3: 133, Long ago, prophets knew

Lesson 3: Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7 (The prophet foretells the coming of the Saviour)

Carol 4: 174, O little town of Bethlehem

Lesson 4: Micah 5: 2-5a (The place of the Redeemer’s birth is Bethlehem)

Carol 5: 160, Hark! the herald-angels sing

Lesson 5: Luke 1: 26-35, 38 (The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Carol 6: 164, It came upon the midnight clear

Lesson 6: Luke 2: 1, 3-7 (Saint Luke tells of the birth of Jesus)

Carol 7: 158, God rest you merry gentlemen

Lesson 7: Luke 2: 8-16 (The shepherds go to the manger)

Carol 8: 152, ‘Come and join the celebration’

Lesson 8: Matthew 2: 1-11 (The wise men are led by the star to the Christ Child)

Carol 9: 149, Away in a manger

Lesson 9: John 1: 1-14 (Saint John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation)

Hymn: 162, In the bleak mid-winter (Christina Rossetti; music, Gustav Holst)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: 172, O come, all ye faithful (Adeste Fideles)

Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December 2021:

6 p.m.: The Christmas Eucharist, Saint Brendan’s Church, Tarbert (please note revised time)
8 p.m.:, The Christmas Eucharist, Castletown Church (please note revised time)

Readings: Isaiah 9: 2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1-14.

Hymns:
174, O little town of Bethlehem (CD 11)
160, Hark! the herald angels sing (CD 9)
182, Silent night, holy night (CD 11)

Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December 2021:

9.30 am:, The Christmas Eucharist, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton
11 am: The Christmas Eucharist; Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale

Readings: Isaiah 9: 2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1-14.


Hymns:
177, Once in royal David’s city (CD 11)
184, Unto us is born a Son (CD 11)
172, O come, all ye faithful (CD 10)

26 December 2021, Saint Stephen’s Day, Christmas 1:

11 a.m.: Morning Prayer, Rathkeale (note the time; this is the only service in this group of parishes on this Sunday).

The Readings: II Chronicles 24: 20-22; Psalm 119: 161-168; Acts 7: 51-60; Matthew 10: 17-22.

Hymns:
459, For all the saints, who from their labours rest (CD 27)
170, Love came down at Christmas (CD 10)

Sunday 2 January 2022 (Christmas 2):

9.30: The Parish Eucharist, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton
11.30:, Morning Prayer, Saint Brendan’s Church, Tarbert

Readings: I Samuel 2: 18-20, 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3: 12-17; Luke 2: 41-52.

Hymns:
166, Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (CD 10)
162, Infant holy, infant lowly (CD 9)
152, Come and join the celebration (CD 9)

Thursday 6 January 2022 (The Epiphany):

11 a.m.: Askeaton, the Epiphany Eucharist, followed by traditional Epiphany ‘chalking’.

Readings: Isaiah 60: 1-6; Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3: 1-12; Matthew 2: 1-12.

Hymns:
202, What child is this, who laid to rest (CD 13)
201, We three kings of Orient are (CD 13)
189, As with gladness men of old (CD 12)

‘Star of Bethlehem’ (1887-1890) by Edward Burn-Jones (1833-1898) … the largest watercolour of the 19th century, and now in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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