#OnlineCarols14 10: Fourth Lesson from Isaiah 11: 1–3a; 4a; 6–9 — @yrieithydd

The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

With righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

Thanks be to God.

Four stained glass panels depicting a tree growing out of Jesse, with Mary and Jesus at the top

Jesse Tree, window in the Lady Chapel of St Mary’s Redcliffe


#OnlineCarols14 9: Unto us is born a son — Lucy Kennedy

Unto us is born a son,
King of choirs supernal:
See on earth his life begun,
Of lords the Lord eternal
Of lords the Lord eternal.

Christ, from heav’n descending low,
Comes on earth a stranger;
Ox and ass their Owner know
Becradled in a manger
Becradled in a manger.

This did Herod sore affray,
And grievously bewilder,
So he gave the word to slay,
And slew the little childer
And slew the little childer.

Of his love and mercy mild
Hear the Christmas story:
O that Mary’s gentle Child
Might lead us up to glory
Might lead us up to glory!

O and A and A and O,
Cantemus in choro,
Voice and organ, sing we so,
Benedicamus Domino
Benedicamus Domino.

A nativity scene on a Christmas tree decoration surrounded by foliage and lights

Photo by Nick Morgan

#OnlineCarols14 8: Third Lesson from Isaiah 9: 2; 6–7 — @theabingdontaxi

read by Colin @theabingdontaxi

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever.

The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

#OnlineCarols14 7: Angels, from the realms of Glory — @lizzie_rascal84

by Liz Skudder

Angels from the realms of glory
Wing your flight over all the earth
Ye, who sang creations story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth
Come and worship, worship Christ the king
Come and worship, Worship Christ the newborn King

Shepherds in the fields abiding
Watching over your flocks by night
God with man is now residing
Yonder shines the Infant light
Come and worship, worship Christ the king
Come and worship, Worship Christ the newborn King

Sages leave your contemplations
Brighter visions beam afar
Seek the great Desire of nations
Ye have seen His natal star
Come and worship, worship Christ the king
Come and worship, Worship Christ the newborn King

Saints before the alter bending
Watching long in hope and fear
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear
Come and worship, worship Christ the king
Come and worship, Worship Christ the newborn King

#OnlineCarols14 6: Second Lesson from Genesis 22: 15–18 — @tall_rich

The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, nd said, ‘By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.’

Genesis 22:15-18, NRSV, read by @tall_rich

St Alban's Abbey with candles

St Alban’s Abbey

#OnlineCarols14 5: A Song for Mary — @mossandjones

It wasn’t silent that night
some of her cries were clear and bright
rose across the sleepy town
until the babe was fully born.

Silent night, holy night.

And when the baby was born
in early hours of the morn
she put baby to her breast
and then the babe did all the rest.

Silent night, holy night.

And then the visitors came
at first a few, but then their fame
spread from shepherds as to kings
and all of them had gifts to bring.

Silent night
a hope for the future lies sleeping
in mother’s arms.
Holy night
wholly filled with love and hopes
to keep safe from harm, from harm.

And when at last she found space
to nurse her baby in some peace
love combined with thoughts of grief
knowing that this too would cease.

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright.

A Song for Mary

#OnlineCarols14 4: First Lesson from Genesis 3: 8–19 by @drbexl

Genesis 3:8-19New International Version (NIV)

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”


17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”