Christmas Service

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20051225

We Have Seen His Glory

The impact of Christ's birth is explored through the contemporary events of this year in a celebration of Christmas from St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, with music, readings and the first performance of the winning entry in the Radio 4 Christmas Carol Competition.

The service is led by the Rev Rosemary Lain-Priestley, the preacher is Rev Nicholas Holtam and the Director of Music is Nicholas Danks.

20061225

'Light shining in the darkness'

The contrasting ways in which the gospel writers tell the story of Christ's birth is explored in a Christmas morning celebration from the village church setting of St Mary the Virgin in Bowdon, Cheshire.

During the service children place figures in the stable to complete the Christmas crib.

The service is led by Clair Jaquiss, the Preacher is Canon Trevor Dennis, and the Director of Music is Sasha Johnson Manning.

20071225

A service from Wesley's Chapel, London, led by Rev Dr Leslie Griffiths.

Preacher is Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, president of the Methodist Conference.

Music comes from classical girls' group All Angels and chamber choir Canticum, directed by Mark Forkgen and Simon Lole.

20081225

A service from Bath Abbey, led by the Rector, Rev Prebendary Edward Mason.

Preacher is Rev Dr Alan Garrow, the Abbey's vicar theologian.

Music comes from the Abbey choir, directed by Dr Peter King.

Organist: Marcus Sealy.

20081225

A service from Bath Abbey, led by the Rector, Prebendary Rev Edward Mason.

Preacher is Rev Dr Alan Garrow, the Abbey's vicar theologian.

Music comes from the Abbey choir.

20091225

A service with carols old and new from All Souls Church, Langham Place in London's West End.

Preacher: Rev Hugh Palmer.

With the All Souls Choir, directed by Noel Tredinnick.

A service with carols old and new from All Souls Church, Langham Place in London.

20101225

For All the World - Worship for Christmas Morning from St Martin-in-the-Fields in the heart of London led by the Revd Nicholas Holtam with the Revd Simon Buckley and the Choir of St Martin's and St Martin's High School Elite Gospel Choir directed by Andrew Earis and Njabulo Madlala.

The service will draw on the experiences of the diverse community which makes up this iconic Central London church, famed for its work with the homeless and its stunning musical tradition.

Producer: Stephen Shipley.

Christmas Morning Worship from St Martin-in-the-Fields led by the Revd Nicholas Holtam.

20111225

The Word made flesh. John Bell of the Iona Community leads worship for Christmas morning. Carols, readings and prayers tell the story of God's extraordinary choices in the birth of his Son. Leader: The Revd Nick Bundock.

The Daily Service Singers are directed by Andrew Earis, with organist Samuel Hudson. With a congregation gathered in Emmanuel Church Didsbury, in the leafy suburbs of South Manchester. Producer: Clair Jaquiss.

From Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, carols, readings and prayers for Christmas morning.

20121225

A Right Royal Christmas: Bishop Richard Chartres preaches from the Tower of London.

'A Right Royal Christmas' - Bishop Richard Chartres preaches from the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London at the close of a remarkable Diamond Jubilee Year. Bishop Stephen Oliver and Chaplain to the Queen and Chaplain to HM Tower of London, The Revd Roger Hall MBE, are joined by members of the community who today live within the walls of the Tower in this joyful act of worship for Christmas morning which will draw parallels and contrasts between the Kingship of Jesus Christ and some of the Royal happenings for which the Tower of London is famous. The Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London present a feast of lively and popular carols including the Christmas morning favourite 'I Saw Three Ships.' Music Director: Colm Carey with organist Andrew Arthur. Producer: Mark O'Brien.

20131225

Shepherds' Delight - A Christmas celebration from Chester Cathedral reflecting on the enthusiasm of the shepherds despite their lowly reputation in the eyes of the world. Their haste to get to the place of Jesus's birth testifies to their spiritual preparedness and eagerness for the coming of the Messiah. With meditations from the Rt Revd Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester, and traditional and modern carols by Peter Warlock, David Willcocks, Carl Rutti and Bryan Kelly sung by the Cathedral Choir with the Phoenix Brass Ensemble under the direction of Philip Rushworth. Organist: Benjamin Chewter. Producer: Stephen Shipley.

20141225

Christmas morning worship from Portsmouth Cathedral celebrates the season with members of the naval community, many of whom worship at the Cathedral. That includes several younger members of the cathedral choir who are from naval families whose parents are frequently on the other side of the world serving on ships in situations of danger or conflict.

Leader: The Dean of Portsmouth, the Very Reverend David Brindley

Preacher: The Chaplain of the Fleet, the Venerable Ian Wheatley

Director of Music: David Price

Sub Organist: Oliver Hancock

Producer: Clair Jaquiss.

20151225

Nick Baines is the Anglican Bishop of Leeds, known for 'musing' on social media as a 'restless bishop'. As Bishop of the Church of England's newest diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, he'll preach from Ripon Cathedral - the Cathedral for North Yorkshire - where each year a unique tradition of distributing apples takes place at the Christmas morning service. The Cathedral is at the heart of what since mediaeval times has been a thriving market town. Monasteries have stood on this site since the 7th century and both city and cathedral retain strong and intimate links with the surrounding North Yorkshire countryside, where stables and shepherds are practical everyday realities. Worship is led by the Dean, The Very Rev'd John Dobson. Organist and Director of Music Andrew Bryden conducts the Girl Choristers and the Lay Clerks of Ripon's Cathedral Choir, accompanied by Lowry Brass, and on the organ by Assistant Director of Music Tim Harper. Producer: Rowan Morton Gledhill.