Nine Lessons and Carols 2018

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2018, the VII installment of a Spotify playlist tradition

Spotify Nine Lessons and Carols 2018

Each Christmastide on Spotify, I publish a playlist in the format of the Nine Lessons and Carols, something that we heard earlier today from King’s College Cambridge.

From me to you all, I wish you a happy Christmas with friends and family near and far.


Processional Hymn: Once in royal David’s city (tune: IRBY)

Bidding Prayer, The Lord’s Prayer, and Blessing

Carol: What sweeter music (John Rutter, commissioned for the 1987 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols)

First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-19

Carol: Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord)

Hymn: O come, o come, Emmanuel (tune: VENI EMMANUEL)

Second Lesson: Genesis 22:15-18

Carol: The Lord at first did Adam make (arr. David Willcocks)

Carol: Ríu ríu chíu (Spanish)

Third Lesson: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Carol: In dulci jubilo (Hieronymus Praetorius)

Hymn: God rest you merry, Gentlemen (tune: GOD REST YOU MERRY)

Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-3a, 4a, 6-9

Carol: A tender shoot (Otto Goldschmidt)

Carol: A spotless rose (Herbert Howells)

Fifth Lesson: St Luke 1:26-35, 38

Carol: On Christmas night all Christians sing (Sussex Carol, arr. Philip Ledger)

Hymn: O little town of Bethlehem (tune: FOREST GREEN)

Sixth Lesson: St Luke 2:1, 3-7

Carol: Carol Eliseus (Huw Watkins, commissioned for the 2017 Nine Lessons & Carols)

Hymn: While shepherds watched (tune: WINCHESTER OLD)

Seventh Lesson: St Luke 2:8-16

Carol: O magnum mysterium (Morten Lauridsen)

Eighth Lesson: St Matthew 2:1-12

Carol: Un nacimiento (Diego Luzuriaga)

Carol: The Three Kings (arr. Ivor Atkins)

Ninth Lesson: St John 1:1-14

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (tune: ADESTE FIDELES, arr. David Willcocks)

Prayer and Blessing

Retiring Hymn: Hark! the herald-angels sing (tune: MENDELSSOHN)

Organ voluntary: In dulci jubilo, S. 729 (J.S. Bach); Pièces de Fantaisie en quatre suites Livre II op. 53: Toccata (Vierne)