Does what it says on the tin!! So…..we start with the Cathedral in darkness, and as the choir and clergy move in stately procession from West to East, the cathedral is gradually lit by candles, until the whole building is bathed in light.
What better or more symbolic way to mark the start of the Liturgical year?
The service opens with the Matins Responsory for Advent Sunday to the music of Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, and is built around the seven plainsong “O” Antiphons, each of which is a name of Christ and deals with an attribute of the prophesied Messiah, as the choir move through the Cathedral. The Service also includes traditional Advent carols, together with anthems by Weelkes and Howells. This year there will be a World Premier performance of a setting by Sir Michael Berkeley of “An Advent Hymn”, a poem by the Archbishop of Canterbury, sponsored by Dean Justin and family as a birthday present for the Dean’s mother (Lucky lady). What we’ve heard in rehearsal so far sounds fantastic, if very difficult, so well done Mr Poulter and the choir!!
Please note the time……well from dusk to dark doesn’t quite work!