For Christmas Vigils, 2016, the Prelude looks/sounds like this:

(1) J. S. Bach: In dulci jubilo  
Performed by Kay Johannsen, organ.

(2) Corelli: “Pastorale” from Christmas Concerto, Op. 68
Performed by Freiburger Barockorchester (Video: 10’49” to end ).

(3) Johannes Herbst: Hier schläft es
Performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell, Baritone, and Lititz Orchestra.

(4) Bach, arr.: O Jesulein Süß

In German
Solo version to hear diction (performed by Taverner Consort).

Choral version performed by Thomanerchor (Leipzig); different text, nice style.

In English (though our translation is different)

Choral version performed by St. George’s Hanover Square Choir

(5) Cherwien, arr.: How Far is it to Bethlehem
Performance on publisher’s website. Click on the site address below to access the recording.

(6) Walcha: Den die Hirten Lobten sehre (Him the Shepherds Praise so Greatly)
Performed by Geoff Olson, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

(7) Convery: Christmas Daybreak
Performed by Chico State University Chamber Choir (2004).
Dr. Jeffrey S. Gemmell, conductor
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During the Offertory:

Corelli: Adagio-Allegro-Adagio from Christmas Concerto, Op. 68 Performed by Freiburger Barockorchester (Video: 3’55”-7’33”).


Anthems During the Service:

Schultz: Thou Child DivinePerformed by Boston Baroque under the direction of Martin Pearlman on their recording, Lost Music of Early America: Music of the Moravians (1998).

Haydn: “Benedictus” from Harmoniemesse, Hob. XXII:14.

Reissiger: Mache dich auf. Moravian Music Foundation recording, Gaudeamus: Music of the Moravians (2008).


Anthem for the Christmas Family Lovefeast:

Old Basque Carol: The Angel Gabriel. Performed by King’s College Choir in Carols from Kings (2009).

Boyce & Pace: Beautiful Star. Performed by Chanticleer on their recording Christmas with  Chanticleer and Dawn Upshaw (2001).