Order of Service
*Hymn 476 Now Lay We Calmly in the Grave This Form
* Ave, Maria J.S. Bach, C. Gounod
Ave maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum;
Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.
Domine Jesu, Filius Patris, Redemptor,
Miserere nobis, nobis peccatoribus Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
“Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.”
Lord Jesus, Son of the Father, Redeemer,
Have mercy on us, on us sinners, Now and in the hour of our death. Amen.
Luke 1:28, 42. Liturgical text, fourth century.
* Hymn 359:1,2,4 This Is The Feast of Victory
* O Day Full of Grace C.E.F. Weyse, (1774-1842)
Arr. F. Melius Christiansen (1871-1955)
O day full of grace which we behold, Now gently to view ascending,
Thou over the earth thy reign unfold, Good cheer to all mortals lending,
That children of light in every clime May prove that the night is ending.
How blest was that gracious midnight hour, When God in our flesh was given;
Then broke forth the dawn with light and power,
That spread o'er the darkened heaven ;
Then rose o'er the world that Sun divine Which gloom from our hearts hath driven.
Yea, were every tree endowed with speech, And every leaflet singing,
They never with praise His worth could reach,
Though earth with their praise be ringing.
Who fully could praise the Light of Life Who light to our souls is bringing?
With joy we depart for the fatherland, And there we shall walk in endless light.
N. F. S. Grundvtig (1783-1872)
* Postlude: Gloria in excelsis Deo from Mass in b minor J.S. Bach 1685-1750
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Glory be to God on high, and on earth, peace, goodwill towards men. Luke 2:14