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Wednesday, 19 December 2012
The traditional service of 9 lessons and carols was held at St Mary's on the evening of the 18th of December.
A full congregation heard the Christmas story told in lessons from Genesis, Isaiah, St Luke, St Matthew, and St John.
The Choir and Congregation sang Once in Royal David's City, Long ago Prophets knew, O come O come Emmanuel, The first Nowell and O come all ye faithful.
The Choir sang Adam lay y'bounden By Boris Ord, A Maiden Most Gentle by Andrew Carter, Away in a Manger, Kirkpatrick, arr Wilcocks, In Dulci Jubilo, by Pearsall, Torches,by J Joubert, and Ding Dong Merrily on High, harmony by C Wood.

The children's choir sang the first verse of One in Royal David's City, and the third verse of Away in a Manger unaccompanied. It was a delight to have the children contribute to this service.

Please look at the calender for the other Christmas services at St Mary our Lady, and we wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Service Times

First Sunday in the Month:
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Matins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Variations can be found in the Parish Magazine or the Calendar at the bottom of this page.

Useful links


Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:


  1. St Mary's Facebook page
  2. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  3. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  4. Prayer for today.
  5. The C of E youtube channel.
  6. Hearing You is a new phone help line launched by the Diocese of Chichester in partnership with Together in Sussex in response to the impact that Covid 19 has had on Just about the whole community. It aims to provide pastoral support and a listening ear to the recently bereaved and people directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  7. COVID-19 advice from the Diocese of Chichester here.

Please note that St Mary's are not responsible for the contents of external links

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