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Cathedral Choir | Women of St. James Schola  |  Cathedral Cantorei
Jubilate! Young Women's Ensemble | Schola Cantorum | Seraphim Choir
Joseph Adam, Director of Music & Cathedral Organist
Stacey Sunde, Director of Youth Music
Samuel Libra, Associate Cathedral Organist

Here, you will find the schedule of Advent and Christmas liturgies that are supported by one or more of the Cathedral choirs, as well as our Advent and New Year's concert listings. The Saturday 5:30pm Vigil and Sunday 8:00am Masses are with organ and cantor. For more detailed information about weekly liturgical music, we invite you to follow our Facebook page at "Music at St. James Cathedral" where we post each Sunday's music in advance.

Readings & Carols | Christmas Eve | Christmas Day

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 1
Organ Voluntary:
Bach – Wake, awake, and sleep no longer, BWV 645

Choral Motets:
- 10:00am Mass – Cathedral Choir
Bruckner – Virga Jesse
Rheinberger – Ad te levavi

- 12:00pm Mass – Jubilate! Young Women's Ensemble and Schola Cantorum
Rose – Come thou Redeemer of the earth
Iliff – The angel Gabriel

- 5:30pm Mass – Women of St. James Schola
(no organ voluntaries)
Ord – Adam lay ybounden
Bach – Zion hört die Wächter singen

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 at 8:00pm – MEDIEVAL WOMEN'S CHOIR CONCERT: NOW MAKE WE MIRTHË
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THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 8
Organ Voluntary:
Böhm – Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele
or
Krebs – Fantasia on "Freu dich sich, o meine Seele"
Choral Motets:
- 10:00am Mass – Cathedral Choir
Wood – Hail, gladdening Light
Handel – "And the glory of the Lord" from Messiah

- 12:00pm Mass – organ & cantor

- 5:30pm Mass – Women of St. James Schola
Chant – Creator of the stars of night
Rose – I look from afar

A SERVICE OF READINGS AND CAROLS – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 at 7:30pm
The combined adult and youth choirs of St. James with the Cathedral Brass

Introit: Chant – Creator of the stars of nightWomen of St. James Schola
Carol: VENI EMMANUEL – O come, O come, Emmanuel
Choral Responsory: trad. English, arr. Tom Johnston – Down in yon forestJubilate! Young Women's Ensemble
Choral Responsory: trad. Polish, arr. David Iliff – Infant Holy, Infant LowlySchola Cantorum & Seraphim Choir
Choral Responsory: Elizabeth Poston – Jesus Christ, the apple treeSchola Cantorum
Carol: HELMSLEY, arr. Rutter – Lo, he comes with clouds descending
Choral Responsory: Vincent Lübeck – Willkommen, süβer BräutigamJubilate! Young Women's Ensemble
Carol: ES IST EIN ROS – Lo! How a rose e'er blooming
Choral Responsory: Herbert Howells – Magnificat "Collegium Regale"Cathedral Choir
Carol: IRBY, arr. Willcocks – Once in royal David's city
Choral Responsory: Egerton ms., 16th c. – Sweet was the song the Virgin sungWomen of St. James Schola
Choral Responsory: trad. German, arr. Barry Rose – Still, still, stillJubilate! Young Women's Ensemble
Choral Responsory: trad. Mexican – ArruruSchola Cantorum & Seraphim Choir
Choral Responsory: Will Todd – My Lord has comeCathedral Choir
Choral Responsory: trad. English, arr. David Iliff – The Holly and the IvySchola Cantorum & Jubilate! Young Women's Ensemble
Carol: GLORIA – Angels we have heard on high
Choral Responsory: Healey Willan – The Three KingsCathedral Choir
Carol: MENDELSSOHN, arr. Webster – Hark! The herald angels sing
Carol: STILLE NACHT – Silent night, holy nightSchola Cantorum and Seraphim Choir verse 1
Carol: ADESTE FIDELES, arr. Webster – O come, all ye faithful
Organ Procession: Adolphus Hailstork – Toccata on “Veni Emmanuel”

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THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 15
Organ Voluntaries:
Guilain – Suite on the Magnificat
Bach – Fugue on the Magnificat: Meine Seele erhebt den Gott, BWV 733

Choral Motets:
- 10:00am Mass – Cathedral Choir
Redford/Anon. – Rejoice in the Lord alway
Howells – Magnificat (Collegium Regale)

- 12:00pm Mass – organ & cantor

- 5:30pm Mass – Women of St. James Schola
(no organ voluntaries)
Rose – Come, thou Redeemer of the earth
CREATOR ALME SIDERUM, arr. Wilby – Echo Carol: Creator of the stars of night

OPUS 7 CONCERT: SPLENDID JEWEL – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 at 8:00pm
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THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT and SOLEMNITY OF THE DEDICATION OF ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL – DECEMBER 22
Organ Voluntary:
Bach – Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
or
Widor – "Marche du Veilleur de Nuit" from Bach’s Memento

Choral Motets:
- 10:00am Mass – Cathedral Choir
Bruckner – Locus iste
Parry – I was glad

- 12:00pm Mass – Jubilate! Young Women's Ensemble
Thiman – How lovely are thy dwellings fair
Hogan – Magnificat "Washington"

- 5:30pm Mass – Women of St. James Schola
(no organ voluntaries)
Thiman – How lovely are thy dwellings fair
School of Notre-Dame, 13th c. – Ave nobilis venerabilis Maria

CHRISTMAS EVE – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
- 5:30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas – Jubilate! Young Women's Ensemble, Schola Cantorum, and Seraphim Choir
Organ Prelude: Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier –Votre bonté Grand Dieu
Entrance of the Choirs: Wilby – Echo Carol
- trad. English, arr. Tom Johnston – Down in yon forest
- Elizabeth Poston – Jesus Christ, the apple tree
Congregational Carol: IRBY – Once in Royal David's City
Choral Carols: trad. Polish, arr. David Illif – Infant holy, Infant lowly
trad. English, arr. Illif – The Seven Joys of Mary
Congregational Carol: STILLE NACHT – Silent Night
Entrance: ADESTE FIDELES, arr. David Willcocks – O come, all ye faithful
Song as the Children Gather for the Blessing of the Crib Figures: trad. Filipino carol – Ang pasko
Offertory: trad. English, arr. David Illif – The Holly and the Ivy
- trad. Austrian, arr. Barry Rose – Still, Still, Still
Communion: trad. Mexican – Arruru
- Vincent Lübeck – Christmas Cantata: Welcome, Bridegroom dear
Procession: Mendelssohn, arr. Willcocks – Hark, the herald angels sing
Postlude: Pamela Decker – Personet Hodie

- 9:00pm Carol Service – Cathedral Choir and Women of St. James Schola
Entrance: CREATOR ALME SIDERUM – Creator of the stars of night
Choral Carols: Egerton ms., 16th c. – Sweet was the song the Virgin sung
- trad. German – Maria walks amid the thorn
- Carmina Burana, 13th c. – Ave nobilis venerabilis Maria
- Florence, 13th c. – Flos ut Rosa floruit
Congregational Carol: VENI EMMANUEL: O come, O come, Emmanuel
Choral Carols: Ola Gjeilo – A Spotless Rose
- Philip Stopford – Lully, Lulla, Lullay
Congregational Carol: MENDELSSOHN, arr. Webster Hark! the herald angels sing
Choral Carols: Jessica French – The Oxen
- Will Todd – My Lord has come
Congregational Carol: IRBY, arr. David Willcocks Once in Royal David's city
Choral Carols: Rutter – Nativity Carol
Congregational Carol: GLORIA – Angels we have heard on high
Choral Carols: Southern Appalachian, arr. Paul Halley – Jesus, Jesus, rest your head
- Quebec, arr. Eleanor Daley – The Huron Carol
Congregational Carol: ST. LOUIS – O little town of Bethlehem
Choral Carol: Hans Leo Hassler – Verbum caro factus est

- 10:00pm Christmas Mass during the Night – Cathedral Choir and Women of St. James Schola
Introit: Chant – Dominus dixit ad me
Entrance: ADESTE FIDELES, trad. Latin, arr. Bern H. Herbolsheimer and David Willcocks – O come, all ye faithful
Gloria: Vatican VIII with polyphonic verses by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, adapt. St. James Cathedral – Missa de angelis
Responsorial Psalm: Herbolsheimer – Psalm 96
Alleluia: VOM HIMMEL HOCH Bach, adapt. St. James Cathedral
Creed: Et incarnatus est from Tomás Luis de Victoria – Missa Trahe me post te
Offertory Motet: Harold E. Darke – In the Bleak Midwinter
Offertory Song: STILLE NACHT, arr. Bob Chilcott – Silent Night
Communio: Chant – In splendoribus sanctorum
Communion: Pawel Łukaszewski – Ave Maria
Christmas Cantata
Processional Carol: ANTIOCH, arr. Richard Webster and Bern H. Herbolsheimer – Joy to the world (Psalm 98)
Postlude: Pamela Decker – Personet Hodie

CHRISTMAS DAY – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25
- 10:00am & 12:00pm Masses – Cathedral Choir
Organ Prelude: Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier –Votre bonté Grand Dieu
Entrance: ADESTE FIDELES, trad. Latin, arr. Bern H. Herbolsheimer and David Willcocks – O come, all ye faithful
Gloria: Vatican VIII with polyphonic verses by Charpentier, adapt. St. James Cathedral – Missa de angelis
Responsorial Psalm: Herbolsheimer – Psalm 96
Alleluia: VOM HIMMEL HOCH Bach, adapt. St. James Cathedral
Creed: Et incarnatus est from Tomás Luis de Victoria – Missa Trahe me post te
Offertory Motet: Harold E. Darke – In the Bleak Midwinter
Offertory Carol: ST. LOUIS – O Little Town of Bethlehem
Communio: Chant – Viderunt omnes
Communion: John Rutter – Nativity Carol
Hymn of Praise: STILLE NACHT, arr. Bob Chilcott – Silent night Processional Carol: ANTIOCH, arr. Richard Webster and Bern H. Herbolsheimer – Joy to the world (Psalm 98)
Postlude: Pamela Decker – Personet Hodie

- 4:00pm Vespers – organ & cantor

- 8:00am & 5:30pm Masses – organ & cantor
Organ Voluntaries:
Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier –Votre bonté Grand Dieu
Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier –Noël Suisse
Pamela Decker – Personet Hodie
Communion Solo:
Pietro Yon – Gesù bambino

HOLY FAMILY – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
Organ Voluntary:
Daquin – Noel grand jeu et duo

- 10:00am & 12:00pm Masses – Cathedral Cantorei
Choral Motets:
Ola Gjeilo – A Spotless Rose
Philip Stopford – Lully, Lulla, Lullay

- 5:30pm Mass – Women of St. James Schola
(no organ voluntaries)
Charles Wood – The holly and the ivy
Ralph Vaughan Williams – On Christmas Night

NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA CONCERT: CHARPENTIER – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 at 11:00pm
Cathedral Cantorei and Seattle Baroque Orchestra
Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Te Deum
Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Messe de Minuit de Noël
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MARY, MOTHER OF GOD – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1
- 10:00am & 12:00pm Masses – Women of the Cathedral Cantorei
Organ Voluntary:
Messiaen – "The Virgin" from La Nativité

Choral Motets:
Maurice Duruflé – Tota pulchra es Maria
Saint-Saëns – Ave Maria

EPIPHANY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 6
Organ Voluntaries:
Messiaen – "Les Mages" from La Nativité
TBA

Choral Motets:
- 10:00am Mass – Cathedral Choir
Healy Willan – Three Kings
Thomas Hewitt Jones – What child is this?

- 12:00pm Mass – Jubilate! Young Women's Ensemble and Schola Cantorum
More info coming soon.

- 5:30pm Mass – Women of St. James Schola
Archer – Brightest and best
Archer – What star is this

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