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A Feast of Carols

David Grant introduces carols by candlelight and Christmas readings with Katherine Jenkins, Kevin Whately, Tina Hobley and Only Boys Aloud.


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Hello and welcome to a festive feast of carols by candlelight

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as Songs of Praise celebrates Christmas with some glorious singing

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and some very special star guests.

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Joining us will be award-winning choir Only Boys Aloud.

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Kevin Whately and Tina Hobley tell the story of the first Christmas.

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One of the readings I'm doing is about the shepherds watching

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their flock by night when the angel comes down,

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which is one of those things that you remember most as a child.

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So it's hugely evocative for me as well.

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My three children are besotted with Christmas

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and we've been singing Christmas carols since Easter.

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We're all very geared up for Christmas in our house.

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I'll be singing a new version of O Holy Night,

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and superstar songstress Katherine Jenkins sings her favourite carols.

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Tonight, I'm going to be singing two carols.

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One is called Angels From The Realms Of Glory, which is traditional

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and everyone will know,

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and the second one is something called Sleep Quietly, My Jesus,

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which is a little lullaby I used to sing as a chorister

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when I was in Midnight Mass.

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MUSIC: "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney

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We've come to north-west London, close to Maida Vale,

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home to possibly the most famous zebra crossing in the world

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outside Abbey Road Studios.

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Just round the corner, in St John's Wood, another famous landmark,

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Lord's Cricket Ground.

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Almost midway between the two is the location for our candlelit carols.

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St Mark's Church.

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Throughout December, Christians all over the world

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have been symbolically watching and waiting

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for the birth of Jesus Christ, lighting an advent candle each week.

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And now the wait is almost over, as members of St Mark's Sunday school

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light today's candle, and Kevin Whately reads from the Bible,

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the ancient but timeless words of the prophet Isaiah.

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The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.

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They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,

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upon them hath the light shined.

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,

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and the government shall be upon his shoulder

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and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,

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The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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And it came to pass in those days, that a decree went out

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from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

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This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.

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So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

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Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,

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into Judaea, the city of David, which is called Bethlehem,

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because he was of the house and lineage of David.

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To be registered with Mary his betrothed wife,

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who was with child.

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So it was, while they were there,

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the days were completed for her to be delivered.

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She brought forth her firstborn son,

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wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger,

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because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Now for a real treat.

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It's been said our special guest star has the voice of an angel,

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so it's fitting that she sings for us this well-loved carol,

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it's Angels From The Realms Of Glory and Katherine Jenkins.

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# Angels from the realms of glory

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# Wing your flight o'er all the earth

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# Ye who sang creation's story

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# Now proclaim Messiah's birth

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Shepherds in the fields abiding

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# Watching o'er your flocks by night

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# God with man is now residing

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# Yonder shines the infant light

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Though an Infant now we view Him

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# He shall fill His Father's throne

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# Gather all the nations to Him

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# Every knee shall then bow down

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis Deo. #

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And there were, in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field,

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watching over their flock by night.

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And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,

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and the glory of the Lord shone round about them,

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and they were sore afraid.

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And the angel said unto them,

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"Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,

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"which shall be to all people.

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"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,

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"which is Christ the Lord.

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"And this shall be a sign unto you.

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"Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,

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"lying in a manger."

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And suddenly there was with the angel

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a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

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"Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men."

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And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them

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into heaven, the shepherds said one to another,

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"Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is

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"come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."

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And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph,

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and the babe lying in a manger.

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Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea

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in the days of Herod the king,

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behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying,

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"Where is he that is born King of the Jews?

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"For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."

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When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled,

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and all Jerusalem with him.

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And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes

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and people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

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And they said unto him, "In Bethlehem of Judaea.

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"For thus it is written by the Prophet.

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"And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda,

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"art not the least among the princes of Juda,

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"for out of thee shall come a Governor,

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"that shall rule my people, Israel."

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# O holy night

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# The stars are brightly shining

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# It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth

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# Long lay the world

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# In sin and error pining

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# Till He appeared

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# And the soul felt its worth

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# A thrill of hope

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# A weary world rejoices

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# For yonder breaks

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# A new and glorious morn

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# Fall on your knees

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# Oh, hear the angel voices

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# O night divine

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# O night when Christ was born

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# O night divine

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# O night, O night divine

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# Chains shall He break

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# For the slave is our brother

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# And in His name

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# All oppression shall cease

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# Sweet hymns of joy

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# In grateful chorus raise we

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# Let all within us

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# Praise His holy name

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-# Fall on your knees

-Fall on your knees

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-# Oh, hear the angel voices

-Hear the angel voices

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# O night divine

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# O night, when Christ was born

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# O night divine

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# O night

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# O night divine. #

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Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men,

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enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

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And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said,

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"Go and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have

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"found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."

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When they had heard the king, they departed and, lo, the star,

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which they saw in the east, went before them,

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till it came and stood over where the young child was.

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When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

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And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child

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with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him.

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And when they had opened their treasures,

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they presented unto him gifts, gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

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And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod,

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they departed into their own country another way.

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# Come they told me Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# A new born King to see Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Our finest gifts we bring Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# To lay before the King Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum rum-pum-pum-pum

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# So to honour Him Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# When we come

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# Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Little Baby, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# I am a poor boy too Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# I have no gift to bring Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# That's fit to give the King Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum Rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Shall I play for you Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# On my drum?

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum On my drum?

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum Rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum Rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Rum pum pum

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum Rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Mary nodded, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# The ox and lamb kept time Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# I played my drum for Him Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# I played my best for Him Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Rum-pum-pum-pum Rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Then He smiled at me Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Me and my drum

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# Come they told me Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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# Me and my drum. #

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Now Katherine sings her own choice of carol.

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It's Sleep Quietly, My Jesus.

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# Sleep quietly My Jesus

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# Now close your dear eyes

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# Above you shine God's counting stars

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# Like diamonds in the sky

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# Beside your bed, a manger crude

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# With cattle have fed

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# Your mother stands in watchful pray

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# And strokes your little head

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# The shepherds leave their flocks and come

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# They bring you my love

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# While angels of our Father God

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# Rejoice the song above

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# From far away the wise men three

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# Their treasures would bring

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# The whole wide world before your knees

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# My Jesus, little king

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# Sleep quietly, my Jesus

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# Now close your dear eyes

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# Above you shine God's counting stars

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# Like diamonds in the sky

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# Beside your bed, a manger crude

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# With cattle have fed

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# Your mother stands in watchful pray

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# And strokes your little head. #

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As our candlelit celebration draws to a close,

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the vicar of St Mark's Church leads us in a special Christmas prayer.

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Almighty God, you make us glad

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with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your son Jesus Christ.

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Grant that as we joyfully receive Him as our Redeemer, we may with

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sure confidence behold Him when he shall come to be our judge.

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Who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

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One God, now and for ever.

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ALL: Amen.

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May the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds,

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the perseverance of the wise men, and the obedience of Joseph and Mary,

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and the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas.

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And the blessing of God Almighty,

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the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

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be amongst you and remain with you always.

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ALL: Amen.

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I hope you enjoyed our candlelit carols,

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everyone here sang brilliantly.

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I hope you joined in with your special favourite.

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We end with one of the best-loved Christmas carols of all.

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In fact, Christmas wouldn't be the same without it.

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It's Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing.

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I wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas. Bye for now.

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Next week, Aled's at the Royal Albert Hall

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for our Big Sing Spectacular celebrating 2012.

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There'll be glorious hymns and very special guests, including

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Olympic gold medallists,

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soprano Laura Wright, and the amazing Alfie Boe.

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