The Collegiate & Civic Church of

St Mary, Swansea

Services & Music – December 2016


Thursday 1st December                Nicholas Ferrar (1637), Deacon                   World Aids Day

12.30pm Holy Eucharist

7.00pm Ysgol Bryn Tawe Christmas Carol Service


Friday 2nd The Saints, Martyrs & Missionaries of Asia

11.30am Mothers’ Union Archidiaconal Eucharist


Saturday 3rd     Francis Xavier (1552), Missionary

12.30pm Holy Eucharist

7.30pm Concert by Swansea Philharmonic Choir: Contemporary Festive Music by Welsh Composers

Tickets £12(£6) from ticket secretary 01792 894211, Grand Theatre Box Office 01792 475715, or on door


SUNDAY 4th December          Advent Two

11.00am Choral Eucharist

Celebrant: Revd Canon Ian Rees, Rector

Preacher: Revd Fr John Anthony, Assistant Curate

Hymns: 26, 34, 444, 29                          Advent Prose

John Ireland in C

Ralph Vaughan Williams This is the truth sent from above

Léon Boëllmann    Toccata, from Suite Gothique


4.00pm Choral Evensong, accompanied by the Cambrian Consort of Baroque Strings

Hymns: 25, 27

Thomas Tallis Responses                        Ps 11 (Plainsong)

Henry Purcell in G minor

Henry Purcell        Rejoice in the Lord alway



Monday 5th

7.15pm Christmas Classics Concert: Swansea Community Orchestra, with St Mary’s Choir

Tickets: adults £8 (children free) available at the door, for further information

Tuesday 6th Nicholas (c.342), Bishop

No Evensong Today


Saturday 10th

12.30pm Holy Eucharist, on the 50th Anniversary of Bishop Anthony’s ordination as a Priest


SUNDAY 11th December        Advent Three

11.00am Choral Eucharist

Celebrant: Revd Fr John Anthony, Assistant Curate

Preacher: Revd Ian Folks, Assistant Curate

Hymns: 37, 608, 362, 38                        Advent Prose

John Richards in E minor

Otto Goldschmidt                  A tender shoot

C. Hubert H. Parry                                Chorale Prelude on ‘Dundee’


4.00pm Choral Evensong

Hymns: 234, 26

Plainsong Responses                                              Ps 113

Healy Willan                          Faux-Bourdons

arr. Malcolm Archer             On Jordan’s bank


Monday 12th

7.00pm Carol Service: Burlais Primary School


Tuesday 13th     Lucy (304), Martyr

No Evensong Today


Thursday 15th

12.30pm Holy Eucharist

7.00pm The City Carol Service

arr. Barry Rose       People, look east

William Reynolds   Remember, O thou man

arr. Malcolm ArcherThe Angel Gabriel

Margaret Lyell       A lovely rose is sprung

William Mathias     Sweet was the song

Karl Leuner           The Shepherds’ cradle song

William Reynolds   What child is this?  – First Performance

Johann Sebastian Bach (trans. Dupré) Wir danken dir, Gott, (Sinfonia, Cantata 29)

Friday 16th

10.00am Faith in Families Carol Service

12.30pm Holy Eucharist

7.00pm Concert: Dunvant Male Choir Annual Christmas Concert

Tickets £10 from Alan Walters 01792 401005, or, from St Mary’s Church 01792 655489,


SUNDAY 18th December        Advent Four

11.00am Choral Eucharist

Celebrant: Revd Canon Ian Rees, Rector

Preacher: Revd Fr John Anthony, Assistant Curate

Hymns: 35, 49, 32, 58                            Advent Prose

Adrian Batten                        The Short Service

Basque, arr. Pettman             The angel Gabriel

Naji Hakim                             O Emmanuel


4.00pm Choral Evensong

Hymns: 25, 34

John Sanders Responses                                        Ps 12

Herbert Sumsion in A

John Stainer           How beautiful upon the mountains


Saturday 24th     Christmas Eve

12.30pm Holy Eucharist


3.00pm Crib Service


11.30pm Midnight Mass for the Nativity of Our Lord (Choral, with Chamber Orchestra)

Celebrant: Revd Fr John Anthony, Assistant Curate

Preacher: Revd Canon Ian Rees, Rector

arr. Woodward       Up! Good Christen Folk, and listen

Hymns: 56, 69, 76, 65, 53

Joseph Haydn         Little Organ Mass

arr. Wood               Ding, dong, merrily on high

Eugène Gigout      Rhapsodie sur des Noels


Sunday 25th        Christmas Day

11.00am Holy Eucharist, with Carols

Celebrant & Preacher: Revd Fr John Anthony, Assistant Curate

Hymns: 48 (omit *), 45, 62 (omit 4 & 5), 63

A New English Folk Mass

Charles Marie Widor             Toccata, Symphonie Nr 5


St Mary’s Choir is in recess following the Midnight Mass.


Monday 26th    Stephen, Deacon & First Martyr

10.30am Holy Eucharist


Tuesday 27th    John, Apostle & Evangelist

10.30am Holy Eucharist


Wednesday 28th                        Holy Innocents

10.30am Holy Eucharist

12.45pm Lunchtime Service


Friday 30th       Tathan (6th Century), Abbot

10.30am Holy Eucharist


Saturday 31st    John Wycliffe (1384), Priest & Translator

10.30am Holy Eucharist



SUNDAY 1st January 2017     The Naming of Jesus

11.00am Holy Eucharist

Hymns: 57, 58, 64, 81



New Generation Choristers

We are keen to welcome and encourage a new intake of junior singers (aged 7 upwards) to join our Boys’ Choir and Girl Choristers

Please contact

Dr William Reynolds, Director of Music

01792 467606


The Parish of Central Swansea


Rector of Central Swansea,

Vicar of St Mary’s & Director of the College of St Mary:

The Revd Canon Ian Rees


Assistant Curates:

The Revd Fr John Anthony

The Revd Ian Folks BA BTh


Associate Priest: The Revd Helen Rees BD MTh


Lay Reader Emeritus: Mr Leslie Taylor


Director Of Music:

Dr William Reynolds BMus MA PhD FRCO LRSM LTCL AWACM


Weekly Service Pattern


11.00am Choral Eucharist

4.00pm Choral Evensong


5.30pm Choral Evensong (during term time)


10.30am Holy Eucharist

12.45pm Lunchtime Service

Fridays and Saturdays

12.30pm Holy Eucharist

(except 1st Friday of each month)


Christmas Classics

The Community Orchestra, with St Mary’s Choir

Monday 5th December, 7.15pm

Tickets available at the door:

Adults £8 (children free)

For further information