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Christmas Eve In Duke Chapel

Recorded in live in 2017, this annual service, led by the Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel, shares the Lessons & Carols of the season & is a holiday tradition for many families from across the state.

AIRED: October 29, 2018 | 0:56:46
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- Merry Christmas, and welcome to Duke Chapel.

As you watch this service of lessons and carols

I hope you experience the transcendence

and immanence of God.

From the sonic power of the organs

to the tender flickering candlelight,

we will gather around a Bethlehem manger

to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ,

and I invite you to join in the celebration.

O come, let us adore Him.

♪ In the bleak midwinter

♪ Frosty wind made moan

♪ Earth stood hard as iron

♪ Water like a stone

♪ Snow had fallen

♪ Snow on snow

♪ Snow on snow

♪ In the bleak midwinter

♪ Long ago

♪ Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him ♪

♪ Nor earth sustain

♪ Heaven and earth shall flee away ♪

♪ When He comes to reign

♪ In the bleak midwinter

♪ A stable place sufficed

♪ The Lord God Almighty

♪ Jesus Christ

[slow, peaceful organ music]

♪ Enough for Him whom cherubim

♪ Worship night and day

♪ A breastful of milk

♪ And a mangerful of hay

♪ Enough for Him whom angels

♪ Fall down before

♪ The ox and ass and camel

♪ Which adore

♪ What can I give Him

♪ Poor as I am

♪ If I were a shepherd

♪ I would bring a lamb

♪ If I were a Wise Man

♪ I would do my part

♪ Yet what I can I give Him

♪ Give my heart

♪ Give

♪ My heart

[slow, peaceful organ music]

- They heard the sound of the Lord God

walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze,

and the man and his wife hid themselves

from the presence of the Lord God

among the trees of the garden.

But the Lord God called to the man and said to him,

"Where are you?"

He said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden

"and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself."

He said, "Who told you that you were naked?

"Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you

"not to eat?"

The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me,

"she gave me fruit from the tree and I ate."

Then the Lord God said to the woman,

"What is this that you have done?"

The woman said, "The serpent tricked me and I ate."

The Lord God said to the serpent,

"Because you have done this cursed are you among all animals

"and among all wild creatures, upon your belly you shall go,

"and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.

"I will put enmity between you and the woman

"and between your offspring and hers.

"He will strike your head and you will strike his heel."

To the woman He said, "I will greatly increase

"your pains in childbearing.

"In pain you shall bring forth children,

"yet your desire shall be for your husband,

"and he shall rule over you."

And to the man He said,

"Because you have listened to the voice of your wife

"and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you,

"you shall not eat of it.

"Cursed is the ground because of you,

"in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.

"Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,

"and you shall eat the plants of the field,

"by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread

"until you return to the crown,

"for out of it you were taken.

"You are dust, and to dust you shall return."

[slow, mournful organ music]

♪ This is the truth sent from above ♪

♪ The truth of God

♪ The God of love

♪ Therefore don't turn me from your door ♪

♪ But hearken all both rich and poor ♪

♪ The first thing which I do relate ♪

♪ Is that God did man create

♪ The next thing which

♪ To you I tell

♪ Woman was made with him to dwell ♪

♪ Deo gracias ♪ Deo gracias

♪ Adam lay bounden

♪ Bounden in a bond

♪ Four thousand winter

♪ Thought he not too long

♪ Deo gracias ♪ Deo gracias

♪ And all was for an apple

♪ An apple that he took

♪ As clerkes finden

♪ Written in their book

♪ Deo gracias ♪ Deo gracias

♪ Ne had the apple taken been

♪ The apple taken been

♪ Ne had never Our Lady

♪ A-been Heaven's queen

♪ Blessed be the time

♪ That apple taken was

♪ Therefore we may singen

♪ We may singen

♪ We may singen

♪ Singen, singen, singen

♪ Deo gracias ♪ Deo gracias

- The angel of the Lord called to Abraham

a second time from Heaven and said,

"By myself I have sworn," says the Lord,

"because you have done this and have not withheld your son,

"your only son, I will indeed bless you

"and I will make your offspring as numerous

"as the stars of Heaven

"and as the sand that is on the seashore.

"And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies,

"and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth

"gain blessings for themselves,

"because you have obeyed my voice."

["It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" piano introduction]

♪ It came upon the midnight clear ♪

♪ That glorious song of old

♪ From angels playing near the earth ♪

♪ To touch their harps of gold

♪ Peace on the earth good will to men ♪

♪ From Heaven's all-gracious King ♪

♪ The world in solemn stillness lay ♪

♪ To hear the angels sing

♪ Still through the cloven skies they come ♪

♪ With peaceful wings unfurled

♪ And still their heavenly music floats ♪

♪ O'er all the weary world

♪ Above its sad and lowly plains ♪

♪ They bend on hovering wing

♪ And ever o'er its babel sounds ♪

♪ The blessed angels sing

♪ Yet with the woes of sin and strife ♪

♪ The world has suffered long

♪ Beneath the heavn'ly strain have rolled ♪

♪ Two thousand years of wrong

♪ And mourning human light hears not ♪

♪ The tidings which they bring

♪ O hush the noise and cease the strife ♪

♪ And hear the angels sing

[bright organ interlude]

♪ And lo, the days are hastening on ♪

♪ By prophet seen of old

♪ When with the ever-circling years ♪

♪ Shall come the time foretold

♪ When peace shall over all the earth ♪

♪ Its ancient splendors fling

♪ And the whole world sent back the song ♪

♪ Which now the angels sing

- The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light,

those who lived in a land of deep darkness,

on them a light has shined,

for a child has been born to us, a Son given to us,

authority rests on His shoulders,

and He is named Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His authority shall grow continually

and there shall be endless peace

for the throne of David and his kingdom.

He will establish and uphold it

with justice and righteousness.

From this time onward, and forever more,

the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will do this.

["Joy to the World" piano introduction]

♪ Joy to the world, the Lord is come ♪

♪ Let earth receive her King

♪ Let every heart prepare Him room ♪

♪ And heav'n and nature sing

♪ And heav'n and nature sing

♪ And heav'n, and heav'n and nature sing ♪

[grand brass interlude]

♪ Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns ♪

♪ Let all their songs employ

♪ While fields and floods

♪ Rocks, hills, and plains

♪ Repeat the sounding joy

♪ Repeat the sounding joy

♪ Repeat, repeat the sounding joy ♪

[grand brass interlude]

♪ No more let sins and sorrows grow ♪

♪ Nor thorns infest the ground

♪ He comes to make

♪ His blessings flow

♪ Far as the curse is found

♪ Far as the curse is found

♪ Far as, far as the curse is found ♪

[grand brass interlude]

♪ He rules the world with truth and grace ♪

♪ And makes the nations prove

♪ The glories of

♪ His righteousness

♪ And wonders of His love

♪ And wonders of His love

♪ And wonders, wonders of His love ♪

- A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,

and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,

the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and might,

the Spirit of knowledge, and the fear of the Lord.

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord,

he shall not judge by what his eyes see

or decide by what his ears hear,

but with righteousness he shall judge the poor

and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.

He shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,

and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,

and faithfulness, the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb,

the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

the calf and the lion and the fatling together,

and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze,

their young shall lie down together,

and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

The nursing child shall play over the hole of the serpent,

and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den.

They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain,

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea.

[slow, peaceful piano music]

♪ There is no rose of such virtue ♪

♪ As is the rose that bare Jesu ♪

♪ Alleluia

♪ Alleluia

♪ For in this rose contained was ♪

♪ Heaven and earth in little space ♪

♪ Res miranda

♪ By that rose we may well see

♪ That He were God in persons three ♪

♪ Pari forma

♪ The angels sung the shepherds too ♪

♪ Gloria in excelsis

♪ Gloria in excelsis

♪ Deo

♪ Gaudeamus

♪ Leave we all this worldly mirth ♪

♪ And follow we this joyful birth ♪

♪ Transeamus

♪ Alleluia

♪ res miranda

♪ Pares forma

♪ gaudeamus

♪ Transeamus

- In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God

to a town in Galilee called Nazareth

to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph,

of the house of David.

The virgin's name was Mary, and he came to her and said,

"Greetings, favored one, the Lord is with you."

But she was perplexed by his words,

and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary,

"for you have found favor with God,

"and now you will conceive in your womb and bare a son,

"and you will name him Jesus.

"He will be great, and he will be called

"the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to Him

"the throne of His ancestor David.

"He will reign over the house of Jacob forever,

"and His kingdom there will be no end."

Mary said to the angel, "How can this be,

"since I am a virgin?"

The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you

"and the power of the Most High will overshadow you,

"therefore, the child to be born will be holy.

"He will be called the Son of God."

Then Mary said, "Here I am, the servant of the Lord,

"let it be with me according to Your Word."

Then the angel departed her.

♪ Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae ♪

♪ et concepit de Spiritu sancto ♪

♪ Ave Maria,

♪ gratia plena

♪ Dominus tecum

♪ Benedicta tu in mulieribus

♪ Et benedictus

♪ fructus ventris tui

♪ Jesus, Jesus

♪ Maria dixit: Ecce ancilla Domini ♪

♪ Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum ♪

♪ Ave Maria

♪ gratia plena

♪ Dominus tecum

♪ Benedicta tu in mulieribus

♪ Et benedictus

♪ fructus ventris tui

♪ Jesus, Jesus

♪ Et Verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis ♪

♪ Ave Maria

♪ gratia plena

♪ Dominus tecum

♪ Benedicta tu in mulieribus

♪ Et benedictus

♪ fructus ventris tui

♪ Jesus, Jesus

♪ Sancta Maria

♪ Mater Dei

♪ ora pro nobis peccatoribus

♪ Sancta Maria

♪ ora pro nobis

♪ nunc et in hora mortis nostrae ♪

♪ Amen

♪ Amen

- In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus

that all the world should be registered.

This was the first registration

and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

All went to their own town to be registered,

Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee

to Judea, to the city of David, called Bethlehem,

because he descended from the house and family of David.

He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged,

and who was expecting a child.

While they were there the time came for her

to deliver her child,

and she gave birth to her first born son,

and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger,

because there was no place in the inn for them.

[slow, peaceful harp music]

♪ Silent night

♪ Holy night

♪ All is calm

♪ All is bright

♪ Round yon Virgin

♪ Mother and child

♪ Holy infant

♪ So tender and mild

♪ Sleep in heavenly peace

♪ Sleep in heavenly peace

♪ Silent night

♪ Holy night

♪ Shepherds quake

♪ At the sight

♪ Glories stream from Heaven afar ♪

♪ Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia

♪ Christ the Savior is born

♪ Christ the Savior is born

♪ Silent night

♪ Holy night

♪ Son of God

♪ Love's pure light

♪ Radiant beams from Thy holy face ♪

♪ With the dawn of redeeming grace ♪

♪ Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

♪ Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

- In that region there were shepherds living in the fields

keeping watch over their flock by night.

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them,

and the glory of the Lord shone around them,

and they were terrified.

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid,

"for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy

"for all the people.

"To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,

"who is the Messiah, the Lord.

"This will be a sign for you,

"you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth

"and lying in a manger."

And suddenly, there was with the angels,

a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the Highest Heaven,

"and on earth peace among those whom He favors."

When the angels had left them and gone into Heaven,

the shepherds said to one another,

"Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing

"that has taken place which the Lord has made known to us."

So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph

and the child lying in the manger.

When they saw this they made known what they had been told

them about this child.

["Angels We Have Heard on High" organ introduction]

♪ Angels we have heard on high

♪ Sweetly singing o'er the plains ♪

♪ And the mountains in reply

♪ Echoing their joyous strains

♪ Gloria

♪ In excelsis Deo

♪ Gloria

♪ In excelsis Deo

♪ Shepherds why this jubilee

♪ Why your joyous strains prolong ♪

♪ What the gladsome tidings be

♪ Which inspire your heavn'ly song ♪

♪ Gloria

♪ In excelsis Deo

♪ Gloria

♪ In excelsis Deo

♪ Come to Bethlehem and see

♪ Christ whose birth the angels sing ♪

♪ Come, adore on bended knee

♪ Christ the Lord, the newborn King ♪

♪ Gloria

♪ In excelsis Deo

♪ Gloria

♪ In excelsis Deo

♪ See Him in a manger laid

♪ Whom the choirs of angels praise ♪

♪ Mary, Joseph, lend your aid

♪ While our hearts in love we raise ♪

♪ Gloria

♪ In excelsis Deo

♪ Gloria

♪ In excelsis Deo

- In the time of King Herod,

after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,

Wise Men from the East came to Jerusalem

asking, "Where is the child

"who has been born King of the Jews,

"for we observed His star at its rising

"and have come to pay Him homage."

When King Herod heard this he was frightened,

and all Jerusalem with him.

In calling together all the chief priests

and the scribes of the people,

he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.

They told him in Bethlehem of Judea,

for so it has been written by the prophet.

And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among rulers of Judah,

for from you shall come a ruler

"who is to shepherd my people, Israel."

Then Herod secretly called for the Wise Men

and learned from them the exact time

when the star had appeared.

Then he sent them to Bethlehem saying,

"Go, and search diligently for the child,

"and when you have found him bring me word

"so that I may also go and pay him homage."

When they had heard the king they set out,

and there, ahead of them, went the star

that they had seen at its rising,

until it stopped over the place where the child was.

When they saw that the star had stopped

they were overwhelmed with joy.

On entering the house they saw the child with Mary,

his mother, and they knelt down and worshiped him.

Then, opening their treasure chests,

they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh,

and having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,

they left for their own country by another road.

- In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God,

and all things came into being through Him,

and without Him not one thing came into being.

What has come into being in Him was life,

and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness does not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John,

he came as a witness to testify to the light

so that all might believe through him.

He himself was not the light,

he came to testify to the light.

The true light, which enlightens everyone,

was coming into the world.

He was in the world,

and the world came into being through Him,

yet the world did not know Him.

He came to what was His own, and His own people

did not accept Him.

But to all who received Him, who believed in His name,

He gave power to become children of God,

who were born not of blood or of the will of the flesh,

or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us,

and we have seen His glory and the glory

as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

This is the Word of the Lord.

- [Congregation] Thanks be to God.

[bright organ music]

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah, Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah, Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth ♪

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth ♪

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth ♪

♪ Hallelujah

♪ For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth ♪

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth ♪

♪ Hallelujah

♪ The kingdom of this world

♪ Is become the kingdom of the Lord ♪

♪ And of His Christ

♪ And of His Christ

♪ And He shall reign forever and ever ♪

♪ And He shall reign forever and ever ♪

♪ And He shall reign forever and ever ♪

♪ And He shall reign forever and ever ♪

♪ King of Kings

♪ Forever

♪ And ever

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ And Lord of Lords

♪ Forever

♪ And ever

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ King of kings

♪ Forever

♪ And ever

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ And Lord of lords

♪ Forever

♪ And ever

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ King of kings

♪ Forever

♪ And ever

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ And Lord of lords

♪ King of kings

♪ And Lord of lords

♪ And He shall reign forever and ever ♪

♪ And He shall reign forever and ever ♪

♪ King of kings

♪ Forever

♪ And ever

♪ And Lord of lords

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ And He shall reign forever and ever ♪

♪ And ever

♪ King of kings

♪ And Lord of lords

♪ King of kings

♪ And Lord of lords

♪ And He shall reign forever and ever ♪

♪ The King of kings

♪ The Lord of lords

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Hallelujah

- May the one who was born into the world

be reborn in your hearts this night, and every night,

that you might experience the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

now and forever, Amen.

[bright organ music]

♪ Hark, the herald angels sing

♪ Glory to the newborn King

♪ Peace on earth and mercy mild ♪

♪ God and sinners reconciled

♪ Joyful, all ye nations rise

♪ Join the triumph of the skies ♪

♪ With the angelic host proclaim ♪

♪ Christ is born in Bethlehem

♪ Hark, the herald angels sing

♪ Glory to the newborn King

♪ Christ, by highest Heaven adored ♪

♪ Christ, the everlasting Lord

♪ Late in time behold Him come

♪ Offspring of a virgin's womb

♪ Veiled in flesh the Godhead see ♪

♪ Hail the incarnate Deity

♪ Pleased with us in flesh to dwell ♪

♪ Jesus, our Emmanuel

♪ Hark, the herald angels sing

♪ Glory to the newborn King

♪ Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace ♪

♪ Hail the Son of Righteousness ♪

♪ Light and life to all He brings ♪

♪ Risen with healing in His wings ♪

♪ Mild He lays His glory by

♪ Born that we no more may die

♪ Born to raise us from the earth ♪

♪ Born to give us second birth

♪ Hark, the herald angels sing

♪ Glory to the newborn King

[bright organ music]

- Thank you for watching this service

of lessons and carols at Duke Chapel,

Merry Christmas.

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