Special Services
In addition to singing from September to June at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service, The St. Paul's Choir sings at a variety of special choral services throughout the year.  These include:  Candlelight Carols (on the Sunday evening before Christmas); the choral "Midnight mass" on Christmas Eve; the service of "Lenten Invitation" (on the evening of Lent I); Tenebrae (on the Wednesday of Holy Week); Good Friday; and the Easter Vigil.
The following is the schedule for St. Paul's Special Choral Music in the 2016-17 academic year:

Special Choral Music



  • Messiah Sing

12/4 (Sun) @ 5pm

  • Candlelight Carols Service

12/18 (Sun) @ 5pm

  • Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

12/24 (Fri) @ 11pm


  • A Service of Lenten Invitation, including the Duruflé Requiem

3/5 (Sun) @ 5pm


  • Good Friday service

4/14 (Fri) @ 7pm

  • Easter Vigil

4/15 (Sat) @ 7pm


The "Lenten Invitation" service seeks to follow the lead of Ash Wednesday, inviting us into a deeper connection with the offer and promise of Lent.  Its aim is to help us "reclaim" the ashes, and focus our attention and intention on the season that lies before us with its inherent opportunity for spiritual reflection and renewal.  The service will include contemporary and traditional readings, prayers, hymns, anthems, and

The Duruflé Requiem

sung by the St. Paul's Choir

We hope that you choose to make it a part of your Lenten journey.

St. Paul's Choir Sings Mozart's Requiem

The Candlelight Carols Service at St. Paul's Brookline serves as a vessel, a means to help us return to this most remarkable story of God’s coming among us as a child in Bethlehem.  At this time of darkness in Advent, our hope is that you will come join us to listen and sing aAnnd ponder anew the possibilities of a promise of light penetrating into even the deepest and most relentless darkness.  Come and open yourself, bring your children, and approach the wonder of Christmas, in all of its hope and love.


 Candlelight Carols 2016:

In freezing winter night, Benjamin Britten

Ave Maria, Franz Biebl

Joseph est bien marié, John Ferris

Lux aurumque, Eric Whitacre

I saw three ships, John Rutter

Hush, my dear, Gabriel Jackson

The holly and the ivy, June Nixon

Still, still, still, Andrew Clarkson

Sleeps Judea fair, H.A. MacKinnon


 Candlelight Carols 2015:

Sure on this shining night, Morten Lauridsen

E'en so Lord Jesus, quickly come, Paul Manz

O magnum mysterium, Andrew Clarkson

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, John Gardner

There is no rose, Colin Britt

Zither carol, Malcolm Sargent, arr.

What is this lovely fragrance? Healey Willan, arr.

Some children see him, Alfred Burt

Sleeps Judea fair, H.A. MacKinnon


Candlelight Carols 2014:

What sweeter music, John Rutter

Angelus ad virginem, Sir David Willcocks, arr.

Wither's rocking hymn, Andrew Clarkson, arr.

The virgin Mary had a baby boy, Brian Trant, arr.

Sing lullaby, Herbert Howells

Ding dong merrily on high, Charles Wood, arr.

Christmas night, John Rutter, arr.

My Lord will come, Will Todd

Sleeps Judea fair, H.A. MacKinnon


Candlelight Carols 2013:

In dulci jubilo, R. L. Pearsall, arr.

Angelus ad virginem, Sir David Willcocks, arr.

I wonder as I wander, John Rutter, arr.

O magnum mysterium, Andrew Clarkson

Joseph est bien marié, John Ferris, arr.

On freezing winter night, Benjamin Britten

The holly and the ivy,  Julie Nixon

Away in the manger, Reginald Jacques, arr.

Sleeps Judea fair, H.A. MacKinnon



Each year, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookline, MA hosts a community sing of Handel's Messiah (Part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus) at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of December. The congregation is organized into voice parts (SATB), provided music, and then, with only a little warm-up rehearsal, we sing through the Messiah as a wonderful avenue into the mysteries of Advent and Christmas.  Soloists are drawn from the St. Paul's Choir, and accompaniment is provided by organ and strings.

To give you some sense of the spirit of these "Messiah Sings", in 2009 John Rich created a 1:57 minute documentary video intended to capture the essence of our 36th Annual Messiah Sing.  John has graciously given us permission to use his video to give you a taste of what we'd love to have you come and experience in person:

To see more of John Rich's work, go to: http://www.johnrichphoto.com  


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