St. Hilary's Miniature Church Advent Calendar 2009

Thursday 24th December 2009

Priscilla Jane remembers this photo SO well.  So well, in fact that she asked the vicar for it to be the photograph for today's carol. This photo was taken during St. Hilary's Christmas 2006 celebrations before they were given their brand new nativity set.  Priscilla Jane still loves this small nativity scene ad remembers it fondly. 

Priscilla Jane has found this reference about the Coventry Carol, a carol which has really captured her imagination as it depicts the slaughter of the children ordered by Herod when he heard about the birth of Jesus. The carol was written to be performed in Coventry's mystery plays during the 16th century.  The vicar is pleased to allow the inclusion of this carol as part of this year's church Advent Calendar after finding out how much Priscilla Jane loves it.

ullaby, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.
Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.