Join the members of InVocation
for our fourth annual Christmas concert season:

“Bring Us Fire, Bring Us Light!”

The music of this program sparkles; it glimmers; it shines; it glows. We’re exploring aspects of light this Christmas season, from the brilliant rays in the first Christmas sky to the beckoning twinkle of the Epiphany star; from the sparkle of the moon on snow to the candlelit warmth of celebration. 

We’ll sing some old favorites — hymns, carols, Tchesnekoff, Rutter, Praetorius and Bach.
We’ll also find brilliance in perhaps less familiar places — the music of Hungary, Mexico, the Philippines, and (in our title piece) Latvia:

“Bring us fire, bring us light! Let God into your heart!
Riding onward, clothed in silver, over the hillside God is come.”

Join us in bringing light to others
as we support this year’s charity partner:

House of Charity

All concerts are free and open to the public.
A free-will offering will be held at each concert, with proceeds benefiting
House of Charity. For more information, visit our “Charity” page.

Concert Dates and Locations

Saturday, December 5 @ 7 pm
First Presbyterian Church
602 Vermillion St
[ map ]

Sunday, December 6 @ 4 pm
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church
5011 31st Ave S
[ map ]

Friday, December 11 @ 7:30 pm
Macalester Plymouth United Church
1658 Lincoln Ave
St. Paul
[ map ]

Saturday, December 12 @ 7 pm
Normandale Hylands United Methodist Church
9920 Normandale Blvd
[ map ]

Concert Program

To the Unnamed Light
..... Tune: trad. Filipino, arr. Francisco Feliciano
Text: Rabindranath Tagore Bengali
I Am the Light of the Whole World
..... Tune: trad. Mexican, arr. Rudolfo Ascencio
Text: John 8:12
Conditor alme siderum
..... Latin hymn
Tomas Luis de Victoria
In dulci jubilo
..... Medieval German carol
arr. Michael Praetorius
Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
..... Tune: Johann Schop, arr. J.S. Bach
Text: Johann Rist
Hodie Christus natus est
..... Medieval Christmas antiphon
arr. J.P. Sweelinck
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
..... Tune: 12th c ; arr. Edwin Fissinger
Text: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius
The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem
..... Tune: early American, arr. Ralph Johnson
Text: Royce J. Scherf
Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
..... trad. Spiritual, arr. John Rutter
God of All Gods
..... Tune: trad Malay, arr. D.A. Chellia (20th c.)
Text: Luke 2:8-16, Isaiah 7:10-17
Ave Maris stella
..... Medieval Vespers hymn
arr. Lajos Bardos
Welcome, All Wonders
..... Music: Mark Sirett
Text: Richard Crashaw
Out of the Orient Crystal Skies
..... Richard Zgodava
Salvation Is Created
..... Pavel Tschesnokoff
The Holly and the Ivy
..... trad. English, arr. H. Walford Davies
’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
..... trad. Huron/ arr. Eleanor Daley
Bring Us Fire, Bring Us Light
..... Tune: trad. Latvian, arr. Selga Mence
Text: Bob Chilcott


Attendees of our previous concerts have had this to say:

  • “What delightful and fresh music!”

  • Beautiful voices, beautiful sound.

  • “Your harmonies were right on.”

  • Lovely — I liked the focus on beauty & multiculturalism.

  • Thank you so much for the audio treasure! I loved it — what talent!

  • The readings were so thought-provoking and reflective.

  • What a great way to welcome in Advent!

  • I’ll come again!

Past Concerts

To view information about our Spring 2009 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Christmas 2008 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Spring 2008 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Christmas 2007 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Spring 2007 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Advent 2006 concerts, click here.

Song Samples

Click any of the links below to hear brief samples of InVocation in performance.

Comfort, Comfort [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... arr. John Ferguson
Conditor alme siderum [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... Tomás Luis de Victoria
What Sweeter Music [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... Mark G. Sirett

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