SATB choir, congregation, and keyboard (organ or other). A setting of the Gloria in excelsis incorporating In dulci jubilo and The Coventry Carol.
Notes: This joyful setting using two popular carol melodies can be sung in unison or in harmony. If sung in harmony make sure the lower parts do not drown the melody which must be strong enough to lead the congregation. Although the melodies are well known it is advisable to rehearse the congregation before the service. If this Gloria is sung at Midnight Mass, there is plenty of time as people tend to arrive early to get a seat. The outer sections should not be too legato to ensure the rhythm and mood are conveyed. Add some expression to the phrases in the middle section to give the music direction and to prevent the block chords from plodding along. Lastly, this is the song of the angels on Christmas night, please look as if you are enjoying it, it will make a world of difference!