Friday, January 1, 2016THE HOLY NAME OF OUR LORD
A short history of the Feast of the Holy Name, which coincides with New Year's Day, is in Lesser Feast and Fasts, as follows:
"The designation of this day as the Feast of the Holy Name is new to the 1979 revision of the Prayer Book. Previous Anglican Prayer Books called it the Feast of the Circumcision. January first is, of course, the eighth day after Christmas Day, and the Gospel according to Luke records that eight days after his birth the child was circumcised and given the name Jesus.
The Law of Moses required that every male child be circumcised on the eighth day from his birth (Leviticus 12:3); and it had long been the custom to make of it a festive occasion, when family and friends came together to witness the naming of the child.
The liturgical commemoration of the Circumcision is of Gallican origin, and a Council in Tours in 567 enacted that the day was to be kept as a fast day to counteract pagan festivities connected with the beginning of the new year. In the Roman tradition, January first was observed as the octave day of Christmas, and it was specially devoted to the Virgin Mother.
The early preachers of the Gospel lay stress on the name as showing that Jesus was a man of flesh and blood, though also the Son of God, who died a human death, and whom God raised from death to be the Savior (Acts 2:32; 4:12). The name was given to Jesus, as the angel explained to Joseph, because he would 'save his people from their sins' (Matthew 1:21). (The word means 'Savior' or 'Deliverer' in Hebrew.)"
You might consider reading these sermons in the archive regarding the Holy Name.
Eternal Father, who didst give to thine incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we beseech thee, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, even our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY
O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016THE EPIPHANY
The Epiphany celebrates Jesus revealed as Christ. January 6 is not only the Feast itself, but also the beginning of a season in which we come to know, one epiphany at a time, Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, our Savior and Redeemer, very God of very God.
In 2018, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany not only on January 6 (with a said Mass in the Chantry Chapel at 12:10pm), but also on Sunday, January 7 with choral services at 11am and 4pm.
At Saint Thomas, we also celebrate the visit of the wise men to the Christ child at an Epiphany Procession, which also includes commemorations of Christ's baptism in the River Jordan and also Christ's first miracle at the wedding of Cana. In 2018, the Epiphany Procession is at 11am and 4pm on Sunday, January 14.
To more fully understand the season of Epiphany, which extends all the way though Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday), consider reading or listening to these sermons.
O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only begotten Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know thee now by faith, to thy presence, where we may Behold thy glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Friday, January 8, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD
Collect:Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan didst proclaim him thy beloved Son and anoint him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016Aelred
Abbot of Rievaulx
Pour thou into our hearts, we beseech thee, O God, the Holy Spirit’s gift of love, that we, clasping each the other’s hand, may share the joy of friendship, human and divine, and with thy servant Aelred draw many into thy community of love; through Jesus Christ the Righteous, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016Hilary
Bishop of Poitiers
O Lord our God, who didst raise up thy servant Hilary to be a champion of the catholic faith: Keep us steadfast in that true faith which we professed at our baptism, that we may rejoice in having thee for our Father, and may abide in thy Son, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; thou who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016Martin Luther King, Jr.
Almighty God, who by the hand of Moses thy servant didst lead thy people out of slavery, and didst make them free at last: Grant that thy Church, following the example of thy prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of thy love, and may strive to secure for all thy children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
At the morning services in this Second Sunday after the Epiphany in Year C, we have the account in Saint John of the Wedding at Cana. This is the third manifestion of Jesus as the Christ that we heard last Sunday at the Epiphany Procession (the first was the visit of the three magi, read on January 6), and the Baptism of Our Lord (the assigned Gospel for last Sunday).
The Wedding at Cana provided the occassion for Christ's first miracle, changing water (and lots of it) into wine (the best wine).
To further contemplate the Wedding at Cana, consider this sermon:
Domestic Depletion (2010) by Fr Mead
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that thy people, illumined by thy Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Monday, January 18, 2016THE CONFESSION OF SAINT PETER
The Confession of Saint Peter (January 18) is the beginning of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, which ends eight days later with the Conversion of Saint Paul (January 25).
The Confession of Saint Peter is recorded in Matthew as follows: When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
You might find these sermons in our archive helpful:
Almighty Father, who didst inspire Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep thy Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016Wulfstan
Bishop of Worcester
Almighty God, whose only-begotten Son hath led captivity captive and given gifts to thy people: Multiply among us faithful pastors, who, like thy holy bishop Wulfstan, will give courage to those who are oppressed and held in bondage; and bring us all, we pray, into the true freedom of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016Fabian
Bishop and Martyr of Rome
O God, who in thy providence didst single out the holy martyr Fabian as worthy to be chief pastor of thy people, and didst guide him so to strengthen thy Church that it stood fast in the day of persecution: Grant that those whom thou dost call to any ministry in the Church may be obedient to thy call in all humility, and be enabled to carry out their tasks with diligence and faithfulness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Thursday, January 21, 2016Agnes
Martyr at Rome
Almighty and everlasting God, who dost choose those whom the world deemeth powerless to put the powerful to shame: Grant us so to cherish the memory of thy youthful martyr Agnes, that we may share her pure and steadfast faith in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.