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Sunday, February 26, 2017

THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (QUINQUAGESIMA)

The season after the Epiphany ends in glory, with Jesus revealed once more as Christ. There are many epiphanies within the season: the visit of the magi, the presentation of Jesus in the temple (and Simeon's response), the Lord's baptism, his first miracle at Cana. On this Sunday, the last of the Epiphany season before Ash Wednesday takes us into Lent, we see Christ in all his glory, his transfiguration, atop the mountain.

We celebrate the Transfiguration twice each year: on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, and on the feast day itself, August 6. At Saint Thomas, there have been many sermons over the years which are helpful in understanding this miraculous event. Among them are these.

Collect:

O God, who before the passion of thy only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us that we, beholding by faith the light of his ountenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
9:00 am, High Altar
9:00 am, Parish House
9:45 am – 10:30 am, 2nd Floor, Parish House
10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
This class will look closely at the Revelation of Saint John the Divine, guided by several recent Anglican commentaries.
11:00 am, Parish House
11:00 am, Parish House
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Spurlock.
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, 2nd Floor, Parish House
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Andrew Mead.
5:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church