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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Cornelius

Centurion, first Gentile converted to Christianity

From Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2000:

The author of Acts considered Cornelius’ conversion very momentous for the future of Christianity. He records that it occurred as the result of divine intervention and revelation, and as a response to the preaching of Peter the chief apostle. The experience of Cornelius’ household was regarded as comparable to a new Pentecost, and it was a primary precedent for the momentous decision of the apostolic council, held in Jerusalem a few years later, to admit Gentiles to full and equal partnership with Jewish converts in the household of faith.

Collect:

O God, who by thy Spirit didst call Cornelius the Centurion to be the first Christian among the Gentiles: Grant to thy Church, we beseech thee, such a ready will to go where thou dost send and to do what thou dost command, that under thy guidance it may welcome all who turn to thee in love and faith, and proclaim the Gospel to all nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
7:45 am – 8:45 am, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
12:00 pm
On Mondays through Fridays at 12pm we offer prayers and intercessions at the shrine of Our Lady of Fifth Avenue.
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel
This Mass includes a healing service of Holy Unction.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Living Room, Parish House
5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.
6:15 pm, High Altar
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Andrew Hall, Parish House
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church. The topic for this session is The Holy Trinity: Living in Community reflects our belief in God as ‘Three in One’.