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Sunday, April 9, 2017

THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION: PALM SUNDAY

The liturgies on the morning of Palm Sunday are designed by the Book of Common Prayer to take us through the week to come. So, since this is Holy Week, Palm Sunday covers both the triumphant entry into Jerusalem (the Blessing of the Palms and the Palm Procession) as well as Christ's Passion, which we unpack each day of the rest of the week. The idea here is that a person could attend church only on Sundays and still participate in the entirety of Holy Week and Easter: Palm Sunday takes us through Christ's Crucifixion, and then Easter Sunday celebrates Christ's Resurrection.

Of course, we're not suggesting you skip the rest of Holy Week—indeed, we encourage you to spend the entire week with us. But if you are wondering why the morning liturgies on Palm Sunday end with Christ Crucified, you now have your answer. The church is structured so that Sunday worshippers get the gist. If you seek more than the gist, you're in luck: at Saint Thomas, we know how to dwell on the details. You are most welcome to join us as we mark each day of Holy Week in scripture, song, meditation and prayer.

Even if you cannot join us in person for everything, please know that all choral services throughout the week are webcast live and then available on-demand.

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

12:00 am – April 13, 2017, 12:00 am
We were delighted that Rowan Williams was with us from Palm Sunday until Good Friday, giving address or preaching every day.
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
The Fifth Avenue doors open at 7am and remain open through the end of Solemn Evensong. There are no tickets or reserved seating for Palm Sunday services.
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
This 35 minute service includes a reading of the Passion according to Saint Mark.
9:00 am, High Altar
Includes the reading of the Passion according to Saint Mark.
9:00 am, Parish House
9:45 am – 10:30 am, 2nd Floor, Parish House
10:00 am – 10:45 am, Andrew Hall, Parish House
Listen to a conversation with Dr Williams and Fr Daniels.
11:00 am, Parish House
11:00 am, Parish House
Please note the earlier start time. Children will gather for breakfast and a brief lesson before participating in the 11am service. Parents are very welcome.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by the Rt Rev & Rt Hon Rowan Williams.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.