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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Joseph of Arimathaea

Joseph of Arimathaea is often compared to Nicodemus, because they were both members of the Jewish Sanhedrin who were drawn, somewhat secretly, to Jesus.

After Christ's crucifixion, at a time of great fear and doubt, Joseph stepped up and offered his own tomb for our Lord's body.

Collect:

Merciful God, whose servant Joseph of Arimathaea with reverence and godly fear did prepare the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and did lay it in his own tomb: Grant, we beseech thee, to us thy faithful people, grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through the same 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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Thursday, August 3, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Friday, August 4, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Saturday, August 5, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Sunday, August 6, 2017

THE TRANSFIGURATION

The Tranfiguration is remembered each year not only on (or near) August 6, but also on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the season of Epiphany being a time when we travel alongside the disciples as they come to know Jesus of Nazareth as Christ, the Messiah.

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 on the holy mount didst reveal to chosen witnesses thy well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)

Monday, August 7, 2017

John Mason Neale

Priest and Hymnodist
b. 1818
d. Feast of Transfiguration,1866

Lesser Feasts and Fasts reminds us that "No future hymnal is conceivable without the inclusion of some of Neale’s fine devotional poetry. The Prayer Book, for example, cites two of his translations by name as being especially appropriate for Palm Sunday and Good Friday: 'All glory, laud, and honor' for the procession with the palms, and 'Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle' at the climactic point of the Good Friday service." This is precisely what we do at Saint Thomas.

Collect:

Grant unto us, O God, that in all time of our testing we may know thy presence and obey thy will; that, following the example of thy servant John Mason Neale, we may with integrity and courage accomplish what thou givest us to do, and endure what thou givest us to bear; 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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dominic

Priest, Friar, Founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans)
b. c.1170
d. 1221

Lesser Feasts and Fasts describes the legacy of the establishment of Dominican friaries in this way:

The Dominican Constitutions, first formulated in 1216, and revised and codified by the Master-General of the Order, Raymond of Peñafort, in 1241, place a strong emphasis on learning, preaching, and teaching, and, partly through the influence of Francis of Assisi, on absolute poverty.

The Dominicans explicitly gave priority to intellectual work. They established major houses in most university centers, to which they contributed such notable teachers as Thomas Aquinas. Their Constitutions express the priority this way: “In the cells, moreover, they can write, read, pray, sleep, and even stay awake at night, if they desire, on account of study.”

Collect:

O God of the prophets, who didst open the eyes of thy servant Dominic to perceive a famine of hearing the word of the Lord, and didst move him, and those he did draw about him, to satisfy that hunger with sound preaching and fervent devotion: Make thy Church, dear Lord, in this and every age, attentive to the hungers of the world, and quick to respond in love to those who are perishing; 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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Laurence

Deacon and Martyr
d. August 10, 258

At a time when Christian worship was forbidden in the Roman Empire, Emperor Valerian issued an edict that all biships, priests and deacons immediately be put to death. According to Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church (p. 322), "Though no authentic 'Acts' of Laurence’s ordeal have been preserved, the tradition is that the prefect demanded information from him about the Church’s treasures. Laurence, in reply, assembled the sick and poor to whom, as archdeacon, he had distributed the Church’s relief funds, and presented them to the prefect, saying, 'These are the treasures of the Church.' Laurence is believed to have been roasted alive on a gridiron."

Collect:

Almighty God, who didst call thy deacon Laurence to serve thee with deeds of love, and didst give him the crown of martyrdom: Grant we beseech thee, that we, following his example, may fulfill thy commandments by defending and supporting the poor, and by loving thee with all our hearts; 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

Friday, August 11, 2017

Clare of Assisi

Abbess at Assisi
b. July 16, 1194
d. August 11, 1253

Born into a wealthy family, Clare was inspired as a young woman by St. Francis of Assisi, and immediately renounced her wealth and followed his lead. With the support of Francis, she founded an order for woman known as "The Poor Ladies of Saint Damian." This order still exists today, commonly known as "Poor Clare's."

Collect:

O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich: Deliver us, we pray thee, from an inordinate love of this world, that, inspired by the devotion of thy servant Clare, we may serve thee with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Saturday, August 12, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Sunday, August 13, 2017

SAINT MARY THE VIRGIN

August 15 is a major feast day in both the west and the east. On this date, the Roman Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, or her bodily ascent into Heaven after her death, while the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Dormition, or Falling Asleep, of Mary, also referring to the end of her life on earth.

The Episcopal Church and much of the wider Anglican Communion calls this day the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. While this title doesn't focus specifically on the end of Mary's life, as the Roman and Eastern feast names do, we still use the same prayers and lessons as these two older traditions.

At Saint Thomas we celebrate this feast twice:

  • August 15: the feast day itself, with services in the Lady Chapel (Chantry Chapel)
  • The Sunday closest to August 15, which includes a Festal Eucharist at 11am.

Collect:

O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)

Monday, August 14, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SAINT MARY THE VIRGIN

August 15 is a major feast day in both the west and the east. On this date, the Roman Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, or her bodily ascent into Heaven after her death, while the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Dormition, or Falling Asleep, of Mary, also referring to the end of her life on earth.

The Episcopal Church and much of the wider Anglican Communion calls this day the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. While this title doesn't focus specifically on the end of Mary's life, as the Roman and Eastern feast names do, we still use the same prayers and lessons as these two older traditions.

At Saint Thomas we celebrate this feast twice:

  • August 15: the feast day itself, with services in the Lady Chapel (Chantry Chapel)
  • The Sunday closest to August 15, which includes a Festal Eucharist at 11am.

Collect:

O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Thursday, August 17, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Friday, August 18, 2017

William Porcher DuBose

Priest, Theologian and Writer; Dean of the School of Theology at the University of the South
b. April 11, 1836
d. August 18, 1918

Although William Porcher Dubose was a faithful servant from a young age, he didn't actually become a published writer until the age of 56. Among his many works are The Soteriology of the New Testament (1892) and The Gospel in the Gospels (1906).

Soter is the Greek word for Savior (DuBose was a Greek scholar). Therefore, Soteriology in the Christian context is the study of Christ as Savior, or put another way, the study of what we mean when we say Christ saves us.

See:
Why We Need to be Saved (2010) by Fr Mead
The Narrow Door (2010) by Fr Daniels
Walking with Christ (2004) by Fr Mead
Jesus Our Priest (2003) by Fr Mead

Collect:

Almighty God, who didst give to thy servant William Porcher DuBose special gifts of grace to understand the Scriptures and to teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant, we beseech thee, that by this teaching we may know thee, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Saturday, August 19, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Sunday, August 20, 2017

THE ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 15)

Collect:

Almighty God, who hast given thy only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Proper 15)

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)

Monday, August 21, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Martin de Porres, Rosa de Lima & Toribio de Mogrovejo

Collect:

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Thursday, August 24, 2017

SAINT BARTHOLOMEW

Little is known about Bartholomew, other than that he was one of the twelve apostles and that he was present at the Ascension.

Some are said to have seen Saint Bart in India, others in Armenia, and still others on Park Avenue.

Collect:

O Almighty and everlasting God, who didst give to thine apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word: Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church to love what he believed and to preach what he taught; 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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Louis

King of France
b. 1214
d. 1270 

King Louis IX is the only French monarch to have been canonized.

Collect:

O God, who didst call thy servant Louis of France to an earthly throne that he might advance thy heavenly kingdom, and didst give him zeal for thy Church and love for thy people: Mercifully grant that we who commemorate him this day may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious crown of thy saints; 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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Sunday, August 27, 2017

THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 16)

Collect:

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. (Proper 16)

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Augustine

Bishop of Hippo; Doctor of the Church
b. November 13, 354
d. August 28, 430

To say that Saint Augustine is a "leader" or "father" of the church seems an understatement. Few figures have been more influencial on the development of Christian theology. Among his many writings are his Confessions and The City of God.

Augustine's influence extends right into the Saint Thomas pulpit to this very day, where our priests regularly rely on his wisdom and clarity, and even on the lessons to be learned from his own life. Among so many examples in the trove are these:

To Be Transformed, Present Your Body by Fr Austin (2008)
The Love of Money by Fr Mead (2006)
All in the Family by Fr Mead (2005)
Patience Wins the Day by Fr Mead (2005)
Enter by the Strait Gate by Fr Mead (2004)

Collect:

O Lord God, who art the light of the minds that know thee, the life of the souls that love thee, and the strength of the hearts that serve thee: Help us, following the example of thy servant Augustine of Hippo, so to know thee that we may truly love thee, and so to love thee that we may fully serve thee, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Charles Chapman Grafton

Collect:

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance