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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SAINT LUKE

Evangelist

In a sermon from Evensong in 2010, Fr Daniels explained:

Luke is the gospel writer who recorded in his book those two canticles that we hear at every service of Evensong – indeed, every evening office. Mary’s song, the Magnificat, comes from Luke’s gospel, as does Simeon’s song, the Nunc Dimittis, both of which we just heard. Without Saint Luke we’d have neither of those. His is a gospel marked by magnificent story-telling, brilliant uses of words and images that tell the stories that make up what many of us think about, when we think about the stories of the Gospel...read the rest here.

Collect:

Almighty God, who didst inspire thy servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of thy Son: Graciously continue in thy Church the like love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of thy Name; 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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Henry Martyn

Collect:

O God of the nations, who didst give to thy faithful servant Henry Martyn a brilliant mind, a loving heart, and a gift for languages, that he might translate the Scriptures and other holy writings for the peoples of India and Persia: Inspire in us, we beseech thee, a love like his, eager to commit both life and talents to thee who gavest them; 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, October 20, 2017

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 24)

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, who in Christ hast revealed thy glory among the nations: Preserve the works of thy mercy, that thy Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of thy Name; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Proper 24)

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

Monday, October 23, 2017

SAINT JAMES (THE JUST) OF JERUSALEM

This, according to Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church (2000):

In the Gospel according to Matthew and in the Epistle to the Galatians, the James whom we commemorate today is called the Lord’s brother. Other writers, following Mark’s tradition, believe him to have been a cousin of Jesus. Certain apocryphal writings speak of him as a son of Joseph’s first wife. Whatever his relationship to Jesus — brother, half-brother, or cousin — James was converted after the resurrection. Eventually, he became Bishop of Jerusalem.

In the first letter to the Corinthians (15:7), Paul says that James was favored with a special appearance of the Lord before the ascension. Later, James dealt cordially with Paul at Jerusalem, when the latter came there to meet Peter and the other apostles. During the Council of Jerusalem, when there was disagreement about whether Gentile converts should be circumcised, James summed up the momentous decision with these words: “My judgment is that we should impose no irksome restrictions on those Gentiles who are turning to God” (Acts 15:19).

Eusebius, quoting from an earlier church history by Hegesippus, declares that James was surnamed “the Just.” He was holy, abstemious, did not cut his hair nor oil his body, and was continually on his knees in prayer, interceding for his people. “As many as came to believe did so through James,” says Hegesippus. 

James’ success in converting many to Christ greatly perturbed some factions in Jerusalem. According to Hegesippus, they begged him to “restrain the people, for they have gone astray to Jesus, thinking him to be the Messiah . . . we bear you witness that you are just. . . . Persuade the people that they do not go astray . . . we put our trust in you.” They then set James on the pinnacle of the temple, bidding him to preach to the multitude and turn them from Jesus. James, however, testified for the Lord. Thereupon, they hurled him from the roof to the pavement, and cudgeled him to death.

Collect:

Grant, we beseech thee, O God, that after the example of thy servant James the Just, brother of our Lord, thy Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, 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, October 24, 2017

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Alfred the Great

King of the West Saxons
b. 849
d. 899

Collect:

O Sovereign Lord, who didst bring thy servant Alfred to a troubled throne that he might establish peace in a ravaged land and revive learning and the arts among the people: Awake in us also, we beseech thee, a keen desire to increase our understanding while we are in this world, and an eager longing to reach that endless life where all will be made clear; 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, October 27, 2017

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

SAINT SIMON AND SAINT JUDE

We don’t know very much about Saints Simon and Jude the Apostles.

This Saint Simon is not Peter but “Simon the Canaanite” or “Simon the Zealot.” That means this apostle was, before he followed Jesus, probably a Jewish nationalist revolutionary against the authority of Rome.

Jude, who also was called Lebbaeus and surnamed Thaddeus, is mentioned in Saint John’s Gospel as a brother of Saint James the Greater (brother also of John and son of Zebedee), and therefore is also a family member of Christ himself. The New Testament Epistle of Jude is traditionally ascribed to this Jude. For many centuries, Saint Jude Thaddeus has been regarded in popular devotion as the “patron saint of desperate or lost causes,” but the basis of this tradition is obscure.

Saints Simon and Jude are linked together as apostles to Persia (Iran) and martyrs there. The churches they founded, in spite of centuries of persecution, still exist.

Collect:

O God, we thank thee for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude; and we pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 25)

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

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

Friday, November 3, 2017

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

Saturday, November 4, 2017

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

Sunday, November 5, 2017

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

Monday, November 6, 2017

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

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

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

Friday, November 10, 2017

9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Saturday, November 11, 2017

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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