Advent Procession

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Sunday, November 27, 2016
4:00 pm High Altar


Advent Sunday is the start of a new church year. At Saint Thomas, we celebrate Advent Sunday with a Procession at 11am and 4pm.

Advent puts past and future in the present moment and asks us to prepare, not for a distant future (for we know not when) but as if the future is today, because it is. Christ has already won the victory. So we are reminded of his incarnation, and wait for him to come again, even as we feed on him in the present moment through the Word and through the Eucharist, that is to say through Jesus Christ, the word made flesh.

As you contemplate what is, was, and is to come, consider any of these advent sermons in the archive.


Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The choir gathers in the great stairwell, from which it will sing the Mattins Responsory, thereby beginning a new church year. [click on photo to access more]

Advent and Saint Thomas

Christmas at Saint Thomas

Officiant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Turner

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659, Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude: Fantasia on ‘Veni Emmanuel’, Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)

Advent Procession

Mattin Responsory, Aspiciens a longe: adapted from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

Lesson: Daniel 7

Hymn: (see leaflet)
Lo! he comes, with clouds descending

Lesson 2: Isaiah 40

Canticle: Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel Philip Moore (b. 1943)

Hymn: (see leaflet)
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding

Anthem: Never weather-beaten sail, Richard Shephard (b. 1949)

Hymn: (see leaflet)
Come, thou long-expected Jesus

Lesson 3: Luke 1

Motet: Ave Maria, Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

Hymn: (see leaflet)
Come, thou Redeemer of the earth

Motet: Vigilate, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Vesper Responsory: adapted from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Hymn: (see leaflet)
O come, o come, Emmanuel

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