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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
5:30 pm High Altar

Rogation Tuesday

To learn about Rogation Days, consider listening to this Rector's Weekly Message from 2011.

That we should remember to be thankful for, and good stewards of, the earth on these three days before Ascension Day makes a good deal of sense. After all, on Ascension Day we commemorate Christ's ascent to the right hand of the Father, thereby leaving us to go forth throughout the world, and (among other things) to care for the world.

So Rogation Days remind us of our placement in time and space, and prepare us for the physical absence of Christ, who will come again, but who for the present moment is not with us in the way he once was. He has sent the Comforter to guide us in our work, and Christ remains with in the Eucharist, and the Father provides all we need (and the Father and Christ remain accessible to us through prayer). Yet, the work we have been given is for us to do, and this work is very much tied to our lives as physical creatures in time and space. Therefore, by reminding us of our earthly responsibilities, Ascension Day, and these Rogation Days leading up to Ascension Day, ground us.


Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with thy people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to thy
will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; 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.

The Gentlemen of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Officiant: Fr Spurlock

Sung by: The Gentlemen of the Choir

Prelude: Cromhorne en taille, from Messe pour les Paroisses, François Couperin (1668-1733)

Introit: Rejoice in the Lord always, Thomas Caustun (c. 1525-1570)

Responses: Stephen Cleobury (b. 1948)

Psalm: 115 Plainsong (Tonus Peregrinus)

Lesson: Leviticus 26:1-20

Magnificat: primi toni, Giovanni Matteo Asola (c. 1532-1609)

Lesson 2: Luke 11:1-13

Nunc dimittis: secundi toni, Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594)

Anthem: Let us now laud and magnify with music of concord, William Mundy (c. 1529-1590)

Hymn: 645
The King of love my Shepherd is

Voluntary: Tierce en taille, from Messe pour les Convents, François Couperin

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