Festal Eucharist

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
11:00 am High Altar


The Second Sunday of Easter is commonly called Low Sunday because it follows the hugely important and busy Holy Week and Easter Day, and therefore is a Sunday when the church slows down, the choir on break. However, Low Sunday is especially important to us at Saint Thomas, because it is the Sunday when we have the Gospel from John 20:19-31, wherein we have the description of Doubting Thomas (our patron saint) who, at long last, having seen the Risen Christ, declares “My Lord and my God.” And Jesus responds, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Here are some sermons from past Low Sundays:

Probing the Wounds (2013) by Fr Spurlock
Where Was Thomas? (2012) by Fr Spurlock
Faith, Doubt and the Sign of Thomas (2009) by Fr Austin
Doubt is Okay, but Beware of Magical Thinking (2007) by Fr Austin
Tommy-Come-Lately (2006) by Fr Andrew
St Puddleglum (2002) by Fr Mead


Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Join us in worship this Eastertide.

Included in this Festal Eucharist are hymns sung by the congregation and choir, additional music sung exclusively by the choir, lessons, prayers, a sermon, and a Rite I Mass. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

Celebrant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Spurlock

Deacon: Dn Horvath

Subdeacon: Fr McNeeley

Sung by: The University of London Church Choir, London, UK, Ms. Sally Martin-Brown, Director

Prelude: Dic nobis Maria, Heinrich Schiedemann (c. 1595-1663)

Service: Communion Service in C, John Ireland (1879-1962)

Hymn: 203
O sons and daughters, let us sing

Lesson: Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Psalm: 16 Anglican Chant (Hopkins)

Epistle: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Hymn: 209
We walk by faith, and not by sight

Alleluia: Harmonized plainsong

Gospel: John 20:19-31

Anthem: Breathe on me breath of God, Philip Wilby (b. 1949)

Anthem: The Lord is My Light, Nicholas O’Neill (b. 1970)

Hymn: 205
Good Christian men, rejoice and sing

Voluntary: Praeludium in C, BuxWV 137, Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)

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