Solemn Evensong

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Sunday, May 20, 2018
4:00 pm High Altar


Today we mark the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Comforter, an arrival which (2,000 years ago) transformed fearful and self-conscious men and women into fearless and selfless evangelists for Christ. Pentecost is, in many ways, the birthday of the Church. But it is not merely that. It is the acknowledgement and celebration of the on-going action of God in our lives, through the Spirit.

To gain a richer understanding, consider these sermons:

I Believe in the Holy Ghost (2011) by Fr Daniels
A Sermon for the Day of Pentecost (2010) by John Polkinghorne
The Holy Spirit Gives us a Future (2010) by Fr Austin
From Pentecost to Pop Hale to Fifth Avenue (2009) by Fr Mead
Three Points about Pentecost (2008) by Fr Mead
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom (2006) by Fr Austin


O God, who on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daniel Hyde conducts the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys (photo credit: Ira Lippke)

Officiant: Fr Turner

Preacher: The Rt Rev’d Andrew St John

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Prélude sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’, Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Hymn: 516
Come down, O Love divine

Responses: Philip Moore (b. 1943)

Psalm: 145 Anglican Chant (Garrett)

Service: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D, Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)

Hymn: 510
Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove

Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9

Lesson 2: Acts 4:18-21, 23-33

Anthem: Greater love hath no man, John Ireland (1879-1962)

Hymn: 226
Come, thou Holy Spirit bright

Voluntary: Choral varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’, Maurice Duruflé

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