Solemn Eucharist

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Sunday, May 20, 2018
11:00 am 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.

The Saint Thomas Church reredos

Included in this Solemn 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 Turner

Deacon: Fr Ritter

Subdeacon: Fr Daniels

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 652, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Service: Missa euge bone - Tye

Hymn: 225
Lo, in the likeness of fire

Hymn: 228
Holy Spirit, font of light

Lesson: Acts 2:1-21

Psalm: 104:24-34 Anglican Chant (Parratt, Walmisley)

Epistle: Romans 8:22-27

Hymn: 511
Holy Spirit, ever living

Alleluia: Harmonized plainchant

Gospel: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Anthem: The Spirit of the Lord, Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Anthem: Loquebantur variis linguis, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Hymn: 505
Spirit divine, attend our prayers

Voluntary: Fantasia super ‘Komm, heiliger Geist’, BWV 651, Johann Sebastian Bach

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