Sunday, August 24, 2014SAINT BARTHOLOMEW
Little is known about Bartholomew, other than that he was one of the twelve apostles and that he was present at the Ascension.
Some are said to have seen Saint Bart in India, others in Armenia, and still others on Park Avenue.
O Almighty and everlasting God, who didst give to thine apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word: Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church to love what he believed and to preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, August 17, 2014SAINT MARY THE VIRGIN
August 15 is a major feast day in both the west and the east. On this date, the Roman Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, or her bodily ascent into Heaven after her death, while the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Dormition, or Falling Asleep, of Mary, also referring to the end of her life on earth.
The Episcopal Church and much of the wider Anglican Communion calls this day the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. While this title doesn't focus specifically on the end of Mary's life, as the Roman and Eastern feast names do, we still use the same prayers and lessons as these two older traditions.
At Saint Thomas we celebrate this feast twice:
- August 15: the feast day itself, with services in the Lady Chapel (Chantry Chapel)
- The Sunday closest to August 15, which includes a Festal Eucharist at 11am.
O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday, August 10, 2014THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 14)
Sunday, August 3, 2014THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 13)
Sunday, July 27, 2014THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr 12)
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Romans 8:26-39 , Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 , I Corinthians 3:13-15
Sunday, July 20, 2014THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr 11)
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Sunday, July 13, 2014THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr 10)
O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee, and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Romans 8:1-11 , Matthew 13:1-9,18-23
Sunday, July 6, 2014THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 9)
O God, who hast taught us to keep all thy commandmentsby loving thee and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to thee with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Zechariah 9:9-12 , Romans 7:15-25a , Matthew 11:16-19,25-30
Sunday, June 29, 2014SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL
Early on in the church year, Peter and Paul, the two greatest leaders of the early Church, are commemorated separately-- Peter on January 18, for his confession of Jesus as the Messiah, and Paul on January 25, for his conversion. They are commemorated together on June 29 in observance of the tradition of the Church that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero, in 64.
Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified thee by their martyrdom: Grant that thy Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by thy Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Ezekiel 34:11-16 , II Timothy 4:1-8 , John 21:15-19
Sunday, June 22, 2014CORPUS CHRISTI
In a very real sense, every Eucharist is a feast of the Corpus Christi (at Saint Thomas, we have nearly one thousand Masses every year), but on this Sunday we take the time to contemplate the Holy Mysteries in depth, to dig deep in heart and mind as we attempt to understand what it is we are doing when we go to the altar rail to receive the Blessed Sacrament.
Of course, during Holy Week, on Maundy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist by our Lord. Yet, because Holy Week is full of so much activity surrounding our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, it is appropriate that we set aside a time later in the year to return to ponder this most intimate and yet ubiquitous of sacraments. The feast day itself actually falls on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday. However at Saint Thomas we celebrate it on the Sunday following Trinity Sunday so that the maximum number of people can participate.
It is not by accident that this day falls after Easter Day, Ascension Day, the Day of Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. The risen Lord has ascended into heaven. He has sent his Spirit, and this same Spirit consecrates the bread and wine. Christ our Passover is once again sacrificed for us. Take and eat.
Here are some sermons in the archive you might consider reading to gain a deeper understanding:
Sacramental Courtesy (2011) by Fr Mead
Come to the Banquet; Dress for the Occasion (2011) by Fr Mead
Good Manners (2010) by Fr Mead
Corpus Christi 2009 (2009) by Fr Mead
Participation in Communion (2008) by Fr Austin
Corpus Christi (2008) by Fr Austin
Real Presence, Real Difference (2006) by Fr Mead
Maundy Thursday (2003) by Fr Mead
Corpus Christi I: Transubstantiation and Transformation (2002) by Fr Mead
Corpus Christi II: Respect for the Real Presence (2002) by Fr Mead
The Body of Christ (2001) by Fr Mead
God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament hath left unto us a memorial of his passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of his Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of his redemption; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.