Sunday, March 9, 2014THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
On the first Sunday in Lent, we ask God to save us in the time of trial -- to think on his mercy and not our many offenses. Always timely.
As you prepare your heart and mind for Lent, you might find these sermons by the Rector helpful:
Do these sermons seem repetitive? Well, yes, they seem so because they are so. Perhaps that's because temptation and trial are regular parts of our lives. The Rector would say that repetition is good; the handing ourselves over to the mercy and goodness of Christ is done well when well-rehearsed.
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted of Satan: Make speed to help thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and, as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014ASH WEDNESDAY
Ash Wednesday begins the holy season of Lent, a 40-day period (excluding Sundays) extending through Holy Week, concluding at the Great Vigil on the night before Easter Day.
The imposition of ashes occurs at all three liturgies of the day -- 8am, 12:10pm and 5:30pm -- as well as throughout the day in between these services. Simply enter the Fifth Avenue doors and walk down the center aisle toward the high altar.
You might find these sermons helpful as you prepare your heart and mind for this holy season:
- Lent: The Gift of Time (2013) by Fr Mead
- Ashes and Bank Accounts (2012) by Fr Mead
- A Sermon for Ash Wednesday (2011) by Fr Spurlock
- Why Does Jesus Say to be Good in Secret? (2010) by Fr Austin
- The Pit of Contrition (2007) by Fr Mead
- Lay Up for Yourselves Treasures in Heaven (2006) by Fr Austin
- Cheerful Piety (2004) by Fr Mead
Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, March 2, 2014THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (QUINQUAGESIMA)
The season after the Epiphany ends in glory, with Jesus revealed once more as Christ. There are many epiphanies within the season: the visit of the magi, the presentation of Jesus in the temple (and Simeon's response), the Lord's baptism, his first miracle at Cana. On this Sunday, the last of the Epiphany season before Ash Wednesday takes us into Lent, we see Christ in all his glory, his transfiguration, atop the mountain.
We celebrate the Transfiguration twice each year: on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, and on the feast day itself, August 6.
At Saint Thomas, there have been many sermons over the years which are helpful in understanding this miraculous event. Among them are these:
The Transfiguring Glory of God (2012) by Fr Daniels
The Glory of God (2011) by Fr Daniels
Love We Can Hardly Bear to See (2010) by Fr Austin
A Sermon for the Last Sunday after Epiphany (2009) by Fr Stafford
The Transfigured Cross (2006) by Fr Mead
A Glimpse into Glory (2005) by Fr Mead
O God, who before the passion of thy only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us that we, beholding by faith the light of his ountenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, February 23, 2014THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (SEXIGESIMA)
O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Ghost and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Sunday, February 16, 2014THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (SEPTUAGESIMA)
O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, February 9, 2014THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins and give us, we beseech thee, the liberty of that abundant life which thou hast manifested to us in thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.