Worship

Lent

February 14: Ash Wednesday

8am The Ash Wednesday Liturgy (Said)

11am Confessions (until 12pm)

12:10pm The Solemn Liturgy of Ash Wednesday (Choral)
sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

3:15pm Confessions (until 5:15pm)

5:30pm The Solemn Liturgy of Ash Wednesday (Choral)
sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Ashes are imposed throughout the day, beginning with the 8am service.

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Throughout Lent, the Church offers suggestions about what to do in response to the news that Christ has died our death for us and risen victorious from the grave. It does this by focusing our attention on our three most important relationships – with God, with our neighbors, and within ourselves. These are the three traditional disciplines of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting.

For prayer, consider attending weekday services at Saint Thomas, in addition to Sunday worship, or consider saying the Daily Office on your own at home. You might also consider attending the Holy Hour on Wednesdays at 11am. For almsgiving, consider not only financial ways of helping those in need around you, but also volunteering, or resolving to practice more kindness, neighborliness and hospitality in your life. Finally, for fasting, consider following the example of the saints, and fasting from sin of all types, including the sins of pride, envy and deceit.

However you practice Lent, we invite you to do so with the Body of Christ at Saint Thomas Church. More information is below.

Five Sundays in Lent before Palm Sunday: Sermon Series on "Women of Faith"

To understand the degree to which God is Love, you can’t truly celebrate Easter without also observing Lent and Holy Week. The five Sundays in Lent leading up to Palm Sunday (March 25) take us from Satan tempting Christ to assume all earthly power over all people, all the way to Christ humbling himself before earthly powers that he might save all people once and for all. We invite you to worship with us each week during Lent, and we encourage you to pay close attention. The investment in worshipping in the Anglican tradition during this time yields an extraordinary payoff to those who choose to fully participate: an Easter Day rich in joy and deep in understanding. If you can’t be with us in person throughout the Lenten Season, we invite you to worship with us via the webcasts.

In 2018, please note that we offer a Lenten sermon series on "Women of Faith" at Choral Evensong on Sundays at 4pm. We welcome visiting preachers for this series, culminating on March 18 when we are joined by delegates from around the Anglican Communion attending the United Nations Assembly meetings organized by the UN Commission on the Status of Women. See the individual preachers and topics listed below.

February 18: The First Sunday in Lent

  • 8am Said Eucharist
  • 9am Sung Eucharist
  • 11am Litany & Choral Eucharist sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir
  • 4pm Choral Evensong sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir, and includes a sermon as part of the Lenten series on "Women of Faith" on Shiphrah and Puah by the Reverend Canon Anne Mallonee, Executive Vice President and Chief Ecclesiastical Officer of the Church Penion Group and Honorary Assistant of Saint Thomas Church.

Febraury 25: The Second Sunday in Lent

  • 8am Said Eucharist
  • 9am Sung Eucharist
  • 11am Choral Eucharist sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
  • 4pm Choral Evensong sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, and includes a sermon as part of the Lenten series on "Women of Faith" on Lydia by the Dr. Michael DeLashmutt, Academic Dean of The General Theological Seminary.

March 4: The Third Sunday in Lent

  • 8am Said Eucharist
  • 9am Sung Eucharist
  • 11am Choral Eucharist sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
  • 4pm Choral Evensong sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, and includes a sermon as part of the Lenten series on "Women of Faith" on Florence Li Tom-Oi by the Reverened Lynn Sanders, Vicar of St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City.

March 11: The Fourth Sunday in Lent (Laetare)

  • 8am Said Eucharist
  • 9am Sung Eucharist
  • 11am Festal Eucharist sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
  • 4pm Festal Evensong sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, and includes a sermon as part of the Lenten series on "Women of Faith" on Nancy Jane Hughes by the Very Rev. Kurt Dunkle, Dean of The General Theological Seminary.

March 18: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

  • 8am Said Eucharist
  • 9am Sung Eucharist
  • 11am Litany & Choral Eucharist sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
  • 4pm Choral Evensong sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, and includes a sermon as part of the Lenten series on "Women of Faith" on Mary and Martha by the Reverend Mother Ezgi Perkins, Assisant Rector for Younger Adults, Families, and Community, St Andrew's Church, Kansas City, Missouri.

Weekday Services throughout Lent

Saint Thomas offers at least one opportunity to worship every single day of the year. Some services are said and some are sung.

Among the offerings is Choral Evensong on many Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 5:30pm, usually lasting about 45 minutes, and followed by a brief, said Mass. See a list of upcoming choral services.

In additional to choral services, Saint Thomas offers more than a dozen said services each week in the Chantry Chapel, which is located to the left side of the church after you enter the Fifth Avenue doors. On Mondays through Fridays, these services include Morning Prayer and Mass at 8am and a Mass at 12:10pm. On Mondays and Fridays, Evening Prayer and a Mass are said at 5:30pm in lieu of Choral Evensong. On Saturdays, there is a single celebration of the Eucharist at 12:10pm. See a list of all daily services.

Prayers are said at the shrine of Our Lady of Fifth Avenue each day at noon, immediately before the 12:10 Mass. To submit prayers, access the prayer request tab on this website or email us.

Holy Hour on Wednesdays at 11am

Each Wednesday during Lent, from 11am to 12pm, we offer an hour of guided prayer, meditations, and periods of silence before the Blessed Sacrament in the Resurrection Chapel. Consider staying on for the 12:10 Mass which follows in the Chantry Chapel.

Saturday Confessions

On Saturdays in Lent (February 18 and 25; March 4,11, and 18), a priest is available in the Resurrection Chapel from 11am-12pm to hear confessions. The Resurrection Chapel is located to the right side of the High Altar, behind the gate. If a priest is meeting with someone when you arrive, simply wait in a pew near the gate. Alternatively, you may make an appointment with a priest for confession.

On March 30, Good Friday, there will be confessions heard from 10:30-11:30am and from 3:30-5pm. If the gate is closed and the Chapel is in use, please wait in the pews nearby until he is available.

Healing Ministry

Our Tuesday 12:10pm masses include prayers for healing, the laying on of hands and anopinti9ng of the sick for those who desire it. Healing prayer and the laying on of hands by trained lay ministers and the anointing of the sick by a priest is also available after 11am services on Sundays.

Questions? Email us.