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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. If you would like to learn how, simply email us. 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.

Also, on Saturdays during Lent, from 11am - 12pm, those who wish to make their Confession may do so with a priest inside the church

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

Five Sundays in Lent before Palm Sunday

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 (April 9) 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.

March 5: The First 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

March 12: 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

March 19: 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

March 26: 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

April 2: 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 Evensongsung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Saturday Confessions

On Saturdays in Lent (March 11, 18, and 25, April 1 and 8), a priest is available in the Resurrection Chapel from 11am-12noon 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 April 14, Good Friday, there will be confessions at the usual Saturday time. The Rector will hear confessions in the chapel to the right of the choir stalls from 3:15-5:15pm. If the gate is closed and the Chapel is in use, please wait in the pews nearby until he is available. Fr Spurlock will hear confessions at the back of the Chantry Chapel where there is a screen set up; please wait in the pews nearby until he is available.

Healing Ministry

Our Tuesday 12:10pm masses include healing service of Holy Unction. The laying on of hands by priest and lay ministers is also availble after 11am services on Sundays

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.

Questions? Email us.