Worship

Weekdays

At Choral Evensong on April 7, 2011, the Rector spoke of the Daily Office as part of our mission to worship, love and service our Lord Jesus Christ through the Anglican tradition and our unique choral heritage. If you wonder why we offer the opportunity to worship usually about 20 times per week, this brief homilette will help you understand.

Every Monday through Saturday, there is at least one celebration of the Mass at Saint Thomas. In addition, on Mondays through Fridays, we usually offer Morning Prayer (followed by Holy Eucharist) and Evening Prayer or Choral Evensong (also followed by Holy Eucharist).

All non-choral weekday services are held in the Chantry or (one Saturday per month) in the Resurrection Chapel. After you enter the Fifth Avenue doors, the Chantry is to your left; the Resurrection Chapel is all the way to the front and to the right. Weekday services are indeed shorter and less crowded than choral services, but they are often quite powerful in their simplicity and intimacy. We invite you to join us for weekday worship whenever you are able. It is an excellent way to steep yourself in the Anglican tradition, and also a great way to get to know individual members of the clergy.

Because our schedule of worship is impacted by various considerations, including the liturgical calendar, federal holidays, choir school sessions, and special events, the schedule of worship services for any given week may vary from the list below. Therfore, please see the worship calendar for particular dates. That said, in general, our weekday worship schedule is as follows:

Monday

8am - Morning Prayer & Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
5:30pm - Evening Prayer & Holy Eucharist (Rite I)

Tuesday

8am - Morning Prayer & Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Rite II), includes healing service
5:30pm - Choral Evensong or Evening Prayer, followed by Holy Eucharist (Rite I)

Wednesday

8am - Morning Prayer & Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
5:30pm - Choral Evensong or Evening Prayer, followed by Holy Eucharist (Rite I)

Thursday

8am - Morning Prayer & Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
5:30pm - Choral Evensong or Evening Prayer, followed by Holy Eucharist (Rite I)

Friday

8am - Morning Prayer & Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
5:30pm - Evening Prayer & HolyEucharist (Rite II)

Saturday *

12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Rite I)

* One Saturday per month is usually set aside in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and another is usually set aside for a said Requiem Mass for all faithful departed, usually in the Resurrection Chapel.

On federal holidays we typically only have one celebration of the Eucharist (Rite I) at 12:10pm, with no Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. Also, sometimes when we have an evening concert in the church, we have a simple Eucharist at 5:30pm with no Evening Prayer. So, again, it’s always best to check the worship calendar for a precise schedule of worship services and times.

The Daily Office, followed by Holy Eucharist

The daily cycle of Morning and Evening Prayer is called The Daily Office. A good portion of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is broken down into lessons to be read daily in a two-year cycle. Therefore, if you attended every Morning and Evening Prayer at Saint Thomas for two consecutive years, you would hear most of the Bible in those two years. If you want to read the psalms and lessons appointed for each day, simply go to the worship calendar and click on the individual listings for Morning Prayer & Evening Prayer. The scripture citations are listed for each day.

When Morning and Evening Prayer are said (as in the Chantry services), theylast about 10 minutes each. They are followed by a celebration of the Eucharist, so the combined Daily Office and Mass typically lasts approximately 35 to 40 minutes. The Eucharist often includes a short homily for the day. The topic is often the saint we remember on that day. When we have feast days, the name of the saint is listed on the worship calendar in red, immediately below the date. Major feasts are in capital letters; lesser feasts are lower case.

When Evening Prayer is sung (and therefore is called "Evensong"), which is often several times a week (September-May), it lasts about 40 minutes, and is followed by a brief, said mass at the high altar. We are pleased to offer Choral Evensong nearly 120 times each year. In addition to Sundays at 4pm, we frequently have Choral Evensong at 5:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If a major feast day falls on one of these days, Choral Evensong is replaced by a choral Festal Eucharist. For a full desciption of Choral Evensong, please go here.

If you cannot attend worship services at Saint Thomas and would like to read the Daily Office on your own, email us and we'd be delighted to help you get started. All you need is a Prayer Book and a Bible. We'll explain how to proceed on your own, and perhaps you can join us sometime at church for the Daily Office whenever you are able.

The 12:10 Mass

The 12:10 Mass is offered six days a week (Monday – Saturday) every week of the year. Even on federal holidays, when we have no Morning and Evening Prayer followed by a Mass, we nevertheless always have the 12:10 Mass.

  • The Tuesday 12:10 Mass includes a healing service.
  • The Mass on the first Saturday of the month is usually in honor of the Virgin Mary.
  • The Mass on the second Saturday of the month is usually a said requiem for all faithful departed, held in the Resurrection Chapel.
  • The 12:10 Mass is Rite II when there are other masses on that day. If the 12:10 Mass in the only celebration of the Eucharist for the day, it is Rite I.