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Choral Services

Sunday, September 6, 2015

THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 18)

The Gospel for the morning services on this Sunday (it is Year B in the Lectionary) is Mark 7:24-37, wherein we have miracles of healing and restoration. The story of the Syro-Phoenician woman is also told in Matthew 15:21-28.

Here are some sermons which might be helpful:
Stick to Your Prayers (2002) by Fr Mead
Clarity and Truth (2004) by Fr Mead
Hearing and Speaking Plainly (2003) by Fr Mead

Collect:

Grant us, O Lord, we pray thee, to trust in thee with all our heart; seeing that, as thou dost alway resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so thou dost not forsake those who make their boast of thy mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Proper 18)

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by The Gentlemen of the Choir.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In addition to this feast, we also celebrate at Saint Thomas:
The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8
The Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 (in 2012, it falls on the same day as the Fifth Sunday in Lent)
The Visitation on May 31
The Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin on August 15

A 12:10 Mass in honor of Mary is offered once a month in the Chantry Chapel (Lady Chapel), usually but not always on the first Saturday.

There is much on this website with regard to Mary, especially in the Sermon Archive, where, among many other sermons, you will find these: by Fr Mead in 2010, by Fr Stafford in 2009, by Fr Austin in 2008, by Fr Andrew in 2007.

Collect:

We beseech thee, O Lord, pour into our hearts the abundance of thy heavenly grace: that like as the child-bearing of the blessed Virgin Mary was unto us thy servants the beginning of salvation, so the devout observance of her nativity may avail for the increasing of our peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Constance and Her Companions

aka The Martyrs of Memphis

When Yellow Fever struck the city of Memphis, Tennessee in 1878, the death toll quickly grew, and most of the surviving residents fled. But not Constance and her companions. They were sisters, priests and doctors at Saint Mary's Episcopal Cathedral who stayed behind to tend to the sick, the dying and the orphaned. Eventually, all but two of these sustainers and comforters succumbed to the disease themselves. 

In his sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord in January 2011, Fr Spurlock discussed the Martyrs of Memphis in some detail. You may read his sermon here.

Collect:

We give thee thanks and praise, O God of compassion, for the heroic witness of Constance and her companions, who, in a time of plague and pestilence, were steadfast in their care for the sick and dying, and loved not their own lives, even unto death: Inspire in us a like love and commitment to those in need, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Alexander Crummell

Priest and Missionary
b. March 3, 1819
d. September 10, 1898

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank thee for thy servant Alexander Crummell, whom thou didst call to preach the Gospel to those who were far off and to those who were near. Raise up, we beseech thee, in this and every land evangelists and heralds of thy kingdom, that thy Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Andrew Mead, Rector Emeritus.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

HOLY CROSS DAY

Holy Cross Day became a feast of the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer in 1979, but the observance began in Jerusalem on September 14, 335 when the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine, built Churches to enshrine the traditional sites of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Excavations at the time discovered a relic, believed to be that of the true cross. Much of our cherished Holy Week liturgies stems from that period, spreading around Christendom through the ages. The crucifix near the pulpit, our 9/11 memorial, is mounted on a cross of stones which were from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Saint Thomas Church was founded to set forth, through preaching and teaching, through architecture, liturgy and music, through fellowship and service, the glory of the Cross of Christ. On the top of the Fifth Avenue façade is a crucifix, with the words, “Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.” And so it is that this Church is a place where many souls are drawn to the foot of the Cross: this deepest mystery, and clearest manifestation, of God’s everlasting love.

Collect:

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

9:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Junior Choristers.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ember Wednesday

A series of three Ember Days (on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) are observed four times a year:

(1) following the Third Sunday of Advent
(2) following the First Sunday in Lent
(3) following the Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday)
(4) following Holy Cross Day

A major feast day overrides an Ember Day if they fall on the same day.

Ember Days, traditionally seasonal days of fasting and prayer, became over time associated with ordination of clergy and with prayer for the Church.

Collect:

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed various orders in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all who are called to any office and ministry for thy people; and so fill them with the truth of thy doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name and for the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.
5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hildegard

Collect:

God of all times and seasons: Give us grace that we, after the example of thy servant Hildegard, may both know and make known the joy and jubilation of being part of thy creation, and show forth thy glory not only with our lips but in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

THE SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 20)

Collect:

Grant us, O Lord, not to mind earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to cleave to those that shall abide; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Proper 20)

9:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Junior Choristers.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Philander Chase

Bishop of Ohio, and of Illinois
b. December 14, 1775
d. September 20, 1852

Collect:

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith: We give thee heartfelt thanks for the pioneering spirit of thy servant Philander Chase, and for his zeal in opening new frontiers for the ministry of thy Church. Grant us grace to minister in Christ’s name in every place, led by bold witnesses to the Gospel of the Prince of Peace, even Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

Collect:

O everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy angels always serve and worship thee in heaven, so by thy appointment they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

9:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Junior Choristers. Sermon by Fr Spurlock.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Daniels.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

Collect:

O everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy angels always serve and worship thee in heaven, so by thy appointment they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jerome

Priest, Monk of Bethlehem
b. 347
d. September 30, 420

Roman Catholics recognize Jerome as the patron saint of translators, librarians and encyclopedists, and for good reason. Jerome translated the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek into Latin, a translation that became known as the Vulgate. But Jerome didn't stop there. For nearly two decades he then wrote commentaries on scripture, making him, like Augustine, highly quotable.

Collect:

O Lord, thou God of truth, thy Word is a lantern to our feet and a light upon our path: We give thee thanks for thy servant Jerome, and those who, following in his steps, have labored to render the Holy Scriptures in the language of the people; and we beseech thee that thy Holy Spirit may overshadow us as we read the written Word, and that Christ, the living Word, may transform us according to thy righteous will; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.