Calendar

Events

Friday, March 18, 2016

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House
Father Spurlock offers a straight-forward Bible study.
5:30 pm, Chantry Chapel
6:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys with Orchestra of St. Luke’s perform James MacMillan's masterpiece ‘Seven Last Words from the Cross’ with works by John Taverner and Sir John Tavener. Online ticketing for tonight’s performance will close at 1pm. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Fifth Avenue entrance beginning at 6:30pm.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

SAINT JOSEPH

Lesser Feasts and Fasts describes what little we know of Joseph in this way:

In the face of circumstances that distressed even a man of such tenderness and obedience to God as Joseph, he accepted the vocation of  protecting Mary and being a father to Jesus. He is honored in Christian tradition for the nurturing care and protection he provided for the infant Jesus and his mother in taking them to Egypt to escape Herod’s slaughter of the innocents, and in rearing him as a faithful Jew at Nazareth. The Gospel according to Matthew pictures Joseph as a man of deep devotion, open to mystical experiences, and as a man of compassion, who accepted his God-given responsibility with gentleness and humility.

Joseph was a pious Jew, a descendant of David, and a carpenter by trade. As Joseph the Carpenter, he is considered the patron saint of the working man, one who not only worked with his hands, but taught his trade to Jesus. The little that is told of him is a testimony to the trust in God which values simple everyday duties, and gives an example of a loving husband and father.

Collect:

O God, who from the family of thy servant David didst raise up Joseph to be the guardian of thy incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to thy commands; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
9:30 am – 12:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
10:00 am – 11:00 am, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Resurrection Chapel
A priest will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with you in the chapel to the right of the choir stalls.If the gate is closed and the Chapel is in use, please wait in the pews nearby until the priest is available.
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel

Sunday, March 20, 2016

THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION: PALM SUNDAY

The liturgies on the morning of Palm Sunday are designed by the Book of Common Prayer to take us through the week to come. So, since this is Holy Week, Palm Sunday covers both the triumphant entry into Jerusalem (the Blessing of the Palms and the Palm Procession) as well as Christ's Passion, which we unpack each day of the rest of the week. The idea here is that a person could attend church only on Sundays and still participate in the entirety of Holy Week and Easter: Palm Sunday takes us through Christ's Crucifixion, and then Easter Sunday celebrates Christ's Resurrection.

Of course, we're not suggesting you skip the rest of Holy Week—indeed, we encourage you to spend the entire week with us. But if you are wondering why the morning liturgies on Palm Sunday end with Christ Crucified, you now have your answer. The church is structured so that Sunday worshippers get the gist. If you seek more than the gist, you're in luck: at Saint Thomas, we know how to dwell on the details. You are most welcome to join us as we mark each day of Holy Week in scripture, song, meditation and prayer.

Even if you cannot join us in person for everything, please know that all choral services throughout the week are webcast live and then available on-demand.

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
The Fifth Avenue doors open at 7am and remain open through the end of Solemn Evensong. There are no tickets or reserved seating for Palm Sunday services.
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
This 35 minute service includes a reading of the Passion according to Saint Luke.
9:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Junior Choristers. Includes the reading of the Passion according to Saint Luke.
9:00 am, Parish House
9:45 am – 10:30 am, 2nd Floor, Parish House
10:00 am – 10:30 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
This class will introduce the classic collect form, and will then look at many of the collects, drawing out from them an implicit and distinctive Anglican theology.
10:00 am, Parish House
Please note the earlier start time. Children will gather for breakfast and a brief lesson before participating in the 11am service. Parents are very welcome.
11:00 am, Parish House
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 Austin.

Monday, March 21, 2016

MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK

Collect:

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
The church doors open at 7:30am and remain open through the end of the musical meditation at 6:30pm. There are no tickets for any of the services or for the musical meditation.
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
12:10 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.
5:30 pm, Chantry Chapel
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
Acting Director of Music Benjamin Sheen presents this work by Marcel Dupré as a Holy Week musical meditation. No tickets required-Donation requested.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK

Collect:

O God, who by the passion of thy blessed Son didst make an instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 7:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
The church doors open at 7:30am and remain open through the end of the musical meditation at 6:30pm. There are no tickets for any of the services or for the musical meditation.
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
12:10 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir. This Eucharist is followed by a short healing service of Holy Unction.