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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bede the Venerable

Priest and Monk of Jarrow
d. 735

Lesser Feasts and Fasts describes Bede in this way:

At the age of seven, Bede’s parents brought him to the nearby monastery at Jarrow (near Durham in northeast England) for his education. There, as he later wrote, “spending all the remaining time of my life. . . I wholly applied myself to the study of Scripture, and amidst the observance of regular discipline, and the daily care of singing in the church, I always took delight in learning, teaching, and writing.”

Bede was ordained deacon at nineteen, and presbyter at thirty. He died on the eve of the Ascension while dictating a vernacular translation of the Gospel according to John. About 1020 his body was removed to Durham, and placed in the Galilee, the Lady Chapel at the west end of the Cathedral nave.

Bede was the greatest scholar of his time in the Western Church. He wrote commentaries on the Scriptures based on patristic interpretations.

His treatise on chronology was standard for a long time. He also wrote on orthography, poetic meter, and especially on history. His most famous work, The Ecclesiastical History of England, written in Latin, remains the primary source for the period 597 to 731, when Anglo-Saxon culture developed and Christianity triumphed. In this work, Bede was clearly ahead of his time. He consulted many documents, carefully evaluated their reliability, and cited his sources. His interpretations were balanced and judicious. He also wrote the History of the Abbots (of Wearmouth and Jarrow), and a notable biography of Cuthbert, both in prose and verse.

His character shines through his work — an exemplary monk, an ardent Christian, devoted scholar, and a man of pure and winsome manners. He received the unusual title of Venerable more than a century after his death. According to one legend, the monk writing the inscription for his tomb was at a loss for a word to fill out the couplet:

Hac sunt in fossa
Bedae — blank — ossa
(This grave contains
the — blank — Bede’s remains)
That night an angel filled in the blank: Venerabilis.

Collect:

Heavenly Father, who didst call thy servant Bede, while still a child, to devote his life to thy service in the disciplines of religion and scholarship; Grant that as he labored in the Spirit to bring the riches of thy truth to his generation, so we, in our various vocations, may strive to make thee known in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

6:15 pm, High Altar
6:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
Victor Lee Austin, Theologian-in-residence at Saint Thomas since 2005, will reflect on the process of writing a theological memoir concerning his late wife, Susan.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Augustine of Canterbury

First Bishop of Canterbury
d. 605

Collect:

O Lord our God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst call thine apostles and send them forth to preach the Gospel to the nations: We bless thy holy Name for thy servant Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, whose labors in propagating thy Church among the English people we commemorate today; and we pray that all whom thou dost call and send may do thy will, and bide thy time, and see thy glory; through 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
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
6:15 pm, High Altar

Friday, May 27, 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

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel

Sunday, May 29, 2016

CORPUS CHRISTI

Corpus Christi is Latin for "the body of Christ." In a sense, therefore, every Eucharist is a commemoration of the feast of Corpus Christi and, at Saint Thomas, we have nearly one thousand celebrations of the Eucharist each year. But on this particular Sunday we take the time to contemplate the holy mysteries in depth, to dig deep in heart and mind as we attempt to understand what it is we are doing when we go to the altar rail to receive the Blessed Sacrament.

Of course, during Holy Week, on Maundy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist by our Lord. Yet, because Holy Week is full of so much activity surrounding our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, it is appropriate that we set aside a time later in the year to return to ponder this most intimate and yet ubiquitous of sacraments. The feast day itself actually falls on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday. However at Saint Thomas we celebrate it on the Sunday following Trinity Sunday so that the maximum number of people can participate.
It is not by accident that this day falls after Easter Day, Ascension Day, the Day of Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. The risen Lord has ascended into heaven. He has sent his Spirit, and this same Spirit consecrates the bread and wine that is received by the gathered Christian community. As Saint Augustine is reported to have said at the presentation of these Eucharistic elements, "Behold what you are, and become what you receive: the Body of Christ."

Collect:

God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament hath left unto us a memorial of his passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of his Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of his redemption; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
9:00 am, Parish House
9:00 am, High Altar
9:45 am – 10:30 am, 2nd Floor, Parish House
10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
In his final Sunday theology class, Father Austin returns to the beginning of the Bible. This class will draw out some fundamental insights of the book of Genesis.
11:00 am, High Altar
Part of the 2016 Orchestral and Organ Mass Series featuring the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Saint Thomas Chamber Orchestra. This week we present the Mass in C, op. 169, by Josef Rheinberger. Sermon by Fr Turner.
11:00 am, Parish House
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, 2nd Floor, Parish House
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)

Monday, May 30, 2016

8:00 am – 12:45 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
Due to the holiday, the church doors close shortly after the end of the 12:10 Mass.
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel