Friday, September 1, 2017David Pendleton Oakerhater
Deacon and Missionary of the Cheyenne
d. August 31, 1931
O God of unsearchable wisdom and infinite mercy, thou didst choose a captive warrior, David Oakerhater, to be thy servant, and didst send him to be a missionary to his own people and to execute the office of a deacon among them: Liberate us, who commemorate him today, from bondage to self, and empower us for service to thee and to the neighbors thou hast given us; through Jesus Christ, the captain of our salvation; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, September 3, 2017THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 17)
Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Proper 17)
Friday, September 8, 2017The 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.
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.
Sunday, September 10, 2017PATRONAL FEAST DAY
The Feast of Saint Thomas falls on December 21, in late Advent just before Christmas. This makes it difficult to sufficiently celebrate our patron saint on the proper date. To remedy that problem, beginning in 2016 we also celebrate our patron and our parish on the same day that we welcome back the full Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.
Please note that the Feast of Saint Thomas is still celebrated on December 21, as well, unless December 21 falls on a Sunday, in which case it is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. When December 21 does not fall on a Sunday, we typically observe the feast day with services in the Chantry Chapel, and, if possible, with a Festal Eucharist at 5:30pm at the High Altar.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017John Chrysostom
Bishop of Constantinople
O God, who didst give to thy servant John Chrysostom grace eloquently to proclaim thy righteousness in the great congregation, and fearlessly to bear reproach for the honor of thy Name: Mercifully grant to all bishops and pastors such excellency in preaching, and fidelity in ministering thy Word, that thy people may be partakers with them of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Friday, September 15, 2017Our Lady of Sorrows
To even begin to understand Our Lady of Sorrows, one needs to remember the words spoken to Mary decades before she found herself at the foot of the cross:
First, by the angel Gabriel, which we hear on the Feast of the Annunciation [Luke 1:30-33]: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.
Second, when forty days after the nativity, at the presentation of Jesus at the temple, Simeon tells Mary [Luke 2:34-35]: Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
So it is that on this day following Holy Cross, we remember that Mary's soul, pierced by the passion and death of her only son, was full of the sorrow that only a mother who survives the death of her own child can understand. The child, promised the throne of David to reign forever, is nailed to a cross to suffer the death of a criminal.
We do not know what Mary was thinking. No words of Mary from the foot of the cross are recorded. But grief, surely, she knew.
O God, at whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of the glorious Virgin and Mother Mary: mercifully grant, that we who with devotion honor her Sorrows, may obtain the happy fruit of thy Passion: Who livest and reignest with the Father and Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, September 17, 2017THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 19)
O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee, mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Proper 19)
Friday, September 22, 2017Ember Friday
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.
O God, who didst lead thy holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that thy Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work for the extension of thy kingdom; through him who is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, September 24, 2017THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 20)
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)
Friday, September 29, 2017SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS
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.