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Monday, January 1, 2018

THE HOLY NAME OF OUR LORD

A short history of the Feast of the Holy Name, which coincides with New Year's Day, is in Lesser Feast and Fasts, as follows:

"The designation of this day as the Feast of the Holy Name is new to the 1979 revision of the Prayer Book. Previous Anglican Prayer Books called it the Feast of the Circumcision. January first is, of course, the eighth day after Christmas Day, and the Gospel according to Luke records that eight days after his birth the child was circumcised and given the name Jesus.

The Law of Moses required that every male child be circumcised on the eighth day from his birth (Leviticus 12:3); and it had long been the custom to make of it a festive occasion, when family and friends came together to witness the naming of the child.

The liturgical commemoration of the Circumcision is of Gallican origin, and a Council in Tours in 567 enacted that the day was to be kept as a fast day to counteract pagan festivities connected with the beginning of the new year. In the Roman tradition, January first was observed as the octave day of Christmas, and it was specially devoted to the Virgin Mother.

The early preachers of the Gospel lay stress on the name as showing that Jesus was a man of flesh and blood, though also the Son of God, who died a human death, and whom God raised from death to be the Savior (Acts 2:32; 4:12). The name was given to Jesus, as the angel explained to Joseph, because he would 'save his people from their sins' (Matthew 1:21). (The word means 'Savior' or 'Deliverer' in Hebrew.)"

You might consider reading these sermons in the archive regarding the Holy Name.

Collect:

Eternal Father, who didst give to thine incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we beseech thee, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, even our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Elizabeth Seton

Collect:

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Friday, January 5, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Saturday, January 6, 2018

THE EPIPHANY

Collect:

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only begotten Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know thee now by faith, to thy presence, where we may Behold thy glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Sunday, January 7, 2018

THE EPIPHANY

Collect:

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only begotten Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know thee now by faith, to thy presence, where we may Behold thy glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)

Monday, January 8, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

William Laud

Archbishop of Canterbury
b. October 7, 1573
d. January 10, 1645 (beheaded)

William Laud was one of the Caroline Divines, who were influential during the seventeenth century through the reign of Charles I and then, later, after the Restoration. Among the many Caroline Divines are Lancelot Andrewes, Jeremy Taylor and Herbert Thorndike.

Collect:

Keep us, O Lord, constant in faith and zealous in witness, that, like thy servant William Laud, we may live in thy fear, die in thy favor, and rest in thy peace; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son 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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Friday, January 12, 2018

Aelred

Abbot of Rievaulx
d. 1167

Collect:

Pour thou into our hearts, we beseech thee, O God, the Holy Spirit’s gift of love, that we, clasping each the other’s hand, may share the joy of friendship, human and divine, and with thy servant Aelred draw many into thy community of love; through Jesus Christ the Righteous, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Saturday, January 13, 2018

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Sunday, January 14, 2018

THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Collect:

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that thy people, illumined by thy Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Collect:

Almighty God, who by the hand of Moses thy servant didst lead thy people out of slavery, and didst make them free at last: Grant that thy Church, following the example of thy prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of thy love, and may strive to secure for all thy children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Richard Meux Benson

Collect:

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Antony

Abbot in Egypt
d. 356

Collect:

O God, who by thy Holy Spirit didst enable thy servant Antony to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil: Give us grace, with pure hearts and minds, to follow thee, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Thursday, January 18, 2018

THE CONFESSION OF SAINT PETER

The Confession of Saint Peter (January 18) is the beginning of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, which ends eight days later with the Conversion of Saint Paul (January 25).

The Confession of Saint Peter is recorded in Matthew as follows: When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

You might find these sermons in our archive helpful:

Sermons about the Confession of Saint Peter
Sermons about Saint Peter

Collect:

Almighty Father, who didst inspire Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep thy Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wulfstan

Bishop of Worcester
d. 1095

Collect:

Almighty God, whose only-begotten Son hath led captivity captive and given gifts to thy people: Multiply among us faithful pastors, who, like thy holy bishop Wulfstan, will give courage to those who are oppressed and held in bondage; and bring us all, we pray, into the true freedom of thy kingdom; 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

Saturday, January 20, 2018

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Sunday, January 21, 2018

THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Collect:

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and all the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)

Monday, January 22, 2018

Vincent

Deacon of Saragossa and Martyr
d. 304

Collect:

Almighty God, whose deacon Vincent, upheld by thee, was not terrified by threats nor overcome by torments: Strengthen us, we beseech thee, to endure all adversity with invincible and steadfast faith; 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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Phillips Brooks

Bishop of Massachusetts
b. 1835
d. 1893

Lesser Feasts and Fasts (2006) concludes its summary of the bishop's life in this way:

Brooks ministered with tenderness, understanding. and warm friendliness. He inspired men to enter the ministry, and taught many of them the art of preaching. He was conservative and orthodox in his theology; but his generosity of heart led him to be regarded as the leader of the liberal circles of the Church.

In 1891, he was elected Bishop of Massachusetts. The force of his personality and preaching, together with his deep devotion and loyalty, provided the spiritual leadership needed for the time. His constant concern was to turn his hearers’ thoughts to the revelations of God. “Whatever happens,” he wrote, “always remember the mysterious richness of human nature and the nearness of God to each one of us."

Brooks is the author of O Little Town of Bethlehem, which we always sing at one or more of the Lessons & Carols services in the week before Christmas.

Collect:

O everlasting God, who didst reveal truth to thy servant Phillips Brooks, and didst so form and mold his mind and heart that he was able to mediate that truth with grace and power: Grant, we pray, that all whom thou dost call to preach the Gospel may steep themselves in thy Word, and conform their lives to thy will; 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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Thursday, January 25, 2018

THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL

The Conversion of Saint Paul (January 25) wraps up the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity which begins with the Confession of Saint Peter (January 18).

To understand the significance of this feast, you might consider these sermons about Saint Paul.

Collect:

O God, who, by the preaching of thine apostle Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same by following the holy doctrine which he taught; 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.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Friday, January 26, 2018

Timothy and Titus

Companions of Saint Paul

It is fitting that Timothy and Titus are remembered on the day immediately following the Conversion of Saint Paul. They, after all, were Greek (Timothy had a Jewish mother, who was believer, and a Greek father; both of Timothy's parents were Greek), so they were well suited for the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles. Both were instrumental in the development of early churches, such as those at Corinth, Thessalonica, and Ephesus.

Timothy and Titus brought youthful enthusiasm to their call, and Lesser Feasts and Fasts makes this point:

Paul several times mentions their youth, while entrusting them with great responsibilities in administration and in the proclaiming of the Gospel, a reminder that not age but faithfulness, care, and the love of Christ are the important qualities for Christian witness to the Lord.

Collect:

Almighty God, who didst call Timothy and Titus to do the work of evangelists and teachers, and didst make them strong to endure hardship: Strengthen us to stand fast in adversity, and to live godly and righteous lives in this present time, that with sure confidence we may look for our blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe

Collect:

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Sunday, January 28, 2018

THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (SEPTUAGESIMA)

Collect:

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)

Monday, January 29, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance