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Friday, February 16, 2018

5:30 pm, Chantry Chapel
6:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Janani Luwum

Archbishop of Uganda, and Martyr
b. 1922
d. February 17, 1977

The Church in Uganda began with the deaths of martyrs (see Martyrs of Uganda and James Hannington and his Companions). Through much of the twentieth century, Uganda was a British protectorate, with independence coming in 1962. In 1971, the armed forces under General ID Amin took control of Uganda, and almost immediately began a policy of repression, arresting anyone suspected of not supporting him, including an expulsion of the Asian population from Uganda. Amin had zero toleration: a preacher who read over the radio a Psalm which mentioned Israel was shot for this in 1972.

Iin 1977, when the Church responded to many acts of unnecessary blood-letting with an appeal to the preciousness of life, the government responded with an early morning raid on the home of Archbishop Janani Luwum, ostensibly to search for hidden stores of weapons. The Archbishop called on President Amin to deliver a note of protest at the policies of arbitrary killings and the unexplained disappearances of many persons. Amin accused the Archbishop of treason, produced a document supposedly by former President Obote attesting his guilt, and had the Archbishop and two Cabinet members (both committed Christians) arrested and held for military trial. The three met briefly with four other prisoners who were awaiting execution, and then were sent away in a vehicle and not seen alive again by their friends.

The government story is that one of the prisoners tried to seize control of the vehicle and that the passengers were killed in the resulting wreck. The story believed by the Archbishop's supporters is that he refused to sign a confession, was beaten and otherwise abused, and finally shot. His body was placed in a sealed coffin and sent to his native village for burial there. However, the villagers opened the coffin and discovered the bullet holes.

The following June, about 25,000 Ugandans came to the capital to celebrate the centennial of the first preaching of the Gospel in their country, among the participants were many who had abandoned Christianity, but who had returned to the Faith.

Collect:

Almighty God, by whose providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant that we who remember before Thee blessed Janani, Archbishop and Martyr in Uganda, may, like him, be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ, to whom he gave obedience, even to death, and by his sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, 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, February 18, 2018

THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT

On the first Sunday in Lent, we ask God to save us in the time of trial -- to think on his mercy and not our many offenses. Always timely.

As you prepare your heart and mind for Lent, you might find these sermons helpful.

Read more about Lent.

Collect:

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted of Satan: Make speed to help thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and, as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Turner.
9:00 am, Parish House
9:45 am – 10:30 am, 2nd Floor, Parish House
10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
The Sunday class looks at a series of stories from the Old Testament to see how they illuminate classic Christian theological doctrines.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir. 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)
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the the Gentlemen of the Choir. Sermon by Mother Anne Mallonee.
5:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church
AGO President’s Day Recital 2018, J. S. Bach’s Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes Recital II.

Monday, February 19, 2018

9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
12:00 pm
On Mondays through Fridays at 12pm we offer prayers and intercessions at the shrine of Our Lady of Fifth Avenue.
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
7:45 am – 8:45 am, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
12:00 pm
On Mondays through Fridays at 12pm we offer prayers and intercessions at the shrine of Our Lady of Fifth Avenue.
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.
6:15 pm, High Altar