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Friday, January 25, 2019

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.

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
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House
5:30 pm, Chantry Chapel
6:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
7:00 pm, Off-site
Save the Date because this is an evening you will not want to miss. (Festive Scottish dress is encouraged.)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

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 – 11:45 am, Resurrection Chapel
A priest will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with you.
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

Sunday, January 27, 2019

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.

8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Spencer.
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
This course of study and lively discussion identifies seven major themes of transformation working through the Holy Scriptures. With the guidance of Father Matthew Moretz, each of these themes, or “stories,” will be explored as they make their way throughout the Bible to the radical conclusion in Jesus Christ.
10:00 am – 10:45 am, Sunday School Room
Communion classes for children age 7+. During today's session the parents of children attending this class will meet with the Rector.
11:00 am, Parish House
11:00 am, Parish House
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Spencer.
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, 2nd Floor, Parish House
1:00 pm
In addition to the regular Tour of Saint Thomas Church, Ms. Pamela Lewis will lead a family-friendly interactive tour for Nursery and Sunday School Families. We will meet in the Sunday School room at 1pm.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.
5:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church
St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, New York City, NY.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Thomas Aquinas

Priest and Friar
d. 1274 

Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church (2006) explains the contribution of Thomas Aquinas in this way:

Thomas Aquinas is the greatest theologian of the high Middle Ages, and, next to Augustine, perhaps the greatest theologian in the history of Western Christianity. Born into a noble Italian family, probably in 1225, he entered the new Dominican Order of Preachers, and soon became an outstanding teacher in an age of intellectual ferment.

Perceiving the challenges that the recent rediscovery of Aristotle’s works might entail for traditional catholic doctrine, especially in its emphasis upon empirical knowledge derived from reason and sense perception, independent of faith and revelation, Thomas asserted that reason and revelation are in basic harmony. “Grace” (revelation), he said, “is not the denial of nature” (reason), “but the perfection of it.” This synthesis Thomas accomplished in his greatest works, the Summa Theologica and the Summa Contra Gentiles, which even today continue to exercise profound influence on Christian thought and philosophy. He was considered a bold thinker, even a “radical,” and certain aspects of his thought were condemned by the ecclesiastical authorities. His canonization on July 18, 1323, vindicated him.

Thomas understood God’s disclosure of his Name, in Exodus 3:14, “I Am Who I Am,” to mean that God is Being, the Ultimate Reality from which everything else derives its being. The difference between God and the world is that God’s essence is to exist, whereas all other beings derive their being from him by the act of creation. Although, for Thomas, God and the world are distinct, there is, nevertheless, an analogy of being between God and the world, since the Creator is reflected in his creation. It is possible, therefore, to have a limited knowledge of God, by analogy from the created world. On this basis, human reason can demonstrate that God exists; that he created the world; and that he contains in himself, as their cause, all the perfections which exist in his creation. The distinctive truths of Christian faith, however, such as the Trinity and the Incarnation, are known only by revelation.

Thomas died in 1274, just under fifty years of age. In 1369, on January 28, his remains were transferred to Toulouse. In addition to his many theological writings, he composed several eucharistic hymns. They include “O saving Victim” and “Now, my tongue, the mystery telling.”

Collect:

Almighty God, who hast enriched thy Church with the singular learning and holiness of thy servant Thomas Aquinas: Enlighten us more and more, we pray thee, by the disciplined thinking and teaching of Christian scholars, and deepen our devotion by the example of saintly lives; 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
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
A Special Exhibition of Portraits in Andrew Hall, free and open to the public, on display weekdays 10am – 5pm, Jan 22nd – Feb 15th.
12:00 pm
On Mondays through Fridays at 12pm we offer prayers and intercessions at the shrine of Our Lady of Fifth Avenue.