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Sunday, June 23, 2019

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.

9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Moretz.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by The Choir of Christ Church, Bronxville, NY, Mr. Philip Stopford, Director. Sermon by Fr Spencer.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL

Apostles
d. 64

Early on in the church year, Peter and Paul, the two greatest leaders of the early Church, are commemorated separately-- Peter on January 18, for his confession of Jesus as the Messiah, and Paul on January 25, for his conversion. They are commemorated together on June 29 in observance of the tradition of the Church that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero, on this date in 64. In 2015, we are celebrating this feast day no only on June 29, but also on Sunday, June 28.

You might find these sermons in the archive helpful:

Sermons about Saint Peter
Sermons about Saint Paul

Collect:

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified thee by their martyrdom: Grant that thy Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by thy Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Turner.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir. Sermon by Fr Turner.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 9)

Collect:

O God, who hast taught us to keep all thy commandmentsby loving thee and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to thee with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr 10)

Collect:

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by The Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, UK, Ms. Sarah MacDonald, Director.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr 11)

Collect:

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, Mr. Ian Keatley, Director.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

John Cassian

Collect:

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the choristers of the Saint Thomas Girls’ Course, Ms. Katherine Dienes-Williams, Director.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

SAINT JAMES

Today we remember Saint James (the Greater), the brother of John, who along with John and Peter, appeared to be set apart from the other disciples quite frequently. For example, it was Peter, James and John with the Lord at his Transfiguration.

James is "the Greater" to contrast him with the other one of the twelve also named James. James (the Lesser) is commemorated with Saint Philip in May.

►In 2010, when the Feast of Saint James fell on a Sunday, Fr Austin preached a sermon entitled How to Get Close to Jesus.

Collect:

O gracious God, we remember before thee this day thy servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that thou wilt pour out upon the leaders of thy Church that spirit of self-denying service by which alone they may have true authority among thy people; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the choristers of the Saint Thomas Girls’ Course, Ms. Katherine Dienes-Williams, Director.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr 12)

Collect:

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the choristers of the Saint Thomas Girls' Course with the Gentlemen of the Choir, Ms. Katherine Dienes-Williams, Director.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 13)

Collect:

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 14)

Collect:

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

SAINT MARY THE VIRGIN

August 15 is a major feast day in both the west and the east. On this date, the Roman Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, or her bodily ascent into Heaven after her death, while the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Dormition, or Falling Asleep, of Mary, also referring to the end of her life on earth.

The Episcopal Church and much of the wider Anglican Communion calls this day the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. While this title doesn't focus specifically on the end of Mary's life, as the Roman and Eastern feast names do, we still use the same prayers and lessons as these two older traditions.

At Saint Thomas we celebrate this feast twice:

  • August 15: the feast day itself, with services in the Lady Chapel (Chantry Chapel)
  • The Sunday closest to August 15, which includes a Festal Eucharist at 11am.

Collect:

O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Choir of St. John's in the Village, Baltimore, MD, Mr. Thomas Hetrick, Director.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

THE ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 16)

Collect:

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Choir of Christ Church, Greenwich, CT, Mr. Jamie Hitel, Director.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

9:00 am, High Altar
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

9:00 am, High Altar
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

9:00 am, High Altar

Sunday, September 22, 2019

9:00 am, High Altar

Sunday, September 29, 2019

9:00 am, High Altar

Sunday, October 6, 2019

9:00 am, High Altar

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