Festal Eucharist

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Sunday, June 22, 2014
11:00 am High Altar


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."


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.

O taste, and see, how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Included in this Festal Eucharist are hymns sung by the congregation and choir, additional music sung exclusively by the choir, lessons, prayers, a sermon, and a Rite I Mass. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

Celebrant: Fr Mead

Preacher: Fr Mead

Deacon: Fr Spurlock

Subdeacon: Fr Daniels

Sung by: The Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir
Canon Benjamin Lane, Cathedral Musician of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando, Florida
Ms. Claire Hodge, Assistant

Prelude: Adagio, from Symphonie no. 6, Op. 42, no. 2, Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Prelude: Le Banquet Céleste, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Service: Missa Brevis, Peter Mathews (b. 1944)

Hymn: 331
Now, my tongue, the mystery telling

Lesson: Deuteronomy 8:2-3

Psalm: 34:1-9 Anglican Chant (Lane)

Epistle: Revelation 19:1-2a,4-9

Hymn: 300
Glory, love, and praise, and honor

Gospel: John 6:47-58

Anthem: King of glory, King of peace, William Harris (1883-1973)

Motet: Ave verum Corpus natum, Karl Jenkins (b. 1944)

Hymn: 690
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

Voluntary: Grand Choeur, Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)

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