Solemn Eucharist

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Sunday, August 16, 2015
11:00 am High Altar


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.


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.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Included in this Solemn 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 Turner

Preacher: Fr Turner

Deacon: Fr Daniels

Subdeacon: Fr Spurlock

Sung by: The St. Cyprian’s Singers, London, UK, Mr. Julian Collings, Director

Prelude: Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux, from ‘Messe pour les Paroisses’, François Couperin (1668-1733)

Service: Mass for Double Choir, Frank Martin (1890-1974)

Hymn: 278
Sing we of the Blessed Mother

Lesson: Isaiah 61:10-11

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

Epistle: Galatians 4:4-7

Gospel: Luke 1:46-55

Anthem: Bogoroditsye Dyevo, Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Anthem: Mother of God here I stand, John Tavener (1944-2013)

Hymn: 438
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

Voluntary: Allegro risoluto, from Symphonie no. 2, Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

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