Litany & Choral Eucharist

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
11:00 am High Altar



O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lent continues.

About the Great Litany
The Great Litany was the first English language rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. At Saint Thomas it is sung at the 11am Eucharist three times a year: the Second Sunday of Advent, the First Sunday in Lent and the Fifth Sunday in Lent.

Before it begins, the clergy and choir enter in silence and go to their respective places in the chancel. The Litany then starts with the words "O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth" chanted by the Celebrant, and the choir singing their response "Have mercy upon us." As the Litany proceeds, the clergy and choir walk a long procession through the nave, moving down the center aisle and through the side aisles among the congregation. By the time the Celebrant chants "Son of God: we beseech thee to hear us," the choir and clergy have returned to their places in the chancel. The Litany ends with the familiar Kyrie, "Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us."

The complete text of the Great Litany can be found in the resources section of this page. If you listen to this service via the webcast, you will notice the movements of clergy and choir throughout the Litany Procession as they as they go farther and come nearer.

Celebrant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Turner

Deacon: Fr Austin

Subdeacon: Fr Spurlock

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Master Tallis’s Testament, Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Service: Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, Joesph Haydn (1732-1809)

Litany Setting: Henry Loosemore (1627-1670)

Lesson: Isaiah 43:16-21

Psalm: 126 Anglican Chant (Garrett)

Epistle: Philippians 3:4b-14

Hymn: 471
We sing the praise of him who died

Gospel: John 12:1-8

Anthem: Civitas sancti tui, William Byrd (1543–1623)

Anthem: A Litany, William Walton (1902-1983)

Hymn: 160
Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow

Voluntary: ‘Jésus est attaché sur la Croix’, from Le Chemin de la Croix, Op. 29, Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

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