The Liturgy of the Palms & Solemn Eucharist of the Passion

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Sunday, March 20, 2016
11:00 am High Altar


The liturgies on the morning of Palm Sunday are designed by the Book of Common Prayer to take us through the week to come. So, since this is Holy Week, Palm Sunday covers both the triumphant entry into Jerusalem (the Blessing of the Palms and the Palm Procession) as well as Christ's Passion, which we unpack each day of the rest of the week. The idea here is that a person could attend church only on Sundays and still participate in the entirety of Holy Week and Easter: Palm Sunday takes us through Christ's Crucifixion, and then Easter Sunday celebrates Christ's Resurrection.

Of course, we're not suggesting you skip the rest of Holy Week—indeed, we encourage you to spend the entire week with us. But if you are wondering why the morning liturgies on Palm Sunday end with Christ Crucified, you now have your answer. The church is structured so that Sunday worshippers get the gist. If you seek more than the gist, you're in luck: at Saint Thomas, we know how to dwell on the details. You are most welcome to join us as we mark each day of Holy Week in scripture, song, meditation and prayer.

Even if you cannot join us in person for everything, please know that all choral services throughout the week are webcast live and then available on-demand.


Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hosanna to the Son of David.

Celebrant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Turner

Deacon: Fr Daniels

Subdeacon: Fr Spurlock

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Fantasia on the Passion Chorale (World Premiere), Randall Svane (b. 1955)

Prelude: Vexilla Regis, from Le Tombeau de Titelouze, Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

Prelude: Fantasia super Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 735, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

The Liturgy of the Palms

Introit: Pueri Hebraeorum, Sung by the Choir. Plainsong, (Tone VII5)

Gospel: Luke 19:28-40

Anthem: Hosanna to the Son of David,
Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
All glory, laud, and honor To thee, Redeemer, King!

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Ride on! ride on in majesty!

The Solemn Eucharist of the Passion

Service: Missa in honorem Sancti Dominici, Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)

Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm: 31:9-16

Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11

Hymn: (See leaflet)
When I survey the wondrous cross

Passion: The Passion according to Saint Matthew, Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Anthem: Christus factus est, Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

Anthem: Salvator mundi (2nd setting), Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended

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