Solemn Eucharist & Confirmation

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
11:00 am High Altar


Today we mark the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Comforter, an arrival which (2,000 years ago) transformed fearful and self-conscious men and women into fearless and selfless evangelists for Christ. Pentecost is, in many ways, the birthday of the Church. But it is not merely that. It is the acknowledgement and celebration of the on-going action of God in our lives, through the Spirit.

To gain a richer understanding, consider these sermons:

I Believe in the Holy Ghost (2011) by Fr Daniels
A Sermon for the Day of Pentecost (2010) by John Polkinghorne
The Holy Spirit Gives us a Future (2010) by Fr Austin
From Pentecost to Pop Hale to Fifth Avenue (2009) by Fr Mead
Three Points about Pentecost (2008) by Fr Mead
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom (2006) by Fr Austin


O God, who on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

A new member is confirmed by the laying on of hands by Bishop Dietsche.

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: Bp Shin

Preacher: Bp Shin

Deacon: Fr Turner

Subdeacon: Fr Spurlock

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Komm, Heiliger Geist alio modo – à 2 claviers et pédale, BWV 652, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Service: Missa Brevis, Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)

Hymn: 500
Creator Spirit, by whose aid

Lesson: Acts 2:1-21

Psalm: 104:24-35 Anglican Chant (Parratt)

Epistle: Romans 8:14-17

Alleluia: Harmonized plainchant

Gospel: John 14:8-17,25-27

Hymn: 704
O thou who camest from above

Anthem: Come, Holy Ghost, Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012)

Anthem: Holy Spirit, truth divine, Andrew Carter (b. 1939)

Hymn: 516
Come down, O Love divine

Voluntary: Fantasia super Komm, Heiliger Geist in organo pleno – il canto fermo nel pedale, BWV 651, Johann Sebastian Bach

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