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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
5:30 pm High Altar
To learn about Rogation Days, consider listening to this Rector's Weekly Message from 2011.
That we should remember to be thankful for, and good stewards of, the earth on these three days before Ascension Day makes a good deal of sense. After all, on Ascension Day we commemorate Christ's ascent to the right hand of the Father, thereby leaving us to go forth throughout the world, and (among other things) to care for the world.
So Rogation Days remind us of our placement in time and space, and prepare us for the physical absence of Christ, who will come again, but who for the present moment is not with us in the way he once was. He has sent the Comforter to guide us in our work, and Christ remains with in the Eucharist, and the Father provides all we need (and the Father and Christ remain accessible to us through prayer). Yet, the work we have been given is for us to do, and this work is very much tied to our lives as physical creatures in time and space. Therefore, by reminding us of our earthly responsibilities, Ascension Day, and these Rogation Days leading up to Ascension Day, ground us.
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with thy people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to thy
will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We welcome participants in the 43rd Annual Choirmasters Conference which is held at Saint Thomas through Tuesday.
Officiant: Fr Turner
Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Prelude: Lacrimae written in memory of John Gavin Scott, Andrew Carter (b. 1939)
Introit: O taste and see, Andrew Carter (b. 1939)
Responses: Richard Shephard (b. 1949)
Psalm: 18:1-30 Anglican Chant (Walmisley, Wesley)
Service: in B-flat, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Lesson: Deuteronomy 8:11-20
Lesson 2: Matthew 13:18-23
Anthem: The Twelve, William Walton (1902-1983)
Hymn: (from an insert in the leaflet)
Voluntary: Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Her, BWV 664, Johann Sebastian Bach