Solemn Eucharist

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Sunday, August 13, 2017
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.

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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 Spurlock

Subdeacon: Mr Stanford

Sung by: The Gentlemen of the Choir

Prelude: from Six Canonic Studies for pedal-piano, Op. 56, Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Service: Missa de Beata Virgine, Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Ye who claim the faith of Jesus

Lesson: Isaiah 61:10-11

Psalm: 34

Epistle: Revelation 11:19, 12:1-6, 10

Hymn: 278
Sing we of the blessed Mother

Alleluia: Harmonized plainchant

Gospel: Luke 1:39-56

Anthem: Ave Maria, Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500-1553)

Anthem: Salve Regina, Christopher Tye (c. 1505-1572)

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

Voluntary: Prelude in C, BWV 547, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

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