FESTAL EVENSONG to celebrate the completion of the stained glass window project

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Sunday, February 26, 2017
4:00 pm High Altar


The season after the Epiphany ends in glory, with Jesus revealed once more as Christ. There are many epiphanies within the season: the visit of the magi, the presentation of Jesus in the temple (and Simeon's response), the Lord's baptism, his first miracle at Cana. On this Sunday, the last of the Epiphany season before Ash Wednesday takes us into Lent, we see Christ in all his glory, his transfiguration, atop the mountain.

We celebrate the Transfiguration twice each year: on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, and on the feast day itself, August 6. At Saint Thomas, there have been many sermons over the years which are helpful in understanding this miraculous event. Among them are these.


O God, who before the passion of thy only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us that we, beholding by faith the light of his ountenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This service will be preceded by:

  • 2:45 pm. An illustrated talk on the Stained Glass windows and their restoration by conservator Julie Sloan in the Church.
  • 3:45 pm. Organ Preludes:

Chorale Prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

from Esquisses byzantines:
Henri Mulet (1878-1967)
II. Vitrail (Stained glass)
III. Rosace (Rose window)

Officiant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Andrew Mead

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Chorale Prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Prelude: from Esquisses byzantines, Henri Mulet (1878-1967)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates

Responses: Philip Moore (b. 1943)

Psalm: 114, 115 Anglican Chant (Eden, South)

Service: The Second Service, William Byrd (1543-1623)

Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 48:1-11

Hymn: (See leaflet)
How wondrous and great thy works

Lesson 2: John 12:24-32

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

Anthem: The Windows, Richard Hey Lloyd (b. 1933)

Psalm 150: Anglican Chant (Talbot)

Voluntary: Chorale Improvisation on ‘Nun danket alle Gott’, Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)

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