The Blessing of the Crèche

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
5:30 pm High Altar


December 21 is the feast day Saint Thomas the Apostle, which we transfer to Monday if December 21 falls on a Sunday. We celebrate Saint Thomas two other times through the year: (1) on Dedication Sunday (always the first Sunday of October), in which we celebrate the dedication of our church and therefore Saint Thomas as its patron saint, and (2) on Low Sunday (the Second Sunday of Easter), when the resurrected Christ shows himself to the doubting Thomas.

To learn more about Saint Thomas the Apostle, consider these sermons in the archive.


Everliving God, who didst strengthen thine apostle Thomas with sure and certain faith in thy Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in thy sight; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A service for children and their families.

Officiant: Fr Turner

Sung by: The Choristers of the Saint Thomas Choir

Prelude: Three Versets on ‘Away in a manger’, Mark Blatchly (b. 1960)

Prelude: Cradle Song, Henry G. Ley (1887-1962)

Prelude: Interlude on the ‘Coventry Carol’, William S. Lloyd Webber (1942-1982)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Once in royal David's city

Reading: No room at the Inn

Carol: I sing of a maiden, Patrick Hadley (1899-1973)

Reading: Mary and Joseph

Carol: There is no rose, from ‘A Ceremony of Carols’, Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Reading: Angels and Shepherds

Hymn: (See leaflet)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night

Reading: A Star and Visitors from the East

Carol: The holy boy, John Ireland (1879-1962)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Away in a manger, no crib for his bed

Voluntary: Noël Suisse, Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)


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