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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
5:30 pm High Altar

Phillips Brooks

Bishop of Massachusetts
b. 1835
d. 1893

Lesser Feasts and Fasts (2006) concludes its summary of the bishop's life in this way:

Brooks ministered with tenderness, understanding. and warm friendliness. He inspired men to enter the ministry, and taught many of them the art of preaching. He was conservative and orthodox in his theology; but his generosity of heart led him to be regarded as the leader of the liberal circles of the Church.

In 1891, he was elected Bishop of Massachusetts. The force of his personality and preaching, together with his deep devotion and loyalty, provided the spiritual leadership needed for the time. His constant concern was to turn his hearers’ thoughts to the revelations of God. “Whatever happens,” he wrote, “always remember the mysterious richness of human nature and the nearness of God to each one of us."

Brooks is the author of O Little Town of Bethlehem, which we always sing at one or more of the Lessons & Carols services in the week before Christmas.


O everlasting God, who didst reveal truth to thy servant Phillips Brooks, and didst so form and mold his mind and heart that he was able to mediate that truth with grace and power: Grant, we pray, that all whom thou dost call to preach the Gospel may steep themselves in thy Word, and conform their lives to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Daniel Hyde conducts The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Officiant: Fr Spurlock

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Prelude: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Introit: ‘A Prayer of King Henry VI’, Henry Ley (1887-1962)

Responses: Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)

Psalm: 115 Anglican Chant (South)

Service: Tonus peregrinus and Tone i in faburden, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Lesson: Isaiah 48:12-21

Lesson 2: John 5:1-18

Anthem: Teach me thy way, O Lord, Thomas Morley (c. 1557-1602)

Hymn: 489

Voluntary: In Nomine, John Bull (c. 1562-1628)

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