Festal Eucharist

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
11:00 am High Altar


In 2012 and 2007, the feast day fell on a Sunday, which created the opprotunity for these sermons:

You might also find these other recent sermons about John the Baptist helpful:

Note how the calendar works. Today we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, which means he was less than one month from birth when Mary visited Elizabeth, which we celebrated on The Feast of the Visitation on May 31, a time when John is said to have leaped in the womb of his mother at the arrival of Mary carrying Jesus.


Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

John the Baptist depicted on the stained glass windows of Saint Thomas Church

Included in this Choral 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 Daniels

Deacon: Fr Daniels

Subdeacon: Mr Stanford

Sung by: The Choir of St. Thomas Church, Battle Creek, MI, Mr. Stephen White, Director

Prelude: Christ unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Service: Missa brevis, Jackson Hill (b. 1941)

Hymn: 59
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding

Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm: 85 Anglican Chant (Barnby)

Epistle: Acts 13:14b-26

Hymn: 272
The great forerunner of the morn

Gospel: Luke 1:57-80

Anthem: One in Christ, George Arthur (1812-1876)

Anthem: Ave verum corpus, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Hymn: 76
On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry

Voluntary: Fugue in a, BWV 543ii, Johann Sebastian Bach

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