Festal Eucharist

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
11:00 am High Altar


We don’t know very much about Saints Simon and Jude the Apostles.

This Saint Simon is not Peter but “Simon the Canaanite” or “Simon the Zealot.” That means this apostle was, before he followed Jesus, probably a Jewish nationalist revolutionary against the authority of Rome.

Jude, who also was called Lebbaeus and surnamed Thaddeus, is mentioned in Saint John’s Gospel as a brother of Saint James the Greater (brother also of John and son of Zebedee), and therefore is also a family member of Christ himself. The New Testament Epistle of Jude is traditionally ascribed to this Jude. For many centuries, Saint Jude Thaddeus has been regarded in popular devotion as the “patron saint of desperate or lost causes,” but the basis of this tradition is obscure.

Saints Simon and Jude are linked together as apostles to Persia (Iran) and martyrs there. The churches they founded, in spite of centuries of persecution, still exist.


O God, we thank thee for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude; and we pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saint Simon and Saint Jude in the Saint Thomas Church reredos

Included in this Festal 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 Daniels

Preacher: Fr Turner

Deacon: Fr Moretz

Subdeacon: Bishop Andrew St John

Sung by: The Gentlemen of the Choir

Prelude: Fantasia in g, BWV 542i, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Service: Missa quam pulchri sunt, Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Hymn: 623
O what their joy and their glory must be

Lesson: Deuteronomy 32:1-4

Psalm: 119:89-96 Plainsong (Tone IIIA)

Epistle: Ephesians 2:13-22

Alleluia: Harmonized plainchant

Hymn: 237
Let us now our voices raise

Gospel: John 15:17-27

Anthem: Ego sum panis vivus, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Anthem: O sacrum convivium, Giovanni Croce (1557-1609)

Hymn: 525
The Church's one foundation

Voluntary: Fugue in g, BWV 542ii, Johann Sebastian Bach

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