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Sunday, October 28, 2018
4:00 pm 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.

The Gentlemen of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Officiant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Daniels

Sung by: The Gentlemen of the Choir

Prelude: Psalm Preludes, set 1, no. 2, Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Hymn: 232
By all your saints still striving

Responses: John Scott (1956-2015)

Psalm: 103 Plainsong (Tone V3)

Service: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in E, Charles Macpherson (1870-1927)

Hymn: 234
The eternal gifts of Christ the King

Lesson: Isaiah 4:2-6

Lesson 2: John 14:15-31

Hymn: 241
Hearken to the anthem glorious

Anthem: Their sound is gone out, Arthur Wills (b. 1926)

Hymn: 665
All my hope on God is founded

Voluntary: Psalm Preludes, set 1, no. 1, Herbert Howells

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