Advent Procession & Choral Eucharist

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Sunday, December 2, 2018
11:00 am High Altar


Advent Sunday is the start of a new church year. At Saint Thomas, we celebrate Advent Sunday with a Procession at 11am and 4pm.

Advent puts past and future in the present moment and asks us to prepare, not for a distant future (for we know not when) but as if the future is today, because it is. Christ has already won the victory. So we are reminded of his incarnation, and wait for him to come again, even as we feed on him in the present moment through the Word and through the Eucharist, that is to say through Jesus Christ, the word made flesh.

As you contemplate what is, was, and is to come, consider any of these advent sermons in the archive.


Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Celebrant: Bp Andrew St John

Preacher: Fr Turner

Deacon: Fr Moretz

Subdeacon: Fr Spencer

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Three settings of ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’, BWV 659, 660 and 661, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Advent Procession

Matin Responsory, Aspiciens a longe: adapted from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

Lesson: Daniel 7

Hymn: (see leaflet)
Lo! he comes, with clouds descending

Lesson 2: Isaiah 40

Canticle: Benedictus in C, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Hymn: (see leaflet)
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding

Anthem: Never weather-beaten sail, C.H.H. Parry (1848-1918)

Hymn: (see leaflet)
Come, thou long-expected Jesus

Lesson 3: Luke 1

Motet: Ave Maria, gratia plena, Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Hymn: (see leaflet)
Come, thou Redeemer of the earth

Choral Eucharist

Anthem: And I saw a new heaven, Edgar Bainton (1880-1956)

Service: Mass XVII, Plainsong

Anthem: O thou, the central orb, Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Vesper Responsory: adapted from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Hymn: (see leaflet)
O come, o come, Emmanuel

Voluntary: ‘Le Monde dans l’attente du Sauveur’, from Symphonie-Passion, Op. 23, Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

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