Festal Eucharist

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Sunday, December 16, 2018
11:00 am High Altar


Gaudete literally means "rejoice," for the Lord is coming! And so on this Sunday you'll notice that the Advent purple gives way to a splash of rose. The frontal on the altar changes, the vestments of the clergy change, there are flowers, and the third candle—a rose one—is lit on the advent wreath. All of this is a bit of joy breaking into what is otherwise a penetential season. After today we return to purple for the remainder of Advent.

During Lent, we observe a similar break in the midst of a pentential season. It is known as Lataere Sunday, which also means "rejoice." It is always celebrated on the Fourth Sunday in Lent.


Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

Today the frontal and vestments are rose instead of the usual Advent purple. 'The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.' (Isaiah 35:1)

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 Turner

Preacher: Bp Andrew St John

Deacon: Fr Spencer

Subdeacon: Fr McNeeley

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Les Enfants de Dieu, from ‘La Nativité du Seigneur’, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Prelude: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Service: Missa simile est regnum, Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Wake, awake, for night is flying

Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14-20

Psalm: 85:6-13 Anglican Chant (Stanford)

Epistle: Philippians 4:4-7

Hymn: 71
Hark! the glad sound! the Savior comes

Gospel: Luke 3:7-18

Anthem: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Anthem: Canite tuba in Sion, Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)

Hymn: 73
The King shall come when morning dawns

Voluntary: Overture to ‘St. Paul’, Op. 36, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), arranged by W.T. Best (1826-1897)

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