Festal Evensong

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Sunday, December 16, 2018
4:00 pm 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.

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys (photo credit: Ira Lippke)

Officiant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Spencer

Sung by: the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Cantabile, Op. 37, no. 1, Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

Hymn: 72
Hark! the glad sound! the Savior comes

Responses: Philip Moore (b. 1943)

Psalm: 84 Anglican Chant (Ives)

Service: The Third Service, Philip Moore

Hymn: 55
Redeemer of the nations, come

Lesson: Isaiah 13:6-13

Lesson 2: John 3:22-30

Hymn: 57
Lo! he comes, with clouds descending

Anthem: The Lord will surely come and not delay, Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)

Advent Prose: Plainsong (Mode i)

Voluntary: Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

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