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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
5:30 pm High Altar


Dame Julian of Norwich
b. c.1342
d. c.1417

Believed to be the first woman to write a book in the English language (see Norwich Cathedral's website), Dame Julian authored Revelations of Divine Love after her experience at age 30 of having fifteen visions of the Passion when she suddenly recovered from a deadly illness.

Lesser Feasts and Fasts has a detailed descrption of her life, which ends: Lady Julian’s book is a tender and beautiful exposition of God’s eternal and all-embracing love, showing how his charity toward the human race is exhibited in the Passion. Again and again she referred to Christ as “our courteous Lord.” Many have found strength in the words the Lord had given her: “I can make all things well; I will make all things well; I shall make all things well; and thou canst see for thyself that all manner of things shall be well.”


Lord God, who in thy compassion didst grant to the Lady Julian many revelations of thy nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek thee above all things, for in giving us thyself thou givest us all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Officiant: Fr Moretz

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Prelude: Christ lag in Todesbanden, Georg Böhm (1661-1733)

Introit: Jubilate Deo, Plainsong

Responses: Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)

Psalm: 40:1-16 Anglican Chant (Buck)

Service: The Second Service, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Lesson: Exodus 19:16–25

Lesson 2: Luke 4:38-44

Anthem: ‘O quam suavis’, William Byrd

Hymn: 186

Voluntary: Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Psalm 10:57-17:20
Magnificat 20:15-24:10
Nunc Dimittis 26:13-28:27
Greetings 35:33-36:44
Offertory 37:7-42:20
Hymn 45:50-50:14
Voluntary 50:17-0:00

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