Solemn Evensong

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
4:00 pm High Altar


The liturgies on the morning of Palm Sunday are designed by the Book of Common Prayer to take us through the week to come. So, since this is Holy Week, Palm Sunday covers both the triumphant entry into Jerusalem (the Blessing of the Palms and the Palm Procession) as well as Christ's Passion, which we unpack each day of the rest of the week. The idea here is that a person could attend church only on Sundays and still participate in the entirety of Holy Week and Easter: Palm Sunday takes us through Christ's Crucifixion, and then Easter Sunday celebrates Christ's Resurrection.

Of course, we're not suggesting you skip the rest of Holy Week—indeed, we encourage you to spend the entire week with us. But if you are wondering why the morning liturgies on Palm Sunday end with Christ Crucified, you now have your answer. The church is structured so that Sunday worshippers get the gist. If you seek more than the gist, you're in luck: at Saint Thomas, we know how to dwell on the details. You are most welcome to join us as we mark each day of Holy Week in scripture, song, meditation and prayer.

Even if you cannot join us in person for everything, please know that all choral services throughout the week are webcast live and then available on-demand.


Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Right Rev'd Richard Chartres will preach sermons throughout Holy Week.

Today's sermon is part of a series by Bishop Chartres entitled ‘Humanity brought to life by the humanity of God’

“Is it not evident that the Father accepts the sacrifice not because he demands it or feels some need of it but in order to carry out his own plans? Humanity had to be brought to life by the humanity of God ...we had to be called back to him by his Son. Let the rest be adored in silence.” Saint Gregory Nazianzen - Orations for Easter (45)

Officiant: Fr Turner

Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Hymn: (See leaflet)
My song is love unknown

Responses: Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)

Psalm: 103 Plainsong (Tone V3)

Service: The Second Service, Kenneth Leighton

Hymn: (See leaflet)
The royal banners forward go

Lesson: Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9

Lesson 2: Matthew 21:12-17

Hymn: (See leaflet)
There is a green hill far away

Anthem: God so loved the world, John Stainer (1840-1901)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow

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