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Sunday, April 7, 2019
11:00 am – March 7, 2019, 11:00 am
High Altar

THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

At the morning services this year for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, we have the account of Christ's raising Lazarus from the dead, a resuscitation more than a resurrection, insofar as Lazarus would live only to die again. Still, it is here that Christ makes it clear to Martha that he is "the resurrection and the life."

The irony is that the raising of Lazarus, a life-giving event, led to the crucifixion of Christ; his enemies were now more than ever determined to kill him. Yet, it is by the way of the cross that Christ defeated death, once and for all. So, the raising of Lazarus is very much a sign of what it to come, made complete in Christ’s death and resurrection. Lazarus would die again; but Christ's death led to the death of death, to life beyond death, to death no more.

See:

The Strange World of the Resurrection by Fr Austin (2010)
Jesus is Life by Fr Mead (2005)
Come Forth, to Life! by Fr Mead (2002)

Collect:

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lent continues.

Celebrant: Fr Turner

Preacher: The Very Rev. Stephen Cherry

Deacon: Fr Spencer

Subdeacon: Fr Moretz

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Sonata in A major, Op. 65, no. 3, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Service: Missa brevis, Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)

The Litany: Henry Loosemore (fl. 1627-1670)

Lesson: Isaiah 43:16-21

Psalm: 126 Anglican Chant (Turle)

Epistle: Philippians 3:4b–14

Hymn: 446
Praise to the Holiest in the height
NEWMAN

Gospel: John 12:1-8

Anthem: My shepherd is the living Lord, Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)

Hymn: 442
In the cross of Christ I glory
TOMTER

Anthem: O taste and see, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Hymn: 474
When I survey the wondrous cross
ROCKINGHAM

Voluntary: Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 686, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


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