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Sunday, June 24, 2012
In 2012 and 2007, the feast day fell on a Sunday, which created the opprotunity for these sermons:
You might also find these other recent sermons about John the Baptist helpful:
- A Lesson from the Book of Revaluation (2012) by Fr Spurlock
- How's the Topography of your Soul? (2012) by Fr Mead
- A Prophet for Christmas (2012) by Fr Spurlock
- The Dancing Girl (2012) by Fr Daniels
Note how the calendar works. Today we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, which means he was less than one month from birth when Mary visited Elizabeth, which we celebrated on The Feast of the Visitation on May 31, a time when John is said to have leaped in the womb of his mother at the arrival of Mary carrying Jesus.
Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Above: John the Baptist in the reredos of Saint Thomas Church. He is represented with attributes that make it clear it is him: he wears a camel-skin robe and holds a lamb on top of a book. Traditionally in art, John the Baptist is shown holding a scroll or book that says Ecce Agnus Dei (Behold, the Lamb of God), because John points to and prepares us for the coming of Christ.
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. Details of the service may be seen in the leaflet, which is posted at the bottom of this page, where you will also find links to the webcast during and after the service. ►We welcome this morning The Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tampa, Florida, Mr. Simon Morley, Director, Mr. Kevin Page, Assistant Organist.
►The Rector speaks about John the Baptist in his weekly audio message.
Celebrant: Fr Mead
Preacher: Fr Mead
Deacon: Fr Austin
Subdeacon: Fr Spurlock
Sung by: The Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tampa, FL, Mr. Simon Morley, Director, Mr. Kevin Page, Assistant Organist
Prelude: Berceuse, from ‘24 Pièces en style libre’, Op. 31, Louis Vierne (1870-1934)
Prelude: Magnificat V, from ‘Fifteen Pieces Founded on Antiphons’, Op. 18, Marcel Dupré (1902-1986)
Service: Communion Service in F, Harold Darke (1888-1976)
Psalm: 85:7-13, Anglican Chant (Martin)
Anthem: This is the record of John, Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Anthem: Wash me throughly, Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
Voluntary: Marche Pontificale, Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Christ is made the sure foundation
Comfort, comfort ye my people
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord