Choral Evensong

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Sunday, December 9, 2012
4:00 pm


In Year C, the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent at the morning services is Luke 3:1-6: Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

You might be interested in reading some sermons in the archive about John the Baptist.


Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Photo credit: Ira Lippke (2012)
John Scott rehearses the choir before a weekday Choral Evensong earlier in the fall.

About Choral Evensong: Based on the services held daily in the medieval Church, Choral Evensong as arranged in the Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican Church has been sung regularly since the Sixteenth Century. Many people who are new to worship at Saint Thomas prefer to come to Choral Evensong because it is relatively contemplative. The service includes readings (just as would occur at Evening Prayer) and prayers led by a priest. An anthem as well as a setting of the Magnificat and the Nunc dimittis are sung by the choir. Read more about Choral Evensong here, or view the Choral Evensong Service Card posted to the bottom of this page a few days prior to the service, where links to the webcast will be posted during and after the service.

►There is no Mass following Choral Evensong on Sundays. If you would like to make your Holy Communion for the week, consider attending one of the morning Eucharists, or else at any of the other twelve masses at Saint Thomas later this week.

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Officiant: Fr Mead

Preacher: Fr Spurlock

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Prelude, from ‘Suite’, Op. 5, Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Lesson: Amos 6:1-14

Lesson 2: Luke 7:28-35

Responses: Dan Locklair (b. 1949)

Psalm: 62, Anglican Chant (Boyce)

Service: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G minor, Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)

Anthem: Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Voluntary: Rorate caeli desuper, Jeanne Demmesieux (1921-1968)

Hymn: 272
The great forerunner of the morn,

Hymn: 65
Prepare the way, O Zion,

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