Confirmation & Festal Eucharist

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
11:00 am High Altar


The Gospel for The Third Sunday of Easter is from Luke 24, wherein the risen Christ reveals himself on the road to Emmaus to two followers and then later (if you were to continue on past today's Gospel through the rest of Luke 24) to the eleven disciples gathered together, where Jesus actually eats before them a broiled fish and a honeycomb. Is he a ghost? Clearly not. Does he have a body? Yes, but one that is so much more than what we have.

What to make of this? These sermons by the Rector might help:

For John Updike (2009)
The Name and Power of Jesus (2006)
Physical Faith (2003)


O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

We welcome today 25 new members of the Episcopal Church, 19 via confirmation and 6 via reception. We encourage you to support these persons in their life in 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.

Celebrant: The Right Reverend Andrew M. L. Dietsche, Bishop of the Diocese of New York

Preacher: The Right Reverend Andrew M. L. Dietsche, Bishop of the Diocese of New York

Deacon: Fr Mead

Subdeacon: Fr Spurlock

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Blithely Breezing Along, Stephen Paulus (b. 1949)

Prelude: ‘There Is a Spirit That Delights to Do No Evil…’ from A Quaker Reader, Ned Rorem (b. 1923)

Service: Chichester Mass William Albright (1944-1998)

Hymn: 205
Good Christians all, rejoice and sing

Lesson: Acts 2:14a,36-41

Psalm: 116, Anglican Chant (Robinson)

Epistle: 1 Peter 1:17-23

Hymn: 187
Through the Red Sea brought at last

Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

Hymn: 504
Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

Anthem: O God, my heart is ready, Ned Rorem (b. 1923)

Anthem: Hear, O my Lord, I see thee face to face, Barry Rose (b. 1934)

Hymn: 194
Jesus lives! thy terrors now

Voluntary: Variations on ‘Victimae Paschali Laudes,' Jiri Ropek (1922–2005)

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