Solemn Eucharist

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Sunday, June 8, 2014
11:00 am High Altar


Today we mark the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Comforter, an arrival which (2,000 years ago) transformed fearful and self-conscious men and women into fearless and selfless evangelists for Christ. Pentecost is, in many ways, the birthday of the Church. But it is not merely that. It is the acknowledgement and celebration of the on-going action of God in our lives, through the Spirit.

To gain a richer understanding, consider these sermons:

I Believe in the Holy Ghost (2011) by Fr Daniels
A Sermon for the Day of Pentecost (2010) by John Polkinghorne
The Holy Spirit Gives us a Future (2010) by Fr Austin
From Pentecost to Pop Hale to Fifth Avenue (2009) by Fr Mead
Three Points about Pentecost (2008) by Fr Mead
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom (2006) by Fr Austin


O God, who on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Jesus, represented by the empty chair, has ascended to the Father. On Pentecost, there appeared unto his disciples cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Please allow extra time to get to the 11am service today due to the Puerto Rican Day Parade on 5th avenue. We have been assured that there will be pedestrian crossing available on 53rd and 54th streets.

Included in this Solemn 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: Fr Wallace

Preacher: Fr Mead

Deacon: Fr Spurlock

Subdeacon: Fr Daniels

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Prelude: Komm Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 631, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude: Choral varié, from Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le theme du ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4, Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Prelude: Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 199, Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)

Service: Mass for Double Choir, Frank Martin (1890-1974)

Hymn: 228
Holy Spirit, font of light

Lesson: Acts 2:1-21

Psalm: 104:24-33, Anglican Chant (Parratt)

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

Hymn: 516
Come down, O Love divine

Gospel: John 20:19-23

Anthem: Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012)

Anthem: Loquebantur variis linguis, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Motet: Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est, Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Hymn: 541
Come, labor on

Voluntary: Final, from Symphonie no 1 in D, Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

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