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Open Doors

March 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

Due to inclement weather the church will not open until 10am today.

Each day we welcome hundreds of friends, neighbors and visitors, who come to worship, pray and quietly explore. If you find yourself in the middle of Midtown with some time on your hands, please stop by. You won’t regret it.

If you enter the church during a worship service, please join us. Simply have a seat in one of the pews. For services at the High Altar, leaflets are available from an usher. For services in the Chantry Chapel (which is to the left side after you enter the Fifth Avenue doors), service cards are available at the entrance to the aisle approximately 20 minutes before the start of the service. During worship services, please turn off all mobile devices. The use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited. We encourage you to particpate in the worship service, but you are also welcome to sit quiety and observe.

If you visit when no organized event is underway, you are generally free to walk around the nave and Chantry Chapel to explore the wonders of the church. Printed self-guided tour pamphlets are available in the narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue doors. You might notice others quietly praying or meditating, or someone at the rail in the Chantry Chapel venerating the Blessed Sacrament. Still others might be softly speaking with a priest or staff member. So while you may take photos during these times, and roam freely within the nave (the public area of the church), we ask that you take care not to disturb others. Silencing your electronic devices will help.


March 8, 2018
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Saint Thomas Church
1 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

The Reserved Sacrament

Below the cross on the altar of the Chantry Chapel (which is to the left side of the church after you enter the Fifth Avenue Doors) is a small wooden tabernacle. Within the tabernacle is a ciborium with the reserved Sacrament--that is to say, bread that is consecrated as the Body of Christ during Holy Communion, but that has not yet been consumed. A while candle is lit above the altar to signify the presence of the Sacrament.

We keep the consecrated host on reserve for three purposes: (1) to be consumed at a future Mass, (2) to be taken to those who are hospitalized or homebound so that they may receive Holy Communion where they are, and (3) in the meantime, to be kept in the presence of the faithful for veneration.

We invite you to kneel at the Chantry altar rail to pray in the presence of the Sacrament if you wish to do so at any point while our doors are open.

Of course, we also welcome you to stay or return for the next Holy Eucharist. All baptized Christians are invited to make their holy communion at Saint Thomas. If you are not yet baptized and would like to be, simply ask.