Festal Eucharist

Sunday, April 3, 2011
The Fourth Sunday In Lent (Laetare)

The Fourth Sunday In Lent (Laetare)

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which giveth life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

11:00 AM


Above: Kevin Kwan practices at the Great Organ.

The 11am Eucharist is typically the best-attended worship service at Saint Thomas each week. It is at this service that you not only will experience the full power of liturgy, music and preaching at Saint Thomas, but also will have the opportunity to meet many parishioners in the pews. Coffee hour follows the service.

Today’s Eucharist is “festal” because we celebrate Laetare, a break from the austerity of Lent to rejoice! If you attend the service in person, you’ll notice the rose vestments. There is also incense during the Offertory. Included during worship 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.

Please note: Our choristers are on a tour of Central Florida, performing in three cities on the gulf coast. Therefore, today’s Festal Eucharist is sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

‚ñ∫John Scott discusses the music of Arthur Wills and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina heard in today’s Festal Eucharist in his weekly music notes.