Litany & Choral Eucharist

Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Fifth Sunday In Lent
11:00 AM


About the Great Litany
The Great Litany was the first English language rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. At Saint Thomas it is sung at the 11am Eucharist three times a year: the Second Sunday of Advent, the First Sunday in Lent and the Fifth Sunday in Lent.

Before it begins, the clergy and choir enter in silence and go to their respective places in the chancel. The Litany then starts with the words “O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth” chanted by the Celebrant, and the choir singing their response “Have mercy upon us.” As the Litany proceeds, the clergy and choir walk a long procession through the nave, moving down the center aisle and through the side aisles among the congregation. By the time the Celebrant chants “Son of God: we beseech thee to hear us,” the choir and clergy have returned to their places in the chancel. The Litany ends with the familiar Kyrie, “Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.”

The complete text of the Great Litany can be found in the resources section of this page. If you listen to this service via the webcast, you will notice the movements of clergy and choir throughout the Litany Procession as they as they go farther and come nearer.

CelebrantThe Rector
PreacherFr. Austin
DeaconFr. Daniels
SubdeaconFr. Spurlock
Sung byThe Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
LitanyHenry Loosemore (1627-1670)
Mass SettingMissa Aedis Christi, Herbert Howells
LessonJeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm51:1-13 (Bairstow)
EpistleHebrews 5:5-10
Hymn160 -- Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow -- CROSS OF JESUS
GospelJohn 12:20-33
AnthemCivitas sancti tui, William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
AnthemAdoramus te, Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594)
Hymn442 -- In the Cross of Christ I glory -- TOMTER
VoluntaryFugue in B minor, BWV 544,
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)