Sunday, December 13, 2009

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The Third Sunday Of Advent (Gaudete)

The Third Sunday Of Advent (Gaudete)

Gaudete literally means "rejoice," for the Lord is coming! And so on this Sunday you'll notice that the Advent purple gives way to a splash of rose. The frontal on the altar changes, the vestments of the clergy change, there are flowers, and the third candle‚ a rose one‚ is lit on the advent wreath. All of this is a bit of joy breaking into what is otherwise a penetential season. After today we return to purple for the remainder of Advent. During Lent, we observe a similar break in the midst of a pentential season. It is known as Lataere Sunday, which also means "rejoice." It is always celebrated on the Fourth Sunday in Lent.

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

Holy Eucharist ID: 75619; 4 pers.; [7 words]
8:00 AM

This low Mass includes a short homily.

Sung Eucharist ID: 75620; 5 pers.; 2 prog.; [0 words]
9:00 AM
Coffee Hour following the 9am Service ID: 75621; [20 words]
9:45 am - 10:30 am

Join us for coffee, tea and cookies in the Parish House Living Room and Dining Room following the 9am Service.

Sunday Adult Education: Ezekiel ID: 75622; [68 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Every Sunday at 10 a.m. we have a class in adult Christian education. There is no homework for the class, and newcomers are welcome to join at any time. The class meets on the 5th floor of the Parish House and is presently looking at some of the strange prophecies in the book of Ezekiel...

Sunday School ID: 75623; [29 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Saint Thomas Sunday School classes are offered for all youth and children from 3 years old to high school seniors. Please read more in the PROGRAMS section of this website.

Festal Eucharist ID: 75624; 5 pers.; 4 prog.; [75 words]
11:00 AM

On Guadete Sunday, we light the rose candle on the Advent wreath and rejoice as our King and Savior draweth nigh.You will notice that while this service proceeds as nearly any other Festal Eucharist at Saint Thomas, the Rector also says The Summary of the Law and The Comfortable Words.The Eucharist is given both at...

Coffee Hour following the 11am Service ID: 75625; [33 words]
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Please join us in the Parish House Living Room and Dining Room for coffee, tea and cookies. Meet parishioners and, if you are a guest, please sign our guest book. Nametags are available.

Choir School Bake Sale ID: 75626; [13 words]
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Purchase cookies, brownies and other goodies, all in support of the Choir School.

Christmas Pageant ID: 75627; [84 words]
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Written by Lucky Gold, this year's pageant is called "A New York Carol." In the days when Saint Thomas Church was still downtown, Charles Dickens paid a visit to New York City. And maybe, just maybe, he was inspired by dirty faced urchins and thieves to write a Christmas story for the ages. Don't worry...

Sunday School Christmas Party ID: 75628; [22 words]
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This party follows the Christmas Pageant. Because the party is planned with care, please RSVP by December 9 if you plan to attend.

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