Sunday, December 12, 2010

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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: 77335; 2 pers.; [16 words]
8:00 AM

This 30 minute service in the Chantry Chapel includes lessons, prayers, a sermon and a Said Mass.

Sung Eucharist ID: 77336; 4 pers.; 1 prog.; [39 words]
9:00 AM

This 45 minute service at the High Altar includes lessons, prayers, hymns, a sermon, and a Sung Eucharist. Music is sung by the younger choristers and probationers of the choir. Please see the leaflet below for the order of worship.

Coffee Hour following the 9am Service ID: 77337; [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 Eucharist.

The First Book of the Kings ID: 77338; [20 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Father Austin will give short talks on this rich text (perhaps unexpectedly so) which contains much material for Christian reflection.

Sunday School ID: 77339; [50 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Saint Thomas Church offers Sunday School classes for grades one to six. Engaging lessons are prepared for the students in keeping with our commitment to the Christian formation of our young members. We look forward to welcoming your child or grandchild to our classes. Please contact us for more information.

Festal Eucharist ID: 77340; 5 pers.; 5 prog.; [86 words]
11:00 AM

On Gaudete 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...

Coffee Hour following the 11am Eucharist ID: 77341; [36 words]
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

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

Christmas Pageant: A New York Carol ID: 77342; [60 words]
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

You are invited to attend “A New York Carol” as it makes its return to Saint Thomas Sunday, December 12, at 1 p.m. in the nave. This annual Youth Group and Sunday School produced Christmas pageant will be followed by the Youth and Sunday School Christmas Party in Andrew Hall. Contact Father Spurlock by December...

Festal Evensong ID: 77343; 4 pers.; 9 prog.; [19 words]
4:00 PM

You may read more about Choral Evensong here.The Rector's Weekly Message for GaudeteJohn Scott's Music Notes for Gaudete

Tim Pyper ID: 77344; [0 words]
5:15 PM

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