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Sunday, April 17, 2011

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

The liturgies on the morning of Palm Sunday are designed by the Book of Common Prayer to take us through the week to come. So, since this is Holy Week, Palm Sunday covers both the triumphant entry into Jerusalem (the Blessing of the Palms and the Palm Procession) as well as Christ's Passion, which we unpack each day of the rest of the week. The idea here is that a person could attend church only on Sundays and still participate in the entirety of Holy Week and Easter: Palm Sunday takes us through Christ's Crucifixion, and then Easter Sunday celebrates Christ's Resurrection.

Of course, we're not suggesting you skip the rest of Holy Week—indeed, we encourage you to spend the entire week with us. But if you are wondering why the morning liturgies on Palm Sunday end with Christ Crucified, you now have your answer. The church is structured so that Sunday worshippers get the gist. If you seek more than the gist, you're in luck: at Saint Thomas, we know how to dwell on the details. You are most welcome to join us as we mark each day of Holy Week in scripture, song, meditation and prayer.

Even if you cannot join us in person for everything, please know that all choral services throughout the week are webcast live and then available on-demand.

Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Blessing of the Palms & Said Eucharist ID: 78034; 4 pers.; [52 words]
8:00 AM

This 35 minute service in the Chantry Chapel includes the Blessing of the Palms, a lesson, a reading of the Passion according to Saint Matthew, a homily, prayers, and a Said Mass. ‚ñ∫The Rector speaks of Holy Week in his Weekly Audio Message. ‚ñ∫Download a printable 4-page brochure for Holy Week and Easter.

The Blessing of the Palms & Sung Eucharist ID: 78035; 6 pers.; 6 prog.; [64 words]
9:00 AM

This 45 minute service at the High Altar includes the Blessing of the Palms, a lesson, the reading of the Passion according to Saint Matthew, hymns, prayers, and a Sung Eucharist. Music is sung by the younger choristers and probationers of the choir.  ‚ñ∫The Rector speaks of Holy Week in his Weekly Audio Message. ‚ñ∫Download...

Coffee Hour following the 9am Service ID: 78036; [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.

Sunday School ID: 78038; [63 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Join us for classes for all youth and children from 3 years old to high school seniors. Engaging lessons are prepared for the students in keeping with our commitment to the Christian formation of our young members. For more information, or to register, please contact Father Spurlock. Sunday School classes are held on the third...

Adult Education: The Art of Happiness ID: 78037; [28 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Over the course of a few weeks, this study will look at happiness in both Testaments, with particular attention to Deuteronomy and the Gospel according to Saint John.

The Blessing of the Palms & the Solemn Eucharist of the Passion ID: 78039; 7 pers.; 8 prog.; [360 words]
11:00 AM

Above: Using the aspergillum, Fr Mead blesses the palms held by the people. Please note: There is no coffee hour in the Parish House following. The Bookstore, however, will be open following the 11am Solemn Eucharist.  ►The Rector speaks of Holy Week in his Weekly Audio Message. ►John Scott discusses the music of Holy Week...

Solemn Evensong ID: 78040; 5 pers.; 9 prog.; [82 words]
4:00 PM

Choral Evensong is often sung four times a week from September through May. Because Holy Week and Easter involves many unique and special liturgies throughout the week, Choral Evensong is sung only on Sundays in Holy Week and Easter Week. You may read more about Choral Evensong here. ‚ñ∫The Rector speaks of Holy Week in...

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