Sunday, March 24, 2013

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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.

Blessing of the Palms and Said Eucharist ID: 81122; 2 pers.; 1 prog.; [29 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 Luke, prayers, and a Said Mass.

Blessing of the Palms & Sung Eucharist ID: 81123; 4 pers.; 7 prog.; [37 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 Luke, hymns, prayers, and a Sung Eucharist. Music is sung by the Junior Choristers.

Coffee Hour following the 9am Eucharist ID: 81124; [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 & Youth Group ID: 81126; [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...

Theology Class: Angels in Scriptures ID: 81125; [32 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Fr Austin begins a study of angels that will look principally to the Bible. For background, you might like to read "Angels: A Very Short Introduction"; we have copies in our bookstore.

The Blessing of the Palms & Solemn Eucharist of the Passion ID: 81127; 5 pers.; 7 prog.; [370 words]
11:00 AM

Above: the Palm Sunday Procession makes its way through toward the back of the nave to the singing of All Glory, Laud and Honor. It continues with Ride on! ride on in majesty! as it winds through the aisles and back to the High Altar. Service notes: The liturgy begins with the acolytes, choir and...

Solemn Evensong ID: 81128; 3 pers.; 6 prog.; [379 words]
4:00 PM

The morning services on Palm Sunday opened with great fanfare: the blessing of the palms and Christ's triumphant entry into Jersulam. The services ended with Christ Crucified. The morning services of Palm Sunday are designed, then, to take the worshipper through all of Holy Week in one sitting. Beginning with Solemn Evensong on Palm Sunday,...

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