Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Holy Cross Day

Holy Cross Day

Holy Cross Day became a feast of the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer in 1979, but the observance began in Jerusalem on September 14, 335 when the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine, built Churches to enshrine the traditional sites of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Excavations at the time discovered a relic, believed to be that of the true cross. Much of our cherished Holy Week liturgies stems from that period, spreading around Christendom through the ages. The crucifix near the pulpit, our 9/11 memorial, is mounted on a cross of stones which were from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Saint Thomas Church was founded to set forth, through preaching and teaching, through architecture, liturgy and music, through fellowship and service, the glory of the Cross of Christ. On the top of the Fifth Avenue fa√ßade is a crucifix, with the words, ‚ÄúThou art the King of Glory, O Christ.‚Äù And so it is that this Church is a place where many souls are drawn to the foot of the Cross: this deepest mystery, and clearest manifestation, of God’s everlasting love.

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Holy Eucharist ID: 84482; 2 pers.; 3 prog.; [15 words]
8:00 AM

This 25-30 minute service in the Chantry Chapel includes lessons, prayers and a said Mass.

Sung Eucharist ID: 84483; 5 pers.; 3 prog.; [60 words]
9:00 AM

Sung by the Junior Choristers. Sermon by Fr Turner.

Coffee Hour following the 9am Eucharist ID: 84484; [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 and Youth Group ID: 84486; [62 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: Bible Study on Song of Songs ID: 84485; [150 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Fr Austin leads this class through the Song of Songs.

Solemn Eucharist ID: 84487; 5 pers.; 11 prog.; [38 words]
11:00 AM

Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.

Coffee Hour following the 11am Eucharist ID: 84489; [41 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 or complete a welcome card. Nametags are available.

Guided Tour of Saint Thomas Church ID: 84488; [58 words]
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

This free tour (donations are accepted) of the Church begins in the narthex following the 11am Service. If you cannot take the tour at this time, you may take a self-guided tour any day of the week by using the pamphlet "A Walking Tour of Saint Thomas Church" which can be found in the narthex...

Festal Evensong ID: 84490; 3 pers.; 11 prog.; [0 words]
4:00 PM

Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.

Organ Recital: David Soar ID: 84491; [70 words]
5:15 PM

The Saint Thomas Organ Recital Series is free and open to the public. Usually starting very close to 5:15pm, it follows the 4pm service on most Sundays from September through May. The use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited during the performance. Today's recital is by David Soar of Cardiff, UK. He performs...

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