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‚Äîindeed, 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.
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About Evensong: Based on the services held daily in the medieval Church, Choral Evensong as arranged in the Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican Church has been sung regularly since the Sixteenth Century. Many people who are new to worship at Saint Thomas prefer to come to Choral Evensong because it is relatively contemplative. The service includes readings (just as would occur at Evening Prayer) and prayers led by a priest. An anthem as well as a setting of the Magnificat and the Nunc dimittis are sung by the choir. Read more about Choral Evensong here, or view the Choral Evensong Service Card posted to the bottom of this page, where links to the webcast will be posted during and after the service.
There is a brief Mass following Choral Evensong. All baptized Christians are welcome to stay on to make their Holy Communion.
|Sung by||The Gentlemen of the Choir|
|Lesson 2||Mark 8:11-26|
|Introit||Hide not thou thy face from us, Richard Farrant (c. 1525-1580)|
|Responses||by Michael Walsh (b. 1948)|
|Psalm||106:1-27, Anglican Chant (Hylton Stewart)|
|Service||Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (The Seventh Service), by Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)|
|Anthem||O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not, Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)|
|Voluntary||Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 199, Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)|
|Hymn||501 -- O Holy Spirit, by whose breath -- KOMM, GOTT SCHÖPFER|