Each Sunday, we offer three or four opportunities to worship. Most of our parishioners regularly attend one of the three morning services, which all are Masses, and some return for Evensong at 4pm (offered on most Sundays from September through mid-May). Visitors are welcome at any service, of course.
You should utilize the worship calendar to see details for a particular Sunday you wish to attend services. Nevertheless, it will be helpful if you realize that Sundays at Saint Thomas usually follow this schedule:
8am - Holy Eucharist in the Chantry Chapel
This short, said service usually lasts about 30 minutes. It is ideal for those who want to start off their week with readings from Holy Scripture, prayers, and the Eucharist...and then be on their way. There is no music at this service.
9am - Sung Eucharist at the High Altar
This service is similar to the 8am service, but includes music. The congregation sings hymns and part of the liturgy, such as the gloria and the agnus dei, and (except when the Choir School is on break) the singing is led by the Junior Choristers, the younger members of our Choir School. For this service only, members of the congregation may sit in the choir stalls in the chancel, or in the regular pews in the nave. The service typically lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a Coffee Hour in the living and dining room of the Parish House. This service is ideal if you want to attend adult education classes at 10am, or if you have children in Sunday School, which also meets at 10am.
11am - Choral Eucharist at the High Altar
This service, always with a choir, usually has by far the largest attendance of the Sunday services. It includes hymns, appointed readings, a psalm sung by the choir, a sermon, prayers, the Eucharist, and anthems sung by the choir. Depending on the service, it might include incense and various processions. From September through May, the vast majority of the 11am services are sung by the full Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. However, when the choir school is on break, it's the Gents only. In the summer months we usually have visiting choirs.
The 11am liturgy is followed by Coffee Hour in the living and dining room of the Parish House. Also, a formal tour of the Church is often offered following this service.
4pm - Choral Evensong at the High Altar
September – Mid-May
Each Sunday when it is offered, Sunday Choral Evensong is typically attended by two hundred or more people, including many visitors. Unlike the morning services at Saint Thomas, which encourage lots of active participation by the congregation, Choral Evensong is generally a more contemplative way to worship, requiring only minimal active participation from the congregation. Therefore, it is popular among those who are new to the Episcopal tradition of worship. And because it is beautiful, it is also popular among those who are well aquainted with the tradition, especially among those who follow the routine of daily worship.
Please note that unlike weekday Choral Evensongs at Saint Thomas, Sunday Choral Evensongs are not followed by a celebration of the Eucharist. If you would like to make your Holy Communion at Saint Thomas on a Sunday, please come at 8am, 9am or 11am.
See the detailed worship calendar for exact dates and times of services.