leaflet - Church of Saint Stephen-in-the

Candlemas: The Presentation of
Our Lord in the Temple
Area Bishop: The Right Reverend Philip Poole
Parish Priest: Rev’d Mtr Maggie Helwig 416-526-5438
Honorary Assistants: Rev’d Mtr Andrea Budgey
416-573-3824; [email protected]
The Venerable Bruce Myers
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Priest's Warden: Leroy Niles 416-757-6437
People’s Warden: André Forget 647-963-6218
Church Office: Janet Nichols 416-921-6350
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Organist: John Gardham 437-344-3593
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Church of the Holy Martyr Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields
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Service of Light, Blessing of Candles,
Evensong, and Devotions
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, Saint Matthias,
the Church of the Epiphany and Saint Mark,
and the Jeremiah Community
You gave them bread from heav-en.
Containing in itself all sweet-ness.
O God,
in a wonderful sacrament your Son has left to us
a memorial of his incarnation, cross, and passion.
May we who celebrate this sign of his great love
show in our lives the fruits of his redemption;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Psalm 117
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a- dore
Christ our Lord,
in the most ho-
ly sac- ra- ment.
PRAISE THE Lord, all you na-tions; /
laud him, all yöu peoples.
For his loving-kindness toward us is great, /
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever. Hal-lë-lu-jah!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, / and to the Ho-lÿ Spi-rit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, / and will be for ev-ër. A-men.
Repeat antiphon.
The Reserved Sacrament is returned to the aumbry, and the service concludes with an
organ postlude.
Officiant: The Rev’d Maggie Helwig
Music: John Gardham, organ, with Janet Nichols, Andrea Budgey, and Bryan Martin
Motet (sung by the choir; please be seated)
Fabio Costantini (1575–1644), Hodie beata Virgo Maria
Please stand, as able, when the chancel party enters.
Today the blessed Virgin Mary presented the child Jesus in the temple, and Simeon,
full of the Holy Spirit, took him in his arms, and blessed God, for evermore.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
A light no darkness can ex-tinguish.
The candles in the chancel are lit during the singing of the Phos hilaron:
Hymn: Therefore we, before him bending
Text: Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), tr. E. Caswall
Music: Mechlin plainsong
Thanksgiving for Light
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe.
Your word brings on the dusk of evening,
your wisdom creates both night and day.
You determine the cycles of time,
arrange the succession of seasons,
and establish the stars in their heavenly courses.
Lord of the starry hosts is your name.
Living and eternal God, rule over us always.
Blessed be the Lord, whose word makes evening fall.
Blessing of Candles
Candles from all the participating congregations, and the hand-candles held by the
congregation, are blessed with incense and holy water.
Almighty and everlasting God,
whose only-begotten Son was presented this day in the Temple
to be received into the arms of blessed Simeon;
we pray you to bless, hallow, and kindle
with the light of your heavenly benediction
these candles, fruit of your creation,
work of your children the bees, and art of human hands,
to be lighted in honour of your holy Name.
In offering them to you, our Lord and God,
may we be inflamed with the fire of your love;
and as this light is divided yet knows no loss of brightness
may we in our various callings
be made worthy to be presented
in the heavenly temple of your glory;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
Hymn: O saving Victim (you are invited to sit or kneel).
Hand-candles are lit during the singing of the following hymn:
Text: Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), tr. E. Caswall, J.M. Neale
Music: Mechlin plainsong
Prayers and Thanksgivings (please remain standing, as able)
Response as announced.
Virgin-born, we bow before thee
Closing prayers of Evensong
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time
with one accord to make our common supplications to you,
and you promise that when two or three are gathered together in your name
you will grant their requests:
Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants,
as may be most expedient for them;
granting us in this world knowledge of your truth,
and in the world to come life everlasting.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
The Reserved Sacrament is brought from the aumbry in the side-chapel and placed on
the main altar during the singing of the following hymn:
Hymn: How lovely is thy dwelling place
Text: Reginald Heber (1783-1826)
Music: Genevan Psalter, 1543, adapted by L. Bourgeois
Please be seated. You are welcome either to extinguish your hand-candle or to keep it alight.
Psalm 84
HOW DEAR to me is your dwelling, O Lord of hosts! /
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the lïv-ingGöd.
The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; /
by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and mÿ Göd.
Happy are they who dwell in your house! / they will al-ways be praïsingyöu.
Happy are the people whose strength is in you! /
whose hearts are set on the pïl-grims’wäy.
Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, /
for the early rains have covered it with pools of wä-tër.
They will climb from height to height, /
and the God of gods will reveal him-self in Zï-ön.
Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; / hearken, O God of Jä-cöb.
Behold our defender, O God; / and look upon the face of your a-noïnt-ëd.
For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room, /
and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than to dwell in the tents of the wïck-ëd.
For the Lord God is both sun and shield; / he will give grace and glö-rÿ;
No good thing will the Lord with-hold / from those who walk with in-të-gritÿ.
O Lord of hosts, / happy are they who put their trüst inyöu!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, / and to the Ho-ly Spï-rït.
As it was in the beginning, is now, / and will be for ev-er. Ä-mën.
Collect for Peace
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels,
and all just works do proceed:
Give to your servants that peace which the world cannot give;
that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments,
and also that we, defended by you from the fear of our enemies,
may pass our time in rest and quietness;
through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Collect for Aid against all Perils
Lighten our darkness, we beseech you, O Lord,
and by your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of your only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Anthem (sung by the choir; please be seated)
Tomas Luis de Victoria (1873-1943), Senex puerum portabat
The old man held up the child, but the child upheld the old man; he whom the Virgin
bore, remaining Virgin evermore. The one whom she brought forth, she did adore.
Sermon: The Rev’d Robert Ross
Hymn: The God whom earth and sea and sky
The God whom earth, and sea, and sky, adore, and laud, and magnify,
whose might they own, whose praise they swell, in Mary’s womb vouchsafed to dwell.
The Lord whom sun and moon obey, whom all things serve from day to day,
was borne upon a maiden’s breast who fullest heav’nly grace possessed.
How blest that mother, in whose shrine the world’s Creator, Lord divine,
whose hand contains the earth and sky, vouchsafed, as in his ark, to lie;
blessed in the message Gabriel brought; blessed by the work the Spirit wrought:
from whom the great desire of earth took human flesh and human birth.
O Lord, the virgin-born, to thee eternal praise and glory be,
whom in the Godhead we adore for ever and forevermore.
Text: Venantius Fortunatus (6th c.), tr. J.M. Neale (1817-1866)
Music: Trier MS (15th c.), adapted M. Praetorius (1571-1621)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father
who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
O Lord, show your mercy up-on us;
And grant us your salva-tion.
O Lord, save the Queen;
And mercifully hear us when we call up-on you.
Endue your ministers with right-eous-ness;
And make your chosen people joy-ful.
O Lord, save your peo-ple;
And bless your inhe-ri-tance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord;
And evermore mightily defend us.
O God, make clean our hearts with-in us;
And take not your Holy Spirit from us.
Collect of the Day
Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
for you have sent us your salvation.
Inspire us by your Holy Spirit to recognize him
who is the glory of Israel and the light for all nations,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Psalm 85
YOU HAVE been gracious to yourland, O Lord, /
you have restored the good for-tuneof Ja-cob.
You have forgiven the iniquity of your peo-ple / and blotted out all their sins.
You have withdrawn all your fu-ry /
and turned yourself from your wrathful in-dig-na-tion.
Restore us then, O God our Sa-viour; / let your an-gerde-partfrom us.
Will you be displeased with us for ev-er? /
will you prolong your an-gerfrom ageto age?
Will you not give us lifea-gain, / that your people may re-joicein you?
Show us your mer-cy, O Lord, / and grant us your sal-va-tion.
I will listen to what the Lord God is say-ing, /
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
and to those who turn their heartsto him.
Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, /
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth have met to-ge-ther; /
righteousness and peace have kissed each oth-er.
Truth shall spring up from the earth, /
and righteousness shall look down from heav-en.
The Lord will indeed grant pros-peri-ty, / and our land will yield its in-crease.
Righteousness shall go be-fore him, / and peace shall be a path-way forhis feet.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, / and to the Ho-ly Spi-rit.
As it was in the be-gin-ning, is now, /
and will be for ev-er. A-men.
First Lesson: 1 Samuel 1.20-28a
Reader: The first lesson is written in the first chapter of the book of Samuel,
beginning at the 20th verse.
In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I
have asked him of the Lord.”
The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice,
and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as
the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the Lord, and
remain there for ever; I will offer him as a nazirite for all time.” Her husband Elkanah
said to her, “Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only – may
the Lord establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she
weaned him. When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a threeyear-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the
Lord at Shiloh; and the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they
brought the child to Eli. And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the
woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I
prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have
lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.”
She left him there for the Lord.
Reader: Here ends the first lesson.
Magnificat (sung by the choir; you are invited to stand)
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), Short Evening Service in the Dorian Mode
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he
hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth all
generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me; and holy
is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations. He
hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of
their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble
and the meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent
empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel; as he
promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever. Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever
shall be, world without end. Amen.
Second Lesson: Romans 8.14-21
Reader: The second lesson is written in the eighth chapter of the epistle to the Romans,
beginning at the 14th verse.
All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit
of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry,
“Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of
God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ – if, in fact, we
suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory
about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of
the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the
will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its
bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Reader: Here ends the second lesson.
Nunc dimittis (sung by the choir; you are invited to stand)
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), Short Evening Service in the Dorian Mode
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine
eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou has prepared before the face of all people; to
be a light to lighten the gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel. Glory be to
the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God,
the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.