3/12: Lenten Bach Vespers

Bach Vespers for Lent

Sunday, March 12th at 5pm

We invite you to join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and vocal soloists under Dr. Carlton Monroe for another evening exploring worship through lens of the incredible music of J. S. Bach. This month we present Cantata 131, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (“Out of the depths, I cry unto thee, Lord”). Written early in Bach’s musical career, Cantata 131 is a deeply reflective and emotional piece that is the perfect focus for a Holy Lenten season. Be sure to come early and hear more information about the piece at our Pre-Vespers Lectures at 4:30pm before each Vespers service, led by Xavier University’s Prof. Douglas Easterling.

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday Services

Wednesday, March 1st at Noon and 7pm

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Join us as we usher in a prayerful and meaningful lent. Imposition of Ashes will be available at both services – a powerful symbol of the season that is to come.

12pm: Solemn Spoken Eucharist, Rite I
7pm: Solemn Choral Eucharist, Rite I
Please note that the 7pm service will take place by candlelight due to power outages!


photo (1)After an incredible summer experience singing at the National Cathedral, our choral program is ready to start-up this fall. Mark your calendar for the following start-up dates, and look for communications with more details on their way:

Parish Choir – Wed., Aug. 27, 7-9pm

Sr. Choristers (grades 6-8) – Wed., Sept. 10, 6:30-8pm

Jr. Choristers (grades 3-5) – Wed., Oct. 1, 6-7pm

Allegro Choir (grades K-2) – Wed. Oct. 1, 4:15-4:45pm

Bach Vespers: January 12, 6pm

Bach Vespers

at St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Sunday, January 12, 6pm

bowman-randy2Randy Bowman, flute
YoonGeong Lee, soprano
Catherine Fishlock, alto
James Onstad, tenor
Jonathan Cooper, bass

Vivaldi: Concerto for flute, “La notte”, RV 439
Bach: Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, BWV 151

Principal Flutist Randy Bowman of the Cincinnati Symphony will be our featured artist for the Bach Vespers on Sunday, January 12, at 6pm.

Mr. Bowman will present a Prelude Recital beginning at5:45pm. Joining him will be the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble as they present Bach’s Cantata 151, “Susser Trost, Mein Jesus Kommt” (Sweet Comfort, My Jesus Comes) along with vocal soloists YoonGeong Lee, Cathy Fishlock, James Onstad, and Jonathan Cooper. Cantata 151 was originally performed in Leipzig following Christmas in 1725.

The St. Thomas Schola Cantorum will chant service music during the Vespers.