2018 Advent & Christmas Schedule

Dec. 2 First Sunday in Advent

Worship, Rite I, 8 a.m.
Worship, Rite II, 10:15 a.m.
Bach Vespers, 5 p.m.
Caroling on the Green, 6 p.m.,

Dec. 8 Christmas Caper, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Dec. 9 Second Sunday in Advent
Worship, Rite I, 8 a.m.
Worship, Rite II, 10:15 a.m.

Dec. 16 Third Sunday in Advent
Worship, Rite I, 8 a.m.
Worship, Rite II, 10:15 a.m.
Taize Evening Prayer, 5 p.m.

Dec. 17 Messiah Sing-Along, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23 Fourth Sunday in Advent
Worship, Rite I, 8 a.m.
Worship, Rite II, 10:15 a.m.
Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m.

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve
Pageant & Communion, 4 p.m.
Holy Eucharist with Carols, 8 p.m.
Carol Prelude, 10:30 p.m.
Festive Choral Eucharist, 11 p.m

Dec. 25 Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist with Carols, 10 a.m.

Messiah Sing-Along December 17, 7:30pm

Monday, December 17th at 7:30pm

Join members of the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, along with Conductor Carlton Monroe and soloists, for a rousing rendition of this timeless holiday classic! Enjoy the beauty of Handel’s recitatives and arias, and sing along on the choruses. There will be good cheer and friends in abundance! Bring your own score, or let us provide you with one. Name-YourPrice Tickets (with a suggested donation of $15) are available through the Bach Ensemble website: http://www.bachensemble.org/messiah. We anticipate a sold-out event, so reserve your seats early!


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Coffee Chat

Tuesdays 10:30 am – 4th Floor Coffee Lounge.

Come and enjoy some fellowship and a cup of tea or coffee on Tuesday mornings this fall!  Our group is informal and relaxing… a time to talk about life!  Child care is free and available with Joy and Rhonda.    Everyone is welcome!  For more information, please contact Linda Swensson at lindaswen294@gmail.com.

Bach Vespers – December 2, 5pm

A New Season of Vespers

Jesus_sanat_decem-largeThe Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas will begin a new season of Vespers services on Sunday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. as they present J. S. Bach sacred cantata Jesu, der du meine Seele (“Jesus, you have freed my spirit”), BWV 78 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park.

The Ensemble and Bach Choir will be featured in this true masterwork of the genre, including soloists Melissa Harvey, Maggie Schwenker, Andreas Kirtley, and Michael Young.

At 4:30 p.m. Xavier faculty member Douglas Easterling will lead a Pre-Vespers lecture in the parlor, giving insights and background into the feature cantata. The prelude for the service will be the astounding Trio Sonata from Bach’ Musical Offering, BWV 1079, to be played by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians, Charles Morey (violin), Randy Bowman (flute), and Jennifer Monroe (bassoon) along with Bach Ensemble Artistic Director Carlton Monroe (harpsichord).

The Bach Vespers service combines the rich tradition of evening prayer with the spiritual treasury that is the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as music from his musical ancestors and heirs. The service follows the outline of Anglican evening prayer and consists of several parts: an invitation, readings, canticles, and chanted prayers. Following this we listen to a spoken reflection and the cantata chosen for the day. The service concludes with a congregational hymn and prayers of thanksgiving.

The service encourages attendees to reflect not only on the words and their meaning, but also on the immense beauty of our God-given world, and the creative spirit which fuels both this music’s composition and performance.

Regardless of faith tradition, spiritual beliefs, or musical background, all are invited to enjoy the beauty of this service and the peace that this evening brings.

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas is a professional ensemble dedicated to enriching the musical and artistic life of the Cincinnati area through the performance of the music of J. S. Bach, his contemporaries and his musical heirs. The BEST serves as ensemble-in-residence at St. Thomas Episcopal Church where it leads the monthly Bach Vespers, performing the cantatas of J. S. Bach in the context for which they were written. The BEST is committed to historically informed performances of Bach’s music and artistic collaborations with other musical ensembles.

Christmas Caper December 8, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Don’t Miss Our Annual Christmas Caper A Festival of Cookies and More!

Homemade Christmas cookies by the pound! Handmade English Toffee, Buckeyes, Brittle, Confections, and Preserves for Giving and Gatherings Time for Fun for Family & Friends!

• Enjoy lunch at the Caper Café
• Live music and entertainment
• Children’s activities with a visit by St. Nick
• Raffle (amazing prizes!)

Call Liz Frederick at 513.289.6777 or llfrederick55@gmail.com to get involved.