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November 19, 2017


If you are visiting or new to Saint Ignatius, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please join us after Mass for Coffee Hour downstairs in the Parish Hall, and, if you will, fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we can keep in touch.

The Children’s Playroom is located just adjacent to the Parish Hall downstairs; please ask an usher to show you where to go. We have professional child care available and parents are welcome to come and go throughout the service.

A note about Holy Communion: The Episcopal Church teaches that all baptised persons are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Communion is offered in both kinds. If you wish to intinct the wafer into the wine, please allow the Eucharistic Minister to take the Host from your hand, dip it into the chalice, and place it on your tongue. If you are unable to come forward to receive at the altar rail, please let an usher know so that the ministers may bring the Sacrament to your seat. A number of gluten-free wafers are consecrated for Holy Communion. If you would like to receive a gluten-free Host and the chalice, please let one of the ushers know so we can accommodate you.

Marian Antiphon

For many years it has been the tradition in the parish to ring the tower bell and pray the Angelus, a little office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, immediately before the 11 o'clock Solemn Mass on Sunday mornings. In Eastertide we replace the Angelus with the seasonal Marian antiphon, Regina Coeli (O Queen of Heaven). Last spring the tower bell became unusable and we are now working out an economical solution to its repair. At that time we took the opportunity to experiment with the placement of the Marian Office and in Eastertide we sung the Regina Coeli at the Shrine of Our Lady following the liturgy at the High Altar, something we have done from time-to-time following Evensong. This is a custom followed in a number of other historic Anglo-Catholic churches throughout the Communion. This fall and going forward, we will continue to pray the Marian Office after the dismissal and before the organ voluntary. The congregation are now invited to join in the singing of the antiphon (when we are using an Anglican or plain chant setting) and making their appointed responses aloud as we make this a fully communal devotion. We will sing the Angelus through Christ the King, switch to the seasonal antiphon, Alma redemptoris Mater from Advent through Epiphany, return to the Angelus through Lent, and in Eastertide sing Regina Coeli. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.

— The Rector

Christian Formation:

Christian education programs for children will resume in the fall.

Christian education programs for adults will resume in the fall.

For more information about our offerings, please speak with the Rector, Deacon Kahn (Adult Programs), or Meredith Strauss (Children’s Programs).

Soup Kitchen Grant

Good news! Episcopal Charities has awarded the St. Ignatius of Antioch Soup Kitchen a Human Needs Grant for 2017 in the amount of $3,200 to help us to feed New Yorkers in need. Combined with donations from parishioners, the grant will defray some of our expenses for paper goods and food staples we do not receive from New York City’s Emergency Food Assistance Program. We are grateful to Episcopal Charities for their continued support of our feeding program, and to everyone who gives their time and talent to this vital ministry.

Music Notes

The setting of the Mass ordinary is Missa Sine Nomine––literally, "mass without a name"––by Josquin Desprez (c. 1440–1521). Commonly referred to simply as Josquin, he was considered to be the central figure of the Franco–Flemish school during the Renaissance. During the sixteenth century, Josquin gradually acquired the reputation as the greatest composer of the age, and his masterful technique was widely admired. The theorist Gioseffo Zarlino (who would produce a stylistic 'guide' to Palestrina's style) held Josquin style as that best representing perfection in musical expression. The Missa Sine Nomine does not use an existing tune as the basis for its construction, as was so often the custom. Instead, the voices are heard in a series of canons, which demonstrate the intensely skillful craft of the composer. Probably a late work, it is possible that the mass was written in dedication to Josquin's supposed teacher, Johannes Ockeghem, a composer known for his elaborate use of canonic techniques.

Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623) was one of the most prolific composers of his generation, and provided much music for the Anglican Prayer Book liturgies. For much of his life, he was organist and master of the choristers at Chichester Cathedral. He also composed and published several volumes of madrigals, and the madrigalian style is close at hand the anthem, Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom. Of particular note is the extraordinarily chromatic "Amen". Although increasingly secular techniques were being introduces to church music, it is also enlightening to view Weelkes' daring musical style in the context of his reportedly inappropriate conduct. In 1619 the folllwing complaint was made to the Bishop of Chichester: "Dyvers tymes & very often come so disguised eyther from the Taverne or Ale house into the quire as is muche to be lamented, for in these humoures he will bothe curse & sweare most dreadfully, & so profane the service of God … and though he hath bene often tymes admonished … to refrayne theis humors and reforme hym selfe, yett he daylye continuse the same, & is rather worse than better therein."

Born in Gloucester, Herbert Howells (1892-1983) as a very young man decided he wanted to be a composer. Fortunately, unlike many with the desire, he also possessed sufficient talent. After winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, he studied composition with Charles Villiers Stanford and counterpoint with Charles Wood. Sir Arthur Bliss praised his natural gifts for music, and Stanford himself called Howells his "son in music." In the early 1960s, Howells left his post as director of music at St. Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith, a job he inherited from Gustav Holst. Howells continued composing and teaching composition at the Royal College of Music well into his 80s. Offered today in honour of the Patron Saint of Music (November 22 is Saint Cecilia's Day), A Hymn for St Cecilia was commissioned by the Livery Club of the Worshipful Company of Musicians to mark Howells's Mastership of the Company in 1959–60. It takes as its text a poem in praise of the Patron Saint of music by Ursula Vaughan Williams, second wife of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

— James Kennerley

Diocesan Convention

Diocesan Convention took place at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on Saturday, November 4. The parish was represented by the Rector and Deacon Kahn, our Delegate, Churchwarden Abigail Plumer, and our alternate Vestryperson Lucy Kuemmerle. For full details of the diocesan Budget, bishops' addresses, and other business, click here.

Parish T-shirts are still available!

Our stylish new St. Ignatius of Antioch T-shirts are still available in many sizes for $20 each. See Deacon Paul with cash in hand. All profits will directly benefit the parish. Order forms can be obtained at the back of the church or from Deacon Paul or download here.

The Leopards: Helping Parishioners Help Each Other

Might you have an occasional hour or two to help a fellow parishioner who is temporarily homebound or otherwise laid low? Grocery shopping, dog-walking, or accompanying someone to the doctor or to church is a simple, useful, and practical way of caring for one another within the St Ignatius community.

Or perhaps you would like a St. Ignatius Leopard in your life. If you are homebound from illness, a bad back, or post-surgery and need a little help with shopping or cleaning, or need someone to accompany you to a doctor's appointment or to church, we have a group of parisioners eager to help out.

If you need help, or would like to help, please speak to Lucy Kuemmerle or Deacon Paul, or contact the Parish Office about becoming a Leopard.

From Father Towner

Greetings from Rome, dear parish family. My Rome assignment this year has been almost twice as long as usual. And, so, some word from your sporadic Asst Rector seems appropriate to assure you that I've not succumbed to (all) of the enchantments of the Holy See. My 50 or so students at the 3 universities have again made the teaching experience in Rome a rich experience for me--they will hopefully come away at least no more benighted than at the start. Though out of sight (not counting FB), you've been in my thoughts and prayers all along and increasingly in these days. I miss you all very much, and look forward to rejoining you round about Thanksgiving. Kathleen has been with me for some weeks now; she will return a couple weeks ahead of me. We send you our love and very warmest greetings.

Social Media

As we all know, using social media sites allows us to get information to our members and friends efficiently and quickly. It drives traffic (that means people) to our web site where there is lots more information about our parish. We are finding that most people who walk through our doors for the first time have somehow found us on the internet. Increasing our on-line presence allows us to reach more people who may be looking to find a church home and make it here at Saint Ignatius.

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Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Do you have an hour a month to spend serving the hungry in our neighborhood? For more than 30 years, we have provided take-away meals of soup and sandwiches every Saturday afternoon and Monday evening to all individuals who come to our West End Avenue door. If you want to participate, please contact Holly Hughes (646-245-1782) or David Holkeboer (212-874-1050) for information.

Toiletries for Soup Kitchen Guests

We like to give our guests bags of toiletries. If you have unopened shampoos and soaps from your travels, or could pick up small toothpastes and hand lotions, we have a basket by the West Avenue door to drop them in.

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This Week’s Readings


Upcoming Events:

Sunday, November 19th — The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.

Sunday, November 26th — The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Procession, Solemn Mass, & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Sunday, December 3rd — The First Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Great Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass.

Sunday, December 10th — The Second Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.
5:00 p.m. Advent Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 16th through 22nd
6:00 p.m. Solemn Evensong.
NOTE: on Sunday the 17th the service will be at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17th — The Third Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
9:00 a.m. Sung Mass.
11:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.
5:00 p.m. Solemn Evensong

Sunday, December 24th — The Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. Low Mass.
10:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.
5:00 p.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.
9:30 p.m. Choral Prelude.
10:00 p.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.

Monday, December 25th — The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day
11:00 a.m. Procession & Solemn Mass.

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Prayer List: The weekly intercessions list is found in the Sunday Leaflet. The entire list of those for whom our prayers for healing are offered, which you will find on the next to last page of this Leaflet, will always be prayed in full on our Wednesday evening healing Masses.

If you wish to place yourself or someone else, whether a member of the parish or not, on the prayer list, please contact the office either by or phone (212-580-3326). Please do let us know if you or a member of your family or a friend is sick and would like either our prayers or a visit from one of the clergy. In these days of strict privacy laws we will not know you or a member of your family is in the hospital or ill unless you tell us. Names will be placed on the list for six weeks, after which time they will be removed, unless renewed. Please contact the parish office to place names on the list. Names submitted by Wednesday 12 Noon will appear in the following Sunday Leaflet.

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Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-5:30; Wednesday 2-6; Thursday 1:30-5:30