The Birth of St John The Baptist (Patronal Festival) – 11am Sung Eucharist

Date: June 24, 2018 - 11:00 am

Sunday 24 June
(The Patronal Festival)
11am Sung Eucharist

Introit Locus Iste Bruckner
Setting Mozart Coronation Mass
Hymns 170 (1st tune), 168 (tune 188), 205, 208
Readings Isaiah 40:1-11
Galatians 3:3-29
Luke 1:57-66 and 80
Psalm 85:7-13
Sermon The Reverend John Witheridge – Chaplain to The Queen

Sunday 24 June
On this Sunday the Chapel celebrates its patronal festival by keeping the feast of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist. The chapel is all that remains of a hospital founded by the will of King Henry VII, to be called the ‘Hospital of Henry late King of England of the Savoy.’ The hospital was dedicated in the name of Saint John the Baptist, the great forerunner of Christ. His message was delivered in the powerful oratory of an Old Testament prophet, and he represents a bridge between the Old and New Testaments.
The oval border to the lawn in the centre of the chapel garden is inscribed: THE SAVOY CHAPEL BUILT BY KING HENRY VII COMPLETED CIRCA 1512, WAS DEDICATED IN THE NAME OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST: HERALD AND FORERUNNER OF JESUS CHRIST. John is mentioned in all four canonical gospels and is revered as a major religious figure in Islam and the Baha’i faith as well as Christianity. The preacher will be The Reverend John Witheridge, Chaplain to The Queen, and formerly Conduct of Eton (1987-96) and Headmaster of Charterhouse (1986-2014).