Collect for the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple *

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thee that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


* Also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Candlemas.
“The Presentation of Our Lord” and “The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary” refer to events recounted in the Gospel for the day (Luke 2:22-40). “Candlemas” refers to a ceremony, peculiar to the day, which has been part of the practice of the Church since the seventh century, when candles were blessed at the Masses of the day and then carried in procession to commemorate the entry of Christ, the Light of the World, into the Temple at Jerusalem. 

This Week’s Announcements, February 5-11, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frank Leighton. The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Polly Warren.

If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we will have a record of your visit here and can keep in touch.

All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are invited to the Altar to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you wish to receive a blessing, come to the Altar and cross your arms over your chest.


9:00 Coffee Hour. Ray Porter, Suzi Briggs & Bruce Kiernan host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Nola Scheffer.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Hour.  Stephen Teichgraeber, Michael Gnozzio & Marcos German-Domingues host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the Coffee Hour will be hosted by Janell & Michael Sauer, Meg Mill and David Fisher.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to  If you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues ( or, Frederick Ou (, or Kyle Pilares (

Entr’acte:  Today and on subsequent Sundays, February 12, 19, and 26, Fr Warren will lead a discussion of the teaching and practice of Islam.  Thereafter, during Lent Jim Wood, our Parish Administrator and scholar of the Bible to boot, will lead a presentation of the Passion Narratives in the four Gospels.

Blessing of Throats:  The feast of St Blaise was February 3, and from the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat.  This morning Fr Wood will offer traditional throat blessings in the Lady Chapel.  St Blaise (also spelled Blase and Blasius) was a 3rd century physician who became Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia, during a time of great persecution under the Emperor Licinius.  St Blaise hid out in a cave on Mt Argeus, and his cult spread throughout the entire Church in the Middle Ages because he was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died when a fishbone stuck in his throat.

Today’s Feast:  The Feast which we celebrate this morning goes by three names:  The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, and Candlemas.  The first two refer to events recounted in today’s Gospel reading.  The last refers to a ceremony, peculiar to the day, which has been part of the practice of the Church since the seventh century.  At the Masses this morning candles will be blessed and then carried in procession to commemorate the entry of Christ, the Light of the World, into the Temple at Jerusalem.  Jesus came, as the prophet Simeon said, in the words of the Nunc Dimittis which the choir will sing during the lighting of the candles, “to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel.”

This afternoon!  at 4:00 pm—The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)—Choral Evensong at All Saints Church, Ashmont.  Parishioners of the Advent are invited most cordially to attend.

Election Results.  At last Sunday’s Annual Meeting the following persons were elected to serve on the Parish Vestry:  C. Thomas Brown, Philip Le Quesne, Christopher Laconi and Eric Baldwin were elected to three-year terms.  Rachael Ringenberg was elected to a one-year term.

Frederic Ou was elected to a one-year term as Clerk of the Vestry.  Adam Rutledge was elected to a one-year term as Treasurer

Betsy Madsen and Julianne Turé were elected Delegates to Diocesan Convention and the Deanery; Robb Scholten was elected Alternate Delegate.

Congratulations to the above persons and our gratitude, as well, for their willingness to serve the Parish.

New Parish Directories:  Copies of the new Parish Directory and the 2016 Annual Report are available on the tables at the rear of the Church.

Today is Scout Sunday, a day when we recognize scouts and scout supporters around the globe.  The goals of scouting are outlined in the Scout Promises.  Girl Scout Promise:  On my honor, I will try, To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.  Boy Scout Promise:  On my honor I will do my best, To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law:  To help other people at all times, To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.  Scouts from the Parish are:  Francesca Baker, Joshua A. Bickford, Michael S. Bickford, Jr., Quinn Cousineau, AnneLise Drouin, Xavier Drouin, Ellie Kiernan, Emma Kiernan, Mariella Mataliano, Mark Mataliano and Emily Zadig.

Can You Help?  Morning and Evening Prayer is scheduled to be prayed every day at 9:00 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Because pastoral responsibilities, it is becoming more and more difficult for the Clergy alone to maintain these Monday through Friday services, and so we badly need volunteers to conduct services if the present schedule is to continue.  Think about this, and if you are able to take on one of these evening services, please speak to Fr Warren or Fr Wood.


Bible Study Continues—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish?  Join us in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am. This week we take up chapter 1 of the Book of Revelation. 


Compline at the Advent—Next Sunday, February 12, at 8 pm—On Sunday, February 12, at 8:00 pm, join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.  There is particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr Hanson ( or Fr. Wood (

Confirmation Classes Set to Begin:  The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation service will be Saturday, April 29, and we are planning classes for Lent.  Adults and teens who are interested should email for more information.


Volunteer Opportunity—Serve at Common Cathedral Sunday, February, 19 from Noon to 2:30 pm.  Amanda Grant-Rose preached at the Advent in November, then shared with our Mission & Outreach Team ways our parish could partner to serve Boston’s un-housed community.  A team from the Advent will serve lunch at their Boston Common worship service on Sunday, February 19, from noon until 2:30 pm.  We need a team of eight volunteers—would you please be one of them?  For information or to volunteer, contact Ali White at or 802-323-6652, or Father Wood at


Children’s Hands-On Arts Festival—Friday and Saturday, February 17 & 18 at Park Street Church.  Our friends across Boston Common at Park Street Church have invited Advent children and families to their fifth Children’s Hands-On Arts Festival on February 17 and 18.  Workshops on everything from drama to dance, classical music to culinary creation will encourage children ages 3 – 11 to explore new areas of interest as they grow.  Each workshop is a 20-minute presentation by leaders with training in their areas of expertise, then 35 minutes of hands-on experience for kids!  Families can attend an opening concert Friday night by Randall Goodgame regardless of whether they attend the Arts Festival workshops on Saturday.  The event is free and open to all (a free-will offering will be taken).  For more information or to register for the Arts Festival:

The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays,  February 12 and 26.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (

Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne. You can find her between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email:


If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. If you asked for envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 ext 122, email:

February 6-12, 2017

Monday, February 6
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, February 7
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 8
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:30 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, February 9
10:00 am: Play Group
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 10
10:00 am: Play Group
7:00 pm : Girl Scouts Dance

Saturday, February 11
4:00 pm: Prayer & Care Meeting

Sunday, February 12
The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte / Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass