Collect for the Feast of the Epiphany

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know thee now by faith, to thy presence, where we may behold thy glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Week at the Advent, January 6-12, 2019

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 am—Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office.  The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.

11:15 am—Infants and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Meg Nelson 856-217-0847 or megwnelson@gmail.com.


9:00 Coffee Mary & Paul Roberts and Cassie & Jack Gurnon host the Coffee Hour this morning!  Next week the hosts will be Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, bbolesster@gmail.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. We will have a festive coffee hour hosted by members of the Parish today. We are always 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com). 


Proclaiming the Moveable Feasts.  Moveable feasts are those which are tied to the date of Easter, and since that date changes from year to year, these feast days are said to “move” through the calendar.   They are traditionally proclaimed on the Feast of the Epiphany or lately on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany.

This morning, as a conclusion of the 9 am Mass and following the Sermon at the 11:15 Mass, we will hear the chanted proclamation or “Setting” of the Moveable Feasts for this year, 2019.  This seemingly quirky practice comes to us from very early in Christian history, when the Church Calendar was not the fixed and predictable scheme it is now.  Customs varied from place to place on the dates of feasts and the length, or even the existence, of a Lenten, pre-Paschal fast.  In the third century, the Patriarchs of Alexandria began sending their clergy “festal letters” stating the dates of the great feasts and fasts for the upcoming year; these dates were to be announced to the faithful on either the Feast of the Epiphany or on a convenient Sunday before the start of the fast.  The practice–and with it, eventually, regulation of the liturgical calendar—spread throughout Christendom, acquired ceremonial and a chant, and, like many things in the liturgy, has long outlasted its original necessity.  It is retained here at the Advent as an interesting historical remnant and a bit of liturgical fun. 


ODDS & ENDS


Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne or Nola Sheffer. You can find them 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: nsheffer@newview.org.


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, January 27, February 10, and February 17.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com).


Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee, consisting of John Higgins, John Boyd, Maria Denslow, Kara Rodgers, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.   


The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 27, 2019. Contributions to the 2018 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 4, 2019. All heads of committees or groups are expected to submit a report. 


STEWARDSHIP 2019


As of this past Friday we have received 183 pledges, pledging a total of $529,035.  83 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 25 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 49 parishioners who pledged a total of $63,330 last year.

The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so farIf you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.  

If you requested pledge cards when you submitted your pledge for 2019, they are in the back of the Church in alphabetical order.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 7-13, 2019

Monday, January 7
4:00 pm: Beacon Hill Seminar Kickoff

Tuesday, January 8
Harriet Bedell
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 9
Julia Chester Emery
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, January 10
William Laud

Friday, January 11
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, January 12
Aelred of Rievaulx
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, January 13
The First Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline