Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Week at the Advent, April 28-May 4, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person.

Child care is offered during the 9 am and 11:15 am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.

Welcome cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we can keep in touch.


The flowers on the High Altar this morning are giving to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for Noelia Constanza Hernández Corbet on her third birthday.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Fran Piscitelli & Judy Bell join Barbara Boles as hosts this morning. Next Sunday Matt McNeff & David Russo join with John Boyd to host. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Lynn Eustis, Thatcher Gearhart, Robin Landrith, and Kyriell Paleologue. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


The Entr’acte series of adult courses resumes today. Rick Stone begins a two-part series on “The Parables of Mark,” looking at these parables and their meaning in Jesus’ time as well as our own. The series will begin in the library immediately after the 9:00 Mass. Note that the second part of the series takes place on May 12.


THIS WEEK


THEOLOGY ON TAP returns this TUESDAY, APRIL 30 at 7:00 pm in the Lower Bar at MAST Restaurant and Drinkery, 45 Province Street, Boston. Tyler VanderWeele will speak on “Religious Communities and Human Flourishing.” Dr VanderWeele is director of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard, which among other things studies how religious communities affect health, happiness, meaning and purpose, and close social relationships. Theology on Tap is preceded by Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm at the Advent. For more information, contact Fr Hanson.


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES begin THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. We will meet in the library and for the first session begin with a light supper. Here is the list of topics:

  • May 1 – The Existence of God
  • May 8 – The Bible and Anglicans
  • May 15 – The Sacraments
  • May 22 – Prayer Life: Public and Private
  • May 29 – The Practice of Christianity, The Christian Duties
  • June 5 – The History of The Episcopal Church
  • June 12 – A Rule of Life

Please know that these classes are not limited to those seeking Confirmation. They are intended for those who have been confirmed in other communions and wish to be “received” into this Communion, and for those who would simply like to review some basic knowledge and information about The Episcopal Church. The Confirmation will be held Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 am at the Diocesan Cathedral.


COMING UP


The Walk for Hunger is next Sunday, May 5! Please consider joining us on this epic 20-mile walk. But if you cannot, please show your support with a donation! Our goal is to raise $10K that will go to support Project Bread. Their financial support to The Church of the Advent’s Community Dinners is critical to the success of those Tuesday dinners. Go to the Advent website (www.theadventboston.org) for a Walk for Hunger web link to join our team and/or donate. And please reach out to us in person over the next weeks, too. We are excited to be team captains again – and know it will be a fun and rewarding day!

— The Briggs Kiernan Family, (Bruce + Suzi; Ellie + Emma)


SAINT MICHAEL’S CONFERENCE: A Conference in the Anglican Tradition for Young Adults of All Christian Communions.

By the end of the week, I was sad to be leaving all the new friends I had made at the Conference. I couldn’t believe that the week had gone by so fast. I had learned so many new things at the Conference that I knew would be valuable life lessons, but most of all I had learned to never judge something without knowing what it is like. This is what Harriet Lewis-Bowen told us about her time spent last summer at Saint Michael’s Conference. This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending.


ODDS & ENDS


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 on Sundays, May 19 and 26, as well as for Ascension Day, May 30 (with flowers to remain through Sunday, June 2). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


A Note from Fr. Andrew Mead

Fr. Mead prefaced his sermons on Easter Day with the following remarks:

“It was a great honor to have been the 14th Rector of the Church of the Advent between 1985 and 1996. But what a great joy to be here now in this holiest of weeks preaching for these great liturgies. What I mean by that is to see (there’s no other word for it) to see the health, the health, of The Advent: to see such excellent clergy leadership, to see Maestro and the musical Levites, to see the lay volunteers from top to bottom, and to see your parish leaders and to get to know them a little bit; in other words, to see the whole vigorous Body of Christ here—old friends, old faces, but so many new ones.

I want to tell you that you are very much—have been, and are, and shall be—in my love, affections and prayers; especially at this time of important searching and discerning for a successor to beloved Father Warren. As we say in Manhattan, Long may you wave!

One extra thing. If you are a visitor here today and are searching for a church where Jesus is at the heart of everything and where he is worshipped in the beauty of holiness, here’s your place!”


From the Advent Archives —

An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

On June 5, 1911, The Alexandria Gazette and Virginia Advertiser published this article about the chalice that is used on Christmas and Easter, made from gold and jewels contributed by the congregation:

Gave Sham Gems for Chalice

That fashionable women of the Church of the Advent, Back Bay, Mass., in contributing ornaments and gems toward the casting of a chalice had parted with ornaments “merely plated with gold or of brass and supposedly precious stones consisting of glass and paste” was the charge made by Rev. William Harman Van Allen, rector of the church, in a sermon this morning. Although the rector did not accuse the women of having made the contributions with the intention of deceiving him, the intimation that they had been displaying at grand operas and social functions sham gems cruised a visible flutter of excitement among the congregation.

Is this an example of “fake news”? Here is Father Van Allen’s response, from his Weekly Message of June 18:

We have recently had an example of the absurd unreliability of some newspaper reports. At Pentecost, preaching about  “the Touchstone of Truth,” I used … the illustration of the expert who determined what was gold and what gold-plate, what were jewels and what paste, in the collection of ornaments, etc., given here … for the great gold chalice. Whereupon, a reporter, ignoring all else, published a flaming account of how I “accused the congregation” of having offered imitation jewels to God; and the Associated Press represented me as having declared that  “the larger part of the offering” were base! Reading these articles, one would suppose that my sermon was only a reproach to ungenerous or deceitful people: but nothing could be farther from the truth. In those gifts of jewels, a certain small proportion (offered in all good faith) was imitation, as is always the case. But the generosity and devotion of the congregation, in making their oblations with great gladness, were beyond all praise; and that is characteristic of you.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
April 29-May 5, 2019

Monday, April 29
St Mark the Evangelist

Tuesday, April 30
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap (at MAST)

Wednesday, May 1
Saints Philip & James
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
                  Adult Confirmation Class follows
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, May 2
St Athanasius
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 3
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, May 4
Monnica of Hippo
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 5
The Third Sunday of Easter / Walk for Hunger
7:00 am: Mass & Breakfast for Walkers
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Andrew C. Mead at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, April 21, 2019, Easter Day

In the Name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Easter involves the body of Jesus Christ. It is not a ghost story. On Good Friday Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man and a secret follower of Jesus who sat on the court that condemned him, went to Pilate and asked for the crucified dead body of Jesus. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a linen shroud, and laid it in a rock hewn tomb where no one had yet been laid. Nothing more could be done that late afternoon because it was the eve of the Jewish Sabbath which is Saturday.

The women who had followed Jesus up to Jerusalem from Galilee saw the tomb and noted where and how his body was laid; then they prepared spices and ointments to anoint him.  They rested according to the Sabbath Commandment.  At early dawn on Sunday they returned to the tomb, taking their spices and ointments.

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, and when they entered, they did not find the body of Jesus. Saint Luke says they were perplexed.  Matthew and Mark say they were amazed and afraid.  Saint John says that Mary Magdalene was dismayed and that she wept. It was bad enough that Jesus had been judicially murdered by his enemies.  Now she was deprived of showing reverence for her dear Lord’s body.

While they were perplexed about this, two men appeared standing by them in dazzling apparel; and as the women bowed their faces to the ground, the men said, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”  They reminded the women that Jesus himself had foretold his crucifixion and had also said that on the third day he would rise from the dead.  So the women told all these things to the eleven apostles, who took their words to be “idle tales.”  The other Gospel writers join Saint Luke in recounting this unbelieving response by the apostles to the women’s report.

Then things started to happen.  First, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene near the tomb while she was weeping.  She mistook him for the gardener, asking where the body of Jesus had been taken, but then the Lord spoke her name.  Then Jesus walked on the road out of Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus alongside two disciples who did not recognize him until he blessed and broke bread with them at their destination; and he vanished. The two hastened back from Emmaus to Jerusalem, and as they were telling the apostles in the locked Upper Room, Jesus, who already had appeared to Simon Peter, appeared and stood among them.  But they were startled and frightened and supposed they were seeing a spirit.  Jesus showed them his hands and his side and ate a piece of broiled fish before them, saying, “A spirit has no flesh and bones, as you see I have.”  Then he said, “Everything I told you while I was with you, and what was written of me in the Scriptures must be fulfilled…that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations.  You are witnesses of these things.”[1]

Much more would happen.  Jesus would reveal his resurrection a week later to Thomas in the locked Upper Room; then again to Peter and John and Thomas and four other apostles by the Sea of Galilee; then to more than 500 disciples at one time; then to his brother James; and finally, to an enemy of his disciples on his way from Jerusalem to persecute more of them in Damascus – Saul of Tarsus, whom we know as Saint Paul, the man who was to write half of the New Testament.[2]  The resurrection appearances eventually would cease after Jesus ascended to his Father in heaven and sent in his place the Holy Spirit to empower his church to the end of time.

So here we are, celebrating Easter an ocean away from Jesus’s Empty Tomb two millennia later. The resurrection we celebrate is not a ghost story, but neither is it the resuscitation of a body back into this earthly life.  Anyone thus miraculously revived must die again.  But Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death has no more dominion over him. Jesus’s resurrection appearances defy space and time.  Jesus did not have to rent a room in between his resurrection appearances.  Nor is Jesus confined to the 33 years of his earthly life.  He was raised, and he lives, in glory, body, soul and spirit, in perfect union with God.

What we see in Jesus’s resurrection is coming our way, to each of us.  The Apostle says that when we die we leave an earthly body which returns to the dust; but that we shall be changed.  The trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible. We die an earthly body; we will be raised a spiritual body.  This mortal will put on immortality.  Jesus’s resurrection is not past.  It has to do with us now; now and on the other side of death.[3]

Easter leaves us with a question: What shall we do?  Recall the short lesson this morning from Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  He said since we have been raised with Christ, we are to seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Our true life is there. “You are dead,” he writes, “and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then we will appear with him in glory.”

Easter is no ghost story. As for the whereabouts of Jesus Christ’s body, let’s start our search by receiving the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Do you have doubts?  Don’t let that stop you.  Mary Magdalene and Peter and Thomas and several other disciples, even members of Jesus’s family all doubted.  As have I.  If you’re not baptized, we can do something about that – probably not right now, but soon enough. Just talk to one of us; we’ll be delighted to help you. 

Depend upon it, this is the real thing.  It’s all true.

Alleluia.  Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia.

In the Name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.  Amen.


[1] St. Luke 24:1-53; St. Matthew 28:1-20; St. Mark 16:1-8, 9-20; St. John 20:1-30; 21:1-25.

[2] I Corinthians 15:1-11.

[3] I Corinthians 15:35-58.

Homily Preached by the Rev’d Andrew C. Mead at the Church of the Advent, The Great Vigil of Easter, April 20, 2019

In the Name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.  Amen.

As witnesses to Holy Baptism we confessed in the Apostles’ Creed that Jesus Christ was crucified, dead, and buried, and descended into hell. That means joy for Adam and Eve and all their children. We have already enjoyed the Easter Shout, the lights and the cacophony.  Now let’s listen to the jubilation in a world that without our Lord’s death and resurrection would be a shadowland, a prison house for ghosts. 

That Jesus was raised from the dead presupposes that he was in the realm of the dead prior to his resurrection.  But he descended there in the spirit as the Savior, proclaiming by his presence the Good News to the departed.  And he rose victorious, because it was not possible for death to hold him.[1]  This is the preaching of St. Peter, but Jesus himself said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”[2]       

The Catechism in our Prayer Book addresses this crucial sojourn of our Lord between his death and his Resurrection in its section “God the Son”:  “Q. What do we mean when we say that he descended to the dead?  A. We mean that he went to the departed and offered them also the benefits of redemption.”[3]

An ancient hymn of the Syrian Church celebrates this first part of Jesus’s victory using the Lord as the speaker, not unlike the beloved carol “My Dancing Day”: “Hell saw me and was vanquished.  Death could not bear my face.  I made of the dead an assembly of the living.  I spoke to them with living lips / So that my word should not be in vain.  They ran towards me, the dead.  They cried out, ‘Take pity on us, O Son of God!  Deliver us out of the darkness that fetters us.  Open the gate for us that we may go out with you.  We see that death has no hold on you.  Deliver us also, for you are our Savior!’  And I heard their voices and I traced my name on their heads.  So they are free and they belong to me.  Alleluia!”[4]

Jesus often worked wonders on the Sabbath, thereby offending his religious enemies who used these occasions to build up their case against him as a Law-Breaker.  Here he is at it again on Holy Saturday, the Lord of the Sabbath after his death, using the Sabbath to extend his reach to all times and places to all who welcome his appearing. 

Meanwhile his disciples observed the Sabbath commandment.  The women among them could not finish the work of anointing Jesus’s body on Good Friday evening because it was the Sabbath eve.  They had to wait till after the Sabbath sundown and the dawn of the Third Day, Sunday, the First Day of the Week.  So very early Mary Magdalene and other women went to the tomb.  But Jesus’s body was gone.  The angel in the earthquake rolled away the large stone.  The high priest’s guards, blinded by unbelief, became like dead men – and were later paid by the high priests to say that Jesus’s disciples had stolen away his body in order to say he was risen.[5]  The angel told the women those very three words: that Jesus, whom they sought, was not there because, indeed, he was risen.  Go tell his disciples, said the angel. 

They ran, in fear and great joy, and….There was Jesus, right there.  “Hail!” he said.  What is left to say?  Tonight, just one more thing.

Baptism unites us to Christ’s death and resurrection. That means daily life no longer needs to be one of mere survival, of bare existence, of people whose vital signs may register bodily health while they are sick unto death in the soul; of having no hope in this world, without God and without wisdom, except for “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”  That old business is buried with Christ in his death, and we rise to new life with him in his resurrection.  The hour has certainly come, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.     

Alleluia.  Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

In the Name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.  Amen.   


[1] I Peter 3:18-19 and Acts 2:24.

[2] St. John 5:25

[3] The Book of Common Prayer (1979), p. 850.

[4] Celebrating the Seasons, compiled by Robert Atwell.  Canterbury Press, Norwich, 2006, p. 221.

[5] St. Matthew 28:11-15.

The Great Vigil of Easter

THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER

NOTES:
• Until the Consecration, reverencing will consist of a simple bow.
• Once the Paschal candle is in place in the chancel, whether walking alone or in pairs, the candle is passed on the right, giving the left shoulder to the candle; pairs do not split around the candle.

PREPARATION:

Near the west door of the church:

The sexton sets up a cart on which is placeed a knife, flint lighter, tongs, one briquet for the thurible – placed off to one side so CEL can find it – two tapers, and a brazier filled with charcoal. The sacristan places on the cart the candle nails, incense grains, and service notebook. It is recommended that CEL also carry a flint lighter, just in case.

In the Baptistry:

The sexton fills the font.

MC places texts, a pitcher of water, customary baptismal setup, vial with chrism, the salt, the aspersorium (holy water bucket) and aspergillum, and additional towels on the altar. The Altar Guild prepares this setup. Containers for gathering baptismal water are placed under the bench.

The D will carry in the Paschal Candle.

The Chancel and High Altar:

The customary High Mass setup, using the jewelled vessels, is placed at the High Altar credence. Two purificators are placed in the burse in addition to the purificator over the Mass chalice. The normal Reservation ciborium is placed at the credence as well.

The Altar Guild places the paschal candlestand in the center of the chancel. A stepladder is placed discreetly behind it.

Office lights, sanctuary lamps, and pavement lights are unlit.

The Altar Guild places the Lady Chapel lectern in front of the paschal candlestand, sufficiently far forward to avoid the “dead spot” in the chancel. The book of Vigil readings is placed on or near the lectern. The Epistle Lesson is placed on the usual lectern at the Epistle side.

Altars are vested in white and decorated with flowers.

MC places handbells for clergy and servers about the High Altar, credence, and bishop’s throne.

Servers place hymnals, texts, and programs for clergy and servers at sedilia, stools, and in stalls.

Servers place candle-lighters and tapers strategically.

MC places extra hand-held candles at credence in case of need during the Liturgy of the Word.

Servers remove altar cloths and place Gospel book in the center of the altar.

MC places white chasuble and all 3 maniples over altar rail on Epistle side. Maniples are not worn until the Offertory.

The Celebrant wears white cope. The Deacon wears white dalmatic and stole. The Subdeacon wears white tunicle. Choir Clergy vest in surplices and white stoles. Only CEL wears a cope.

Servers are vested in cottas and black cassocks.

MC ensures that the crypt door is unlocked. The Altar Guild spreads a corporal before the crypt tabernacle.

MC sets hand-held candles for servers in the smoke sacristy and distributes them before the entrance to any empty-handed servers. CHOIR may use penlights; otherwise MC places choir’s hand-held candles in the choir room.

AA carry unlit torches. (TTTT do not carry torches until Offertory.) Except for SMs and TH, all others (MC, TTTT, CMs) carry hand candles. Those in pairs carry candle in the outer hand; singles carry candle in right hand.

An unlit vigil light is placed in the smoke sacristy to hold the New Fire during the Liturgy of the Word. One T will be responsible for supervising all the candle-lighting during the Baptismal Rite.

TH prepares coals in thurible. Incense is not laid on.

Before the service, the lights in the church are kept to a minimum to maintain the air of mystery. The chancel, chapels, side aisles, crossing, and most of the nave are dark. Ideally, only the light over the Brimmer Street door is left on so that people may enter safely. At 6:30pm, an usher stands outside the Brimmer Street door to ask people to enter through the parish house so that they are not injured when the New Fire is brought out.

MC ensures that candidates for Baptism (if any) and their sponsors and families are present. The verger will lead them to the baptistry following the altar party. The library should be available if they need to entertain young children during the Liturgy of the Word.

One of the five Old Testament Readers is appointed to make sure all Readers are present before the service begins, and to report the same to the MC.

THE BLESSING OF THE NEW FIRE:

At a prearranged time the sexton turns out all the lights in the church.

The CHOIR will be in place at the back of the church prior to the entrance of the SMs, clergy, and servers.

ALL enter in darkness from rear door that leads to Moseley Hall. The order for this procession is as follows:

/\
TH
A CR A
VERGER
CMs
TT
TT
MC
SD CEL D

Avoiding overcrowding and an accidental auto da fe, ALL place themselves around the new fire setup across the back of the church in the following arrangement. AA should pause to let CR precede them.

A CR A
[ cart ]
MC SD CEL D
TTTT CHOIR CLERGY/CMs TH CHOIR
———-
REAR DOORS

In the darkness, CEL kindles the fire and addresses the people with the words, Dear friends in Christ …

With MC holding the book and SD and D lifting the cope, CEL blesses the new fire, saying, O God, through thy Son thou hast bestowed …

TH raises the lid on the thurible. Using tongs, D ignites the briquet from the new fire and places it in the thurible. CEL puts on incense and blesses it. TH gives thurible to CEL, who censes the fire three times. CEL hands thurible to TH.

THE PREPARATION OF THE CANDLE:

D presents the Paschal Candle to CEL, who prepares it. SD holds card with text for CEL.

After the Candle is blessed, CEL lights a taper from the new fire, and using it to light the Paschal Candle, says: May the light of Christ, gloriously rising…

CEL extinguishes taper and gives it to MC.

The sexton and sacristan remove the cart.

THE SOLEMN PROCESSION:

With MC and SD holding edges of CEL’s cope, the procession is formed:

/\
D
TH
A CR A
SD CEL MC
TT
TT
CHOIR CLERGY
CHOIR

Led by D, the procession to the Chancel pauses three times. The first two pauses are in line with the pillars in the nave; the final pause will occur at the crossing (the same three places where the veneration cross paused during the Good Friday liturgy). At each pause, D turns to face the congregation (and to see when all are in place), raises the Candle and sings, The Light of Christ. ALL, except D and CR, genuflect and respond, Thanks be to God.

At the first pause, D turns to face TH. MC comes forward, gets light from the paschal candle, and then gives to the CEL. ONLY the CEL gets light at this point.

At the second pause, after versicle and response, D turns to face TH again. MC comes forward, gets light from the paschal candle, and lights AA’s torches, SD’s candle, and passes light to the rest of the procession. Note that the congregation’s candles are NOT lighted at this point!! Servers and choir should discourage any congregants who attempt to grab light from their candles.

At the third pause in the crossing, D turns, pauses, and lowers candle slightly so the ushers can light tapers from it to pass the new fire, finally, on to the people.

ALL proceed into Chancel and take their places:

  • D places Candle in stand and joins SMs and MC
  • MC, SD, and CEL by south choir stalls, facing north
  • TH to D’s right
  • AA to places on either side of lectern, facing each other
  • CR to stall (putting cross in holder)
  • TTTT to their places by the bishop’s throne: they should pass the Paschal Candle single file on the left (an exception to the rule about passing the candle) and enter the altar area by the opening at the Gospel end of the rail.
  • CHOIR CLERGY and CHOIR to their stalls.
T

[High Altar]

T        
         
T        
T        
         
   

[Paschal
Candle]

 
    TH
    D
   

A

[lectern]

A CEL
        SD
        MC
  CR      
             

When all are in their places, D censes candle, then returns and hands off thurible to TH, who moves to stand in front of North choir stall. [If D is also chanting the Exsultet, this censing takes place after D has bidden CEL’s blessing.]

Either the D or a chorister may chant the Exsultet. The cantor, carrying the book of the Exsultet, genuflects before CEL. The cantor says Bid, sir, a blessing. CEL blesses him/her as before the Gospel, but says, “…proclaim his paschal praises…”

Cantor proceeds to the lectern and sings the Exsultet.

At the conclusion of the Exsultet, ALL extinguish their hand-held candles except TTTT, CEL, and MC.

TH and AA turn and, led by TH, proceed to their customary places at the foot of the altar steps, lining up with the horns of the altar.

SMs and MC proceed single file to altar steps. ALL line up at altar steps. CEL introduces the Scripture readings and asks people to extinguish their candles. ALL reverence; TH exits to smoke sacristy; all others go to sedilia, led by MC, and sit. All TTTT but one extinguish their handheld candles; the remaining T exits to smoke sacristy to light a reserved vigil light to keep the New Fire burning during the Liturgy of the Word, leaving the extinguished handheld candle in the smoke sacristy. MC lights a large hand-held candle from AA torch and uses it to follow the service leaflet. MC holds candle for CEL to read the Collects during the Liturgy of the Word.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD:

Each lesson is read, without announcement or conclusion, from the lectern in the midst of the choir. If a penlight is provided, the light should be switched off after each reading. After each lesson, the CHOIR chants a psalm.

After the psalm, ALL stand. CEL chants the Collect (Tone II). SD may hold the text for CEL. This pattern is repeated through the fifth lesson.

At the conclusion of the final lesson, the reader extinguishes the lectern candles.

After the final Collect, CHOIR may change sides for motet.

THE BLESSING OF THE FONT [AND HOLY BAPTISM]:

ALL stand. SD, CEL, D, AA carrying their candles, and MC line up at altar steps in the usual order (A SD CEL D MC A). As the Choir is getting into position for the motet, CEL faces the people. D and SD face CEL but AA and MC remain facing the altar. When the Choir is in place, CEL reads the invitation (“Now that our Lenten observance is ended…”). SMs face altar. ALL reverence and turn. D goes down to candle stand and removes Candle, then goes to bottom of choir steps.

CR takes cross from holder and moves out to choir floor.

MC signals AA to join CR on choir floor.

D, carrying candle, leads procession to the font.

While the CHOIR sings the motet, the people relight their hand-held candles. D pauses at crossing so ushers can get light from the Paschal Candle. The following proceed to the font via the main aisle:

/\
D w/candle
A CR A
MC
SD
CEL
CHOIR CLERGY

A CR A stand against pillar at baptistry entrance so as not to block the people’s view.

[baptistry altar]
————
MC, Choir clergy
D CEL SD
[font]
[baptismal party]
A CR A
(in front of confessional)

Meanwhile – as the procession reaches the Baptistry, CMs, TTTT and TH light office lights on all altars, candles in the rood screen, all sanctuary lamps*, and pavement lights: if it has a wick, light it! Do not rush; there is plenty of time to light everything. (*The silver sanctuary lamp will not be lighted for this service.)

The Blessing of the Font [and Baptism(s)] are carried out according to the customary form. A choir cleric assists MC with hardware throughout the rite. SD holds book for CEL who blesses the water [and performs the baptism(s)]. The Peace is not bidden here!

The CEL scoops baptismal water into the aspersorium, then takes aspersorium and aspergillum as procession re-forms.

At the conclusion of the baptismal rite, the people return to their pews as the CHOIR begins the Litany of the Saints. A CR A should allow the people to clear the aisle before leading altar party back to the altar in procession. The procession re-forms and proceeds to the Chancel via the main aisle in the order in which it came, except that MC (on CEL’s right) and SD (on CEL’s left) hold the edges of the cope. During the procession, CEL sprinkles the people with the baptismal water.

While procession returns to chancel, sacristan assists sexton to fill holy water stoups, remove water from font into containers, and removes all vessels from Baptistry to Sacristy after the procession has left the Baptistry.

D puts Paschal Candle in stand. CR returns to CR stall. AA, MC, and SMs line up at altar steps in the usual order and reverence. CHOIR CLERGY retire to stalls. ALL remain standing.

MC signals TH to enter. TH goes to center and reverences, as D steps back to allow room for TH to present thurible to CEL. CEL puts on incense and blesses it. TH takes place between A and D at foot of altar steps.

THE FIRST MASS OF EASTER:

When the Litany of the Saints is ended, SMs go up to the footpace. AA, TH, and MC proceed to the credence. SMs reverence the altar. D and SD turn inward to face CEL. CEL turns to face the people and shouts the Easter Acclamation. ALL respond; be prepared for multiple shouts, molto con brio – the more so the better, especially if the Celebrant is feeling frisky and does not find the congregation’s enthusiasm in responding adequate to the occasion.

SMs turn to face altar. ALL pick up their handbells as the Gloria in Excelsis Deo is intoned. The CHOIR ring their bells and are soon joined by ALL as the lights are turned on. The cacophony is tastefully exacerbated by an organ fanfare.

At the conclusion of the fanfare, ALL cease bellringing. SMs remain at footpace. TH brings thurible up to CEL. The altar and CEL are censed in the usual manner. TH exits. SMs take up usual positions for the rest of the canticle.

After Gloria in Excelsis, CEL chants the Collect.

At the end of the Collect, SD immediately goes to center, reverences, and goes to Epistle lectern to read the Epistle (no more Old Testament tonight!).

After the lesson, these things happen simultaneously:

  • MC signals TH to enter and AA’s to meet him/her at center.
  • SD proceeds to footpace, moves Altar Book, and goes the usual position in Gospel Procession lineup. ALL stand.
  • CHOIR intones the Great Alleluia and ALL respond. This is repeated two more times, each at a pitch higher than that preceding. After the Great Alleluia, the Gospel Procession forms during the singing of Psalm 114 with interpolated Alleluias.

The Gospel Procession is according to custom, except: REMEMBER TO BOW, NOT GENUFLECT! The Holy Gospel is followed by a homily. The Creed, Prayers, Confession, and Absolution are omitted. The Peace is bidden following the homily.

The Mass continues as usual, with much jubilation and Alleluias at every opportunity. CEL changes to white chasuble at Offertory, all SMs don maniples, and CR takes out the cope. TTTT, PROCESSORS, AND TH DO NOT GENUFLECT AT THE RECEPTION OF THE ELEMENTS!!!

At Agnus Dei, MC signals TH and TTTT to genuflect at departure. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A GENUFLECTION IS SIGNALED DURING THIS MASS! During the Agnus Dei, a choir cleric retrieves the reserved Sacrament from the crypt and places It on the High Altar to be combined with the Sacrament from this Mass. NOW we can genuflect!

The Mass concludes in the usual manner, with double Alleluias added to the Dismissal and Response (the Easter Dismissal, to be used at all Masses throughout Paschaltide).

Original web publication on Nov 12, 1999 @ 01:48pm by Julianne Ture 
Updated Apr 19, 2019 @ 04:30pm by Ciarán Anthony DellaFera, BSG
 
 
 

Good Friday

GOOD FRIDAY

PREPARATION:

From the Maundy Thursday service:

  • The High Altar is stripped bare.
  • The aumbry door is wide open.
  • The Blessed Sacrament remains on the Lady Chapel Altar.

The Altar Guild arranges, but the MC should confirm:

  • The hanging lamps are empty, but raised to normal position (they were lowered Maundy Thursday night at the conclusion of that service).
  • Red cushions at the rail for the High Altar are restored for use by communicants at the Mass of the Presanctified.
  • The higher altar cross and the All Saints cross are veiled in black.
  • The crucifix above the Lady Chapel tabernacle will already have been removed from the Altar of Repose.
  • The statue of Our Lady remains veiled in purple.
  • The cross stand is placed in the center of the High Altar retable.
  • The High Altar retable is marked with the location for the placement of candles after transfer of the sacrament during the service.
    • AA should check these out before the service.
  • In the Baptistry is placed a cross veiled in black for veneration.
  • The crypt is unlocked.
  • The lights in the choir and the church are turned on.

The MC then places:

  • Service texts and hymnals in stalls and at sedilia.
  • Crotalus (wooden rattle) on the deacon’s step near the epistle side of the reredos.
  • Lectionary (marked with the appropriate lesson) on the epistle lectern.
  • Black chasuble is laid over Gospel-side altar rail, and black dalmatic and tunicle over Epistle-side altar rail. Maniples are omitted.

At the credence is placed:

  • Black burse containing corporal
  • Ciborium for the crypt
  • Small cruet of water for the post-communion ablutions
  • Lavabo bowl and a towel for the post-communion ablutions

On the table below the credence is placed:

  • Folded fair linen for the High Altar.

In the Lady Chapel:

  • All candles are lit.
  • On stands near altar should be two candles for use during the Transfer of the Sacrament (they will be placed in the marked places as noted above).
  • Any candles placed on the steps outside the Lady Chapel should be lit.
  • A humeral veil (as undecorated and as simple as possible — generally the cream-colored Vimpa is used) is placed on the Lady Chapel steps aligned with the epistle horn.

At the crossing:

  • A prie-dieu is placed at the bottom of the chancel steps, to the left of the gate.
    • This will be moved to the center of the step for the Veneration of the Cross.

There is no crucifer for this service. MC should instruct TH and AA to count Communions. The MC should appoint one of the CHOIR CLERGY to take any unconsumed sacrament to the Crypt chapel at the end of the Mass of The Presanctified.

SMs initially vest in albs and cinctures and nothing else. The Eucharistic vestments will be donned during the service. CHOIR CLERGY wear surplices, with black stoles in their stalls. SERVERS and CHOIR wear cottas and black cassocks.

CHOIR sings from the south gallery and are not part of the entrance procession. However, they will move to the chancel from the balcony at Communion and will be part of the exit procession.

TH does not carry thurible at entrance.

Important notes about reverencing:

  • At the beginning of the service all reverences will be profound bows until the Cross is unveiled.
  • After the Cross is unveiled, all reverences to the Cross are single genuflections.
  • Once the Blessed Sacrament is present, all reverences change to double genuflections.

THE ENTRANCE:

ALL enter in silence via the north crossing door and proceed to the chancel the short way:

CEL
D
SD
MC (carrying Service Book or BCP)
CHOIR CLERGY
VERGER
AA
TH (without thurible)
\/

AA go into the Sanctuary, reverence (bow) to the altar, and then stand at the bottom altar step near their chairs at the credence. TH goes to CR’s stall. CHOIR CLERGY to choir stalls. MC goes into a choir stall on the Gospel side of the choir. SMs stop on choir floor, where they prostrate themselves. ALL OTHERS kneel.

A painfully long silence is observed, after which the SMs kneel upright in place on the choir floor.

MC leaves choir stall and passes Service Book (or BCP) to CEL, who alone stands and sings the Collect.v After the Collect, CEL passes the Service Book (or BCP) to MC. D and SD stand and, led by MC, SMs proceed single file to the altar step, reverence (bow) and then retire to their places at the sedilia. MC puts book on credence table. ALL sit.

FIRST READING

PSALM

SECOND READING

GRADUAL

TRACT AND THE PASSION ACCORDING TO ST JOHN:

ALL remain seated. Towards the end of the tract, three cantors enter, reverence (bow), and kneel at the altar steps. While seated at the sedilia, CEL blesses them in the usual form. Cantors stand and take their places for the Passion Gospel.

ALL stand at the words “Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.” ALL remain standing through the words “and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” ALL GENUFLECT. A pause is observed. ALL rise, led by CEL.

At the conclusion of the Passion Gospel, the three cantors proceed to the altar rail, where they reverence (bow) and exit via the smoke sacristy.

THE SERMON:

The Verger does not escort the preacher. ALL sit.

MOTET (VESTING):

At the start of the motet, ALL stand. SMs don vestments. The CEL is assisted by the MC at the gospel-side rail, and the D and SD assist each other at the epistle-side rail.

During the vesting, the AA pick up fair linen and the Service Book(s) with the Solemn Collects for the D and the CEL, go to center, reverence (bow), ascend steps and spread fair linen and place the Service Books(s) in the center of the Altar, then descend steps at center, reverence (bow), and return to sedilia.

THE SOLEMN COLLECTS:

ALL remain standing. SD, CEL, and D line up at altar steps and ascend to the footpace. MC and AA line up at altar steps at sedilia. SMs kiss the altar.

Facing the altar, CEL chants the bidding. After D sings Let us bow the knee, ALL kneel. A pause is observed. When D sings Arise, ALL stand. CEL chants the Collect. This form is repeated throughout the Collects.

THE SOLEMN VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS:

After the Collects, SMs descend steps. MC joins them on D’s right. AA remain at credence. During the singing of the Pange Lingua, the SMs and MC reverence (bow), turn, and proceed single file to the Baptistry via the main nave aisle, led by the MC.

Once they are moving up the aisle, the TH, assisted by Verger or choir clergy, move the prie-dieu to the center of the floor at the bottom of the chancel steps.

In the Baptistry, MC hands SD and D the veiled cross, and then hands the intonation card for the Ecce lignum crucis to the CEL.

When all are ready, lead by the CEL, the SD and D carry the cross and to narthex end of the main nave aisle; the MC brings up the rear.

SMs and MC pause at the back of the nave aisle, in line with the first set of pillars. The CEL then turns to face the cross and uncovers the LEFT arm of the cross and sings in a low pitch, Behold the wood of the Cross, whereon was hung the world’s Salvation. ALL respond, O come, let us worship. At MC’s cue, ALL, except SD and D, kneel for a moment in adoration (allowing the congregation sufficient time to kneel in and pause).

MC and SMs turn and proceed to the second set of pillars, where CEL then turns to face the cross and unveils the RIGHT arm of the Corpus, singing the verse at a higher pitch. The previous form is repeated.

SMs and MC proceed to the crossing, where CEL then turns to face the cross and removes the veil completely and hands it to MC. CEL may then either repeat the form above, singing the verse at a higher pitch, or may take the cross from SD and D, elevate it, and sing the verse at a higher pitch during the elevation. The rest of the form is repeated.

Once the three intonations are complete, the SMs proceed to the prie-dieu. The CEL stands facing the prie-dieu, the MC goes to the Epistle side of the prie-dieu, while the SD and D go behind the prie-dieu, and standing on the bottom step facing the congregation they rest the cross on top of the prie-dieu.

CHOIR begins singing The Reproaches.

CEL venerates the cross, then changes places with the D, and holds the cross with the SD while D venerates. The D then changes places with the SD. CEL and D hold cross for the remainder of the Veneration. SD and MC venerate, then stand to either side of the prie-dieu, SD on the Gospel side and the D on the Epistle side, to assist the people.

CHOIR CLERGY, AA, and TH all venerate by quietly exiting the chancel via the All Saints altar and coming across the transept. They return to the chancel by going through the All Saints altar. MC gives the black veil to TH who removes it when exiting to the smoke sacristy after venerating.

As the spirit moves them, the people come forward to venerate.  Ushers do not control traffic in any way.

During the venerations, one A takes the burse to the altar, moves the Service Book to the center of the gospel side, as in the Canon of the Mass, and spreads the corporal in the center of the altar. The A returns to credence. AA sit until venerations are completed.

When all have venerated, the MC leads SD, CEL and D, carrying the cross, up to the altar steps. MC retires to sedilia. SMs ascend to footpace. SD and D assist CEL to place cross on the gradine. SMs descend single file to the sedilia and sit.

*** Once the SMs have returned to the sedilia a choir cleric and the Verger move the prie-dieu aside.
***
This is frequently forgotten leading to a traffic jam during the following procession.
*** PLEASE make certain that this the appointed persons are committed to doing this.

THE MASS OF THE PRESANCTIFIED:

After The Reproaches and the antiphon Crucem tuam conclude, ALL rise. MC cues TH, who enters, reverences, and proceeds to sedilia. CEL puts on incense, but does not bless it.

With one acolyte leading, the altar party files out and lines up at altar steps in the usual order (A, TH, SD, CEL, D, MC, A):

 

[ altar ]
_____________________________
_______________________________
___________________________________
       A   TH   SD   CEL   D   MC   A

 

ALL genuflect. They proceed the short way to the Altar of Repose in silence:

CEL
D
SD
TH
AA (without candles)
MC
\/

AA pick up the two candles set aside for them on stands, and take their places near the desks. ALL kneel:

[altar]
______________________
________________________
__________________________
TH SD CEL D MC
A                                      A

From this point until the Sacrament is removed to the Crypt, all genuflections are double genuflections.

TH hands thurible to CEL. ALL bow profoundly. CEL censes the Sacrament. CEL hands thurible back to TH. ALL repeat profound bow. The general order for censing the Sacrament is always: pass the thurible, bow, cense, bow, hand off thurible.

The MC hands the humeral veil to the D, who then places humeral veil on CEL. SMs rise, go to the footpace, pause, and double-genuflect. The CEL takes up the ciborium, flanked by the D on the CEL’s right and the SD on the CEL’s left. ALL except the SMs now rise, double-genuflect and turn west. During the singing of Vexilla Regis, the S and SD change places behind the CEL, and ALL proceed to the chancel through the Lady Chapel, past the epistle lectern, and through the choir to the High Altar:

D   CEL  SD
TH
AA (with candles)
MC
\/

Once all have left the Lady Chapel, ushers may then extinguish any candles in and around the chapel.

Arriving at the High Altar, AA continue to the footpace and place their candles on in the places marked for them as noted in PREPARATION above. They then turn, descend, and take usual their places at the altar steps and are joined by ALL others:

 

[ altar ]
_____________________________
_______________________________
___________________________________
       A   TH   SD   CEL   D   MC   A

 

SMs then go to the footpace, place the Blessed Sacrament on the corporal, remove the veil from the ciborium, double-genuflect, and return to their places at the altar steps as above. ALL kneel.

D removes humeral veil from CEL and passes it to MC who folds it and places it on the deacon’s step. They return to their positions and kneel.

TH gives thurible to CEL. ALL bow profoundly. CEL censes the Sacrament, as at Benediction. ALL repeat profound bow. CEL returns thurible to TH.

THE CONFESSION OF SIN:

ALL remain kneeling. D leads Confession. CEL stands (sideways) and gives absolution.

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

D and SD rise and accompany CEL to the footpace, where CEL leads the Lord’s Prayer.

At the same time, MC and AA stand, double-genuflect, and go to credence. With them, TH stands, double genuflects, and exits. Ciboria are brought up to the altar. The Sacrament is divided up among the vessels. CHOIR MINISTERS, as needed, approach the altar to receive ciboria.

The TH should return to count communion at the All Saints altar. The TH should then take their usual seat in choir and exit in the usual manner with the altar party.

After CEL announces the invitation, MC rattles crotalus.

COMMUNION:

CHOIR communicates and then sings Psalm 22 and antiphons from the choir stalls. As much of the Psalm will be sung as is necessary to cover the duration of the Communion.

At the conclusion of Communion, one of the CHOIR CLERGY removes any unconsumed Sacrament to the crypt tabernacle.

Vessels are abluted according to form, except that CEL folds corporal and puts it in burse. The burse and ciboria are removed at the same time to the credence.

RECESSIONAL:

Changing position, as at 11:15A.M. Mass, SD takes a place at CEL’s left, and D on right. D and SD empty-handed, and the CEL carrying a the Service Book (or BCP). The SMs descend to bottom of steps, while AA and MC line up a the altar steps and exit as usual:

 

[ altar ]
_____________________________
_______________________________
___________________________________
       A   SD   CEL   D   MC   A

 

ALL kneel. CEL sings O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God … The CEL hands the Service Book to the D who passes it to the MC. ALL stand, reverence (single-genuflect) and retire “the short way” as usual for the 11:15 mass, but led by AA alone in the absence of a crucifer:

CEL
D
SD
MC
CHOIR CLERGY
TH
Verger
Choir
AA
\/

 

Original web publication on Nov 12, 1999 @ 01:49pm by Julianne Ture.
Updated Apr 19, 2019 @ 04:30pm by Ciarán Anthony DellaFera, BSG with edits provided by Jason Grant.

 
 
 
 

This Week at the Advent, April 21-27, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person.

Child care is offered during the 9 am and 11:15 am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.

Welcome cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we can keep in touch.


There is no Church School today. Church School will resume on April 28.


Easter Egg Hunt – New and Improved! The Easter Egg Hunt will begin approximately 5-10 minutes after the 9:00 Mass dismisses. Please meet Meg Nelson at the doors to the courtyard in Moseley Hall. Children 5 and under will hunt for eggs in the courtyard with their parents. Children ages 6–11 will hunt in the garden on Brimmer/Mt. Vernon Streets—also with parent supervision. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Rather than place candy/toys in the eggs we are providing each child with a gift bag. Once your child finds 8-12 eggs, please bring their basket back to Moseley Hall and return the eggs for a gift bag. Please let Meg know if you have any questions or concerns.

Note that the Petting Zoo will take place in the fall.


Preaching today is The Rev’d Andrew C. Mead, retired Rector of St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, and the XIV Rector of the Church of the Advent.


There is a gala Coffee Hour this morning. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. There is a potluck Coffee Hour this morning. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


THIS WEEK


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, April 22, for Easter Monday.


Parish Flower Guild post-Easter cleanup will be Saturday April 27, starting at 10:30 am. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.


This Saturday, April 27, the Middle School and High School students will attend the Presiding Bishop’s Jamboree from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Cathedral. We will meet at 12:30 pm that Saturday and walk to the Cathedral together.


The Entr’acte series of adult courses resumes next Sunday, April 28. Rick Stone will lead the series on “The Parables of Mark.” This will be a look at Mark’s parables and their meaning in Jesus’ time as well as our own. The series will begin in the library immediately after the 9:00 Mass.


COMING UP


The Walk for Hunger is on Sunday May 5! Please consider joining us on this epic 20-mile walk. But if you cannot, please show your support with a donation! Our goal is to raise $10K that will go to support Project Bread. Their financial support to The Church of the Advent’s Community Dinners is critical to the success of those Tuesday dinners. Go to the Advent website (www.theadventboston.org) for a Walk for Hunger web link to join our team and/or donate. And please reach out to us in person over the next weeks, too. We are excited to be team captains again – and know it will be a fun and rewarding day!

— The Briggs Kiernan Family, (Bruce + Suzi; Ellie + Emma)


SPECIAL EVENTS FOR TODDLERS TO TEENAGERS: We ask that parents please take note and mark in their calendars the following events, which will strengthen and enhance our ministry to our young people:

  • Also at the Cathedral, the parishioners who are prepared for Confirmation (see below) will be confirmed by Bishop Gates on Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 am.
  • In honor of Saint Francis, on Sunday, October 6, the children will be able to enjoy a petting zoo that morning and bring their animal friends to the church that afternoon for our Blessing of Pets.

THEOLOGY ON TAP returns on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 pm in the Lower Bar at MAST Restaurant and Drinkery, 45 Province Street, Boston. Tyler VanderWeele will speak on “Religious Communities and Human Flourishing.” Dr VanderWeele is director of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard, which among other things studies how religious communities affect health, happiness, meaning and purpose, and close social relationships. Theology on Tap is preceded by Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm at the Advent. For more information, contact Fr Hanson.


Adult Confirmation Class. It is expected that all adult members of this Church, after appropriate instruction, will have made a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and will have been confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church or by a Bishop of a Church in full communion with this Church. In keeping with the National Canons of The Episcopal Church, we are offering Confirmation Classes beginning after Easter. Classes have been scheduled for any adults (16 years and older) who are desirous of Confirmation or Reception into The Episcopal Church. The classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings May 1-June 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.


SAINT MICHAEL’S CONFERENCE: A Conference in the Anglican Tradition for Young Adults of All Christian Communions.

By the end of the week, I was sad to be leaving all the new friends I had made at the Conference. I couldn’t believe that the week had gone by so fast. I had learned so many new things at the Conference that I knew would be valuable life lessons, but most of all I had learned to never judge something without knowing what it is like. This is what Harriet Lewis-Bowen told us about her time spent last summer at Saint Michael’s Conference. This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending.


STEWARDSHIP 2019


This is the final report for Stewardship 2019. 

So far we have received 207 pledges, totaling $569,152. 38 have increased their pledges by 20% or more, and there are 32 new pledges. The Stewardship Committee thank all who have pledged.

If you have not yet pledged, it is never too late. There are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church. And you can pledge on line by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.


From the Advent Archives —

An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

At right is an undated Eastertide photo of the Sacrament House or aumbry by Arthur Haskell (1890-1968), one of the major architectural photographers in New England. The Sacrament House was given by Mrs. and Mrs. Walter Gaskill in 1933, in memory of “their little daughter Ruth.” The rector, The Rev’d Julian D. Hamlin, noted, “You will all be happy, I know, to realize that the Centenary [of the Oxford Movement] is being marked in this Parish by the addition of this beautiful Memorial to the Church.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
April 22-28, 2019

Monday, April 22
Monday in Easter Week – Parish Office Closed

Tuesday, April 23
Tuesday in Easter Week
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, April 24
Wednesday in Easter Week
10:00 am: Bible Study
1:00 pm: Service of Committal for Blenda Jeffry
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, April 25
Thursday in Easter Week

Friday, April 26
Friday in Easter Week
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, April 27
Saturday in Easter Week
10:30 am: Flower Guild Clean-up
12:30 noon: Youth Gathering for Presiding Bishop’s Visit

Sunday, April 28
The Second Sunday of Easter
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

Collect for Easter Day

Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Homily Preached by the Rev’d Andrew C. Mead at the Church of the Advent, Good Friday, April 19, 2019

“How could they do that to him?  All he wanted to do was good!”  That is the natural reaction to what we have just heard from Saint John.  Now let us ask, if Jesus is who Christians believe he is – the Son of God – why did he have to die?

The fact is, Jesus not only died as he did, but he foretold it.[1]  Well, if Jesus believed he was obeying the Father’s will, if he embraced it as his life’s work and mission, then the question becomes one about God and God’s will.

The Passion of Christ is not about an sadistic Father God requiring satisfaction for humanity’s sins which can only be met by the sacrifice of his masochistic Son.  [That is the heresy of dividing God.]  In the Passion, God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Undivided Trinity of Almighty Love, takes responsibility for His creation which includes the risk of freedom.  God has allowed for the possibilities of sin by his free agents, angels and mortals, because without freedom there can be no love.  Grief is the price God pays for his love.

Because God is God, He has always foreseen his creatures’ possible misuse of their freedom, their choices not to love and live in obedience to God’s will.  Sin grieves but does not surprise God.  The Mystic Lamb, slain and yet standing alive, seen by Saint John in his Revelation and spoken of by the apostles,[2] is none other than God the Son, Jesus Christ, in perfect unity with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, the Lamb destined from eternity as the world’s Redeemer.  The death of the Son is not a mistake and it is not Plan B after the Fall; it was foreseen by God in his providence. Redemption stems from the same Love that creates all things.  And Sanctification, the gathering of all things into Christ by the power of the Spirit, flows from the same fountainhead.

The Passion of Christ was within God’s providence.  But it was not God who got out the hammers and nails to crucify Jesus.  It was not God who falsely accused Jesus, condemned him, beat and tortured and mocked him, and killed him.  We did that.[3]  It is not God who is dishonest and unjust, selfish and cruel, blood-thirsty and death-dealing. It is important that Christ’s killers be identified, not to fix blame on the Jewish High Priests or Pontius Pilate or the Pharisees or the false witnesses or the betrayers or the deniers or the crowds looking for the spectacle of an execution. These contemporaries of Jesus are faces in a multitude that includes you and me, gathered around the cross.  They are characters like us in one degree or another, potentially or actually, in thought, word or deed, characters like you and me.  I particularly thank God for the restoration of Saint Peter from his impetuosity and cowardice or, a little later on, the conversion of Saint Paul from his lethal righteousness. The great hymn, “Ah, Holy Jesus,” has it right: “Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee!  ‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee.  I crucified thee.”

It is crucial that we understand we all are justly convicted because Jesus, the Lamb of God, gave his life for us. The point is not to be paralyzed with guilt. The point is to respond: to stop, to turn to Christ, to repent, and to be moved by the Holy Spirit into the most creative state of mind that can be had in our fallen world.  The New Testament word for this is metanoia, which means the transformation of a person by the renewal of the mind.  Do not be conformed to this world, says the Apostle, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,[4] that in Christ we who have been slaves of sin may now enjoy the freedom of God’s children.  “Come, Holy Spirit, come. Come as the wind and cleanse, come as the fire and burn, come as the light and shine.  Convict us, convert us, consecrate us, until we are wholly Thine.”

Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin…[But]…if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”[5] Jesus enjoyed the perfect freedom that sin forfeits.  Jesus in his union with the Father, in every motion of his body, soul and spirit, lived the life we have not lived but see through a glass darkly.  Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man, the One True Human Being, in perfect free obedience came into predestined collision with our sin.  Thank God!  He invaded and re-conquered territory taken by the devil.  He paid the price of sin which none can afford and revealed the value that God places on each one of us.  He restored the possibility of communion and friendship with God and with one another in a new fellowship called the Body of Christ.

Yes, thank God.  That is why the day Christ died is called Good Friday.  And we are able to preach this Good News because on the third day Jesus rose from the dead.   


[1] St. Luke 19:31-34, and several other passages in the Gospels.

[2] Rev 5:6 and throughout subsequent chapters; and I Peter 1:20.

[3] Remark by Jane Williams in her superb video lecture, Why Did Jesus Have to Die?   

[4] Romans 12:2

[5] St. John 8:31-38

Homily Preached by the Rev’d Andrew C. Mead at the Church of the Advent, Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019

In the Name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Christ’s Last Supper in the Upper Room in Jerusalem took place in the shadow of the Jewish Passover, commemorating the Exodus from bondage in Egypt and the ongoing miracle of the Children of Israel through God’s particular providence right to the present.  Within that salvation history, Jesus’s mission was to accomplish a more profound deliverance – not from Pharoah, the Egyptians, and their army, but from Satan, sin and death.  And at this Last Supper, Jesus described his mission with two actions that shocked his followers and, were we not made used to it by centuries of repetition, would shock us as well.

First, Jesus got up, took off his robe and girded himself with a towel, poured water into a basin, and stooped to wash his disciples’ feet.  They were taken aback, and Peter said so. Jesus replied that we have no share in him unless he washes us clean.  He also said he was setting an example, not simply of a ceremony, but of a new commandment, that we are to love one another as he has loved us.  “You are my friends,” he added, “if you do what I command you.”[1] 

Second, Jesus took bread and wine to reveal the meaning of his approaching death, the event his friends so dreaded.  His death, he said, was their life!  Giving thanks and blessing, he broke the bread and gave it to them to eat, saying, “This is my body which is given for you.”  In the same way after supper he took a cup of wine and said “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  Early in his ministry, Jesus had said “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”[2] We are what we eat.  Later Jesus called himself the Bread of Life and went on to say “the Bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh”; and further, that those who “eat my flesh and drink my blood dwell in me and I in them.”[3]  Now they were tasting and seeing what he meant as they ate and drank the bread and the wine he gave them. They were, and we after them are, feeding on the embodied and sacrificed Word and will of God.

Every time we eat this bread and drink from this cup, we show forth the Lord’s death until he returns. Jesus is not only the Victim of the sin of the world hanging on the cross; Jesus is at the same time the Priest offering his Body and Blood for the life of the world.  We are included in this exchange.  Our sins are part of the dead wood of Jesus’s cross; and our sinful bodies and souls are cleansed by Jesus’s body and blood. This is our Holy Communion. Through this Sacrament, we are taken to the cross, and Jesus is here present; he dwells in us, and we in him.

But if we dwell in him and he is in us, we follow him.  At the Last Supper table, Jesus said one of his disciples would betray him, and that disciple went out into the night to fulfill the word.  There was time for Jesus to escape.  Instead he went out into the night as well, leaving the city for the Garden of Gethsemane. The Solemn Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose commemorates Christ’s journey there.  There, in an agony of sweat and blood, as Peter, James and John slept nearby, he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.”  Then came the high priest’s soldiers and a crowd with Judas Iscariot leading the way. They identified Jesus, arrested him, and took him to his trials before both Church and State, which would result in his judicial murder on the day mysteriously named Good Friday.

Tonight and tomorrow night and Saturday night are called the Triduum Sacrum, the Great Three Days, and are really one continuous liturgy. At the end of tonight, as the choir chants the psalms of lamentation, we segue into tomorrow as the the high altar and sanctuary are stripped, symbolizing Christ’s humiliation.  Before you leave, you may wish to watch before the Blessed Sacrament for a while.


[1] St. John 15:12-14, after Jesus leaves the Upper Room and crosses the Kidron Valley to go to the Garden of Gethsemane.

[2] St. John 4:31-34, at Jacob’s Well in Samaria.

[3] St. John 6:1-71, where Jesus, following the miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, spoke of himself at length as the Bread of Life.