The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for family and friends.
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.
Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Michael & Megan Zadig and Barbara Boles 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 email@example.com, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. Gabriel Ellsworth, Douglas Bond, Ellie Dixon and Xander Mojarrab host the Coffee Hour this morning. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (firstname.lastname@example.org or DGDomingues@outlook.com), Frederick Ou (email@example.com), or Kyle Pilares (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Entr’acte: This morning Jim Wood, our Parish Administrator, continues a Lenten series on “The Death of the Messiah,” an examination of the Passion Narratives in the four Gospels, based on Father Raymond E. Brown’s masterwork of the same name. In particular, we will explore what the differences in the Gospel accounts tell us about the theology of the Evangelists and their communities.
Today is the Sunday known as Laetare Sunday, the fourth in Lent. The name is taken from the first word of the Introit of the Mass, Laetare, Jerusalem et conventum facite omnes qui dilitis eam. . . . “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and come together all you that love her . . .” (Isaiah 66:10). Like Gaudete Sunday in Advent, it is a day on which the fast and discipline of the season are relaxed. A sign of this are the flowers on the Altar and in the Church which are permitted today and the rose vestments of the Mass.
Breaking the Lenten Fast is also a mark of the day, and for that reason today is also known as Refreshment Sunday.
There is yet another name for today, Mothering Sunday. This is taken from a phrase in the Epistle appointed in the Roman Missal and Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer: “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” (Gal 4:26). This gave rise to the custom of visiting one’s mother on this Sunday—it is the English Mother’s Day—or of visiting the Church where one was baptized and therefore born as a Christian or visiting the Cathedral, the Mother Church of one’s Diocese.
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 continue our study of the Book of Revelation.
On Thursdays during Lent at 6 pm, Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be prayed in the church. At Stations we meditate on the events which led to the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus. At Benediction we meditate on his Risen Presence with us in the Blessed Sacrament, which flows from his atoning and sacrificial death. He had to die in order that we might live with and in Him. That is a truth we think and pray about during the holy season. Stations and Benediction is a helpful means to that end. Consider making it a part of your week.
Confirmation Class on Wednesday Evenings: Confirmation class continues this Wednesday, March 29, after the 6:00 mass. We meet downstairs in Moseley Hall from 7 until about 8.30 pm. We will share a light supper and then Advent parish clergy or our seminarian will deliver a brief talk about the core tenets of Christianity and Anglicanism. The next Confirmation service will be Saturday, April 29. Adults and teens who are interested should email email@example.com for more information.
Women’s Bible Study—continues this Saturday, April 1—10 am-11:30 am in the Library: Women have unique voices in scripture and in today’s church. This bible study highlights their voices—and ours—by exploring how ancient prayers and stories inform us during this time of contemplation and reflection. Like the traditional Anglo-Catholic liturgy, these sessions will engage participants on many levels. The facilitator, Advent parishioner Lurie Armandt, will guide participants in using interactive theatrical and artistic storytelling as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection. Lurie is a graduate student at Emerson College studying Theatre and Community. Her specific interest is around building community among women in the church. Meetings will be on Saturdays March 18, March 25, April 1, and April 8, from 10:00 am—11:30 am in the Library. Women interested in participating or who have any questions should contact Lurie at LuraineArmandt@gmail.com or Deacon Daphne B. Noyes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“You Plus One”—Many people make an annual “pilgrimage” to the Advent for Holy Week—the holiest time of the year for Christians, and just about the best thing we do here in our parish. Why not do “You Plus One” this year—Grab some postcards from the tables in the rear of the church, and invite at least one friend to accompany you to the services of the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter). The cards have all the information about our Holy Week services, and you’re free to take as many as you think you can use to invite others to commit to join you!
Advent Family Group Meeting—next Sunday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm—Holy Week As A Family Please join the Advent Family Group next Sunday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, for a dinner and talk about how to experience Holy Week as a family. We will walk through the events in the life of Jesus that week, what we do in the liturgy, and take them through the parts of the church where this all takes place. It will be very kid friendly and engaging! Please RSVP with Fr Wood (email@example.com).
First Communion Class—The next classes to prepare young people in the parish to make their First Communion will be Saturdays, May 20 and June 3, from 10:30 am to noon in the Rectory. At least one parent should plan to attend the class alongside the child. First Communions will be on Pentecost, June 4, this year.
For parents considering whether their child is ready for this step in faith development, here are some guidelines to keep in mind: Your child must wish on his/her own to begin receiving Communion. You must agree that this is appropriate, and you should feel that on some level your child understands the meaning of Holy Communion. We’re not talking Thomas Aquinas here; rather that your child, through emotion or intuition or what has been learned in the Church School, has a grasp of the meaning of the mystery of the Sacrament of the Altar. If you or your child have any questions, please speak to the clergy, who will be very happy to explain. To sign up for the class, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you have already expressed interest to Fr Wood, please confirm with him so you will be on the list to receive information when it goes out in the coming weeks.
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
Is your money a discipleship issue? Are you curious about what the Bible has to say about wealth? Maybe you’re uneasy with American consumer culture and its emphasis on immediate gratification, tolerance of vast inequalities, and promotion of anxiety. What if there was an alternate vision of real prosperity? If you’d be interested in a conversation about how to live more simply, gratefully, justly, and generously, contact Fr Wood (email@example.com). And watch the Mission Corner in the months to come for details about a parish conversation on financial discipleship.
Upcoming Mission Opportunities with the Advent:
- BostonServe Project at Christopher’s Haven (May 6)
- Walk for Hunger (May 7)
- Parish Work Day (May 20)
- B-SAFE (July 31-August 3)
- Common Cathedral (August 20)
Help the Advent love our city to life—Watch this space for details about how you can get involved with these and other projects.
Young Life Boston Leadership Training: Young Life is an international ministry that reaches out to high school and middle school students with the Gospel. The mission of Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ by providing them with caring adult role models, fun and life-giving ways to spend time and the basic information about the Christian faith. Young Life will be offering a Leadership Training course on Tuesday nights (7 – 9 pm) starting on April 4 and ending on May 16 at the Emmanuel Gospel Center (2 San Juan Street, Boston.)
Anyone interested in learning more about working with students through the ministry of Young Life in the city of Boston is invited to participate. For more information, please contact Bjorn Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.475.4324 or Fr Wood at email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you help the Advent Flower Guild? Preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without reinforcements from outside the Flower Guild. Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:
- Maundy Thursday, April 13, 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
- Holy Saturday, April 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Please try to arrive by 11:00 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful
- Saturday April 22, 10:00 am (Post-Easter cleanup)
You do not need to have any flower arranging skills—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, use a broom, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you like flowers but have never made an arrangement, this is a great chance to learn some basic techniques. Help is especially needed on Saturday, April 15.
A schedule of Holy Week services at the Advent can be found on the penultimate page of this Sunday’s service bulletins and online.
A form for gifts of flowers for memorials or thanksgivings for Easter can be found on the last page of the bulletin.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
March 27-April 2, 2017
Monday, March 27
(Charles Henry Brent)
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts
Tuesday, March 28
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, March 29
9:00 am: Advent School Share Event
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Confirmation Class
7:00 pm: Bellringing
Thursday, March 30
10:00 am: Play Group
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, March 31
10:00 am: Play Group
Saturday, April 1
(Frederick Dennison Maurice)
6:15 am: Solemn Intoning of the Athanasian Creed with Antiphonal Heckelphone Ensemble
10:00 am: Women’s Bible Study
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, April 2
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass with the Litany in Procession
10:15 am: Entr’acte / Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass with the Litany in Procession
6:30 pm: Family Group Meeting