This Week at the Advent, April 14-20, 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.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

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


The palms are given to the Glory of God and in joyful Thanksgiving for Liam and Catherine.


There is no Church School today (or next Sunday). Church School will resume on April 28.


There is no Entr’acte or Coffee Hour today.

Easter Sunday Coffee Hours. We will have potluck coffee hours on Easter day again this year and ask that each person bring a dish to share. This not only helps ease the burden of having a few hosts, but also adds to the festivities. If you have any questions, please contact the following: for 9:00, Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com); for 11:15,  Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


THIS WEEK


Childcare will be available during services Wednesday through Saturday of Holy Week. See next page for complete schedule of Holy Week services and activities.


The Wednesday Bible Study, which meets at 10 am in the library, is beginning a study of the epistles of James, Peter, and Jude.


Can you help the parish Flower Guild this week?  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 18, 10 am–noon and/or 1–3:30 pm.
  • Holy Saturday, April 20, 10 am to 4 pm — please try to arrive by 11 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful.
  • Saturday April 27, 10:30 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 20.

Orders for Easter Flowers given in memory or thanksgiving are due in the office TOMORROW. We suggest you fill out a slip (found on the back of this bulletin) and put it in the marked basket in the office today, even if you don’t have payment with you.


REMINDER: Easter Day, we will hold our Easter Egg Hunt following the 9:00 Mass in the parish garden, and “resurrect” all the buried Alleluias from the beginning of Lent. The annual Petting Zoo will take place in the fall with the Blessing of the Animals.


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:

  • Easter Day, we will hold our Easter Egg Hunt following the 9 am Mass in the parish garden, and “resurrect” all the buried Alleluias from the beginning of Lent.
  • On 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 1 pm that Saturday and walk to the Cathedral together.
  • 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.


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. 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, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.


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.


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.


FROM THE WARDENS


Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

This Sunday, Palm Sunday, we begin the most important week in the Church’s year. Together with Fr. Welch we invite you all, to borrow from the beautiful words of the Palm Liturgy Collect, to join in the contemplation of those mighty acts whereby we have been given life and immortality. And we look forward to celebrating with all of our Advent family the unequaled joy of Easter, the Day of Days and the Queen of Feasts. We also extend a special “welcome back” to the Rev’d Andrew Mead, formerly our Fourteenth Rector, now retired as rector of St. Thomas Church in the City of New York. It is a great pleasure and blessing to have Fr. Mead with us to celebrate Easter by his preaching of the Good News.

We would also like to share with the whole Parish a report of recent discussions and decisions in the Vestry regarding the Parish’s property holdings.

At its March meeting, the Vestry approved acceptance of a proposal from Holland Design & Construction for the complete renovation of the Rectory. This proposal comes after many months and study and discussion led by Tom and Carolyn McDermott, assisted by the Property Committee. We all owe the McDermotts a great debt of gratitude for the devotion of their time and professional skills to the Parish in this way.

The Rectory renovation project meets a desperate need. Almost every aspect of the building is out-of-date, from the kitchen to the electrical system to the plumbing fixtures to the windows to the heating and (nonexistent) air conditioning. The list goes on. So we are using the opportunity of the vacancy in the building created by the transition period to do some long-deferred work.

As you all might imagine, a complete renovation of a row house on Beacon Hill is not an inexpensive proposition. The total contract price for the work on the Rectory is $970,000, including replacement of all windows. An additional $165,000 will provide for restoration of the apartment living space on the garden level. Thanks to the sound planning and management of Parish finances by our Treasurer and Finance Committee—as well as a few well-timed donations, in particular a legacy from Vance Hosford—we have sufficient funds available in our revolving capital account to cover this cost. Accounting for the cost of the Rectory work and contingencies, we expect an approximately $500,000 balance to remain in the revolving capital account for the ongoing upkeep of our Church and buildings. The project will not require any draw from the endowment or use of funds from annual pledges.

The renovation project will bring the Rectory into compliance with current codes at a level of detail and finish that is comfortable and respectable. It will also put the kitchen into a state that will permit the parlor level to be used for more public functions, while maintaining a private family space for living, sleeping, and study on the second and third floors. The project will also include the restoration of the old garden-level apartment to a level that will allow it to be used as a residence or a guest space for a single person or a couple separate from the area the Rector’s family will inhabit.

The decision to commit over $1 million to renovation of the Rectory and restoration of the garden level apartment was taken in the context of a larger assessment of the Parish’s real estate holdings. In addition to the Church, Rectory, and Parish hall, we currently own three residential units on Beacon Hill: a house on South Russell Street, a three-bedroom condominium on Hancock Street, and a two-bedroom condominium on Mt. Vernon Street.

The South Russell Street house is the newest addition to the portfolio: it was purchased just over four years ago, at a significantly below-market rate. At the time, Fr. Wood and his family lived there as tenants. Later, Fr. James and his family would move there. When the house was purchased, the Vestry’s decision to do so anticipated that it was to be a relatively short-term holding, justified by the below-market price and the expectation that the return on the investment would equal or match that on the endowment, which supplied the funds for the purchase.

Following on that reasoning, the Vestry has now voted to sell the property while the Beacon Hill real estate market remains robust. Fr. James and his family have moved to Hancock Street, which was formerly rented. (Thanks to them for enduring that in service to the Parish!) And the Mt. Vernon Street apartment is rented on an annual basis, generating nice income for the Parish while leaving open the possibility to reclaim a well-located unit should it be needed in the future for clergy housing. We believe that the sale of South Russell Street will bring our real estate holdings in to a more sensible long-term profile. The proceeds from the South Russell Street sale will be used to “pay back” the Endowment for the funds used to purchase the property, plus “interest” at the Endowment’s rate of return over the relevant period. Should the sale generate any additional funds beyond that, the Wardens and the Finance Committee intend to propose to the Vestry that those amounts be added to the revolving capital account.

In other matters, we continue to work on finalizing the Parish Profile. We are currently responding to some very thoughtful and improving comments from the Bishop and the Regional Canon, and are thankful for the time and thought they have committed to assisting us ensure we have the best possible final document. We appreciate the continued prayers and patience of the entire Parish in support of the search process.

We close with the words of the psalmist, which punctuate the offertory at Maundy Thursday and at the Great Vigil: 

The right hand of the Lord hath the preeminence; the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

May this be our song of praise as we celebrate the Paschal Feast.

Faithfully your brothers in Christ,

Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts,
Churchwardens.


ODDS & ENDS


A note about email and texting scams:

E-mail impersonation scams involving gift card requests have been prevalent of late, and some dioceses, churches, clergy and other congregational leaders continue to be targeted. A common tactic in these scams (also known as “phishing”) is to send e-mails that appear to be from the recipient’s employer or a leader of an organization that the recipient is affiliated with (such as a rector or a bishop). These scam requests appear to come from a legitimate e-mail account of a known person and often incorporate a signature line that looks legitimate at quick glance. The scam e-mails say that urgent help is needed and request that the recipient buy and electronically send gift cards from a specific company, commonly Amazon, iTunes or Google Play. Gift cards are favored by scammers because once they’ve got the code from the back of the card the money is as good as in their hands and nearly impossible to trace.

Be skeptical of unexpected e-mail requests to send or spend money. Clergy and church leaders will never ask for emergency aid or donations in this way. Read with caution any e-mail that asks for gift cards. Look for tell-tale typos and grammatical mistakes, and double-check sender e-mail addresses for authenticity. If you believe a request may be authentic, phone the requester to confirm. Find more information about phishing scams, including how to report them, at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing.


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.

The Rev’d Julian D. Hamlin (formerly rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Newport, Rhode Island) entered his duties as seventh rector of the Church of the Advent on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, 1929, and was installed by Bishop Slattery on Advent Sunday. His tenure was brief; he resigned at the Easter meeting of the Corporation in April 1934. In the Weekly Message for March 29, 1931, he wrote:

“The singing of the lessons and of the Passion, and a part of the Palm Sunday Rite, will be omitted this year, because of the crippled condition of the clergy staff. Immediately after the Blessing of the Palms, the Choir will sing the ancient Antiphons during the Distribution, and as the palms are being distributed to the congregation, the people may be seated until the beginning of the Processions. The Palm Sunday Procession symbolizes our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The knocking at the main doors of the church is an ancient reminder of the knocking at the gates of Jerusalem.”

Following the sermon at Solemn Evensong for Palm Sunday, Mr Frederick Johnson, Organist and Master of the Choristers, led the choir in the anthem “Richard de Castre’s Prayer to Jesus.”

Jhesu, Lord, that maddest me,
                       And with Thy blessyd blood hast bought,
Forgive that I have grieved Thee
                       With word and wil, and eek with thought.
Jhesu, in whom is all my trust
                       That died upon the roode tree,
Withdraw myn herte from fleshly lust,
                       And from all worldly vanyte.
Jhesu, for thy wounds smerte
                       On feet and on thyn hands two,
O make me meeke and low of herte,
                       And Thee to love as I schulde do.
Jhesu, keepe them that are good,
                       Amend them that han grieved Thee,
And send them fruites of earthli food
                       As each man needeth in his degree.

 Mark Dwyer comments: This simple setting of “Richard de Castre’s Prayer to Jesus” was new music in the 1930s. It is in a modal and carol-like style which perfectly suits the 15th century text written by Richard de Castre, who was the vicar of St. Stephen’s Church in Norwich, England. It was composed by the Tudor-music pioneer, Richard Terry, who for the first quarter of the twentieth century was the director of music at Westminster Cathedral in London, where he established a magnificent choral tradition with repertoire comprised of Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony, and new works written especially for the cathedral choir by such composers as Howells, Holst and Vaughan Williams. It remains in the repertoire of the Advent Choir and occasionally appears on both the summer and 9:00 mass repertoire lists.


Holy Week Service Schedule


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
April 15-21, 2019

Monday, April 15
Monday in Holy Week
7:30 am: Low Mass
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Low Mass

Tuesday, April 16
Tuesday in Holy Week
7:30 am: Low Mass
12:15 pm: Low Mass
5:30 pm: Community Supper
6:00 pm: Low Mass

Wednesday, April 17
Wednesday in Holy Week
7:30 am: Low Mass
10:00 am: Bible Study
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Low Mass
7:00 pm: Tenebrae

Confessions will be heard following the Liturgies of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in the confessionals at the rear of the Church.

Thursday, April 18
Maundy Thursday
6:30 pm: Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with Foot Washing, Solemn Procession of the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, Stripping of the Altars. Watch before the Sacrament until midnight. 

Friday, April 19
Good Friday
12:00 pm: The Three Hours, preached by the Parish Clergy
6:30 pm: Liturgy of Good Friday with the Passion according to St John

Saturday, April 20
Holy Saturday
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
12:00 noon: Acolyte Rehearsal
6:30 pm: The Great Vigil, Holy Baptism, & the First Mass of Easter

Sunday, April 21
Easter Day
7:30 am: Easter Matins
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Easter Egg Hunt
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, April 7-13, 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.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

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


9:00 Coffee Hour: Judy Bell & Fran Piscitelli and Cassie & Jack Gurnon host today. Next week is Palm Sunday and there is no Coffee Hour. New 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.

Today, Ellie Kiernan, along with some from her local Girl Scout troop, will share information about their Silver Award Community project. They are building community awareness about the work of the Wonderfund, a Boston nonprofit established by First Lady Laura Baker that helps children whose families are served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). (For more details, visit www.wonderfundma.org.) We hope you will say hello to Ellie and her friends, and ask them about their Silver Award work.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Kyle Pilares, Brian Sirman and Thiago Rêgo host today. Next week is Palm Sunday and there is no Coffee Hour. We are always in need of more volunteers; 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). 


Entr’acte (following the 9 am Mass, in the library): Fr. Hanson and parishioner John Ferrillo conclude their study of Fleming Rutledge’s magisterial work The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ.


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday Bible Study, which meets at 10 am in the library, is beginning a study of the epistles of James, Peter, and Jude.


The Lenten Theology Study of The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy concludes this Wednesday  at 7 pm in the library. For more information please contact Eric at efialho@eds.edu.


On Thursdays during Lent, at 6 pm, the devotions of The Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in the church. The Stations of the Cross is a series of meditations on the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Death of Jesus leading to His burial in the tomb. Many Christians through the ages have found The Stations an aid in focussing their Lenten prayers. Some take on this form of devotion as a part of their Lenten disciplines. At Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, we meditate on Our Lord’s 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 are helpful means to that end. Consider making it a part of your week.


COMING UP


MONDAY COMMUNITY GROUPS: Community Groups at the Advent are the best way for new and long-standing parishioners to meet and come to know true Christian fellowship. A new group will be meeting twice monthly on Monday evenings at different locations in the vicinity of university campuses in Cambridge and Boston. The purpose of the group is to provide members and potential members with opportunities to better get to know one another and enjoy time for friendship, prayer, education and recreation.

 The first gathering will take place this Monday, April 8 at 7 pm, at the home of John Ross Campbell, 471 Memorial Drive, Apt. 1279, Cambridge. We will be having a conversation about the focus of the group as well as activities we would like to do over the next months. All are welcome! Please RSVP to John Ross at jrcamp@mit.edu; he can also provide directions to his home. For any additional questions, contact Fr James.


Can you help the parish 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 18, 10 am–noon and/or 1–3:30 pm.
  • Holy Saturday, April 20, 10 am to 4 pm — please try to arrive by 11 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful.
  • Saturday April 27, 10:30 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 20.

ALSO: There is an opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sunday, April 28. If you are interested, please contact Jim in the church office.


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:

  • Easter Day, we will hold our Easter Egg Hunt following the 9 am Mass in the parish garden, and “resurrect” all the buried Alleluias from the beginning of Lent.
  • On 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 1 pm that Saturday and walk to the Cathedral together.
  • 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.


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. 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, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.


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.


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


Parishioner and former music librarian Ivan Hansen is offering his vast collection of record albums, CDs, and books to fellow Adventers. You will find this treasure trove in the Library; please help yourself to the items that most appeal — it might be wise to bring a tote bag — and be sure to let Ivan know how much you appreciate his generosity! His address: 81 Phillips St., Boston, 02114.


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.

NOTE: If you will be needing parking vouchers for Holy Week, please plan on purchasing them TODAY, since there is no coffee hour on Palm Sunday.


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.

In 1865, the average daily weekday attendance was twenty-six persons, but during Lent the average daily attendance rose to 126.

Passiontide Mass in the 1930s
Passiontide Mass in the 1930s

This, please God, will be our thirteenth Lent together, as Rector and people. What note shall sound most clearly in the harmony of our observance? In 1910, we praised God because of His Word; in 1911, we strove for greater charity; in 1912, we desired to know ourselves better; in 1913, we consecrated our intellects to loving God with all our minds; and in 1914 we begged for more of the spirit of Worship and Praise. Every Lent shows us the need of all these: but this year, when the whole world echoes with the groans and lamentations of such anguish as has seldom been known before, I bid you undertake even more earnestly than your wont the fruitful labor of intercession… Men are ready enough to join in material benevolences; and surely they are needed, in these days of wicked and wanton destruction, when Belgium, Poland, and Northern France are laid waste and their people starve, except for the bounty of others less afflicted. You have responded splendidly to our appeals for them. Bur their cause is with the Most High, and our intercessions for those who suffer accomplish far more than our gifts, if they accompany the giving. All the other needs of mankind call to us for succour; and though we may be unable to help much in what are called “practical” ways by those who do not remember the power of prayer, we can intercede with the Giver of every good and perfect gift, confident that He will hear and answer… Let us have, then, a Lent of Intercessions,with our self-denial turned into helpful channels. The Belgian flag flying above the alms-chest will remind you of those who are in greatest need and those whose silent appeal is most eloquent; but we must remember the other who hunger and freeze and wander desolate. Give up altogether for the holy season such luxuries as you may perhaps lawfully use at other times, and turn over what you save to God’s Cause and God’s Poor. Find your way daily to the Habitation of God’s House; and come at least once a week to the Table of the Lord. Above all, love much: love God, love your friends, love your enemies; love God’s Church and all that pertains to her; love the Truth and Peace. And the very God of Peace be with you through the Forty Days and ever.
— The Rev’d William Harman van Allen,
rector, 1902-1929; “A Lent Letter,” 1915

Words cannot contain the mystery of the cross. They serve their purpose when they bring us to our knees. Only in worship will we discover the depth of God’s love. Attend the Holy Week services, therefore, including Saturday, please. By worship, meditation, and fasting, you will be prepared to sing with joy the joy of the first Christians on Easter morning.
— The Rev’d Samuel J. Wiley,
rector, 1960–1966;
“The Message,” 1962.
(The Saturday service consisted of Blessing of the Paschal Candle; Solemn Evensong, and Holy Baptism.)

Lent calls us to greater devotion and self-discipline. Most of us are too busy or disorganized to fit many spiritual exercises into our regular routine. The Church wisely recognizes our frailty and says, “Why not try to put a little more effort into the devotional life for six weeks? When Easter comes, you can relax gratefully into your former indifference. Why not give us some time for this short period?”
— The Rev’d Richard Holloway, rector, 1980–1984;
The Beacon, February 1981


Holy Week Service Schedule

Childcare will be available at all Holy Week services. Caregivers arrive by 6:15 pm and will be in nursery space adjacent to the parish office. Contact Meg Nelson at megwnelson@gmail.com with questions or concerns.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
April 8-14, 2019

Monday, April 8

Tuesday, April 9
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, April 10
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Lenten Theology Study
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, April 11
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, April 12
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, April 13
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
12:00 noon: Acolyte Rehearsal

Sunday, April 14
Palm Sunday
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Blessing & Distribution of Palms & Low Mass
9:00 am: Blessing & Distribution of Palms, Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare
11:15 am: Blessing & Distribution of Palms, Procession & Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Passiontide Compline

This Week at the Advent, March 31-April 6, 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.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

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

In order to focus all of our attention on worship, we ask that no electronic devices be used at any of our services. Thank you.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson, and Michael & Megan Zadig host today. Next week’s hosts are Judy Bell & Fran Piscitelli and Cassie & Jack Gurmon. 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. Hour: Ciarán Anthony DellaFera and Michael Gnozzio host today. We are always in need of more volunteers; 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). 


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.

The flowers at the high altar today are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Blenda Jeffry.


Entr’acte (following the 9 am Mass, in the library): Fr. Hanson and parishioner John Ferrillo continue their study of Fleming Rutledge’s magisterial work The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. Discussions focus on not just why our Lord had to die but why he had to die in the way he did. Mrs. Rutledge’s work is a careful and sensitive study of this question that lies at the heart of our faith. This topic is particularly appropriate for Lent, as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday, the meaning of which is bound to become much clearer and more deeply felt as a result of a study of Mrs. Rutledge’s book. This series concludes next Sunday.


THIS WEEK


SATURDAY: This year’s Lenten Quiet Day will be led by the Rev. Canon William Parnell, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Massachusetts. Canon Parnell will offer seasonal reflections, which will be interspersed with time for prayer and silence. Lunch will be offered. The day begins at 9:30 am with coffee and ends at 3pm. If you have not already registered, please see Deacon Noyes today.


LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy. 
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library

Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at efialho@eds.edu.


On Thursdays during Lent, at 6 pm, the devotions of The Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in the church. The Stations of the Cross is a series of meditations on the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Death of Jesus leading to His burial in the tomb. Many Christians through the ages have found The Stations an aid in focussing their Lenten prayers. Some take on this form of devotion as a part of their Lenten disciplines. At Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, we meditate on Our Lord’s 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 are helpful means to that end. Consider making it a part of your week.


COMING UP


MONDAY COMMUNITY GROUPS: Community Groups at the Advent are the best way for new and long-standing parishioners to meet and come to know true Christian fellowship. A new group will be meeting twice monthly on Monday evenings at different locations in the vicinity of university campuses in Cambridge and Boston. The purpose of the group is to provide members and potential members with opportunities to better get to know one another and enjoy time for friendship, prayer, education and recreation.

 The first gathering will take place on April 8 at 7 pm, at the home of John Ross Campbell, 471 Memorial Drive, Apt. 1279, Cambridge. We will be having a conversation about the focus of the group as well as activities we would like to do over the next months. All are welcome! Please RSVP to John Ross at jrcamp@mit.edu; he can also provide directions to his home. For any additional questions, contact Fr James.


Can you help the parish 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 18, 10 am–noon and/or 1–3:30 pm.
  • Holy Saturday, April 20, 10 am to 4 pm — please try to arrive by 11 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful.
  • Saturday April 27, 10:30 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 20.


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:

  • Easter Day, we will hold our Easter Egg Hunt following the 9 am Mass in the parish garden, and “resurrect” all the buried Alleluias from the beginning of Lent.
  • On 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 1 pm that Saturday and walk to the Cathedral together.
  • 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.


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. 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, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.


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


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


Parish Workday: On Saturday, March 23, a hearty crew picked up, straightened up, cleaned out, cleaned up, scrubbed, swept, dusted, shined, polished, organized, tossed, rescued, and gave about 40 hours combined TLC to the beautiful building that houses our community. Thanks to all who participated!


Parishioner and former music librarian Ivan Hansen is offering his vast collection of record albums, CDs, and books to fellow Adventers. You will find this treasure trove in the Library; please help yourself to the items that most appeal — it might be wise to bring a tote bag — and be sure to let Ivan know how much you appreciate his generosity! His address: 81 Phillips St., Boston, 02114.


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. NOTE: If you will be needing parking vouchers for Holy Week, please plan on purchasing them on April 7, or before, since there is no coffee hour on Palm Sunday.


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.

The Rev. Dr. James A. Bolles, rector from 1859 to 1870, initiated both daily Mass and a vested choir. Some people objected to the vested choir, declaring they would leave the parish if Bolles carried out this intent. Undeterred, he announced in print that on the next All Saints Day the choir would be surpliced. In “The Beginnings of a Parish: A Paper read before the Men‘s Guild of the Church of the Advent, December 31, 1925,” George O. G. Coale reminisces, “The choir first appeared in surplices in Dr. Bolles’ day, and wonderful they were — very full circular capes of linen reaching to the ankles or below and open in the front, with a large black Oxford tie at the neck. They had no sleeves, but the sides were folded up upon the outstretched arms of the wearer and therefore he was obliged to hold his fore-arms horizontally in front of him for fear he would become sleeveless and his arms become helpless for the rest of the service. This was a cause of constant anxiety. Cassocks were not worn.”


Holy Week Service Schedule

Childcare will be available at all Holy Week services. Caregivers arrive by 6:15 pm and will be in nursery space adjacent to the parish office. Contact Meg Nelson at megwnelson@gmail.com with questions or concerns.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
April 1-7, 2019

Monday, April 1

Tuesday, April 2
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, April 3
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Lenten Theology Study
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, April 4
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, April 5
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, April 6
9:30 am: Lenten Quiet Day
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, April 7
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Litany in Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, March 24-30, 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.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

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


9:00 Coffee Hour: Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host today. Next week’s hosts are Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson, and Mike & Megan Zadig. 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. Philip & Kara Rodgers Marshall, and Xander Mojarrab host today. We are always in need of more volunteers; 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). 


This morning we welcome the Venerable Christiaan A. Beukman, who, in his role as archdeacon, is in the process of visiting deacons in their parishes. He will vest and process in the 9 am and 11:15 am services. Beukman is a native of the Netherlands who moved to the Boston area in 1981 after meeting his wife, Lucy, in Jerusalem. Since 2004, he has been the pastoral ministries manager of Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham. He was ordained a deacon in 2009 and has served parishes in Quincy, Walpole and Franklin.


Entr’acte (following the 9 am Mass, in the library): Fr. Hanson and parishioner John Ferrillo continue their four-week study of Fleming Rutledge’s magisterial work The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. Our discussions will focus on not just why our Lord had to die but why he had to die in the way he did. Mrs. Rutledge’s work is a careful and sensitive study of this question that lies at the heart of our faith. With scholarly rigor and pastoral concern she explicates the various controversial issues surrounding the crucifixion, arguing powerfully that the crucifixion of Christ is the central act in the drama of salvation undertaken by the undivided Holy Trinity that atones for sin, sets right the injustice of the world, and secures the final eschatological victory of God over all. This topic is particularly appropriate for Lent, as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday, the meaning of which is bound to become much clearer and more deeply felt as a result of a study of Dr. Rutledge’s book.


Another ceremonial note from Fr. Welch:

After weeks of experimentation, I’ve decided that it would work best if I continue to do a profound bow when I’m the celebrant at mass and everyone else genuflects. Last Sunday some people were bowing, some genuflecting, and some doing something awkwardly in between.

Many years ago, when Fr Richard Cornish Martin was Interim, Fr Martin, an elderly gentleman like myself and also incapable of a real genuflection, would bow and others would genuflect. So this arrangement has the weight of tradition behind it, which, as we all know, is important in a parish like the Advent.


STEWARDSHIP UPDATE

Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:

On behalf of the Stewardship committee we would like to wish you all a blessed Lenten Season and prayerful preparation for the upcoming sacred and joyful Easter celebration.

We thought it appropriate to give an update to all parishioners at this time with a brief summary of the 2019 Stewardship campaign.

  • First, thank you to everyone who has already sent in their pledges for 2019. Every pledge, no matter the amount, is important, especially in this challenging transition year during the search for our new Rector.
  • We have exceeded the goal of “Plus Ten Percent” set by our Senior Warden Tom Brown and the Vestry. So far we have achieved nearly $570,000 in pledged amount, which is an increase of 12.0% over last year. This is a wonderful and blessed response from Advent parishioners in support of all planned activities necessary to make this transition year a success, laying the foundation for the future well-being of our beloved Church of the Advent. Thank you.
  • Here are a few details: we have received 206 pledges so far; our 31 new pledges prove again our continuing growth as a community in Christ and their pledged amount more than offset the decreased and loss pledge amounts versus last year. The increased pledges were instrumental in “pushing us over the top” in our campaign. Plus, the solid foundation put in place by those parishioners who maintained their level of support this year was another success factor.
  • Once again, on behalf of the Wardens, the Vestry and Stewardship committee, a heartfelt thanks to everyone for your thoughtful consideration and care for the Advent as a place of worship and fellowship in Christ.

For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to make their pledges for 2019, we would like to encourage your consideration to pledge whatever amount possible to support the challenges we collectively face together as the worshipping community of The Advent. It is never too late to step forward and contribute whatever is appropriate for your consideration. Please just send in your pledge by mail or email to the parish office; drop it in the Sunday collection; or submit it via the web site: www.theadventboston.org (click “pledge online”). Or reach out to any Stewardship committee member, Warden, or Vestry member, who will be more than pleased to assist in any way.

All the best to everyone, and we look forward to celebrating with all Advent parishioners the joys of the coming Easter celebration.

Yours in the service of Christ our Savior and Redeemer,
Francesco Piscitelli and Thatcher Gearhart


THIS WEEK


LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy. 
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library

Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at efialho@eds.edu.


On Thursdays during Lent, at 6 pm, the devotions of The Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in the church. The Stations of the Cross is a series of meditations on the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Death of Jesus leading to His burial in the tomb. Many Christians through the ages have found The Stations an aid in focussing their Lenten prayers. Some take on this form of devotion as a part of their Lenten disciplines. At Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, we meditate on Our Lord’s 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 are helpful means to that end. Consider making it a part of your week.


Remember to sign up for the Lenten Quiet Day, April 6. The Rev’d Canon William Parnell, Canon to the Ordinary, will offer seasonal reflections interspersed with time for prayer and contemplation in silence. A light lunch will be served. Please see Deacon Noyes by March 27 to reserve your space; a donation of $10 is suggested. Or register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lenten-quiet-day-tickets-58574234111


COMING UP


Can you help the parish 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 18, 10 am–noon and/or 1–3:30 pm.
  • Holy Saturday, April 20, 10 am to 4 pm — please try to arrive by 11 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful.
  • Saturday April 27, 10:30 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 20.


COME JOIN THE JAMBOREE! We are calling all middle school and high school young people in the parish to join us when we go to The Presiding Bishop’s Jamboree with Youth on Saturday, April 27th from 1:30 to 3 pm at our Cathedral, on Tremont Street. The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, wants to hear what our young people’s hopes and dreams are for the Church and he wants to share with them his invitation and challenge to them. A full description of Bishop Curry’s visit can be found online at diomass.org/pb-visit.

We will meet here at The Advent at 1:00 and walk across the Common to the Cathedral and return here at 3:30 to be picked up for our rides home. We need to have the names of persons to register so as quickly as you can, please contact Carolyn Shadid-Lewis at 617-460-9886 or carolynshadid@gmail.com and let her know if you will be coming with us. You may also contact Father James for information.


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. 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, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 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.


ODDS & ENDS


BOOKS: There are two bookcases of books in the southeast corner of the Library that were part of the Parish library, now long out of service. They are mostly books on theology and history of the Oxford Movement that are somewhat dated. Many of them are in fair to poor condition. You are welcome to inspect these books and take home ones that interest you. We do not need them back. We have retained books that were deemed to be of historic importance, but if you spot something you think we should keep, please bring it to the office.


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.


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.

“Our place of worship was thronged, the music was delightful, the congregation manifesting that engagedness in the worship which is contagious, and distinguishes us from any congregation in the city” — William Croswell, rector, 1844–1851, describing service of November 23, 1845.
From A History of the Church of the Advent by Betty Hughes Morris (1995).


Holy Week Service Schedule

Childcare will be available at all Holy Week services. Caregivers arrive by 6:15 pm and will be in nursery space adjacent to the parish office. Contact Meg Nelson at megwnelson@gmail.com with questions or concerns.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
March 25-31, 2019

Monday, March 25
The Annunciation of Our Lord

Tuesday, March 26
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 27
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Lenten Theology Study
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, March 28
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 29
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 30
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, March 31
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, March 17-23, 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.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

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


9:00 Coffee Hour: Carolyn Shadid, Jason Lewis, and Melissa & Eric Baldwin host today. Next week’s hosts are 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. DJ Hatfield and Steve Kies & Jonathan Maldonaldo host today. We are always in need of more volunteers; 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). 


Entr’acte (following the 9 am Mass, in the library): Starting today and running through April 7, Fr. Hanson and parishioner John Ferrillo will present a four-week study of Fleming Rutledge’s magisterial work The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. Our discussions will focus on not just why our Lord had to die but why he had to die in the way he did. Mrs. Rutledge’s work is a careful and sensitive study of this question that lies at the heart of our faith. With scholarly rigor and pastoral concern she explicates the various controversial issues surrounding the crucifixion, arguing powerfully that the crucifixion of Christ is the central act in the drama of salvation undertaken by the undivided Holy Trinity that atones for sin, sets right the injustice of the world, and secures the final eschatological victory of God over all. This topic is particularly appropriate for Lent, as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday, the meaning of which is bound to become much clearer and more deeply felt as a result of a study of Mrs. Rutledge’s book.


Today at 4:30 pm, organist Nathan Skinner of the Park Street Church will offer a half-hour organ recital. A service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction will follow at 5 pm, featuring the Tallis Latin Evening Service with motets by Purcell and Byrd. Following the one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6 pm during which our own Dr Philip Pfatteicher will discuss St. Patrick through the marvelous and colorful hymn, “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” which will be sung at Evensong. Dr Pfatteicher taught at East Stroudsburg University and Duquesne University, both in Pennsylvania. A frequent lecturer on liturgical topics, Dr Pfatteicher is also a widely respected author with more than a dozen books in print.


FROM THE WARDENS

Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

We would like to thank all members of the Parish who participated in the Search Committee’s forums last month. Along with the questionnaire, these forums provided a critical opportunity to continue our conversation as we search for our next Rector. As this process moves forward over the coming months, we would like to remind everyone of our responsibility to each other as a Parish family to continue in the same mode that marked the discussions in the forums: respectful of the views and the good faith of our fellow Parishioners, and mindful that our task is first and foremost one of discernment of that particular priest who will be the Rector of our particular Parish. 

The questionnaire and the forums also provided valuable insight to the Search Committee in its work, including preparation of the Parish profile and design of the application contents and procedures. The Vestry has now reviewed and approved a draft of the Parish profile. The next step is for our regional canon, the Rt. Rev’d Carol Gallagher, and for Bishop Gates himself to review and comment on the profile. Once their comments are received and addressed, we will then have a final version of the profile to post as part of the materials used to solicit applications. The process with the diocese could take another month or so. That is the point at which the Profile will be final and public. We know that everyone is eager to see the final Profile, and appreciate your continued patience. Don’t worry: it’s coming soon! In the interim, the Search Committee is working on the design of the application packet and its process for reviewing submissions.

In the coming weeks the Vestry will also consider a proposal for renovation of the Rectory. This work is long overdue. The building has not received serious attention for several generations now. This will be a significant cost for the Parish, but one that is necessary and important. We will provide further details once the Vestry has had an opportunity to deliberate on the proper path. Many thanks to Tom and Carolyn McDermott and the property committee for the many hours of work they have put into developing the plans and proposals the Vestry will consider.

We remain enormously grateful to Father Welch for his presence among us and his pastoral leadership in our transition. His service as our Interim is a great blessing to the Advent. Thanks also to the Parish clergy and staff for their continued hard work. Please take the opportunity to thank and support each and every one of them whenever you can: they deserve it.

In addition to our corporate and private devotions for Lent, please do make time for the Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday April 6, to be led by the Rev’d Canon Bill Parnell, Canon to the Ordinary. And also remember that our fourteenth rector, the Rev’d Andrew C. Mead, will preach from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. May our Lenten fasting and preparation bring us to a joyous Easter feast. 

Faithfully your brothers in Christ,
Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts,
Wardens


THIS WEEK


LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy. 
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library

Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at efialho@eds.edu.


On Thursdays during Lent, at 6 pm, the devotions of The Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in the church. The Stations of the Cross is a series of meditations on the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Death of Jesus leading to His burial in the tomb. Many Christians through the ages have found The Stations an aid in focussing their Lenten prayers. Some take on this form of devotion as a part of their Lenten disciplines. At Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, we meditate on Our Lord’s 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 are helpful means to that end. Consider making it a part of your week.


Parish Work Day this Saturday, March 23. Discover “the joy of tidying up” with your fellow parishioners as we prepare our beautiful church for the Easter festivities to come. Attend the morning Mass if you like, then dust, organize, arrange, wipe down, and pick up. We’ll provide lunch and cleaning supplies; wear comfortable work clothes. Please let Deacon Noyes know that you’re coming so we can plan accordingly.


Remember to sign up for the Lenten Quiet Day, April 6. The Rev’d Canon William Parnell, Canon to the Ordinary, will offer seasonal reflections interspersed with time for prayer and contemplation in silence. A light lunch will be served. Please see Deacon Noyes by March 27 to reserve your space; a donation of $10 is suggested. Or register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lenten-quiet-day-tickets-58574234111


COMING UP


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. 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, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 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.


ODDS & ENDS


BOOKS: There are two bookcases of books in the southeast corner of the Library that were part of the Parish library, now long out of service. They are mostly books on theology and history of the Oxford Movement that are somewhat dated. Many of them are in fair to poor condition. You are welcome to inspect these books and take home ones that interest you. We do not need them back. We have retained books that were deemed to be of historic importance, but if you spot something you think we should keep, please bring it to the office.


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.


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.

In 1911, the parish published “Parish of the Advent — Gifts and Memorials”, a slim booklet available for 25 cents. From the Preface: “The ground [for the Brimmer Street church] was broken March 21, 1878, sufficient money being in hand for driving the piles for the whole contemplated structure and for building the chancel…[which was] completed and walled off temporarily so that it could be used as a chapel until the completion of the rest of the church. The first service held therein was on Easter morning, 1879.”


Holy Week Service Schedule

Childcare will be available at all Holy Week services. Caregivers arrive by 6:15 pm and will be in nursery space adjacent to the parish office. Contact Meg Nelson at megwnelson@gmail.com with questions or concerns.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
March 18-25, 2019

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19
St Joseph
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 20
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Lenten Theology Study
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, March 21
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 22
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 23
9:30 am: Parish Work Day
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am: Search Committee

Sunday, March 24
The Third Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, March 10-16, 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.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

Welcome Cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we 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: Tom & Carolyn McDermott and Ray Porter host this morning!  Next week’s hosts are Carolyn Shadid, Jason Lewis, and Melissa & Eric Baldwin.  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. Philip Clark, Nick Dials, and Dustin Henderson host today.  We are always in need of more volunteers; 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). 


Today the Mass begins with the Great Litany sung in Procession. The Litany, which is the grandfather, so to speak, of all intercessory prayers, is quite an ancient form, dating as far back as the fourth century. It is also much loved in the Anglican Church, and perhaps this is because it was the first act of public worship composed and translated into English by Thomas Cranmer for the Church of England.

Singing a litany in procession is an action as ancient as the litanic form itself. Since litanies were often prayed for a specific purpose, the congregation would process from the church to the place where that purpose manifested itself. For example, if the intention was for God’s blessing upon the harvest, the procession would move from the church to the fields and back again. In this way movement became associated with this particular form of prayer, and at present when the Litany is prayed it is usually done in procession. Since the Litany is itself an intercession, the Prayers of the People are omitted.


If you find the incense this morning disagreeable, don’t be too distressed. It’s supposed to be that way. In Lent we use Myrrh at Mass. Myrrh, you will remember, was one of the mystic gifts presented by the Magi to the infant Jesus. It is sharp and acrid and its “bitter perfume” evokes tears and signifies death. Indeed, in the Middle East, where it is called “the incense of tears,” it is often used at funerals to mask the odor of decomposition. In Lent we are directed to meditate upon the passion, suffering, and death which Jesus endured for us. Myrrh is an olfactory stimulus to focus our attention towards that end.


Compline at the Advent — Tonight at 8:00 pm. Sung by members of The Advent Choir, the service will include chant and music of Wood and Sheppard. Compline takes place the second Sunday of each month.


A Note from Fr. Welch:

Two changes you may have noticed on recent Sundays, both of them suggested by me. One has to do with what might be called liturgical choreography. Because of a knee injury I can no longer accomplish a full genuflection. I can go down but I can’t get back up! So when I am the celebrant at mass, the Sacred Ministers have been doing a Solemn Bow, which is an ancient, perhaps the most ancient, expression of reverence. At other times a full genuflection remains the norm.

The other change I’ve made is incorporating the lectionary texts in the Sunday bulletin. There are two reasons for this. The first is that some people take things in more easily by hearing, some by reading. The other is that I want newcomers and visitors to have access to the written texts of the scripture lessons, both so they can reference them while listening to the sermon and also so they can take them home and think and pray about them.


THIS WEEK


LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy. 
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library

Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at efialho@eds.edu.


COMING UP


Next Sunday, March 17, at 4:30 pm, organist Nathan Skinner of the Park Street Church will offer a half-hour organ recital. A service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction will follow at 5:00 pm, featuring the Tallis Latin Evening Service with motets by Purcell and Byrd. Following the one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6:00 pm during which our own Dr Philip Pfatteicher will discuss St Patrick through the marvelous and colorful hymn, “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” which will be sung at Evensong. Dr Pfatteicher taught at East Stroudsburg University and Duquesne University, both in Pennsylvania. A frequent lecturer on liturgical topics, Dr Pfatteicher is also a widely respected author with more than a dozen books in print.


Parish Work Day Saturday, March 23, 9:30 am–1:00 pm

Ora et labora: Join your fellow parishioners in a session of cleaning and tidying as we get our beloved building ready for Easter. No special skill is required; cleaning supplies and lunch are provided. Wear comfortable work clothes. Please let Deacon Daphne know if you are coming so we can plan accordingly!


Save the Date: Lenten Quiet Day Saturday, April 6, 9:30 am-3 pm

Attending a Lenten Quiet Day can lead to a sense of calm and feeling of centeredness. The Rev’d Canon Willam Parnell, Canon to the Ordinary, will offer seasonal reflections interspersed with time for prayer and quiet contemplation. Lunch will be provided; a $10 donation is requested. Please register by March 27. Questions? See Deacon Noyes.


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. 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, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 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.


ODDS & ENDS


BOOKS: There are two bookcases of books in the southeast corner of the Library that were part of the Parish library, now long out of service. They are mostly books on theology and history of the Oxford Movement that are somewhat dated. Many of them are in fair to poor condition. You are welcome to inspect these books and take home ones that interest you. We do not need them back. We have retained books that were deemed to be of historic importance, but if you spot something you think we should keep, please bring it to the office.


Current sermon audio and selected texts are always available at:
https://www.theadventboston.org/sermons/
It is possible to both listen to the preacher as well as print the text, as you wish!

Current music recordings from the Advent Choir are always available at:
https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2
Anthem and motet texts may also be found posted with these recordings on the Soundcloud platform.


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.


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.

“…There is probably no single parish in our whole country which has exerted a greater influence upon other parts of the church in raising the standard of churchmanship; nor one which has shared or does now share more largely in the sympathies and affections of bishops, clergy and laity. For these reasons I am especially anxious that we shall be loyal and true, as well as to our own Diocese as to the church at large; that the American Book of Common Prayer shall be our standard; that all our services shall be conducted in accordance with the spirit of this standard, and the simplest-hearted churchman would understand its directions in the most distant Parish of the West; and thus that our influence may not be lost, and that our example may be everywhere felt, and everywhere respected and safely followed.” — “A Salutatory Sermon,” First Sunday in Advent, 1859. The Rev. James A. Bolles, DD, Rector, Church of the Advent, 1859-1870


Holy Week Service Schedule

Childcare will be available at all Holy Week services. Caregivers arrive by 6:15 pm and will be in nursery space adjacent to the parish office. Contact Meg Nelson at megwnelson@gmail.com with questions or concerns.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
March 11-17, 2019

Monday, March 11

Tuesday, March 12
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 13
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Lenten Theology Study
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, March 14
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 15
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 16
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, March 17
The Second Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare
11:15 am: Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction

This Week at the Advent, March 3-9, 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.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

Welcome Cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we 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.


The flowers at the High Altar and in the crossing are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of John Kocyk (brother and best friend of Freddie Zartarian).


9:00 Coffee Hour: Maggie Dunbar and Angie Corbet host this morning!  Next week Heather & John Sears, and Tom & Carolyn McDermott host.  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. Ellie Dixon, Corey Rouse, and Philip & Anh Sawyer host this morning. We are always in need of more volunteers; 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).  


Introducing ADVENT 175

December 1, 2019, marks the 175th anniversary of the Church of the Advent, an occasion that will be observed by various celebratory events over the coming months. Today at Entr’acte, Thatcher Gearhart and Maria Denslow, co-chairs of the Advent 175 Committee, will introduce Advent 175 and give an overview of some of the plans for the celebration. Archivist David Russo and Deacon Daphne B. Noyes will present and discuss two special objects with longtime connections to the Advent. Also, starting today, be on the lookout for amusing anecdotes, startling stories, and fun facts drawn from the parish’s copious files. These will appear in the bulletin and the weekly e-newsletter.

The anniversary itself – just 275 days away as you read this – will feature an Episcopal Visitation from our diocesan bishop, The Right Rev’d Alan M. Gates. And don’t forget Lessons and Carols that evening!


THIS WEEK


LUNDI GRAS: Monday, March 4th at 6:00 pm. The season of Lent is fast approaching, but before this time of fasting, we set aside time to celebrate and indulge! This typically takes place on Mardi Gras; however, our Community Dinner takes place on Tuesday, so here at the Advent, we celebrate Lundi Gras! Please join us for a potluck dinner and bring your favorite entree or dessert to share. This is a wonderful opportunity for people from all three services to come together for fellowship and celebration. Sign-Up sheets will be available during Coffee Hour following the 9:00 and 11:15 services, as well as on the bulletin board by the elevator. If you have any questions, please contact Betsy James, ejames4@nc.rr.com.


ASH WEDNESDAY

This Wednesday, we begin the solemn season of Lent. The Church has given us these forty days to prepare for the holiest times of Holy Week and Easter. We are to spend these days preparing our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies by prayer, worship, and really living through the central events of our Christian Faith. We will relive and re-enter these events from the time Our Lord entered Jerusalem, gave us the commandment on how to love one another, instituted the Eucharist, gave himself over to suffering and death on the Cross, and gloriously rose three days later.

To be truly prepared for this holy time we need to read, study, fast, pray, repent, and take on works of mercy. Traditionally, Christians have taken on disciplines that aid them in focusing their prayer, intensifying their devotion, and enlightening their minds and hearts through reading Holy Scripture and other Christian writings. Acts of self-denial can be designed for each of us and if you would like assistance in preparing Lenten disciplines for yourself, you should contact one of the clergy.

For the past few years here at the Advent, we have been given the opportunity to keep a holy Lent as a community. You should have received A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Advent 2019 as you entered. This Lenten program will allow us to keep a holy Lent together. Many have found it helpful to know that fellow parishioners are keeping Lent with them and this allows us to support one another as we walk through these forty days. A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Advent 2019 is also available to pick up at the tables near the Mt. Vernon Street door or the main doors.

Please note that this corporate discipline does not replace the public devotions that will be prayed here during Lent. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are prayed on Thursdays at 6:00 pm, beginning Thursday, March 14th.

Ash Wednesday Masses are at 7:30 am, 12:15 pm, and 6:30 pm. The Imposition of Ashes and Communion are available at each Mass.


A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated next Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 pm for Blenda Jeffry. Mrs. Jeffry was a stalwart leader — active member of many guilds and committees in the parish — and made a faithful witness of following her Lord and Savior.
May she rest in peace. Amen.

The interment will immediately follow the Mass in our Memorial Garden. The usual 9:00 am Mass will not be celebrated that day.


COMING UP


Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 10.
Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.


LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy. 
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library

Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at efialho@eds.edu.


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. 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, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.


From the Advent Archives

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

The original address for the Advent’s web site was http://www.chebucto.ne.ca/~ai072. From the 1997 Annual Report: “Initially set up on a volunteer basis, the site became official after being given the formal blessing of the Vestry in 1996. Access to the site has steadily increased. At the beginning of 1997, about 400 accesses per month were recorded to the main page, the months of November and December 1997 saw 624 and 629 access respectively.” In 2018, the site averaged 9,000 views per month.


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.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
March 4-11, 2019

Monday, March 4
6:00 pm: Lundi Gras

Tuesday, March 5
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 6
Ash Wednesday
7:30 am: Low Mass & Imposition of Ashes
10:00 am: Bible Study
12:15 pm: Low Mass & Imposition of Ashes
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass & Imposition of Ashes

Thursday, March 7
(Perpetua & her Companions)

Friday, March 8
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 9
(Gregory of Nyssa)
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
2:00 pm: Funeral Mass for Blenda Jeffry

Sunday, March 10
The First Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Litany in Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare
11:15 am: Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week at the Advent, February 24-March 2, 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 9am and 11:15am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

Welcome Cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we 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.


The flowers at the High Altar and in the Lady Chapel are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Yolanda “Violet” Piscitelli.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Matt McNeff, David Russo, and John Boyd host this morning!  Next week Maggie Dunbar and Angie Corbet host.  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. Stephanie Brown, Julius Krein, and Robb Scholten host this morning. We are always in need of more volunteers; 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).  


Our preacher this morning is The Reverend Canon Spencer Reece. Canon Reece serves at The Anglican Cathedral of The Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and has received degrees from The University of York, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale-Berkeley Divinity School. Canon Reece is a priest and an award-winning poet, having published numerous works.


At both Coffee Hours this morning we have special presentations by Nancy Mead. Nancy is known to many of us from her eleven years as part of our Advent family while her husband, Father Andrew Mead, was serving as our fourteenth Rector. Her presentations focus on her extensive pilgrimages and her recent efforts with The Pilgrimage Centre Project. Nancy has walked five different routes of the Camino de Santiago, the Via Fancigina from Canterbury to Rome, and the Camino del Sud from Rome to the very end of Italy (the heel of the boot). She has been on other pilgrimages in Europe, England, and Scotland, totaling seven thousand miles. She currently serves as vice president of the Friends of the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago and has just recently been made a Lay Canon of the Episcopal Cathedral in Madrid. Nancy is the mother of two and the grandmother of four. 


COMING UP


LUNDI GRAS: Monday, March 4th at 6:00 pm. The season of Lent is fast approaching, but before this time of fasting, we set aside time to celebrate and indulge! This typically takes place on Mardi Gras; however, our Community Dinner takes place on Tuesday, so here at the Advent, we celebrate Lundi Gras! Please join us for a potluck dinner and bring your favorite entree or dessert to share. This is a wonderful opportunity for people from all three services to come together for fellowship and celebration. If you have any questions, please contact Betsy James, ejames4@nc.rr.com.


LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy. 
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library

Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at efialho@eds.edu.


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. 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, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.


ODDS & ENDS


A Special Thank You!

Last Saturday the Advent once again hosted a Rise Against Hunger event for the Boston Harbor Deanery. We had over 70 volunteers from across the Deanery, and made over 10,000 meals! A special thank you to the group of Advent parishioners who came to help. This is our third year supporting the efforts of Rise Against Hunger. It was certainly a meaningful time for all those who volunteered. Thank you!


Palms for Ashes:  There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday.  They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday.


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.


Blessing of Homes in Epiphanytide

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found Him and His mother in a house. This is a cue that in Epiphanytide our celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses in the Epiphany season. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes. There is blessed chalk in the west end of the Church, near the main doors, for each of us to use at our homes. Please take some and use it to mark your homes on the lintel above the front door with the first initials of each of the Wisemen framed by the current year. Like this:
20 + G + M + B + 19

Then offer the following prayer:

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And with thy spirit.

Leader: Let us pray. O Lord, holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech Thee to hear us and vouchsafe to send Thy holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, protect and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this home. I call upon Thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family, friends and all who enter here from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a reminder to us that my home is truly a house where the Lord dwells. O God, make the door of my house the gateway to Thy eternal Kingdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 25 – March 3, 2019

Monday, February 25
St Matthias

Tuesday, February 26
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 27
George Herbert
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, February 28
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper
5:15 pm: Property Committee
7:00 pm: Beacon Hill Community Group
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 1
David, Bishop of Menevia (Wales)
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 2
Chad, Bishop of Lichfield
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, March 3
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, February 17-23, 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 9am and 11:15am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

Welcome Cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we 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.


The flowers at the high altar and the crossing are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Dr. Frederick L. Haupert.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone, and Barbara Boles host this morning! Next week Matt McNeff & David Russo host. 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. Susan Fugliese, Brent & Meg Nelson, and Frank Olney host this morning. We are always in need of more volunteers; 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).  


Entr’acte resumes today with Father Welch continuing his series Bare Ruined Choirs: A Personal Reflection on the State of the Church in America. 


PARISH-WIDE FORUM – TODAY

The Search Committee hosts a forum today in Moseley Hall during coffee hour following the 11:15 Mass. The purpose of this discussion is to present an overview of the responses to the Parish Questionnaire, to update the Parish on the search process, and to allow members of the Parish to share their thoughts with members of the Search Committee as they work on preparing the Parish Profile. Today’s forum is  moderated by Lynda Blair and John Boyd. Members of the Search Committee will be present as well as the Wardens.


The Advent Choir will sing Choral Evensong at 5:00 pm, featuring music of Willan, Stanford and Jackson. Our series of Evensong & Benediction Talks continues immediately following the service in Moseley Hall when a light supper will be offered and Mark Dwyer will speak briefly about the great Anglican liturgical musician and colorful character, Healey Willan, entitled: “I am Irish by extraction, English by birth, Canadian by adoption, and Scotch, by absorption!” E&B Talks are open to everyone, especially younger parishioners and guests who may not be as familiar with our rich Anglican liturgical heritage. Each evening will comprise a short talk followed by a period for Q&A. 


THIS WEEK


The parish office will be closed Monday, February 18 for Presidents’ Day. There will also be no Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer. There will be a 12:15 Mass. 


CONCERT: On February 22 at 7:30pm, our own internationally-renowned organist Katelyn Emerson (described as “a star of the first rank” by Orgue Canada) will present a concert of works by Bach, Mozart, Langlais, and others, on the 55-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ of Park Street Church, One Park St, Boston 02108. Her program celebrates the completion of the first two phases of the instrument’s four-phase rebuilding. Originally installed in 1960 and dedicated by Virgil Fox, Park Street’s Aeolian-Skinner opus 1353 was intended to be heard frequently in recital, but that goal has not come to fruition; other than the dedication and a single recital by E. Power Biggs shortly thereafter, the instrument has not been played by a renowned artist – until now! Come welcome our former Associate Organist back to Boston and hear an evening of great music! Free of charge, all are welcome.


COMING UP


A SPECIAL PREACHER AND A SPECIAL SPEAKER: Next Sunday, February 24, we will welcome The Reverend Canon Spencer Reece to our pulpit and Nancy Mead to speak at our coffee hours. Canon Reece currently serves as a priest at The Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. The Cathedral is the center for The Anglican Church in Spain. Canon Reece is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and received masters degrees from The University of York, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale-Berkeley Divinity School. He is not only a priest but a poet as well, receiving numerous awards for his published writings.

At both coffee hours that day we will have the pleasure of hearing talks by Nancy Mead. Nancy is known to many of us from her eleven years as part of our Advent family while her husband, Father Andrew Mead, was serving as our fourteenth Rector. Her talks will focus on her extensive pilgrimages and her recent efforts with The Pilgrimage Centre Project. Nancy has walked five different routes of the Camino de Santiago, the Via Fancigina from Canterbury to Rome, and the Camino del Sud from Rome to the very end of Italy (the heel of the boot). She’s been on other pilgrimages in Europe, England, and Scotland totaling seven thousand miles. She currently serves as Vice President of the Friends of the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago and has just recently been made a Lay Canon of the Episcopal Cathedral in Madrid. Nancy is the mother of two and the grandmother of four. 

LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy. 
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library

Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at efialho@eds.edu


ODDS & ENDS


Palms for Ashes:  There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday.  They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday.


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 is an opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sunday, March 3. If you are interested, please call the church office. 


Blessing of Homes in Epiphanytide

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found Him and His mother in a house. This is a cue that in Epiphanytide our celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses in the Epiphany season. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes. There is blessed chalk in the west end of the Church, near the main doors, for each of us to use at our homes. Please take some and use it to mark your homes on the lintel above the front door with the first initials of each of the Wisemen framed by the current year. Like this:
20 + G + M + B + 19

Then offer the following prayer:

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And with thy spirit.

Leader: Let us pray. O Lord, holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech Thee to hear us and vouchsafe to send Thy holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, protect and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this home. I call upon Thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family, friends and all who enter here from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a reminder to us that my home is truly a house where the Lord dwells. O God, make the door of my house the gateway to Thy eternal Kingdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 18-24, 2019

Monday, February 18
(Martin Luther) 
Church office closed for Presidents’ Day; Mass at 12:15 only.

Tuesday, February 19
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 20
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Administration Committee
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, February 21
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 22
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 23
Polycarp of Smyrna
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, February 24
The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, February 10-16, 2019

The flowers at the high altar and the crossing are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Nancy Macmillan.


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 Hour: Melissa Fox and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone, and Barbara Boles host. 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. Karen Chaney, Alfred Duhamel, and Janell & Michael Saur host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week Susan Fugliese, Brent & Meg Nelson, and Frank Olney host.  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).  


PARISH-WIDE FORUM – TODAY & NEXT SUNDAY

The Search Committee is hosting a forum today in Moseley Hall during the coffee hour following the 9:00 Mass, which will be repeated next Sunday during the later coffee hour. The purpose of these discussions is to present an overview of the responses to the Parish Questionnaire, to update the Parish on the search process, and to allow members of the Parish to share their thoughts with members of the Search Committee as they work on preparing the Parish Profile. Today’s forum is  moderated by Lynda Blair (chair), Meg Nelson, and Jack Gurnon. Next week’s forum–following the 11:15 Mass–will be moderated by Lynda Blair and John Boyd. Members of the Search Committee will be present at both sessions, along with the Wardens.


Entr’acte will not take place today; it will resume next Sunday with Father Welch continuing his series Bare Ruined Choirs: A Personal Reflection on the State of the Church in America.


Compline at the Advent — Tonight 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.


THIS WEEK


Upcoming Concert: On Friday, February 15 at 7:30 pm, In Stile Moderno, the ensemble founded by choir member Agnes Coakley Cox, performs at Cambridge Friends Meeting House in its second concert of the 2018-2019 season. Members of the Church of the Advent are very warmly invited! The concert is titled The Lily and the Rose: France and England Entwined and features English and French lute songs of the 17th century, inspired by the union of Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France. With songs of both love and betrayal, the concert makes a great post-Valentine’s Day date or anti-Valentine’s Day treat!

For more information please visit instilemoderno.com/concerts and follow the link to buy tickets online. We’re offering two tickets for the price of one with discount code churchoftheadvent. Feel free to contact Agnes at instilemoderno@gmail.com with any questions! 


LET’S RISE AGAINST HUNGER!  Next Saturday, February 16, from 10:00 am to noon we will host a Rise Against Hunger event in Moseley Hall. We will be hosting parishioners and clergy from the other parishes in the Boston Harbor Deanery and attempt to pack 10,000 meals in less than two hours! It sounds impossible, but it can be done, and we can have fun while packing.  These nutritious meals will be shipped to other parts of the world where many are going to bed hungry. We need five or six volunteers from the parish and we are also taking donations to help offset the $3,500.00 it takes to buy the materials for the event. Volunteers are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 and it would be really helpful if there are two or three volunteers to help unload the truck at 8:30 that morning. 


COMING UP


Next Sunday, February 17, The Advent Choir will sing Choral Evensong at 5:00 pm, featuring music of Willan, Stanford and Jackson. Our series of Evensong & Benediction Talks continues immediately following the service in Moseley Hall when a light supper will be offered and Mark Dwyer will speak briefly about the great Anglican liturgical musician and colorful character, Healey Willan, entitled: “I am Irish by extraction, English by birth, Canadian by adoption, and Scotch, by absorption!” E&B Talks are open to everyone, especially younger parishioners and guests who may not be as familiar with our rich Anglican liturgical heritage. Each evening will comprise a short talk followed by a period for Q&A. 


A SPECIAL PREACHER AND A SPECIAL SPEAKER: Two Sundays from now, on Epiphany VII, February 24, we will welcome The Reverend Canon Spencer Reece to our pulpit and Nancy Mead to speak at our coffee hours. Canon Reece currently serves as a priest at The Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. The Cathedral is the center for The Anglican Church in Spain. Canon Reece is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and received masters degrees from The University of York, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale-Berkeley Divinity School. He is not only a priest but a poet as well, receiving numerous awards for his published writings.

At both coffee hours that day we will have the pleasure of hearing talks by Nancy Mead. Nancy is known to many of us from her eleven years as part of our Advent family while her husband, Father Andrew Mead, was serving as our fourteenth Rector. Her talks will focus on her extensive pilgrimages and her recent efforts with The Pilgrimage Centre Project. Nancy has walked five different routes of the Camino de Santiago, the Via Fancigina from Canterbury to Rome, and the Camino del Sud from Rome to the very end of Italy (the heel of the boot). She’s been on other pilgrimages in Europe, England, and Scotland totaling seven thousand miles. She currently serves as Vice President of the Friends of the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago and has just recently been made a Lay Canon of the Episcopal Cathedral in Madrid. Nancy is the mother of two and the grandmother of four. 


ODDS & ENDS


Election Results.  At the Annual Meeting of January 27, the following persons were elected to serve on the Parish Vestry:  Lynda Blair, Dustin Henderson, David Lapin, and Francesco Piscitelli were elected to three-year terms.

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.


Palms for Ashes:  There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday.  They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 6 this year.


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 is an opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sunday, March 3. If you are interested, please call the church office. 


Directory Updates: Due to a technical glitch, the recently published version of the parish directory contained some extraneous information. A revision will be published in the next few weeks, but if any of your contact information has changed recently, please contact the church office (office@theadventboston.org) so that we can be as up-to-date as possible.  


Advent Candles for home use: Please help yourself to some partially used candles; the box is in the rear of the nave. Note that most have oddly sized bases so they may not fit into standard candlesticks, but certainly can be adapted with a little imagination. These are top-quality candles designed for liturgical use, so they have high beeswax content. Light up your life with candles that have been used in this sacred space! Questions, see Deacon Daphne. 


Blessing of Homes in Epiphanytide

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found Him and His mother in a house. This is a cue that in Epiphanytide our celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses in the Epiphany season. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes. There is blessed chalk in the west end of the Church, near the main doors, for each of us to use at our homes. Please take some and use it to mark your homes on the lintel above the front door with the first initials of each of the Wisemen framed by the current year. Like this:
20 + G + M + B + 19

Then offer the following prayer:

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And with thy spirit.

Leader: Let us pray. O Lord, holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech Thee to hear us and vouchsafe to send Thy holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, protect and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this home. I call upon Thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family, friends and all who enter here from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a reminder to us that my home is truly a house where the Lord dwells. O God, make the door of my house the gateway to Thy eternal Kingdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 11-17, 2019

Monday, February 11

Tuesday, February 12
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 13
Absalom Jones
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, February 14
Cyril & Methodius
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 15
Thomas Bray

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 16
10:00 am: Rise Against Hunger
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, February 17
The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
Approx. 1:00 pm:  Search Committee Forum
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction