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

This Week at the Advent, February 3-9, 2019

The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Frank Leighton.

The flowers in the crossing are in loving memory of Polly Warren.


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


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


Today we welcome Father George Truman Welch on his first Sunday leading us as Interim Rector. Father Welch will be our preacher this morning and lead the first of two  Entr’acte presentations (today and February 17). Please welcome him at the coffee hours. 


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: Barbara Boles and Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week Melissa Fox and Nola Sheffer 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. Mark Aparece, Meg Mill, and Adam & Lea Rutledge host the Coffee Hour this morning.  We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact 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).  


Saint Blaise Day: This morning, in keeping with Saint Blaise Day, we will have The Blessing of Throats immediately following each Mass. Saint Blaise is a fourth century saint to whom is attributed many healing miracles. Saint Blaise healed a boy who was choking on a fishbone, even while being taken to prison, where he eventually met his martyrdom. It has become the tradition for throats to be blessed on this day to maintain health from diseases affecting the voice and heal injuries and cure diseases of the throat. Those wishing to receive The Blessing of Throats are asked to kneel at the Lady Chapel Altar rail immediately after our 8:00, 9:00 and 11:15 Masses. 


Our Entr’acte series of adult education presentations resumes today in the library following the 9:00 Mass. Father Welch, our Interim Rector, begins a two-part series called Bare Ruined Choirs: A Personal Reflection on the State of the Church in America. These presentations are the result of Father Welch’s experience over the last four years as he has visited churches of all types in his region of mid-coast Maine. In these two talks, Fr. Welch will report what he heard, saw, and felt, and also offer a theological reflection on what it may mean to live as a faithful person in a post-Christian society. While the news is most often grim, there are moments of illumination and even exaltation, with valuable lessons for us all. The second part will be on February 17.


To continue today’s celebration of the Feast of Presentation, our entire parish is invited to The Parish of All Saints, Ashmont for Solemn Evensong, a Solemn Procession, and Solemn Benediction at 4:00 pm. Father James will be the guest preacher. The Men and Boys Choir of All Saints’, Ashmont and the Choir of All Saints’ Church in Worcester will sing the service. 


FROM THE SEARCH COMMITTEE

PARISH-WIDE FORUMS February 10 and 17

The Search Committee will be hosting two Parish-wide forums in February. The purpose of these discussions will be 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. The forums will be moderated by Lynda Blair, chair of the Search Committee, together with other members of the committee. The forums will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 after the 9 o’clock Mass (with Lynda Blair, Meg Nelson, and Jack Gurnon moderating) and on Sunday, February 17, 2019 after the 11:15 Mass (with Lynda Blair and John Boyd moderating).

We will hold the meetings in Moseley Hall, which will be set up with plenty of chairs and “coffee hour” goodies in the back. We expect that the February 10 forum after the 9 o’clock will continue past the start of the 11:15 Mass; so if you are usually an 11 o’clocker, and you can only come on February 10, we recommend that you attend the 9 o’clock Mass that week. Members of the Search Committee will be present in addition to the moderators at both forums.  The Wardens also plan to attend both sessions.


THIS WEEK


A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated for our long-time parishioner and friend Nancy Macmillan next Saturday, February 9th at 2:30 pm. The committal will immediately follow the Mass in the columbarium in the Crypt, and a reception in honor of Nancy’s life and witness will be in Moseley Hall. “Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.” 


The Wednesday morning Bible Study meets in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am,  and currently studying Hebrews.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know. 


COMING UP


20s-and-30s Opera and Martinis — next Sun, February 10. After mass and coffee hour on next Sunday the 20s-and-30s are walking over to the Paramount Theatre to attend the 3:00 pm performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, presented by students of the New England Conservatory. After the opera, we will return to the Advent and have our usual drinks and snacks and pizza, all leading up to Compline at 8 pm! Come and make a day of it. Tickets are $20. If interested, contact Kyriell Palaeologue ASAP (k.oldword@gmail.com, 617-396-6225) so that a ticket can be purchased for you (a limited number remain). Money for tickets will be collected on Feb 10, everything else is “on the house”! 


Compline at the Advent — Next Sunday, February 10. 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. 


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!  Saturday, February 16th 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 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.  


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, 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 are openings for  flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sunday, March 3.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com).


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 4-10, 2019

Monday, February 4

Tuesday, February 5
5:30 pm: Community Supper

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

Thursday, February 7
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 8
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 9
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
2:30 pm: Funeral for Nancy Macmillan

Sunday, February 10
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am:  Search Committee Forum
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week at the Advent, January 27-February 2, 2019

The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Mary Herlihy Russo.


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.


The Annual Parish Meeting is at 10:00 am this morning.  Please go to the Library and sign in, get your ballot, a copy of the 2018 Annual Report and a new edition of the Parish Directory.  You may vote after you sign in, or during the meeting.

If you can help count votes, please come to the Library at the conclusion of the 11:15 Mass.


The Middle School and High School class will not meet in Father James’s office this morning but will attend the Annual Parish Meeting in the Church following the 9:00 am Mass.  


9:00 Coffee Hour: The Annual Meeting will take place immediately following the 9:00 Mass this morning.  The regular 9:00 coffee hour resumes next Sunday, when the hosts will be Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bown and Barbara Boles. 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. Barbara Boles, Roxy Hanson, Betsy James, and Frederick Ou host the Coffee Hour this morning. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact 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).  


FROM THE SEARCH COMMITTEE

PARISH-WIDE FORUMS February 10 and 17

The Search Committee will be hosting two Parish-wide forums in February. The purpose of these discussions will be 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. The forums will be moderated by Lynda Blair, chair of the Search Committee, together with other members of the committee. The forums will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 after the 9’oclock Mass (with Lynda Blair, Meg Nelson, and Jack Gurnon moderating) and on Sunday, February 17, 2019 after the 11:15 Mass (with Lynda Blair and John Boyd moderating).

We will hold the meetings in Moseley Hall, which will be set up with plenty of chairs and “coffee hour” goodies in the back. We expect that the February 10 forum after the 9 o’clock will continue past the start of the 11:15 Mass; so if you are usually an 11 o’clocker, and you can only come on February 10, we recommend that you attend the 9 o’clock Mass that week. Members of the Search Committee will be present in addition to the moderators at both forums.  The Wardens also plan to attend both sessions.


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday morning Bible Study meets in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am,  and currently studying Hebrews.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know. 


COMING UP


North Shore House Group Saturday, February 2.  A North Shore House Group is starting up in Salem, MA beginning this Saturday, February 2 at 10AM. The group will meet monthly on Saturday mornings. This is a great opportunity for North Shore members of the Advent to have fellowship time together. At each session a theological idea will be discussed. The first session will meet at Brothers Taverna at 283 Derby St. in Salem. At the first session we will have brunch and come up with a running list of theological points to ponder in the coming months. For any information please contact Robb Scholten at robb.scholten@gmail.com.


The Feast of Presentation of Our Lord, also known as The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, will be celebrated next Sunday, February 3rd. A distinctive part of those celebrations will be a candlelight procession. For us, this will signify Christ, who has come into the world and is indeed the Light of the World. We will recall from the Gospel lessons that day, when Jesus is presented in the Temple, the Prophet Simeon taking the Baby Jesus in his arms and proclaiming Him as “a light to lighten the Gentiles and the Glory of Thy people Israel.”

To continue the celebration, our entire parish is invited to The Parish of All Saints, Ashmont for Solemn Evensong, a Solemn Procession, and Solemn Benediction at 4:00 pm. The Men and Boys Choir of All Saints’, Ashmont and the Choir of All Saints’ Church in Worcester, Massachusetts will sing the service. 


Our Entr’acte series of adult education presentations resumes next Sunday, February 3rd. These Entr’acte presentations happen between the 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses in the library adjacent to the nave.  Father Welch, our Interim Rector, will present a three-part series called Bare Ruined Choirs: A Personal Reflection on the State of the Church in America.  These presentations are the result of Father Welch’s experience over the last four years as he has visited churches of all types in his region of mid-coast Maine.  These churches are large and small, rural and town, and range from Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Congregational, to Independent Bible, Pentecostal, and Conservative Baptist.  The visits included worshiping with the congregation, and when it was possible, talking with pastors and parishioners.  In these three talks, Fr. Welch will report what he heard, saw, and felt, and also offer a theological reflection on what it may mean to live as a faithful person in a post-Christian society.  While the news is most often grim, there are moments of illumination and even exaltation, with valuable lessons for us all.


LET’S RISE AGAINST HUNGER!  Saturday, February 16th 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 the 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.  


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, 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 are openings for  flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays, February 10 and March 3.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com).


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. In the East, in particular, it is the custom for the parish priest to go through the parish blessing houses-not the elaborate blessing of a new home, but a special blessing for the Epiphany. This serves as a renewal of the homes in which the people of God dwell and live out the mystery of the faith day by day. In recent years, this custom has been revived in some places in the West. However, there is another way of blessing homes at Epiphany that begins in Church but does not require the priest to go from house to house—something that would be impossible in many non-geographical parishes in the modern world. 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.

All: Amen.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 28-February 3, 2019

Monday, January 28
Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, January 29
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 30
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, January 31
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 1
Brigid of Ireland

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 2
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, February 3
The Solemnity of the Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am:  Entr’acte
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, January 20-26, 2019

The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Peter Ward Britton.

The flowers at the crossing are given in loving memory of Vincent Bohlen and Edgar Bohlen, and in thanksgiving for the baptism of Bea Egan.


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: Betsy Ridge Madsen, Will Joyner & Linda Jones host the Coffee Hour this morning! 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. Maria Denslow, Maggie Eggert, Gabriel Ellsworth, and Nick Westberg host the Coffee Hour this morning.  We will have a festive coffee hour hosted by members of the Parish today. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com). 


Evensong & Benediction & Organ Recital — Today at 4:30 organist Tate Addis, organist at First Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina, offers a half hour prelude recital of works by Georg Bohm, Anton Heiller and Ferruccio Busoni. At 5:00 pm, the Advent Choir will sing Evensong, featuring renaissance polyphony by Byrd, Tallis and Palestrina. Following the service, a light supper will be served, and Mark Dwyer will offer a brief talk entitled “The Tudors” discussing Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I with Thomas Tallis and William Byrd and the musical establishment of the time.  


FROM THE SEARCH COMMITTEE

PARISH-WIDE FORUMS Mark your calendars now!

The Search Committee will be hosting two Parish-wide forums in February. The purpose of these discussions will be 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. The forums will be moderated by Lynda Blair, chair of the Search Committee, together with other members of the committee. The forums will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 after the 9’oclock Mass (with Lynda Blair, Meg Nelson, and Jack Gurnon moderating) and on Sunday, February 17, 2019 after the 11:15 Mass (with Lynda Blair and John Boyd moderating).

We will hold the meetings in Moseley Hall, which will be set up with plenty of chairs and “coffee hour” goodies in the back. We expect that the February 10 forum after the 9 o’clock will continue past the start of the 11:15 Mass; so if you are usually an 11 o’clocker, and you can only come on February 10, we recommend that you attend the 9 o’clock Mass that week. Members of the Search Committee will be present in addition to the moderators at both forums.  The Wardens also plan to attend both sessions.


REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The nominating committee proposes the following persons for election to the indicated offices at the Annual Meeting to be held Sunday, January 27, 2019.

For Member of Vestry (4 to be elected):  Lynda Blair, Dustin Henderson, David Lapin, Fran Piscitelli, Philip Sawyer.

For Treasurer: Adam Rutledge.

For Clerk: Frederick Ou.

For Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (2 to be elected): Betsy Ridge Madsen, Julianne Ture.

For Alternate Delegate: Robb Scholten.

Informational statements from the candidates will be posted in advance of the Annual Meeting.

-By the Nominating Committee, consisting of C. Thomas Brown, Paul Roberts, John Boyd, Kara Rodgers, and John Higgins.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CLERK:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 27, 2019.  At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention.  To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year.  You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

Under the By-Laws of the Parish, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining the Electoral Roll.  The Electoral Roll for the upcoming Annual Meeting is now posted outside the Parish Office.  It consists of those who have pledged or made a similarly recorded qualifying contribution to the General Fund of the Parish during the past year.  Your name must be on the Roll in order to vote.  Any changes to the Roll must be made before the Parish Meeting commences.  Please inspect the list and let the Clerk know if you think there is an error.

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.  If you are new, please be sure to make a pledge for 2019 so that you can vote in the Annual Meeting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall, The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 10:00 am.

                                                                      Faithfully yours,  

                                                                      Frederick Ou, Clerk


THIS WEEK


Please note that the parish office will be closed Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


The Wednesday morning Bible Study meets in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am,  and currently studying Hebrews.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know. 


COMING UP


Common Cathedral – This morning volunteers from our parish will partner with the Common Cathedral on the Boston Common to provide lunch, Holy Communion, and Christian fellowship with homeless people and their friends.  Lunch was prepared yesterday by volunteer parishioners and the lunch will be served today at the Common Cathedral service. Please visit http://commoncathedral.org/ for more information.  The next time Advent parishioners are volunteering for this vital ministry is Sunday, March 10th. 


North Shore House Group Saturday, February 2nd.  A North Shore House Group is starting up in Salem, MA beginning on Saturday, February 2nd at 10AM. The group will meet monthly on Saturday mornings. This is a great opportunity for North Shore members of the Advent to have fellowship time together. At each session a theological idea will be discussed. The first session will meet at Brothers Taverna at 283 Derby St. in Salem. At the first session we will have brunch and come up with a running-list of Theological points to ponder in the coming months. For any information please contact Robb Scholten at robb.scholten@gmail.com.


The Feast of Presentation of Our Lord, also known as The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, will be celebrated Sunday, February 3rd.  A distinctive part of those celebrations will be a candlelight procession.  For us, this will signify Christ, who has come into the world and is indeed the Light of the World.  We will recall from the Gospel lessons that day, when Jesus is presented in the Temple, the Prophet Simeon taking the Baby Jesus in his arms and proclaiming Him as “a light to lighten the Gentiles and the Glory of Thy people Israel.”

To continue the celebration, our entire parish is invited to The Parish of All Saints, Ashmont for Solemn Evensong, a Solemn Procession, and Solemn Benediction at 4:00 pm. The Men and Boy Choir of All Saints’, Ashmont and the Choir of All Saints’ Church in Worcester, Massachusetts will sing the service. 


Our Entr’acte series of adult education presentations resumes on Sunday, February 3rd. These Entr’acte presentations happen between the 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses in the library adjacent to the nave.  Father Welch, our Interim Rector, will present a three-part series called Bare Ruined Choirs: A Personal Reflection on the State of the Church in America.  These presentations are the result of Father Welch’s experience over the last four years as he has visited churches of all types in his region of mid-coast Maine.  These churches are large and small, rural and town, and range from Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Congregational, to Independent Bible, Pentecostal, and Conservative Baptist.  The visits included worshiping with the congregation, and when it was possible, talking with pastors and parishioners.  In these three talks, Fr. Welch will report what he heard, saw, and felt, and also offer a theological reflection on what it may mean to live as a faithful person in a post-Christian society.  While the news is most often grim, there are moments of illumination and even exaltation, with valuable lessons for us all.


LET’S RISE AGAINST HUNGER!  Saturday, February 16th 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 the 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.  


ARE YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE?  Please come with your parents to a presentation on Saint Michael’s Conference on Sunday, February 10th at 10:15 in Father James’s office.  Saint Michael’s Conference is an educational week-long conference for young people between and ages of 14 and 21.  They come together from all over the country to learn about their Faith and to strengthen their Faith.  Come and find out why young people return to this conference year after year. 


STEWARDSHIP 2019


As of this past Friday we have received 192 pledges, pledging a total of $538,995.  86 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 26 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 42 parishioners who pledged last year.


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, 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 are openings for  flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays, February 10, and February 17.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com).


We give praise and thanksgiving this day for the Baptism of Beatrice Wallis Egan who received the Sacrament of New Birth yesterday afternoon.  We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.  


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 21-27, 2019

Monday, January 21
Agnes of Rome — Martin Luther King Day (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, January 22
Vincent of Saragossa
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 23
Phillips Brooks
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, January 24
Antony of Egypt
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 25
The Conversion of St Paul

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, January 26
Timothy & Titus
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, January 27
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Annual Parish Meeting
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, January 13-19, 2019

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Nancy Hockfield LaPosta.


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 Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host the Coffee Hour this morning! 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. John Ross Campbell, David Fisher, and Karen Harrington host the Coffee Hour this morning.We will have a festive coffee hour hosted by members of the Parish today. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com). 


Compline at the Advent—this evening at 8 pm—join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. Members of the Advent Choir will sing chant and contemplative music.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. 


The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 27, 2019.  Contributions to the 2018 Annual Report were due in the Parish Office by January 4.  If you owe a report (as head of a committee or group) please send it in ASAP.


FROM THE WARDENS

Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Church of the Advent,

We would like to thank the many people whose efforts made Fr Warren’s last Sunday with us such a memorable day. It was a moving day of thanks and tribute for our pastor of two decades. Let us keep him in our prayers as he moves to Marblehead and begins this new stage in his life. While the sadness of his departure is immediate and acute, our lasting memory should be of the joy with which he led us, and the vitality of the Parish family he leaves behind.

As the Advent has now entered this transition period, we wanted to provide a brief update on a few items.

First, our interim, the Rev’d Truman Welch, will take up his duties on Monday, January 28, and will preach on his first Sunday, February 3, when we will observe Candlemas.  We are excited to welcome Fr. Welch among us. Don’t be surprised to see him around the Hill and at the Advent on occasion toward the end of the month as he gets settled in back in Boston. We are also pleased that the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will serve as Interim Assisting Priest through Candlemas.  Fr. Macdonald-Radcliff is well-known to the Parish, having often assisted here during times of vacation and pilgrimage by other priests. We are thankful that he has a few weeks to spend with us as we await the arrival of Fr. Welch.

Second, we look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Meeting, which will commence at 10:15am on Sunday, January 27 between the two Masses. The list of nominees for Vestry and other Parish offices will be available in this Sunday’s bulletin. The Vestry will next meet this coming Thursday, January 17. The agenda includes consideration and approval of the budget for 2019, which will then be presented to the Parish in the Annual Report and at the Annual Meeting.

Third, our transition committees continue their work. The Search Committee is in the process of reviewing the substantial number of responses to the Parish Questionnaire, and planning the content of the Parish Profile. The Administration Committee is planning a series of reports and recommendations to the Vestry. There will be more detailed reports from both of these Committees in the Annual Report and at the Annual Meeting.

Fourth, we would like to introduce and welcome our new Parish Administrator, Jim Singletary. Jim previously served as administrator of churches in Salem and in Seattle. We are very lucky to have found an experienced pair of hands to take over from Jim Wood. Congratulations to Jim Wood on his retirement and thanks to him for more than two decades of service to our Parish! And welcome Jim Singletary! You will all have the chance to meet “new Jim” in person around the office, or at the Annual Meeting.

May God continue to bless the Church of the Advent.

Very truly yours,

Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.


REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The nominating committee proposes the following persons for election to the indicated offices at the Annual Meeting to be held Sunday, January 27, 2019.

For Member of Vestry (4 to be elected):  Lynda Blair, Dustin Henderson, David Lapin, Fran Piscitelli, Philip Sawyer.

For Treasurer: Adam Rutledge.

For Clerk: Frederick Ou.

For Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (2 to be elected): Betsy Ridge Madsen, Julianne Ture.

For Alternate Delegate: Robb Scholten.

Informational statements from the candidates will be posted in advance of the Annual Meeting.

-By the Nominating Committee, consisting of C. Thomas Brown, Paul Roberts, John Boyd, Kara Rodgers, and John Higgins.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CLERK:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 27, 2019.  At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention.  To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year.  You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

Under the By-Laws of the Parish, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining the Electoral Roll.  The Electoral Roll for the upcoming Annual Meeting is now posted outside the Parish Office.  It consists of those who have pledged or made a similarly recorded qualifying contribution to the General Fund of the Parish during the past year.  Your name must be on the Roll in order to vote.  Any changes to the Roll must be made before the Parish Meeting commences.  Please inspect the list and let the Clerk know if you think there is an error.

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.  If you are new, please be sure to make a pledge for 2019 so that you can vote in the Annual Meeting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall, The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 27, 2016, at 10:00 am.

                                                                      Faithfully yours,  

                                                                      Frederick Ou, Clerk


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday morning Bible Study meets in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am.  We are embarking on a study of Hebrews.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.  


COMING UP


Common Cathedral Upcoming Volunteer Oppportunities.  Four times a year the Advent partners with Common Cathedral, an outdoor worship service on the Common that provides lunch, communion, and fellowship with homeless people and their friends. Members of the Parish will be on the Common January 20th helping with this vital ministry. Volunteers are welcome for the next time Advent partners on March 10th. Please visit http://commoncathedral.org/ for more information. To be a volunteer please contact Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, at efialho@eds.edu.   


North Shore House Group Saturday, February 2nd.  A North Shore House Group is starting up in Salem, MA beginning on Saturday, February 2nd at 10AM. The group will meet monthly on Saturday mornings. This is a great opportunity for North Shore members of the Advent to have fellowship time together. At each session a theological idea will be discussed. The first session will meet at Brothers Taverna at 283 Derby St. in Salem. At the first session we will have brunch and come up with a running-list of Theological points to ponder in the coming months. For any information please contact Robb Scholten at robb.scholten@gmail.com.


Are you someone who will RISE AGAINST HUNGER?   If you are, then we can use you at the event we’re hosting on Saturday, February 16th from 10:00 am to noon in Moseley Hall. Again this year The Advent is hosting a Rise Against Hunger event for the members of our Diocese who are in the Boston Harbor Deanery. We are looking for five or six volunteers from our parish to join volunteers from other parishes around the Deanery to prepare 10,000 meals. That’s right. We will prepare dry food packages, one complete meal in each package with the necessary vitamins and nutrients, that will be sent somewhere around the world where people are hungry. The goal of Rise Against Hunger is to see an end to hunger in our lifetime. A very lofty goal, and we can do our part by stepping up and helping on February 16th.  If you have helped with events like this you will know that this is really a lot of fun. There’s music, some dancing, bells ringing to announce how many meals have been created, and just a good sense of satisfaction knowing that we are reaching out to others in need. We ask those who volunteer to arrive at 9:45 on that day. We are also looking for donations to offset the $3,500.00 it takes to put on the event and meet the cost of the food and materials. Within hours of announcing the event, we received a $500 donation from Emmanuel Church and a pledge of having some volunteers attending from that parish. What will the people of The Advent do? If you’re interested in helping or making a donation, please contact Father James. www.riseagainsthunger.org (go to the website and then click “get involved” and then click “host a meal packaging event”).  


ODDS & ENDS


Common Art Show Rescheduled. Due to technical hold ups Advent will now plan on hosting the Common Art Show at a later date in Spring. 


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


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for  flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays, February 10, and February 17.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com).


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 14-20, 2019

Monday, January 14

Tuesday, January 15
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 16
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:00 pm: Administration Committee
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, January 17
Antony of Egypt

5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 18
The Confession of St Peter

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, January 19
Wulfstan of Worcester
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, January 20
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction

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

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


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


9:00 am—Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office.  The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.

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

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


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

11:15 Coffee Hour. We will have a festive coffee hour hosted by members of the Parish today. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com). 


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

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


ODDS & ENDS


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


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for  flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays, January 27, February 10, and February 17.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com).


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


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


STEWARDSHIP 2019


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

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

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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 7-13, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, January 10
William Laud

Friday, January 11
11:30 am: Rosary

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

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

This Week at the Advent, December 30, 2018-January 5, 2019

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


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


Childcare will be available for the Evening service on December 31.  The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service. 


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. Barbara Boles and the kitchen staff host the Coffee Hour this morning! 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. Steven Sayers & Ross Wood and Lynn Eustis host the Coffee Hour this morning. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact 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 WEEK


The Parish Office will be closed on Tuesday, New Year’s Day.


COMING UP


Common Art—Sunday, January 13—An art show of professional and amateur art will be held in the Library on January 13. The artwork comes from the unhoused population of Boston who make up Common Cathedral.  Come and see various types of artistic expression which come from the hearts of those who attend weekly Common Art sessions in Boston.  All art work is available for purchase.  Please contact Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho at efialho@eds.edu with any questions. 


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.


Some months ago, Advent Parishioner Brian Sirman published a remarkable study of the recent history of our city, Concrete Changes:  Architecture, Politics, and the Design of the Boston City Hall.  He argues that this still controversial building was part of a deliberate and successful plan to change Boston, to turn it away from being a sleepy, provincial capital run by old Yankee families and corrupt politicians into an international and influential city.  This fascinating book would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone interested in understanding how Boston, as we know it today, came to be.  Copies are available in the Book Store.  


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


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


A New Gallery!  Cats, as everyone knows, have been an important part of the life of the Advent for the past twenty years.  There have been four church cats in the past, and there is Simon, now very much in the present.  I have assembled a gallery of these kritters—Gray Baby, Bradley, Jake, Jeoffry and Simon—and, with the help of Cassie Gurnon, have hung it the outer office around the copy machine.  Take a look. — Father Warren


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 31, 2018-January 6, 2019

Monday, December 31
5:00 pm: Festival Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols by Candlelight

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
The Holy Name (Parish Office Closed)
11:00 am: Mass
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 2
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, January 3

Friday, January 4
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, January 5
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, January 6
The Feast of the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, December 23-29, 2018

The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman McGregor Post, priest, & Jane Irene Post. 


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


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


Childcare will be available for the Evening services on December 24 and December 31.  The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service. 


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. David Russo & Matt McNeff and John Boyd host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be Barbara Boles and the kitchen staff.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. Charles Dale, Carole Moussalli and Amanda Daley host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Steven Sayers & Ross Wood and Lynn Eustis. 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). 


The Parish Flower Guild needs your help this afternoon!  After the 11:15 Mass we will have a light lunch and then put up all the greens and candles! 

Decorating the church for Christmas is a lot of work, and the Flower Guild can’t do it alone.  We need volunteers this afternoon—floral design skills are not required—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you!  And if you can spare an hour or two but not come for the entire block, that’s perfectly OK. 


It’s that time again!  As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin’ Donuts as their Christmas gift from the Advent.  This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter.  If you wish to make a donation—and we hope you do—send it in marked “Donuts.”


THIS WEEK


Nota Bene:  In order to allow the Flower Guild and the Organists and Choirs prepare for the Christmas Eve Masses at 4:30 pm, the special music and the Mass beginning at 11:00 pm and the 11:00 Mass on Christmas Day, the midday Mass on Monday, December 24, is cancelled.


Christmas Service Schedule
The schedule of Christmas services at the Advent can be also found on the back page of Sunday’s leaflets.  There are cards available at the back of the church giving the full Christmas schedule.  Please take them and give them to your friends and neighbors.


The Parish Office will be closed this week on Tuesday, Christmas Day, and on Wednesday, December 26. 


Every year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve.  This year these donations will be given to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy.  They are especially in need of infant clothing and small stuffed animals to include in the more than 400 layettes that volunteer ladies involved in the organization assemble each year. 


COMING UP


Common Art—Sunday, January 13—An art show of professional and amateur art will be held in the Library on January 13. The artwork comes from the unhoused population of Boston who make up Common Cathedral.  Come and see various types of artistic expression which come from the hearts of those who attend weekly Common Art sessions in Boston.  All art work is available for purchase.  Please contact Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho at efialho@eds.edu with any questions. 


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.


Some months ago, Advent Parishioner Brian Sirman published a remarkable study of the recent history of our city, Concrete Changes:  Architecture, Politics, and the Design of the Boston City Hall.  He argues that this still controversial building was part of a deliberate and successful plan to change Boston, to turn it away from being a sleepy, provincial capital run by old Yankee families and corrupt politicians into an international and influential city.  This fascinating book would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone interested in understanding how Boston, as we know it today, came to be.  Copies are available in the Book Store.  


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


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


A New Gallery!  Cats, as everyone knows, have been an important part of the life of the Advent for the past twenty years.  There have been four church cats in the past, and there is Simon, now very much in the present.  I have assembled a gallery of these kritters—Gray Baby, Bradley, Jake, Jeoffry and Simon—and, with the help of Cassie Gurnon, have hung it the outer office around the copy machine.  Take a look. — Father Warren


STEWARDSHIP 2019


Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:

Our Stewardship 2019 committee wanted to give a very big thank you to all Advent parishioners who have responded with their pledges to this year’s campaign.  Your support has seen this year’s campaign already surpass last year total pledges with more responses still to come.

The favorable response from so many Advent parishioners to the “Plus 10%” theme for 2019 has been a strong expression of how the Advent community feels about this special and sacred place of worship.  All pledges that we have received are important to supporting the necessary activities of the Wardens and Vestry in this transition year; in addition, it is especially gratifying to see 24 new pledges which is another sign of on-going strength of this vibrant place of worship.

Again, on behalf of the Wardens, Vestry and the Stewardship Campaign 2019 committee, we want to extend a warm thank you during this blessed Advent Season to all our Advent parishioners.  Your support and response to this “calling” is a blessing upon us all.

All our best wishes for a wonderful and blessed Advent Season and for the New Year 2019.

Francesco Piscitelli & Thatcher Gearhart
Stewardship Co-Chairmen

As of this past Friday we have received 174 pledges, pledging a total of $512,439.  79 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 24 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 55 parishioners who pledged a total of $79,180 last year.

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

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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 24-30, 2018

Monday, December 24
The Vigil of Christmas
10:00 am: Flower Prep
4:30 pm: Family Mass & Procession to the Crèche
10:15 pm: Musical Prelude
11:00 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass

Tuesday, December 25
Christmas Day (Parish Office Closed)
11:00 am: Solemn Mass
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 26
St Stephen (Parish Office Closed)

6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, December 27
St John the Apostle

Friday, December 28
The Holy Innocents

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, December 29
Thomas à Becket

Sunday, December 30
The Sunday after Christmas
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, December 16-22, 2018

The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman McGregor Post, priest, & Jane Irene Post. 

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Geoffrey B. Sayer.

The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Michael J. Sullivan, Hazel Sullivan Helms and Kevin J. Sullivan.


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


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


Childcare will be available for the Evening services on December 24 and December 31.  The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service. 


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. Judy Bell & Franceso Piscitelli and Cassie & Jack Gurnon host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be David Russo & Matt McNeff and John Boyd. 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 Harrington, Ellie Dixon and Frederick Ou host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Steven Sayers & Ross Wood and Lynn Eustis.  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). 


Can you help the Flower Guild Today?  After the 11:15 Coffee Hour (around 1:00) the Flower Guild needs help carrying all the Christmas material out of the storage and up into the Church.  Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help, but if you can stay one hour to help put up all the candles and assemble the crèche enclosure that would be even better!


It’s that time again!  As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin’ Donuts as their Christmas gift from the Advent.  This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter.  If you wish to make a donation—and we hope you do—send it in marked “Donuts.”


A Note to parents:  Those administering Communion are not always aware of the children who receive Holy Communion and those who do not yet receive.  So, small children who wish to receive Holy Communion should be instructed by their parents to extend their hands, palms side up, so that the person administering Communion will be aware that they wish to receive.


Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, is also known as Gaudete Sunday.  This is taken from the first line of the Latin introit for the day:  “Gaudete in Domino semper; iterum dico, gaudete”;  “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”

You will notice that there are flowers at the Altar today and that the vestments and hangings are rose rather than blue.  This is a sign—just as it is on the Fourth Sunday of Lent—that the fast of the season is relaxed on this one day.  We, therefore, rejoice in anticipation of the feast for which Advent is a preparation, Christmas and its twelve days of celebration.

In spite of the well-known partridge and the pear tree and the eight maids a-milkin’, most Christmas celebration nowadays takes place before rather than after the day itself.  Earlier ages were wiser that our own and understood the value of preparation, though they may not have enjoyed it.  Witness one Advent carol from the fifteenth century which goes:

                                        Farewele, Advent, Cristemas is cum;
                                  Farewele fro us both alle and same.

                                  With paciens thou hast us feede
                                      And made us go hungrie to bedde;
                                  For lak of mete we were nyghe dedde
                                      Farewele fro us both alle and same.

                                  While thou haste to be within oure howse
                                      We ete no puddings ne no sowce,
                                  But stynking fisshe not worthe a lowse;
                                      Farewele fro us both all and same.


THIS WEEK


Tomorrow, Monday, December 17, there will be a Requiem Mass said for long-time parishioner and sometime member of the Vestry, Michael Damer Dawson.  This will take the place of the regular midday Low Mass.


Theology on Tap which was to have taken place tomorrow has had to be cancelled.  It will be rescheduled sometime in January.


The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am.  We are currently studying the epistles First and Second Timothy, Titus and Philemon.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.  


New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John:  Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Continuing this Wednesday, December 19, an in-depth five-week course will be offered starting at 7:00 pm in the Library.  Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will again lead a thought-provoking Bible Study.  All attendees will receive scripture journals.  Each session will last roughly 90 minutes and cover various histories, key themes, and enduring theologies as expressed in the shortest Epistles of the New Testament.  For more information please contact Eric at efialho@eds.edu.  


COMING UP


Every year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve.  This year these donations will be given to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy.  They are especially in need of infant clothing and small stuffed animals to include in the more than 400 layettes that volunteer ladies involved in the organization assemble each year. 

Christmas Service Schedule
The schedule of Christmas services at the Advent can be also found on the penultimate page of Sunday’s leaflets.  There are cards available at the back of the church giving the full Christmas schedule.  Please take them and give them to your friends and neighbors.


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.


At the Advent Book Store!  Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2019 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.

Some months ago, Advent Parishioner Brian Sirman published a remarkable study of the recent history of our city, Concrete Changes:  Architecture, Politics, and the Design of the Boston City Hall.  He argues that this still controversial building was part of a deliberate and successful plan to change Boston, to turn it away from being a sleepy, provincial capital run by old Yankee families and corrupt politicians into an international and influential city.  This fascinating book would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone interested in understanding how Boston, as we know it today, came to be.  Copies are available in the Book Store.  


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


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


The parish Flower Guild needs your help!  Decorating the church for Christmas is a lot of work, and the Flower Guild can’t do it alone.  We need volunteers on the following days; floral design skills are not required—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you!  And if you can spare an hour or two but not come for the entire block, that’s perfectly OK. 

  • Saturday December 22, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Sunday December 23, 1:30 to 5:00 pm.  After the 11:15 Mass we will have a light lunch and then put up all the greens and candles.  

STEWARDSHIP 2019


If you requested pledge cards when you submitted your pledge for 2019, they are in the back of the Church in alphabetical order (at least they were on Friday).


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 17-23, 2018

Monday, December 17
12:15 pm: Requiem Mass for Michael Dawson

Tuesday, December 18
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 19
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:00 pm: Bible Study

Thursday, December 20
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 21
St Thomas the Apostle

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, December 22
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, December 23
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
1:15 pm: Flower Guild Setup