This Week at the Advent, June 16-22, 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. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


The flowers at the high altar are given in praise of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, and in loving memory of Vance Hosford.


We give praise and thanksgiving for the Baptism of Katherine Cherie Haynes. Katherine received the Sacrament of Baptism on June 5 and was made a child of God, a member of Christ’s Body, the Church, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of God.

We offer prayers of thanksgiving for those members of our parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation or were received into this Communion yesterday morning at our Cathedral Church of Saint Paul. Those being confirmed were: Melissa Baldwin, Quin Cousineau, Christopher Doty, Maggie Eggert, Katherine Haynes, Carolina Stafford-Jones, Kat Meyers, Penelope Montaldi-Pulsone, Matthew Murphy, Nick Westberg, and Emily Zadig. Those being received were: Mark Aparece, Daniel Orsen, Brian Sirman, and Ellen Swendrowski-Evett.

“Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom every family in heaven and earth is named, grant you to be strengthened with might by His Holy Spirit, that, Christ dwelling in your hearts by faith, you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Amen.”

Confirmands


9:00 Coffee Hour: Cassie & Jack Gurnon and Betsy Ridge Madsen host today. Next Sunday, Ray Porter joins Mary & Paul Roberts to host. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are the Advent Choir. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Monthly Sunday Evensong and Benediction is on break until October. See below for info about a special Evensong opportunity on July 1.


THIS WEEK


The Corpus Christi Mass, with Procession-Around-the-Neighborhood and Benediction, is this Thursday, June 20. The music is by Monteverdi, Mawby and Isaac, and a brass quartet will play for the procession. Fr. Welch will preach. We hope to see you here!


COMING UP


PICNIC! Next Sunday, June 23, we will have a summertime picnic in the Garden following the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses. The Advent will provide hot dogs with all the trimmings and drinks of various kinds. We ask members of the Parish to bring hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts. Pray for good weather and feel free to dress appropriately.


On Monday, July 1, at 6 pm, the full Advent Choir will sing Evensong with a Solemn Procession in observance of the Feast of SS Peter and Paul. The Rt Rev’d Alan Gates, our Bishop, will preach. The choir will offer the Second Service of Kenneth Leighton, with Palestrina’s Tu es Petrus, and Quodcunque ligaveris by Byrd. Organ music will be by Franck and Dupré. This is a special observance for the national conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Those who attended the Evensong which we offered in the summer of 2014 for the American Guild of Organists’ national convention will remember the raise-the-roof hymn-singing; and this Evensong, jam-packed with musicians, promises to be equally thrilling. So do attend if you are able as you will truly hear Bishop Gates “preach to the choir” at this festal gathering of church musicians.


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

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending. The registration deadline is July 1.


ODDS & ENDS


The Parish Profile is now available. To read it, please visit the website and click on the “Rector Search” tab at the top of the main page.


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. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email: nsheffer@newview.org.


A Note about the Parish Directory. Contact information for members and friends of the Advent is constantly changing, so copies of the latest version are available on request. If you would like one, just send a message to office@theadventboston.org and specify if you would like pick up a printed copy or prefer to have an electronic (pdf) version emailed to you.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


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

The term Anglo-Catholic, commonly used to describe the Church of the Advent and popularly used to denote the “smells and bells” style of worship, is said to have come into use circa 1830-1840. However, in the Advent’s earliest histories, the phrase is not used. The Reverend William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902-1929) regularly and emphatically identified the church as American Catholic. The description below, or a variation of it, appeared frequently in various printed materials.

“May I say something to our friends, especially among the students, who are just commencing to know the Advent, about our ideals? This church is free; i.e., it is the House of God, open freely to all God’s children, not parcelled out into rented or owned pews set apart for persons specially favored. (This does not mean, of course, that worshippers are denied the opportunity of paying their debt to God through regular offerings at all services and in the poor-boxes. It is Catholic: it derives its Priesthood, the Sacraments they minister and the doctrines they preach, from the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, which our Lord founded upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets. But is it also American, and is subject to the American Episcopate, acknowledging no alien authority whatever in things spiritual. Its worship is according to Catholic tradition as received through the Church of England. No law of the Prayer-book is violated, and all laws of the Prayer-book are observed here. If you see anything unfamiliar, come to the clergy, who will gladly explain it to you.”


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
June 17-23, 2019

Monday, June 17

Tuesday, June 18
Bernard Mizeki
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, June 19
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, June 20
Corpus Christi
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass & Procession & Benediction

Friday, June 21
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, June 22
Alban

Sunday, June 23
The Second Sunday after Pentecost
Parish Picnic after the 9 & 11:15 Masses
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, June 9-15, 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. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in honour of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, and in loving memory of Michael Dawson.

The flowers in the crossing are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the 53rd wedding anniversary of Leonard and Suzann Buckle and the renewal of their vows.


We give praise and thanksgiving this morning for the Baptism of Elisabeth Lucille Rutledge. Lucy is the daughter of Adam and Lea Rutledge.  “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.”


9:00 Coffee Hour: Will Joyner & Linda Jones join Megan & Mike Zadig to host this morning. Next Sunday Betsy Ridge Madsen joins Cassie & Jack Gurnon in hosting.  If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are the Advent Choir, Maria Denslow, Gabriel Ellsworth, and Ginny McMackin. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Join us this evening at 8pm for COMPLINE at the Advent.


THIS WEEK


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES concludes this Wednesday in Moseley Hall with a light supper following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. This week’s topic is “A Rule of Life.” Confirmations take place this Saturday, June 15, at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul.


This Thursday, June 13 at 2:00 pm in Moseley Hall, In Stile Moderno (Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano; Nathaniel Cox, cornetto and theorbo; and Ben Katz, harpsichord) presents “Un Concerto per Barberini,” as part of the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe. The concert will feature works by Girolamo Frescobaldi and Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, two virtuoso performers and composers who in the 1620s were in the employ of Cardinal Francesco Barberini in Rome. In addition to solo music for harpsichord and theorbo, this program features instrumental canzone, sacred motets, and secular monody. Admission is by suggested donation of $10 reduced / $20 regular. We hope to see you there!


COMING UP


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. We have openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sunday, June 16 and especially for Corpus Christi (June 20). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


PICNIC! On Sunday, June 23, we will have a summertime picnic in the Garden following the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses. The Advent will provide hot dogs with all the trimmings and drinks of various kinds. We ask members of the Parish to bring hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts. Pray for good weather and feel free to dress appropriately.


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

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending. The registration deadline is July 1.


On Monday, July 1, at 6 pm, the full Advent Choir will sing Evensong with a Solemn Procession in observance of the Feast of SS Peter and Paul. The Rt Rev’d Alan Gates, our Bishop, will preach. The choir will offer the Second Service of Kenneth Leighton, with Palestrina’s Tu es Petrus, and Quodcunque ligaveris by Byrd. Organ music will be by Franck and Dupré. This is a special observance for the national conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Those who attended the Evensong which we offered in the summer of 2014 for the American Guild of Organists’ national convention will remember the raise-the-roof hymn-singing; and this Evensong, jam-packed with musicians, promises to be equally thrilling. So do attend if you are able, as you will truly hear Bishop Gates “preach to the choir” at this festal gathering of church musicians.


ODDS & ENDS


The Parish Profile is now available. To read it, please visit the website and click on the “Rector Search” tab at the top of the main page.


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. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email: nsheffer@newview.org.


From the Advent Archives —

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

The church on Bowdoin Street was home to the Church of the Advent from 1863 to 1883.

The Parish Profile published on June 4, 2019, describes the length of parishioners’ commutes — ranging from 20 minutes to 90 minutes or more. While we cannot provide the amount of time parishioners spent getting to church in the late nineteenth century, it is clear from the available data that the Church of the Advent has long attracted people from near and far, as shown by their places of residence recorded in the  Communicants Roll, 1879:

Auburndale Everett
Belmont Jamaica Plain
Boston including South Boston, East Boston Revere
Brookline Roxbury
Cambridge including Cambridgeport Rutland
Charlestown Somerville including West Somerville
Chelsea Watertown
Canton Wellesley including Wellesley Hills
Dorchester including Fields Corner Winthrop

In addition to demographic information, also included are editorial notes, such as “drinks – suspended,” “Popish recusant,” and “left for Yokohama Japan 1880.”)

Also notable are the number of people who listed hospitals, hotels, institutional homes, and schools as their home:

Cambridge Theological School Hotel Falmouth
City Hospital Hotel Lafayette
Coolidge House Hotel Pembroke
Fort Independence McLean Asylum
Good Samaritan House Mission House (SSJE)
Massachusetts General Hospital New Haven Hospital
Home for Colored Women Parker House
Hotel Anderson St. John’s School
Hotel Berkeley St. Luke’s Home
Hotel Comfort St. Margaret’s School

THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
June 10-16, 2019

Monday, June 10
Ephrem of Edessa
4:00 pm: River House Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 11
Barnabas
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, June 12
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:30 pm:  Adult Confirmation Class 
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, June 13
2:00 pm: In Stile Moderno Concert
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, June 14
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, June 15
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:30 am: Confirmation (at the Cathedral)

Sunday, June 16
Trinity Sunday
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass & Te Deum

This Week at the Advent, June 2-8, 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. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of John Kocyk Zartarian.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone, and Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen host this morning. Today’s Coffee Hour also includes a recognition of our Church School teachers. Next Sunday Will Joyner & Linda Jones join Megan & Mike Zadig in hosting.  If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Mark Aparece, Susan Fugliese, and Frank Olney. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Important Update from the Wardens

We are pleased to report that Bishop Gates has approved our Parish Profile.  Our expectation is that the final layout and formatting will be completed early next week, at which point the document will be publicly available.  When this happens, we will send a special email to the Parish with a link to the profile, which will be posted on the Parish website. 
–Tom Brown & Paul Roberts.


THIS WEEK


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES continue this Wednesday in Moseley Hall with a light supper following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. This week’s topic is “The History of the Episcopal Church.”


On Tuesday, June 4, Leonard and Suzann Buckle, longtime members of our parish, will celebrate the 53rd anniversary of their marriage. Part of their celebration will be a renewal of their marriage vows here at the Church at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 8. A reception will follow immediately in Moseley Hall.


COMING UP


COMPLINE at the Advent — Next Sunday, June 9, 8:00 pm.


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. We have openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sunday, June 16 and especially for Corpus Christi (June 20). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


PICNIC! On Sunday, June 23, we will have a summertime picnic in the Garden following the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses. The Advent will provide hot dogs with all the trimmings and drinks of various kinds. We ask members of the Parish to bring hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts. Pray for good weather and feel free to dress appropriately.


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

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending. The registration deadline is July 1.


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. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email: nsheffer@newview.org.


From the Advent Archives —

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

The soaring lines of the Advent have inspired artists and photographers from its earliest days. On Sunday, June 2, a new display case located in the foyer will debut postcards, photographs, and other images of the building’s exterior. Included in the exhibit: one of the earliest drawings of “The New Church of the Advent” from King’s handbook of Boston, 1889 (see below); the original of a familiar image by Jack Frost, used on the cover of our service bulletins; an assortment of postcards and note cards, including the earliest color postcard (circa 1915) of the church; an Epiphany-themed depiction by Robert Turner Walker; a watercolor by Diane Cermak, a member of the Bell Ringers Guild; and a pen-and-ink sketch by Jean Holloway, used on the cover of the Anglican Digest.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
June 3-9, 2019

Monday, June 3
Martyrs of Uganda

Tuesday, June 4
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, June 5
Boniface
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:30 pm:  Adult Confirmation Class follows
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, June 6
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, June 7
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, June 8
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:30 am: Search Committee
2:00 pm: Buckle Marriage Vows Renewal

Sunday, June 9
Pentecost (Whitsunday)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass with Holy Baptism
2:30 pm: Bellringers
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week at the Advent, May 26-June 1, 2019

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

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

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


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

The flowers by the Mt. Vernon Street entrance are given to the glory of God and in memory of Martha Sever (see under “Advent 175”, below, and also here).


9:00 Coffee Hour: Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host this morning. Next Sunday Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone join Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bown to host, and there will also be a recognition of Church School teachers. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Philip Clark, Steve Kies & Jonathan Maldonado. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


THIS WEEK


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES continue this Wednesday in Moseley Hall with a light supper following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. This week’s topic is “The Practice of Christianity, The Christian Duties.”


An Ascension Day Orchestral Mass!
This Thursday evening, May 30, at 6:30 pm

Herbert Howells

A Solemn Mass will be sung to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. The Advent Choir and Orchestra will offer “An English Mass” by Herbert Howells. A gorgeous work for chorus, string orchestra, winds, tympani and harp, this piece by Howells is rarely performed and we believe that this will be its North American Premiere by an all-professional choir and orchestra.

The mass was commissioned for a 1956 concert of all-new works to celebrate Harold Darke’s 50th anniversary as organist and choirmaster of St. Michael’s Cornhill, London. The title refers to the use (apart from the Kyrie) of the English text from the Prayer Book for the setting of the mass. In “An English Mass,” sonorous textures combine with sinewy melodies to create a mystical setting of refined beauty. Ecstatic outbursts of praise contrast with hushed melting solos. You won’t want to miss it!

Our homilist will be the Rev’d Canon Edie Dolnikowski, Canon for Ordained Vocations for the Diocese of Massachusetts. A reception follows the Mass.


Ordination of Eric Fialho

Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate this Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul. All are most welcome to attend. Eric has accepted a call to serve as Curate at St. Paul’s Church in Riverside, CT, and will be starting there in June. Eric has served The Church of the Advent as Seminarian and subsequently as Pastoral Assistant for the past three years.


COMING UP


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. We have openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sunday, June 16 and especially for Corpus Christi (June 20). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


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

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending.


ODDS & ENDS


From the Advent Archives —

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

The holiday we know as Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day in the years following the Civil War when an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — designated a day in late May as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers, as we have done today on the plaque outside the library.

Martha Sever was baptized at the Advent by the Rt. Rev. Horatio Southgate on March 8, 1855, when she was 16 years old. Her father had died a month earlier. Southgate noted that Martha was “of sufficient age to answer for herself.”

During the Civil War, Martha was a nurse serving at Beverly, New Jersey, where she died of typhoid fever, age 25, in 1864. Before departing for New Jersey, she wrote her will: “Nov. 6, 1859. I give to the Church of the Advent for the building of a new church, ten shares in the Western Road, the interest to be used for the poor of the Parish till the time of the building of the new church. All this is provided it shall remain a free church; if not, one half shall be given to the Church Home for Orphans and the other half for a free bed (or beds) in the Massachusetts General Hospital.”

A tablet honoring her and her gift is on the wall inside the Mt. Vernon Street entrance:

Martha Sever (1839-1865)

LO I COME

To the glory of God and in memory of Martha Sever,
who died in the service of her Lord and country,
at Beverly Hospital, New Jersey, Nov. 13, 1864, aged 25 years.
This porch was built by money bequeathed by her, a member of this parish,
who had the building of a new church much at heart.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
May 27-June 2, 2019

Monday, May 27
Office closed in observance of Memorial Day.
No Morning Prayer.

Tuesday, May 28
6:00 pm: Community Supper
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Choir & Orchestra Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 29
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:30 pm:  Adult Confirmation Class follows
7:00 pm: Choir & Orchestra Rehearsal

Thursday, May 30
Ascension Day
No 12:15 pm Mass
6:30 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass; reception follows

Friday, May 31
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
10:00 am: Flower Guild
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, June 1
Justin Martyr
10:30 am: Ordination of Eric Fialho (Cathedral of St Paul)

Sunday, June 2
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, May 19-25, 2019

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour: Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar host this morning. Next Sunday Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host. New coffee hour hosts are always needed, and many slots are available for the fall. Please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Karen Chaney, David Fisher, and Ignacio Gama. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Today’s Entr’acte is a presentation about the renovation of the rectory now under way.  Property Committee chairs Tom & Carolyn McDermott will talk about the work being done. Finance Committee co-chair Thatcher Gearhart will discuss the financial aspects of the project and Junior Warden Paul Roberts will be available to answer questions on behalf of the Wardens and the Vestry.


At 4:30 pm, organist Jonathan Vaughn of Christ Church Greenwich will offer a half-hour organ recital. A brilliant performer, Jonny was the Associate Organist of Wells Cathedral for nearly a decade before coming to the States. He will play the Hollins: Concert Overture no 2 in C minor, Howells: Rhapsody no 1 in D flat and the rarely-performed Whitlock: Fantasie Chorale no 2 in F sharp minor.

A service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction will follow at 5:00 pm, sung by The Advent Choir. Music featured will be the Leighton: Second Evening Service and motets by Palestrina and Parry. Following the one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6:00 pm during which our own Eric Fialho will give a brief talk entitled “The Anglicanism of M. R. James—A Gently Revealed Suspicion.” A master of the macabre, Montague Rhodes James was a medievalist and life-long academic famed for his ghost stories, which display the supernatural on the periphery. Join Eric as he unravels James’ style which always showcased his curiosity of the dark side of nature and of the supernatural— something not always entirely recognized in the Anglicanism of his day.


THIS WEEK


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES continue this Wednesday in Moseley Hall with a light supper following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. This week’s topic is “Prayer Life: Public and Private.”

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


COMING UP


Ordination of Eric Fialho: We are pleased to announce that our Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul. All are most welcome to attend. Eric has accepted a call to serve as Curate at St. Paul’s Church in Riverside, CT, and will be starting there in June. Eric has served The Church of the Advent as Seminarian and subsequently as Pastoral Assistant for the past three years.


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

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending.


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are IMMEDIATE openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings next Sunday, May 26 and Ascension Day, May 30 (Ascension Day flowers remain through Sunday, June 2). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


A Word from the Walk for Hunger Team:

GOAL REACHED!!!  Many, many thanks to so many of our Advent parishioners that supported Team Advent and the Walk for Hunger this year. We made our goal this week and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Special thanks goes to those that
support this effort every year. We could not do this without you!

It has been particularly rewarding meeting so many of you at Coffee Hour and hearing your Walk for Hunger stories. From those who walked it for 20 years or more, to those who walked it when their families

were younger. Every story reminds me of how vital Project Bread is to helping those less fortunate in our community right here in Boston, and it has us inspired to take on the challenge again for next year, as so many of you have done before us !

Many thanks from the Briggs Kiernan Family and all of Team Advent 2019!

Walk for Hunger team


A message from Fr Welch:

As we prepare for the celebration of Advent 175, several parishioners have contributed to the Advent Archives through gifts of time, documents, and art. Look for displays featuring some of these items in the coming months.

  • Bob and Wilbur Kingston-Parrott: an original (circa 1926) watercolor by Robert Turner Walker, founder of the Order of St. Vincent
  • Tyson Miller: An order of service from Good Friday 1872
  • Barbara Moore (Mrs. Roger):The Oxford Movement: Twelve Years, 1833-1845 edited by R. W. Church
  • Adam Rutledge: printer’s block proofs from the Constitution of the Order of St. Vincent
  • Fr Allan Warren: an image of the church on Green Street
  • Ray Porter: vintage postcard; two color images of stained glass windows

In addition, Barbara Boles, Melissa Fox, Liz Hunter, and Frank Olney have brought their individual and considerable skills to the monumental task of inventorying, organizing, and otherwise bringing order to the archives. And finally, highest praise to David Russo, our Parish Archivist, and to Deacon Daphne B. Noyes, for their many hours of dusty work. They’ve come up with some real treasures. – Fr Welch


From the Advent Archives —

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

From the Boston Globe, 6 April 1885:

At the Church of the Advent yesterday there was a very large attendance, filling the spacious building completely. The decorations were very beautiful and in fine taste. On the altar steps were two beautiful azaleas, in full bloom, at least eight feet high, while on the altar were a dozen vases filled with choice cut flowers. In front of the reredos were five tall vases of cut flowers and 200 to 300 pots of rare specimens of the floral world. The pulpit was very beautiful, being adorned with passion flowers and vines. The screen was decorated with Southern moss and laurel. The regular music was augmented by five stringed instruments. S. B. Whitney presided at the organ, and the soprano soloists were Masters Warren, Imling and Nichols.

Father Grafton was the preacher. He took for his text the words of our Lord when he met Mary at the tomb: “Touch me not, for I have not yet arisen.” The speaker then in very touching language showed that while Christ had not risen at the time He spoke with Mary He was risen today, and that all could draw near to Him and He would comfort and cheer them.

Undated Eastertide photograph of the high altar before 1891, when the reredos was installed.
This is the earliest image of the Brimmer Street church interior we have located thus far.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
May 20-26, 2019

Monday, May 20
Alcuin

Tuesday, May 21
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, May 22
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
                  Adult Confirmation Class follows
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, May 23
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 24
Jackson Kemper
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, May 25
Bede the Venerable
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 26
The Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation Sunday)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, May 12-18, 2019

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

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

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


The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the 30th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Dr. Katharine C. Black at St. Michael’s Church, Marblehead, on May 11, 1989, which was celebrated by a successful bell peal rung here.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Robb Scholten and Nola Sheffer host this morning. Next Sunday Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar host. New coffee hour hosts are always needed, and many slots are available for the fall. Please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are DJ Hatfield, Frederick Ou, and Philip & Anh Sawyer. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Today’s Entr’acte is part two of a look at the parables found in Mark’s Gospel, led by Rick Stone. Next Sunday, Property Committee chairs Tom & Carolyn McDermott will present an update on the renovation of the rectory. Finance Committee chair Thatcher Gearhart will discuss the financial aspects of the project and Junior Warden Paul Roberts will be available for questions on behalf of the Wardens and the Vestry.


Compline will by sung by members of The Advent Choir at 8:00 pm this evening. Included will be chant and motets by Blitheman, Darke, Guerrero and Scheidt.


THIS WEEK


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES continue this Wednesday following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. This week’s topic is “The Sacraments.”

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


COMING UP


Next Sunday, May 19, at 4:30 pm, organist Jonathan Vaughn of Christ Church Greenwich will offer a half-hour organ recital. A brilliant performer, Jonny was the Associate Organist of Wells Cathedral for nearly a decade before coming to the States. He will play the Hollins: Concert Overture no 2 in C minor, Howells: Rhapsody no 1 in D flat and the rarely-performed Whitlock: Fantasie Chorale no 2 in F sharp minor.

A service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction will follow at 5:00 pm, sung by The Advent Choir. Music featured will be the Leighton: Second Evening Service and motets by Palestrina and Parry. Following the one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6:00 pm during which our own Eric Fialho will give a brief talk entitled “The Anglicanism of M. R. James—A Gently Revealed Suspicion.”

Montague Rhodes James was an early twentieth-century English author and medievalist scholar. He was provost of King’s College Cambridge as well as Eton College; he was also sometime Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. M. R. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors, and using more realistic, contemporary settings. However, James’s protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the “antiquarian ghost story.” Eric Fialho will focus on how James, the son of an evangelical Anglican clergyman and a devout Anglican himself, wrote his ghost stories as a way to showcase his curiosity of the dark side of nature and of the supernatural — something not always entirely celebrated, nor even recognized, in the Anglicanism of his day.


Ordination of Eric Fialho: We are pleased to announce that our Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul. All are most welcome to attend. Eric has accepted a call to serve as Curate at St. Paul’s Church in Riverside, CT, and will be starting there in June. Eric has served The Church of the Advent as Seminarian and subsequently as Pastoral Assistant for the past three years.


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

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending.


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are IMMEDIATE openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on the next two Sundays, May 19 and 26, as well as for Ascension Day, May 30 (with flowers to remain through Sunday, June 2). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


A Word from the Walk for Hunger Team:

As of Friday morning, we were still short of our $10K goal. We hope celebrate  if more parishioners help us in this final push. We have managed to provide Project Bread with donations over $10K most years. We would love to deliver on this after this year’s great walk. So please help us close out the $700 gap with a donation large or small! We are so grateful to everyone who supports our Community Dinners with their donations to the Walk for Hunger. Thank you,

All of Team Advent 2019 (The Briggs-Kiernan  Family, Rob Braman, Lorraine Henderson, Tyson Miller , Nola Sheffer, The Lewis Bowen’s + the Farnan-Murphy Family.)

Walk for Hunger team


From the Advent Archives —

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

Transportation woes are not new to the Advent and her parishioners, as evidenced by these excerpts from the Rev’d William Van Allen’s Weekly Message:

church in the 1930s
The church in the 1930s

“Wednesday, June 12, at 10:30 A.M., there will be a hearing at the office of the Massachusetts Railroad Commission on the question of an elevated station at the corner of Charles and Cambridge Streets. This would be a great convenience for all who worship here, or who live in this quarter of the city, so long deprived of adequate street-car service. I hope many of you will make a point of being present and speaking in favor of the station.” (1912)

“Who will assist us by lending carriages or motor-cars to the clergy for parish calling?” (1914)

And from the Rev’d Julian Hamlin:

“The new Charles Street Station should be a great help to parishioners living in Cambridge and beyond.
Already many people have told us how much shorter it has made their trip to the Church. It goes a long way toward the solution of the transportation difficulties of many of our people.” (1932)


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
May 13-19, 2019

Monday, May 13

Tuesday, May 14
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, May 15
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
                  Adult Confirmation Class follows
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, May 16
Beacon Hill Garden Club Tour
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 17
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, May 18
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 19
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Evensong & Benediction

This Week at the Advent, May 5-11, 2019

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

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

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


The flowers on the High Altar this morning are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Pearl Pfeffer.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Matt McNeff & David Russo join with John Boyd to host this morning. Next Sunday Robb Scholten and Nola Sheffer host. New coffee hour hosts are always needed, and many slots are available for the fall. Please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Maggie Eggert, Nick Westberg, Fr Jay & Betsy James. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


The Walk for Hunger is Today! Team Advent thanks all those who have supported the walkers, both financially and in spirit. Some of them are off to walk all 20 miles, so please keep them in your prayers today! As of Friday, Team Advent was within $4,000 of its goal of $10,000 and donations are always welcome. If you like to contribute, use the link at www.theadventboston.org to donate! Many thanks!


There is no Entr’acte today; it will resume next Sunday with the second part of a look at the parables found in Mark’s Gospel, led by Rick Stone. Note also that on May 19, Senior Warden Tom Brown will offer a presentation on the renovation of the rectory.


THIS WEEK


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES continue this Wednesday following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. This week’s topic is “The Bible and Anglicans.”

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


COMING UP


Compline at the Advent — Next Sunday, May 12. Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline at 8:00 pm.


Ordination of Eric Fialho.

We are pleased to announce that our Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul. All are most welcome to attend. Eric has accepted a call to serve as Curate at St. Paul’s Church in Riverside, CT, and will be starting there in June. Eric has served The Church of the Advent as Seminarian and subsequently as Pastoral Assistant for the past three years.


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

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28th to August 3rd this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending.


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sundays, May 19 and 26, as well as for Ascension Day, May 30 (with flowers to remain through Sunday, June 2). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


From the Advent Archives —

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

from the “Rector’s Weekly Message,” the Rev’d William Harman Van Allen:

October 4, 1914: “It is good to greet you all once more in this familiar fashion, even though I write the message three thousand miles away, in a hospitable English garden. When you read it, I shall be a day nearer you, God willing; for I expect to sail October 3, on the Lusitania, due in New York, October 8. Pray for our safe passage.”

Photo of The LusitaniaJust seven months later—May 7, 1915—A German U-boat torpedoed the Lusitania 11 miles off the Southern coast of Ireland, sending her to the seabed in 18 minutes, resulting in the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew.

May 23, 1915: “The offering for Belgian relief at the Lusitania Memorial Service, May 14, was $134.11.* So many demands have been made for the for the sermon preached at the Lusitania service, that I have written it out in full, and hope to have it printed in pamphlet form soon. Copies may then be had of the sexton; and I shall be glad of gifts towards the expense of publication.”

The sermon was printed and available just one week later.

*Adjusted for inflation, this amount would be $6,235.10 in 2019.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
May 6-12, 2019

Monday, May 6
St Mark the Evangelist

Tuesday, May 7
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, May 8
Julian of Norwich
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
                  Adult Confirmation Class follows
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, May 9
Gregory of Nazianzus
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 10
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, May 11
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 12
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

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

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

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

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


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


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

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Lynn Eustis, Thatcher Gearhart, Robin Landrith, and Kyriell Paleologue. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


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


THIS WEEK


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


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

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

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


COMING UP


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

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


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

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


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sundays, May 19 and 26, as well as for Ascension Day, May 30 (with flowers to remain through Sunday, June 2). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


A Note from Fr. Andrew Mead

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

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

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

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


From the Advent Archives —

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

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

Gave Sham Gems for Chalice

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

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

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


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

Monday, April 29
St Mark the Evangelist

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

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

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

Friday, May 3
11:30 am: Rosary

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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

11:15 Coffee Hour. There is a potluck Coffee Hour this morning. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


THIS WEEK


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


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


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


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


COMING UP


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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


STEWARDSHIP 2019


This is the final report for Stewardship 2019. 

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

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


From the Advent Archives —

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

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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
April 22-28, 2019

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

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

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

Thursday, April 25
Thursday in Easter Week

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

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

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

This Week at the Advent, April 14-20, 2019

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

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

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

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


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


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


There is no Entr’acte or Coffee Hour today.

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


THIS WEEK


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


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


Can you help the parish Flower Guild this week?  Preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without reinforcements from outside the flower guild. Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:

  • Maundy Thursday, April 18, 10 am–noon and/or 1–3:30 pm.
  • Holy Saturday, April 20, 10 am to 4 pm — please try to arrive by 11 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful.
  • Saturday April 27, 10:30 am (Post-Easter cleanup)

You do not need to have any flower arranging skills; if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, use a broom, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you like flowers but have never made an arrangement, this is a great chance to learn some basic techniques. Help is especially needed on Saturday, April 20.

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


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


COMING UP


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

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


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

  • Easter Day, we will hold our Easter Egg Hunt following the 9 am Mass in the parish garden, and “resurrect” all the buried Alleluias from the beginning of Lent.
  • On Saturday, April 27 the Middle School and High School students will attend the Presiding Bishop’s Jamboree from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Cathedral. We will meet at 1 pm that Saturday and walk to the Cathedral together.
  • Also at the Cathedral, the parishioners who are prepared for Confirmation (see below) will be confirmed by Bishop Gates on Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 am.

In honor of Saint Francis, on Sunday, October 6, the children will be able to enjoy a petting zoo that morning and bring their animal friends to the church that afternoon for our Blessing of Pets.


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. It is expected that all adult members of this Church, after appropriate instruction, will have made a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and will have been confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church or by a Bishop of a Church in full communion with this Church. In keeping with the National Canons of The Episcopal Church, we are offering Confirmation Classes beginning after Easter. Classes have been scheduled for any adults (16 years and older) who are desirous of Confirmation or Reception into The Episcopal Church. The classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.


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


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

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


FROM THE WARDENS


Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faithfully your brothers in Christ,

Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts,
Churchwardens.


ODDS & ENDS


A note about email and texting scams:

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

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


From the Advent Archives —

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

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

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

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

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

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


Holy Week Service Schedule


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
April 15-21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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