This Week at the Advent, October 13-19, 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 thanksgiving for Advent intercessory prayers answered for Stephen Goranson.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay. 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: Hosting this morning are David Fisher, David Lapin, 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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Entr’acte Series: Christ and Culture Today continues today. Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today. These Entr’acte presentations are intended to be a conversation between the three leaders but with ample opportunities for others to join in. It should be fun and illuminating, so please join us. Copies of Christ and Culture are available in the Advent Bookstore; it is not required reading for these sessions, but some might find it helpful.


Compline at the Advent at 8:00 pm. Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline, the service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.


COMING UP


Evensong Resumes! Next Sunday, October 20, there will be an organ recital at 4:30 pm by Mitchell Crawford, followed at 5:00 by a service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction. Music will include works by Radcliffe, Walton, Mundy, and Purcell. Following this one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6:00 pm and we begin a series of talks focusing on our Anglo-Catholic heritage in conjunction with the Advent 175 celebration. This first talk will be “Manton Eastburn: Man of Sorrows” by Deacon Noyes.


NEWS


We were sad to learn of the death last month of long-time parishioner Nancy Santeusanio Nickolds at her retirement home in Florida. A memorial service will be held at the Advent at a date to be announced.


A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated for Jeanette Wood, wife of our former parish administrator Jim Wood, on October 19 at 10:00 am at Trinity Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, MA.


Two of our faithful parishioners will be Received into The Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 26 at 10:30 am at The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul. Ellen Swendrowdki-Evett and Ginny McMackin will be presented by Father Welch on that day so they can receive the laying-on-of-hands by the Bishop and be welcomed into full communion of The Episcopal Church. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for the deanery-wide celebration and know that you are welcomed and encouraged to support them by your presence.  


VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED:

Volunteer Opportunity: Coat Drive. We would like to host a coat drive here at the Advent as we did last year, but we need someone to take the lead and organize it. One Warm Coat is a national non-profit that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need, supporting individuals and organizations by providing tools and resources to hold successful drives. If you’re able and willing to take on this good work, please call the parish office or speak to one of the clergy. To learn more, please go to OneWarmCoat.org.


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sunday, November 17. If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).

Floral arrangements at the Advent have been provided by devoted volunteers in the parish Flower Arranging Guild since 1992, providing all of the arrangements in the church. In addition to an enthusiastic, eclectic team of dedicated amateur designers working under the direction of Tom Sopko, drivers who pick up the flowers at the wholesale market and bring them to the church and helpers who unpack and process the material are essential to the functioning of the flower ministry. Several designers and drivers have moved away in the last year, so the Guild is seeking volunteers for these and other tasks. For more information on what is involved, look for a brochure at the back of the church or talk to any of the following Guild members: Tom Sopko, Betsy James, Cassie Gurnon, or Betsy Madsen.


Music Notes: Live recordings of the Advent Choir’s most recent work may always be found at https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2/tracks. Likewise, repertoire lists are available at https://www.theadventboston.org/1115-music-schedule/, or in the choral music brochures, found in the rear of the church.


Birthday Wish List: As the 175th birthday of the Advent rapidly approaches, we are grateful to all who have given or pledged to the Birthday Wish List. Collectively, they have funded:

  • Restoration of the original Parish Register (1844)
  • Restoration of the original Certificate of Consecration (1894)
  • Framing of the Certificate of Consecration
  • Restoration of the Easter Collect calligraphy (1922)
  • Framing of three watercolors by Robert Turner Walker (1920s)
  • Re-gilding of the original cross in All Saints Chapel (1840)

Our thanks to John Dooley, David Lapin, Daphne B. Noyes, Julianne Ture, Francesco Piscatelli and Judy Bell, and individual members of the Vestry for their combined gift. Additional thanks to all who have supported our Advent 175 commemorative items — and please see the fresh new stock, including postcards, bookmarks, and aprons. Notecards and porcelain ornaments are coming soon.

For those interested in helping support Advent 175 conservation efforts, please consider making a gift towards conservation and restoration of our critically important parish record books, especially those from the 1800s. All gifts — large, small, in-between — help us achieve our goal of preserving these important pieces of the Advent’s past.

— Maria Denslow and Thatcher Gearhart, Co-chairs, Advent 175 Committee

And Speaking of Advent 175:

  • New merchandise: A limited number of votives handcrafted from remnants of candles used at the Church of the Advent are now available. Each votive includes some wax from a Paschal Candle. Suggested donation, to benefit the Conservation Fund, is $2 each.
  • Entr’acte series November 10, 17, 24. More info to come.

FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

One of the best-known origin stories about The Church of the Advent concerns the gilded wooden cross that was used in the parish’s Green Street location. It was this very cross that, together with other ornaments, so infuriated Bishop Manton Eastburn that after his initial visit to the Advent in 1845, he vowed not to return until the chancel arrangement met with his approval. And so he stayed away for 11 years.

But there is another controversy, this one internal, that is less well known. This one concerns William Croswell, the first Rector, and the altar now in All Saints Chapel beneath the infamous cross. British-born architect Frank Wills designed the altar, which was crafted in England. On arrival in December 1850, the altar stones were found to be significantly damaged, “being split through from the face backwards.” Could the altar be accepted as is? After “expressing their own views, and comparing opinions in an informal manner,” the Vestry reached an impasse. Senior Warden Theron Metcalf stated his opposition to “both the reception and the erection of the stone Altar” and left the meeting.

After further discussion, the clerk, Henry Parker, submitted attempt at compromise, moving that the altar be accepted but not installed until repaired. In response, Richard Henry Dana (the notes do not indicate Sr. or Jr.) moved an adjournment to give the group “further time for reflection”; the motion was lost and Dana left the meeting. Parker’s amendment passed.

The altar was again the subject of discussion at the next meeting; no motion was made and the meeting adjourned. In early January 1851 a meeting was called “to consider farther the question of at once erecting the stone altar” which again sparked “a long and informal discussion.” Fitch Edward Oliver’s motion “That we do concur with the views of the Rector, and are of opinion that the Stone Altar should be immediately erected in this building” sparked more discussion; the motion was rejected.

Finally, in mid-February, Croswell called the Vestry together and offered a resolution that was adopted without debate: “That on the Rector’s request the Wardens & Vestry consent that the question of the erection of the stone altar be left entirely to his discretion.”

As part of the Advent 175 restoration efforts, the cross above the stone altar will be re-gilded thanks to a gift to the Conservation Fund. Also in need of regilding are the lettering on the altar and on the carved wooden saints, presenting another opportunity for a gift to the Conservation Fund.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 14-20, 2019

Monday, October 14
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky
Holiday: Parish office closed; no morning prayer.

Tuesday, October 15
Teresa of Avila
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Wednesday, October 16
Hugh Latimer & Nicholas Ridley
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, October 17
Ignatius of Antioch
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 18
St Luke
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, October 19
Henry Martyn

10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, October 20
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; Supper & Talk follow

This Week at the Advent, October 6-12, 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 Lizzie Bloom.

The flowers in the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Paul Van Ocken.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and David Russo & Matt McNeff. 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: Hosting this morning are Jason Grant, Jeff & Roxy Hanson, and Tyson Miller. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


From 10:15 to 11:15 this morning, children can enjoy a petting zoo in the garden off Moseley Hall. Just as Saint Francis gave thanks for all God’s creatures and truly appreciated how creation returns thanksgiving to God, so we will have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy many of God’s creatures.


Entr’acte Series: Christ and Culture Today continues today. Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today. These Entr’acte presentations are intended to be a conversation between the three leaders but with ample opportunities for others to join in. It should be fun and illuminating, so please join us. Copies of Christ and Culture are available in the Advent Bookstore; it is not required reading for these sessions, but some might find it helpful.


The Blessing of the Animals in honor of St Francis of Assisi will take place today at 3:00 pm. Bring your fine-feathered, -furred, or -finned; two-, four- or more-footed friends to the Church for a short service and blessing. 


COMING UP


Compline at the Advent: Join us next Sunday, October 13, for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline, the service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.


Evensong Resumes! On Sunday, October 20 there will be an organ recital at 4:30 pm by Mitchell Crawford, followed at 5:00 with a service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction. Music will include works by Radcliffe, Walton, Mundy, and Purcell. Following this one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6:00 pm and we begin a series of talks focusing on our Anglo-Catholic heritage in conjunction with the Advent 175 celebration. This first talk will be “Manton Eastburn: Man of Sorrows.”


ODDS & ENDS


It brings us great sadness to report that Jeanette Wood, wife of our former parish administrator Jim Wood, died October 3 after a long illness. Funeral arrangements at their parish in Concord are pending and will be announced.


The Rev. Dr. Ben King, who was a curate at the Advent from 2000 to 2005, will be participating in events associated with the canonization of John Henry Newman in Rome next weekend. Fr King is now on the faculty at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.


VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED:

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need, supporting individuals, groups, companies, and organizations across the country by providing tools and resources to hold successful coat drives. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, and since its inception in 1992 the organization has given away more than six million coats. We would like to host a coat drive here at the Advent as we did last year, but we need someone to take the lead and organize and direct our drive. If you’re able and willing to take on this good work, please call the parish office or speak to one of the clergy. To learn more about One Warm Coat, please go to OneWarmCoat.org.


 


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

Sometimes a few hours spent in the archives leads to stories one never could have imagined. Such is this week’s installment, which began with the aim of focusing on Robert Turner Walker, but changed direction.

Robert Turner Walker (1867-1931), an MIT-trained architect and faithful parishioner, instituted the Order of St Vincent in the parish. As head of the St Vincent Guild, he trained servers and made assignments for each liturgy, a daunting task that could involve more than 20 servers for three Sunday Masses. A meticulous record-keeper, he recorded the names of 48 members of the Guild and 35 candidates in a log book that covers 1909 to 1913.

Turner also served as the Guild’s treasurer for many years, dutifully recording expenses: 50 postcards for a penny each; St Vincent pins for $2.75; train fare for meetings. Income came from members’ dues, mite boxes, and minstrel shows, which were held intermittently from 1897 to 1915. During this time, the shows were one of the most significant sources of income, yielding as much as $96.50 for one show held in May 1908.

A separate page lists “Memorial Censer Fund”; donations range from $35 (for an incense boat) to several of $1. The censer referred to is the silver thurible which is used at special liturgies from time to time. A close examination of the thurible shows a faint inscription: Cecil Moreton Barlow. The boat carries the personal colophon of Robert Turner Walker, who designed it. The set is in fact a memorial to a young member of the Guild of St Vincent.

Who was this Cecil Barlow? He was born in 1890, lived in Somerville, and served regularly at the altar. However a stark notation by his name on the membership roll states in uppercase letters, “Died.” The City of Boston death certificate tells the story: in 1912, he was employed as a “meter tester,” and on August 7 was killed by an “accidental shock of electricity.” Guild funds were used for a “Cross of Asters in Memoriam Cecil M. Barlow” at his funeral. His gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery is an elaborately carved Celtic cross.

Both Robert Turner Walker and Cecil Moreton Barlow rest from their labors now, and through faith have left us with treasures seen and unseen: a gleaming thurible whence “prayers arise like incense” and fragile record books containing infinite stories. In the words of St. John, “if every one of them were written down, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 7-13, 2019

Monday, October 7
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, October 8
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 9
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, October 10
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 11
St Philip
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, October 12
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, October 13
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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, September 29-October 5, 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 and screen are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Vance Hosford.

The flowers in the Chapel of All Saints are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Maj. Loren K. and Leora Smith.

The flowers in the Baptistry are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the baptism of Michael Allen Constantine Wiederschain Brown.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Will Joyner & Linda Jones, and Darcy Montaldi and Tony Pulsone. Next Sunday’s hosts are Mary & Paul Roberts, and David Russo & Matt McNeff. 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 Fred Mazyck and Jean & Marie Rateau. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


 Today we welcome the Rev’d Canon Dr. Victor Austin. Canon Austin is a priest and scholar with experience in parish ministry as a rector in upstate New York, and in the academic world teaching in various colleges and General Theological Seminary, in New York. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, General Theological Seminary and earned a PhD in theology from Fordham University. He became canon theologian-in-residence in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas in September 2016, and previously held a similar post at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.

With a theological focus on Christian ethics, he has written Up with Authority: Why We Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings, which was short-listed for the Michael Ramsey Prize in 2013. His recent writing exists at the intersection of theology and everyday life. His memoir Losing Susan: Brain Disease, the Priest’s Wife, and the God Who Gives and Takes Away has received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly: Nonfiction Book Review. It tells of his 34-year marriage to Susan, who had brain cancer in the midst of their marriage that was successfully treated, but who then suffered mental decline for almost 20 years. His other books include Priest in New York City: Church, Street, and Theology; A Priest’s Journal; and Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed.


The Entr’acte series of adult courses resumes today with the four-part series, Christ and Culture Today. Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today. Christ and Culture is a clear, careful, and even-handed study of the ways Christians have related to the culture around them, ranging from total rejection to uncritical acceptance and various perspectives in between. Frs. Welch and Hanson and Mr. Westberg will present Neibuhr’s taxonomy and update his findings for our current situation in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Our history as American Episcopalians has been shaped by the most extreme ends of the Christ and culture spectrum, all the way from Episcopalian pacifists who were imprisoned for not taking up arms, to the more familiar (and numerous!) “Country Club Episcopalians” who, fairly or unfairly, have been judged for making a comfortable accommodation to their surrounding culture. It is important to understand these polarities as the culture war still rages around us and to imagine the distinctive contribution we can make as Anglo-Catholics, who interpret the question of Christ and culture as a subset of faith’s relationship to reason, and can therefore chart a middle course. For there is certainly truth and goodness found in human culture, but there is also distinct truth and goodness revealed to us in Jesus and the Scriptures that witness to him. And there is also the powerful and attractive alternative view articulated by Anglican theologian Frederick Denison Maurice of how Christ does not just reject or accept culture but transforms it in his own image.

These Entr’acte presentations are intended to be a conversation between the three leaders but with ample opportunities for others to join in. It should be fun and illuminating, so please join us. Copies of Christ and Culture are available in the Advent Bookstore; it is not required reading for these sessions, but some might find it helpful. This series continues through October 20.


THIS WEEK


There will be a Mass of Remembrance for June Knowles on Wednesday, October 3, at 11:00 am at the Advent. The committal will immediately follow the Mass at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester Center.  


NEXT SUNDAY


In honor of St. Francis: October 4 is the day the Church has set to honor and give thanks for the life and witness of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of Saint Francis, known as a lover of God’s Creation and one of our most well-known and popular saints. So in keeping with the celebration of his life and witness, we will host our annual Blessing of Animals on October 6 at 3:00 pm in the Church’s chancel.

In the morning the children will be able to enjoy a petting zoo in the garden off Moseley Hall beginning after the 9:00 am Mass. Just as Saint Francis gave thanks for all God’s creatures and truly appreciated how creation returns thanksgiving to God, so we will have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy many of God’s creatures.


COMING UP


Errata: The recent mailing of the fall music brochure included information about the talks following upcoming services of Evensong & Benediction, both of which will be a part of our 175th anniversary celebration. Unfortunately, each was listed with an incorrect date. Here are the correct dates:

October 20:  “Manton Eastburn: Man of Sorrows”

November 17:  “The Holiness of Beauty: Music and the Anglo-Catholic Movement”

Additional talks on Advent history and Anglo-Catholic heritage are scheduled for 2020. More information on those to come.


VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED:

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need, supporting individuals, groups, companies, and organizations across the country by providing tools and resources to hold successful coat drives. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, and since its inception in 1992 the organization has given away more than six million coats. We would like to host a coat drive here at the Advent as we did last year, but we need someone to take the lead and organize and direct our drive. If you’re able and willing to take on this good work, please call the parish office or speak to one of the clergy. To learn more about One Warm Coat, please go to OneWarmCoat.org.


MICHAELMAS UPDATE FROM THE WARDENS

Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

Each year when we reach late September, the celebration of the great Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels marks a sort of unofficial start to our program year. The Church School has restarted, the Choirs are back, Entr’acte and our other education programs have begun, and programs of service such as the Community Dinner continue full speed ahead. This year we are pleased to welcome the Rev’d Canon Dr. Victor Austin as our preacher for Michaelmas. Fr. Austin presently serves as Canon Theologian to the Bishop of Dallas; many of you may be familiar with him from his previous service at St. Thomas Church in New York City. Fr. Austin will also be leading the annual Vestry Retreat the day before.

You are likely aware that the application period for the Rector Search closed in August. We should all be thankful for the extraordinary response: over thirty priests applied. This is a great reflection on the vibrancy of our Parish. The Search Committee is now carrying out the challenging—and enormously time-consuming—task of reviewing the candidates’ submissions and conducting initial phone interviews. This will be followed by in-person visits and interviews, including with the Vestry and the Bishop. I know that this process is one that is a source of both hope and anxiety in our Parish family. To borrow a line from the Archangel Gabriel: Fear Not! We are blessed with a strong pool of candidates and a committed and prayerful Search Committee that is working together guided by the Spirit. Still, much discernment remains before the process concludes. Please continue to keep the Search Committee and all of the applicants in your prayers. Please also remember that the Committee must keep the names of the applicants and the contents of its deliberations confidential at this stage, and be understanding and respectful of the fact that they cannot discuss their work outside of the Committee.

We are pleased to report that the renovation of the Rectory proceeds apace. This project has so far been a remarkable success in terms of both adherence to budget and timely progress. We all owe Tom and Carolyn McDermott, and the members of the Property Committee, enormous thanks for all of the professional skill and personal devotion they have brought to this project. At present we expect the project to be completed in January.

We are also looking forward to the celebration of the Advent’s 175th Anniversary on this coming Advent Sunday, December 1, 2019. On that day, Bishop Gates will conduct a Visitation of the Parish, preaching and celebrating at the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses. He will also meet with the Vestry and attend festive Coffee Hours (with Advent Wreath-making too!). There are many special events planned to commemorate Advent 175, so please take a look at the calendar and plan to participate. In particular note that this year’s Anglo-Catholic Roots conference will take place on December 5th and 6th. Speakers include the Rev’d Andrew McGowan, Dean of Yale’s Berkeley School of Divinity, and the Rev’d Prof. Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity Emerita at the University of Cambridge. Prof. Coakley will also be our guest preacher for the Second Sunday of Advent.

In connection with this important anniversary of our Parish’s founding, I ask that you each consider a special contribution to support the “Wish List” of Advent 175 gifts, which includes both restoration projects for historical items as well as proposals for new items. The Vestry has collectively committed $3000 to supporting the restoration of Volume One of the Parish Archives. This and other gifts will show our collective commitment to protecting the Advent’s history and providing for its future. You are welcome to contribute any amount you wish, whether or not toward one of the specific projects on the “Wish List.” The wish list can be found on the church website or in a brochure atop the Advent 175 display case outside the office.

We will continue to provide updates to the Parish on the Search and the work of the Wardens and Vestry in the months ahead. Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing everyone at Church.

Faithfully yours,

Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts,
Wardens


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

William Croswell (1844-1851)

The first rector of the Church of the Advent, William Croswell (1804-1851), previously served as Minister of Christ Church (Old North). When he arrived in Boston in 1829, he was not yet 25 years old, still in Deacon’s orders, unmarried. He is described as “poet, scholar, and keen observer of life and things about him, …modest and untiring as a priest and pastor, characterized by Phillips Brooks as ‘a man of most attractive character and beautiful purity of life … one of the most interesting men who have ever filled Episcopal pulpits in Boston.’”(Mary Kent Davey Babcock, “William Croswell and Christ Church Boston,” Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Vol. 2, No. 1 (March 1933).*

After 11 years at Christ Church, Croswell preached his farewell sermon on July 5, 1840; he had accepted a position at St Peter’s in Auburn, New York. Before leaving Boston, however, he married Miss Amanda Mary Tarbell (1808-1880), who had been organist at Christ Church; the officiant was Alexander Viets Griswold, Fifth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States and Bishop of the Eastern Diocese, which included all of New England with the exception of Connecticut. Within four years, they would return to Boston.

Croswell was a prolific author; during his lifetime, he composed nearly 35 sonnets and seventy poems. We present today two that are especially appropriate: “Michael” and an excerpt from “Baptism.”

*Also from Babcock:…another biographer with equal truthfulness wrote, “Croswell’s poetry was the crowning expression of a consecrated life,” and one critic likened his poems to “beautiful carvings, the string courses, corbels, pendants, brackets, niches and tabernacle work of a Christian cathedral, adorning and strengthening the solid fabric, while placing the ornamental in due subordination to the useful.”


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
September 30 – October 6, 2019

Monday, September 30
Jerome

Tuesday, October 1
Remigius
6:00 pm: Stewardship Committee
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 2
10:00 am: Bible Study
11:00 am: Funeral of June Knowles
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, October 3
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 4
Francis of Assisi
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, October 5
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, October 6
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
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
3:00 pm: Blessing of the Animals

This Week at the Advent, September 22-28, 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 Joseph Hudak.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Angie Corbett and Maggie Dunbar. 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: Hosting this morning are Maggie Eggert & Nick Westberg, Olivia James, and Daniel Orsen. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Advent 175!

Today we launch the celebration of the parish’s 175th birthday. Excitement is building for the momentous occasion. In addition to the new bulletin cover (which will be used for the duration of our celebration), we will be introducing the events at both coffee hours, with treats, displays of treasures, bespoke merchandise, and more. Not able to make it to either coffee hour? Deacon Daphne can answer questions and provide additional information.


NEXT SUNDAY!


On September 29, the Advent celebrates the Feast of St. Michael & All Angels and welcomes the Rev’d Canon Dr. Victor Austin, who will preach at the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses. Fr Austin is Canon Theologian-in-Residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and formerly served in a similar position at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City where he also taught at General Theological Seminary. He is also the author of several books focusing on Christian ethics and on the intersection of theology and everyday life, including the memoir Losing Susan: Brain Disease, the Priest’s Wife, and the God Who Gives and Takes Away.


Entr’acte Series: Christ and Culture Today. September 29–October 20.

This fall Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, will discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today. Christ and Culture is a clear, careful, and even-handed study of the ways Christians have related to the culture around them, ranging from total rejection to uncritical acceptance and various perspectives in between. Frs. Welch and Hanson and Mr. Westberg will present Neibuhr’s taxonomy and update his findings for our current situation in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Our history as American Episcopalians has been shaped by the most extreme ends of the Christ and culture spectrum, all the way from Episcopalian pacifists who were imprisoned for not taking up arms, to the more familiar (and numerous!) “Country Club Episcopalians” who, fairly or unfairly, have been judged for making a comfortable accommodation to their surrounding culture. It is important to understand these polarities as the culture war still rages around us and to imagine the distinctive contribution we can make as Anglo-Catholics, who interpret the question of Christ and culture as a subset of faith’s relationship to reason, and can therefore chart a middle course. For there is certainly truth and goodness found in human culture, but there is also distinct truth and goodness revealed to us in Jesus and the Scriptures that witness to him. And there is also the powerful and attractive alternative view articulated by Anglican theologian Frederick Denison Maurice of how Christ does not just reject or accept culture but transforms it in his own image.

These Entr’acte presentations are intended to be a conversation between the three leaders but with ample opportunities for others to join in. It should be fun and illuminating, so please join us. Copies of Christ and Culture are available in the Advent Bookstore; it is not required reading for these sessions, but some might find it helpful.


COMING UP


In honor of St. Francis: October 4 is the day the Church has set to honor and give thanks for the life and witness of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of Saint Francis, known as a lover of God’s Creation and one of our most well-known and popular saints. So in keeping with the celebration of his life and witness, we will host our annual Blessing of Animals on the Sunday following Saint Francis Day, October 6 at 3:00 pm in the Church’s chancel.

Earlier that Sunday the children will be able to enjoy a petting zoo in the garden off Moseley Hall beginning after the 9:00 am Mass. Just as Saint Francis gave thanks for all God’s creatures and truly appreciated how creation returns thanksgiving to God, so we will have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy many of God’s creatures.


Musical notes for today’s 11:15 Mass:

Sir Hubert Parry’s beloved “I was glad” was written for the coronation of King Edward VII and revised in 1911 for that of King George V, when the familiar introduction was added. Settings of Psalm 122 for earlier coronations were composed by Henry Purcell and William Boyce, among others. Parry’s setting employs antiphonal choir effects and fanfares. Apart from the imperial splendor of the music, Parry’s chief innovation is the incorporation in the central section of the acclamations “Vivat Rex…”  or “Vivat Regina …” (“Long live King/Queen …”) with which the King’s or Queen’s Scholars of Westminster School have traditionally greeted the entrance of the monarch. This section, which has to be rewritten every time a new monarch is crowned — because the Sovereign is mentioned by name — is generally omitted when the anthem is performed on other occasions. However, this morning, there is a surprise in store.

The Welsh-born Thomas Tomkins spent most of his professional life as Master of Music at Worcester Cathedral, where he supervised the construction of a fine new organ by Thomas Dallam, the preeminent builder of his day. Tomkins had a magnificent career as composer, choir-trainer and organist, yet the last fourteen years of his life were beset with a string of tragedies. Tomkins’ devoted wife Alice died in 1642, the year civil war broke out. Worcester was one of the first casualties: the cathedral was desecrated, and Tomkins’ organ badly damaged by the Parliamentarians. The following year Tomkins’ house near the cathedral suffered a direct hit by cannon shot, making it uninhabitable for a long period, and destroying most of his household goods and probably a number of his musical manuscripts. With the choir disbanded and the cathedral closed, Tomkins turned to composition. His second wife Martha died around 1653, and deprived of his living, Tomkins, now 81, was in serious financial difficulties. Tomkins died in 1656 at the age of 84. His beautiful setting of verses from Psalm 26, “O Lord, I have loved the habitation,” is particularly poignant in light of the end of his life in his beloved Worcester.


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, October 13 and November 17. If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


David Russo’s exhibit on John H. Sturgis has been enhanced by the new donation of a metal sign, originally located in the Bowdoin Street Church, reading “Contributions for building the Church of the Advent” — which dates it to the mid-1870s. The sign was rescued from the Bowdoin Street boiler room and safeguarded by Bowdoin Street archivist Carole-Jean Smith. This is a wonderful treasure from our earliest days; be sure to take a look.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

 

Throughout his 27-year rectorate, William Harman van Allen repeatedly emphasized both the American and the Catholic nature of the Church of the Advent, all the while connecting the Advent’s unique personality with the Book of Common Prayer.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
September 23-29, 2019

Monday, September 23

Tuesday, September 24
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Wednesday, September 25
Sergius of Moscow
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, September 26
Lancelot Andrewes
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 27
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, September 28
9:30 am: Vestry Meeting & Retreat (All Saints, Ashmont)
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, September 29
Michaelmas
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Procession, Holy Baptism & Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, September 15-21, 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 Louise Olney Baker.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: The hosts this morning are Carolyn & Tom McDermott and Melissa Fox. 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: Hosting this morning are Maria Denslow; Kara Rodgers Marshall & Philip Marshall; and Philip 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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Today we welcome The Rt. Rev. Dr. Carol J. Gallagher, who, in addition to meeting with the Search Committee, will attend the 9 and 11:15 Masses and coffee hours.

Dr. Gallagher is the regional canon for the Central Region (the 56 congregations, as well as other church-related institutions, in the Boston Harbor, Alewife, Charles River and Neponset River deaneries) of the Diocese of Massachusetts. Before coming to Massachusetts, she served as assistant bishop in the Dioceses of Montana, North Dakota, Newark, and Southern Virginia. She has also served as the bishop missioner to the Bishops’ Native Collaborative, a consortium that addresses the educational and cultural needs of Native clergy and lay leaders. Before her consecration as bishop, she served parishes in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She received the Louisville Institute Award in 2009 and was an Episcopal Divinity School Proctor Fellow. She has served on numerous church and civic committees and boards, including the Episcopal Church Council on Indian Ministries, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the United Way of America National Board.


Advent Tour: This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building following the 11:15 Mass. Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building; Mr. Porter will provide a 10–15 minute overview of its many facets. Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude.


THIS WEEK


Film Watch Party Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Paul (138 Tremont St, Boston). Come view “The Last Dream,” a short documentary about families living under the threat of deportation, and learn more about how to defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and work for permanent residency for TPS holders. Light snacks will be served. Co-sponsored by Episcopal City Mission. For more information, visit the Diocesan website: https://www.diomass.org/event/last-dream-film-screening.


NEXT SUNDAY!


Advent 175: As of September 15, we are just 76 days away from the parish’s 175th birthday. Excitement is building for the celebration of this momentous occasion. Preparation for the festivities will be officially launched next Sunday, September 22, at both coffee hours, with treats, displays of treasures, bespoke merchandise, and more. Not able to make it to either coffee hour? Deacon Daphne can answer questions and provide additional information.


COMING UP


Entr’acte Series: Christ and Culture Today. September 29–October 20.

This fall Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, will discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today. Christ and Culture is a clear, careful, and even-handed study of the ways Christians have related to the culture around them, ranging from total rejection to uncritical acceptance and various perspectives in between. Frs. Welch and Hanson and Mr. Westberg will present Neibuhr’s taxonomy and update his findings for our current situation in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Our history as American Episcopalians has been shaped by the most extreme ends of the Christ and culture spectrum, all the way from Episcopalian pacifists who were imprisoned for not taking up arms, to the more familiar (and numerous!) “Country Club Episcopalians” who, fairly or unfairly, have been judged for making a comfortable accommodation to their surrounding culture. It is important to understand these polarities as the culture war still rages around us and to imagine the distinctive contribution we can make as Anglo-Catholics, who interpret the question of Christ and culture as a subset of faith’s relationship to reason, and can therefore chart a middle course. For there is certainly truth and goodness found in human culture, but there is also distinct truth and goodness revealed to us in Jesus and the Scriptures that witness to him. And there is also the powerful and attractive alternative view articulated by Anglican theologian Frederick Denison Maurice of how Christ does not just reject or accept culture but transforms it in his own image.

These Entr’acte presentations are intended to be a conversation between the three leaders but with ample opportunities for others to join in. It should be fun and illuminating, so please join us.


In honor of St. Francis: October 4 is the day the Church has set to honor and give thanks for the life and witness of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of Saint Francis, known as a lover of God’s Creation and one of our most well-known and popular saints. So in keeping with the celebration of his life and witness, we will host our annual Blessing of Animals on the Sunday following Saint Francis Day, October 6 at 3:00 pm in the Church’s chancel.

Earlier that Sunday the children will be able to enjoy a petting zoo in the garden off Moseley Hall beginning after the 9:00 am Mass. Just as Saint Francis gave thanks for all God’s creatures and truly appreciated how creation returns thanksgiving to God, so we will have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy many of God’s creatures. Saint Francis’s “Canticle of the Sun” reflects his joy and faith: Most High, omnipotent, good Lord, To Thee be ceaseless praise outpoured, And blessing without measure. Let creatures all give thanks to Thee and serve in great humility.


Evensong & Benediction will resume its regular “third Sunday” schedule next month. Please join us on October 20 at 4:30 pm for an organ recital, followed by Evensong and Benediction at 5:00. A light supper and talk follows the service.


ODDS & ENDS


Common Cathedral: Thank you to the members and youth members of our congregation who joined us last Sunday in worshipping in communion with the members of Common Cathedral. Thank you also to those who worked to provide and serve over 120 bag lunches. (A few of you witnessed the buzz of activity during the 9:00 coffee hour.) There was nothing left! Common Cathedral is an open community church that meets weekly on the Boston Common. The ministers serve a range of congregants who are homeless or semi-homeless in order to provide them an opportunity to explore and connect with their faith and with one another. Other programs they provide throughout the week include Bible study, art therapy, and open coffee hour sessions. Churches and congregations from near and far take turns hosting their Sunday “coffee hour” lunches, and supporting the ministers during their service. The Advent hosts 3-4 times a year. All members are invited to join in this important outreach mission. The next Advent opportunity is coming up in early December and will be announced in the bulletin a few weeks before. Hosting takes place following the 9:00 am service and runs until 2:30 pm.


David Russo’s exhibit on John H. Sturgis has been enhanced by the new donation of a metal sign, originally located in the Bowdoin Street Church, reading “Contributions for building the Church of the Advent” — which dates it to the mid-1870s. The sign was rescued from the Bowdoin Street boiler room and safeguarded by Bowdoin Street archivist Carole-Jean Smith. This is a wonderful treasure from our earliest days; be sure to take a look.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

John Hubbard Sturgis (1834-1888) is remembered as the architect of our church building. But his memory lives on in more than the structure and its shape. Sturgis himself gave a window in the east end of the Lady Chapel in memory of his young daughter, Julia Overing Sturgis (1859-1861). He also designed the lower portion of the reredos at the High Altar (1883). In 1891, his son-in-law, Francis W. Hunnewell (1838-1917), donated funds for the West Porch and Gallery in Sturgis’s memory. His widow, Frances Anne (Codman) Sturgis (1847-1910), honored him with three lancets in the South Transept (1888). These windows portray the twelve Apostles, each shown with his symbol; they carry the words of the Creed on scrolls. She also made a gift of the Nativity/Epiphany window in the West End of the North Aisle in memory of their daughter, Gertrude Gouverneur (Sturgis) Hunnewell (1862-1890), wife of Francis Hunnewell. They lived at 203 Beacon Street (278 Clarendon), a brownstone designed for Hunnewell by Sturgis’s partner Charles Brigham and completed in 1870. Gertrude was just 28 years old when she died of “premature labor,” her system compromised by Bright’s disease.

The “Misses Sturgis,” that is, the daughters of John and Frances – Frances Anne Codman Sturgis, Mabel Russell Sturgis, Alice Maud Russell Sturgis, and Evelyn Russell Sturgis — made two musically oriented gifts in 1912: The organ console, in memory of their brother, Charles Russell Sturgis (1871-1909), who died of a blood infection, and the choir stalls, in memory of their parents. From Betty Hughes Morris’s 1995 history: “The choir stalls were designed by Charles Coveney, a splendid artist and architect and a member of the Advent Corporation…. The design of the choir stalls illustrates ‘Creation Blessing the Ever Blessed Trinity,’ and features verses from the canticle Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, ‘Oh, all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord’” (see pages 47-48 in the Book of Common Prayer for the text of the canticle). When the opportunity arises, take a look at the endearing selection of flora and fauna that grace the choir stalls.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
September 16-21, 2019

Monday, September 16
Ninian of Galloway
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, September 17
Hildegard of Bingen
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Wednesday, September 18
Edward Bouverie Pusey
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, September 19
Theodore of Tarsus
5:15 pm: Property Committee

Friday, September 20
John Coleridge Patteson & Companions
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, September 21
St Matthew
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, September 22
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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, September 8-14, 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 Ellen Leighton.

The flowers in the crossing and elsewhere in the church are in thanksgiving for the wedding of Katelyn Emerson and David Brown.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Cassie & Jack Gurnon and Ray Porter. 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: Hosting this morning are Philip Clark, Gabriel Ellsworth, DJ Hatfield, and Angela Mah. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Commissioning of Church School Teachers: It is a special calling to teach, care for, and support our Church School children. Today, following the Post-Communion Prayer at the 9:00 Mass, we will commission all the church school teachers, caregivers, and volunteers for our 2019-2020 Church School year.

Backpack Blessing: It’s exciting for our students of all ages, and for their parents, to begin another school year — new possibilities, new teachers, new friends, and new ways Jesus will show Himself to them and guide them. To mark this new year, at the conclusion of the 9:00 Mass we bless our students’ backpacks, lunch boxes, pencil boxes, or anything our students need daily. All students, from preschool through graduate school, are welcome to come forward to the crossing to have their backpacks blessed and begin the school year reassured of the Blessing of God over all their efforts in school, and to know that the prayers of their parish family are with them.

Church School Registration: We hope to get all of the pre-school children, grade-school children, and middle-school and high-school students registered for the Church School. Please see Meg Nelson, our Coordinator for Ministry to Children, in Moseley Hall so a registration can be completed for your child or children, and watch for more information coming very soon! We’re are looking forward to a full, exciting and active year in our Church School, which begins meeting next Sunday, September 15.


Compline at the Advent today at 8:00 pm. Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline, the service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.


NEXT SUNDAY!


The Rt. Rev. Dr. Carol J. Gallagher will be visiting the Advent on Sunday, September 15, to meet with the Search Committee and to speak with parishioners about the search process leading to the selection of our next rector. She will attend the 9 and 11:15 Masses and meet with parishioners during coffee hours.

Dr. Gallagher is the regional canon for the Central Region (the 56 congregations, as well as other church-related institutions, in the Boston Harbor, Alewife, Charles River and Neponset River deaneries) of the Diocese of Massachusetts. Before coming to Massachusetts, she served as assistant bishop in the Dioceses of Montana, North Dakota, Newark, and Southern Virginia. She has also served as the bishop missioner to the Bishops’ Native Collaborative, a consortium that addresses the educational and cultural needs of Native clergy and lay leaders. Before her consecration as bishop, she served parishes in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She received the Louisville Institute Award in 2009 and was an Episcopal Divinity School Proctor Fellow. She has served on numerous church and civic committees and boards, including the Episcopal Church Council on Indian Ministries, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the United Way of America National Board.


COMING UP


Film Watch Party Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Paul (138 Tremont St, Boston). Come view “The Last Dream,” a short documentary about families living under the threat of deportation, and learn more about how to defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and work for permanent residency for TPS holders. Light snacks will be served. Co-sponsored by Episcopal City Mission. For more information, visit the Diocesan website: https://www.diomass.org/event/last-dream-film-screening.


Advent 175: As of today, we are just 83 days away from the Advent’s official 175th birthday! In two weeks, on September 22, we will have an official launch at both coffee hours, with displays, exhibits, and treats. Save the date! Questions? See Deacon Noyes, or Advent 175 co-chairs Thatcher Gearhart and Maria Denslow.


Entr’acte Series: Christ and Culture Today. September 29–October 20.

This fall Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, will discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today. Christ and Culture is a clear, careful, and even-handed study of the ways Christians have related to the culture around them, ranging from total rejection to uncritical acceptance and various perspectives in between. Frs. Welch and Hanson and Mr. Westberg will present Neibuhr’s taxonomy and update his findings for our current situation in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Our history as American Episcopalians has been shaped by the most extreme ends of the Christ and culture spectrum, all the way from Episcopalian pacifists who were imprisoned for not taking up arms, to the more familiar (and numerous!) “Country Club Episcopalians” who, fairly or unfairly, have been judged for making a comfortable accommodation to their surrounding culture. It is important to understand these polarities as the culture war still rages around us and to imagine the distinctive contribution we can make as Anglo-Catholics, who interpret the question of Christ and culture as a subset of faith’s relationship to reason, and can therefore chart a middle course. For there is certainly truth and goodness found in human culture, but there is also distinct truth and goodness revealed to us in Jesus and the Scriptures that witness to him. And there is also the powerful and attractive alternative view articulated by Anglican theologian Frederick Denison Maurice of how Christ does not just reject or accept culture but transforms it in his own image.

These Entr’acte presentations are intended to be a conversation between the three leaders but with ample opportunities for others to join in. It should be fun and illuminating, so please join us.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Little-know facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

This month, a new exhibit in the lobby display case is devoted to John Hubbard Sturgis, thanks to David Russo who has shared treasures from his private collection.

In 1874, John Hubbard Sturgis was unanimously chosen as architect of the Church of the Advent’s new building to be erected on the corner of Mount Vernon and Brimmer Streets. A devoted parishioner of the Advent, he married Frances Ann Codman (1837-1910), whose family were also members of the Parish — she was the first cousin of Robert Codman (1823-1901), who gave the bells in memory of his wife, Catherine E. Codman Hurd (1829-1892).  Sturgis was a member of the Corporation from 1874 until his death in 1888.

An early drawing of the Church of the Advent by Brigham & Sturgis.

Although his name may not be as familiar as that of other architects of the period — Ralph Adams Cram, H. H. Richardson — he was a leading architect of the 19th century. Pinebank, the house he designed for fellow Corporation member Edward Perkins in 1870, was “impressive, built of polychrome brick and stone, beautifully situated on a small knoll jutting into Jamaica Pond.” It was the first building in the United States to be built using ornamental terra-cotta. Sturgis designed the original Museum of Fine Arts, on the site where the Copley Plaza now stands. “The museum building was a tour de force of Ruskinian gothic clothed in terra-cotta. The materials … were unusual, and the connotation of the style evoked both Ruskin and the Victoria and Albert Museum. From his art student days in London to the end of his life John Hubbard Sturgis was spiritually at home in England, and for the Anglophiles who conducted the affairs of the Parish of the Advent, he was a perfect choice to fashion their new Anglo-Catholic building.” (A History of the Church of the Advent by Betty Hughes Morris, 1995)


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
September 9-15, 2019

Monday, September 9
Constance
3:00 pm: Beacon Hill Seminars Fall Kick-off

Tuesday, September 10
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 11
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers
7:00 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, September 12
John Henry Hobart

Friday, September 13
Cyprian
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, September 14
Holy Cross
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, September 15
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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, September 1-7, 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.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Barbara Boles and Cassie & Jack Gurnon. 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: Hosting this morning are Frederick Ou with Steve Sayers & Ross Wood. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Today is Fr Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff’s last Sunday as our summer visiting curate. We look forward to more visits from him in the future, but you might want take a moment to wish him well before his return home.


THIS WEEK


The Church office will be closed Monday, September 2, for Labor Day.

Katelyn Emerson (former associate organist) and David Brown happily share that their wedding nuptials will take place at the Church of the Advent this Saturday, September 7 at 2 pm and hope that all will feel welcome to attend and witness their union!


NEXT SUNDAY!


Commissioning of Church School Teachers: It is a special calling to teach, care for, and support our Church School children. Next Sunday, following the Post-Communion Prayer at the 9:00 Mass, we will commission all the church school teachers, caregivers, and volunteers for our 2019-2020 Church School year.

Backpack Blessing: It’s exciting for our students of all ages, and for their parents, to begin another school year — new possibilities, new teachers, new friends, and new ways Jesus will show Himself to them and guide them. To mark this new year, at the conclusion of the 9:00 Mass on September 8, we will be blessing our students’ backpacks, lunch boxes, pencil boxes, or anything our students need daily. All students, from preschool through graduate school, are welcome to come forward to the crossing to have their backpacks blessed and begin the school year reassured of the Blessing of God over all their efforts in school, and to know that the prayers of their parish family are with them.

Church School Registration: We hope to get all of the pre-school children, grade-school children, and middle-school and high-school students registered for the Church School. Please see Meg Nelson, our Coordinator for Ministry to Children, in Moseley Hall so a registration can be completed for your child or children, and watch for more information coming very soon! We’re are looking forward to a full, exciting and active year in our Church School.

Compline at the Advent: Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline, the service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.


COMING UP


Film Watch Party Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Paul (138 Tremont St, Boston). Come view “The Last Dream,” a short documentary about families living under the threat of deportation, and learn more about how to defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and work for permanent residency for TPS holders. Light snacks will be served. Co-sponsored by Episcopal City Mission. For more information, visit the Diocesan website: https://www.diomass.org/event/last-dream-film-screening.


NEWS!


We give high praise and hearty thanksgiving for the birth of Georgiana Elaine Richard on August 9 to Paul and Samantha Richard. O eternal God, thou hast promised to be a father to a thousand generations of those who love and fear Thee: Bless this child and preserve her life; receive her and enable her to receive you, that through the Sacrament of Baptism she may become the child of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Little-know facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

Charles Chapman Grafton (1830-1912), rector, 1872-1888, and Bishop of Fond du Lac, is commemorated in the calendar on August 30. After being elected bishop, his consent process was difficult, as many thought him too ritualistic, but he soon became known not only as an Anglo-Catholic but also as an ecumenist, deeply committed to improving relations with the Orthodox and Old Catholics.

He invited the Russian Orthodox bishop Tikhon and the Old Catholic Bishop Anthony Kozlowski to participate in the ordination of his eventual successor as bishop co-adjutor in 1900. The service stirred up a furor across the country with the publication of this photograph (called derisively “The Fond du Lac Circus”) showing all eight Episcopal bishops and the two visiting bishops in cope and mitre.

The “Fond du Lac Circus”

The following year, Bishop Grafton made headlines again. From the Boston Globe, April 18, 1891:

Too High For Them
Opposition to Bishop of Fond du Lac
His People in Wisconsin Object to His Burning Incense
Grafton was Once a Well-Known Boston Clergyman.

The Church of the Advent has a marble bust of Bishop Grafton. Can you find it?


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
September 2-8, 2019

Monday, September 2
The Martyrs of New Guinea
Labor Day – Parish Office Closed – no Morning Prayer

Tuesday, September 3
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 4
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, September 5
6:00 pm: Advent School Welcome Event

Friday, September 6
11:30 am: Rosary
4:00 pm: Wedding Rehearsal

Saturday, September 7
9:00 am: Mass in All Souls’ Chapel (Columbarium)
2:00 pm: Wedding – Katelyn Emerson & David Brown

Sunday, September 8
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass, Commissioning of Church School Teachers & Blessing of Backpacks
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week at the Advent, August 25-31, 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.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay. Next week, Barbara Boles hosts with Cassie & Jack Gurnon. 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: Hosts this morning are Betsy James and Bud Scheffy. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Members of the North American Guild of Change Ringers, who have been meeting at the Advent and other locations in Massachusetts for the past few days, will provide a ringing demonstration in Moseley Hall between the 9:00 and 11:15 masses. There is also a ringing simulator in the library. Stop by and try your hand at either. In addition, Guild president Bruce Butler will serve as a lector at the 11:15 mass.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Little-know facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

illustration from "Rope-Sight: An Introduction to the Art of Change-Ringing"
An illustration from Rope-Sight: An Introduction to the Art of Change-Ringing by Jasper Whitfield Snowdon (1844-1885).

In 1916, the Rev. William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902-1929) announced “a program of unusual interest … Arthur H. Nichols, the well-known authority on matters relating to church bells, will be present with members of his famous band of ringers, and Mrs. Arthur A. Shurcliff, who has for many years made a thorough study of the subject, and who is herself a bell-ringer of note, is to speak about bells and bellringing …”

Perhaps in his talk, Mr. Nichols recited some of the memorable rhymes about bells, included in A History of the Church of the Advent (Betty Hughes Morris, 1995): 

To call the folk to church in time, WE CHIME.
When joy and pleasure are on the wing, WE RING.
When the body parts the soul, WE TOLL.

Or this medieval warning:

When I ring God’s prayses sing.
When I toule – Pray, heart and soule.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
August 26-September 1, 2019

Monday, August 26

Tuesday, August 27
Thomas Gallaudet & Henry Winter Syle
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 28
Augustine of Hippo
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, August 29
Beheading of John the Baptist
9:30 am: NEHGS staff retreat

Friday, August 30
Charles Chapman Grafton
9:30 am: NEHGS staff retreat
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 31
Aidan of Lindisfarne

Sunday, September 1
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
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, August 18-24, 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.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Carolyn & Tom McDermott with Nola Sheffer. 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: Hosts this morning are Ellie Dixon and Meg Mill. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


THIS WEEK


The “mini-ring”

The Church of the Advent welcomes the North American Guild of Change Ringers for their annual meeting. Expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada will be here and at other sites around Massachusetts this Wednesday through Sunday.

For those who aren’t familiar, the ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork; ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.


COMING UP


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School resumes; Advent Choirs return

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas; Entr’acte resumes

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Evensong & Benediction resumes

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary; Advent Lessons & Carols

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information to come; stay tuned!


ODDS & ENDS


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com) for details.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
August 19-25, 2019

Monday, August 19

Tuesday, August 20
Bernard of Clairvaux
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 21
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers set-up

Thursday, August 22
9:30 am: Changeringers Guild
10:00 am: Mini-ring Open House

Friday, August 23
9:30 am: Changeringers Guild
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 24
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

Sunday, August 25
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass (Mini-ring Open House follows)
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, August 11-17, 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 in the Lady Chapel are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Chuck Sunergren.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and Mary & Paul Roberts host today. 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: Sponsoring today are Stephanie Brown & Julius Krein, Charles Dale, and Xander Mojarrab. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


A message from the Interim Rector:

It comes as no surprise to read that this July has been the hottest month in Boston since weather records began to be kept in 1872. Because of the extreme heat I’ve made some slight adjustments in the liturgy for the 11:15 Solemn Mass which will continue through August. The purpose is to shorten the service without subtracting any of the essential elements. We will return to our accustomed forms in early September or sooner if the weather moderates.

I’m sure everyone has been uncomfortable but on each of the last two Sundays either Deacon Noyes or I have had to leave the church because of heat related illness. Doubtless most of this is due to my advanced age but it does distress me when I can’t make it through the mass.

There are obvious solutions to this problem. Either air condition the church (spare change, anyone?) or get a younger, smarter, tougher, much improved rector. The good news is that there is a committee working on that! In the meantime, I ask your indulgence and understanding.   — Fr. Welch


THIS WEEK


On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thursday, August 15, at 7:00 pm, a Procession and Solemn Mass will be celebrated at All Saints’, Ashmont. The Choir of Men and Boys will sing the Mass and the Rev’d Nathan Humphrey of St. John the Evangelist, Newport, will preach. An outdoor (weather permitting) reception follows the mass at the rectory.


COMING UP


The Church of the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada Wednesday, August 21 to Sunday, August 25 for the North American Guild of Change Ringers’ Annual Meeting.

The “mini-ring”

The ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork where the ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal, the bell ringing equivalent of running a marathon, which consists of over 5000 unique permutations). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s
Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School and Advent Choirs return from summer recess

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Entr’acte and Evensong & Benediction resume

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information will, of course, be forthcoming. Stay tuned.


ODDS & ENDS


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com) for details.


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 bells in the Church of the Advent tower made news at their installation and blessing in October 1900, and again just over six months later, when this piece appeared in The Boston Globe, May 14, 1901:

Complain of the Bells — Neighbors of the Church of the Advent Say They Are Annoyed by Their Ringing

A formal petition against the ringing of the bells in the tower of the church of the Advent, corner of Brimmer and Mt. Vernon sts., is being circulated in the neighborhood. The bells are eight in number. The remonstrants claim that they are hung too low, and the the sound strikes the sides of the houses, with a disagreeable effect on sensitive nerves…

Who knows what behind-the-scenes negotiations took place that resulted in this announcement in the Globe of February 12, 1902:

Bells of the Advent — They Will be Heard Again As a Full Peal; Had Ceased to Ring, With One Exception, Because of Protest

photo of "Joyous Easter Bells" article from Boston Globe, 1902
Boston Globe article from Easter 1902.

That the music of bells does not affect all persons alike has been demonstrated by the brief career of the chimes that were hung in the belfry of the church of the Advent a little more than a year ago. For a short time these bells rang out their sounds with a vigor that was startling to ears untrained to the clamor of church chimes. Then, suddenly, the bells ceased to ring, all save one, whose clear tones continued to call the congregation to divine worship on Sunday mornings.

The piece describes how 20 minutes before the Sunday service, “the bells sent forth on the quiet air the notes of the stirring hymn, ‘The Church has One Foundation [sic].’ The tune is a familiar one to Episcopalians. Its brisk measure sounded mellow and clear as the bells pealed its cadence.” Additional hymns followed: “Oft is Danger, Oft is Woe,” and “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” in the morning; “Lead, Kindly Light” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers” were among the evening’s offerings.

For Easter 1902 (March 30), The Globe reported that the bells will ring out a program that Isaac P. Griffies (or Griffiths), Sexton and Chime Ringer of the Advent, “has prepared with considerable care.”

The bell brouhaha took place during the rectorship of the Rev. William Barroll Frisby (1888-1902); sadly the same bells soon would toll at his funeral on June 10, 1902.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
August 12-18, 2019

Monday, August 12
Florence Nightingale

Tuesday, August 13
Jeremy Taylor
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 14
Jonathan Myrick Daniels
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, August 15
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
7:00 pm: Solemn Mass and Procession at All Saints, Ashmont

Friday, August 16
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 17

Sunday, August 18
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass