This Week at the Advent, March 15-21, 2020

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.

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


TODAY


No Entr’acte or Church School until after Easter.

Coffee Hours are suspended until after Easter.

No Advent Tours today. Building tours with verger Ray Porter, usually offered on the third Sunday of each month, have been cancelled for March. We hope to have them resume in April. 

The Evensong & Benediction scheduled for this evening has been cancelled.

The Advent’s full COVID-19 response, including any updates to the service schedule, has been added to the parish website and will be posted on our Facebook page as well. Please check these regularly, as the situation is constantly changing.


THIS WEEK


Lenten reminders:

  • Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am.
  • The women’s reading group that has been meeting on Mondays is transitioning to a virtual meeting; please contact Agnes Coakley Cox (agnes.coakley@gmail.com) for information on participating.
  • Wednesdays: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass, in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Light refreshments are served.

ODDS & ENDS


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

  • Maundy Thursday, April 9, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Holy Saturday, April 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm — please try to arrive by 11:00 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful.

No flower arranging skills are required — 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 11.


First Holy Communion Class for students in the 2nd to 4th grades will be offered on Sundays in Eastertide during the Christian education hour. If your child is interested in participating, please speak to Meg Nelson or Fr Jeff.


Report of Sunday, March 8 — Attendance (all Masses): 219; Collection: $4296


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Bishop William Stevens Parry (18321898) wrote The History of the American Episcopal Church, 15871883, published in 1885 by J. R. Osgood in Boston. Volume II of this magnum opus includes a monograph by the Rev. Phillips Brooks (18351893), then rector of Trinity Church, entitled “A Century of Church Growth in Boston.” Speaking of the founding of the Church of the Advent, Brooks writes,

“This great movement — this Catholic revival, as its earnest disciples love to call it — was most natural. It was the protest and self-assertion of a partly neglected side of religious life; it was a re-action against some of the dominant forms of religious thought which had become narrow and exclusive; it was the effort of the Church to complete the whole sphere of her life; it was the expression of certain perpetual and ineradicable tendencies of the human soul.”

Brooks is quoted at length in King’s Handbook of Notable Episcopal Churches in the United States, by the Rev. George Wolfe Shinn (18391910), rector of Grace Church, Newton, published by Moses King Corporation, Boston, 1889. Shinn notes that with 600 communicants, the Church “has a congregation that tests its seating capacity.” He describes its design in great detail:

“The Church edifice is built of brick, with brown-stone trimmings. It is not yet entirely completed; but when the tower and other additions are made, it will be one of the most beautiful structures in the country…Upon entering the building, two things attract the attention of the visitor: the first is the great height of the nave, some ninety feet, and the great size of the chancel. The latter is thirty feet wide and forty-eight feet deep, divided into choir and sanctuary, and is separated from the nave by a rood-screen of gilded iron-work. All the interior walls are of brick, with occasional spaces of brown-stone, some of which are elaborately carved, while others await their final decoration. Their [sic] are some good specimens of stained glass already in position, but other windows will be filled later on with bright colors. The use of brick-work for the interior shows what wonderful solidity and beauty are possible by the judicious use of a material not yet well appreciated in this country.”


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT


March 16-22, 2020

Monday, March 16

Tuesday, March 17
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 18
6:00 pm: Healing Mass followed by Lenten Bible Study
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, March 19
Saint Joseph

Friday, March 20
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 21

Sunday, March 22
The Fourth Sunday in Lent (“Laetare”)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

Holy Week Schedule

This Week at the Advent, March 8-14, 2020

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


See the Rectory. Following both the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses, Advent parishioners are invited to walk through the newly renovated Rectory. Please come to the front door, at 135 Mt. Vernon Street, and be prepared to remove your shoes upon entering.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen with Barbara Boles. 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.

1:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Stephanie Brown & Julius Krein, Meg Mill, and Philip Sawyer. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.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).


Name Tags. If you have a nametag, please wear it at coffee hour. This helps us know each other better – and helps Fr. Anderson learn all our names. If you are a pledging member of the Advent, and do not have a nametag, please contact the church office.


Entr’acte. Robin Landrith continues a study of  “In the Beginning…: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall.” This series of homilies was delivered by Pope Benedict XVI, then Joseph Ratzinger, during the Lenten season of 1981, and Lent remains a fitting time to renew reflections on the first principles of our world. Benedict’s homilies focus on Israel’s experience of God as Creator in the unfolding testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures, together with the ethical implications of belief in creation as recounted by the Bible as a whole—that is, in light of the fulfillment of creation revealed in Christ. Entr’acte follows the 9:00 am Mass in the Hunnewell Room (Library).


20s–30s of the Advent are invited to an information/listening session with the clergy in the Library following the 11:15 Mass.


Compline at the Advent: Join us at 8:00 pm in the nave 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.


THIS WEEK


Lenten reminders:

  • Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am.
  • Wednesday Morning Bible Study moves forward one hour, to 9:00 am.
  • A women’s reading group meets Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (through March 30) in the Frisby Room to read and discuss the book A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, and to get to know one another better theough sharing. Women of all ages are very warmly invited to join; please contact Agnes Coakley Cox (coakley@gmail.com) for more information. 
  • Wednesdays: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass, in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Light refreshments are served.
  • Thursdays: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 6:00 pm

The Parish Lenten Guide for 2020, A Lenten Journey, is available at the back of the church, on the parish website, and in Moseley Hall at coffee hour. This booklet allows all of us to keep a Lenten discipline, together with weekly Scripture readings, acts of self-discipline, and meditations we can all take on as a community.


NEXT SUNDAY


Evensong & Benediction. March 15, at 5 pm, the Advent Choir will sing for Evensong & Benediction, featuring Renaissance polyphony of Victoria, Palestrina and Blitheman. The 4:30 Organ Prelude Recital will be played by James Kealey of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Following the Evensong, our parishioner and friend Dr Brian Sirman will present a particularly interesting talk during the light supper which follows at 6:00 pm in Moseley Hall. The presentation is entitled: “Jesus Christ, Cornerstone: Faith, Worship, and Unity in Anglo-Catholic Architecture.” The Church of the Advent was built during a period of consequential and controversial changes in church architecture. Despite criticism from without as well as within, Anglo-Catholicism’s architects sought to use church buildings as outward tokens of essential spiritual and liturgical principles. At its core, this architecture was grounded in both the solemnity of worship and an understanding of Anglican union with the Church universal, both past and present. As we explore broader trends in Anglo-Catholic architecture during the mid to late 19th century, we’ll consider how these motivations find cogent and powerful expression at the corner of Brimmer and Mount Vernon Streets. Currently studying law at the College of William and Mary, Dr. Sirman taught at Boston University, where his scholarship focused on twentieth-century American politics, architecture, and urbanism. His book, Concrete Changes: Architecture, Politics, and the Design of Boston City Hall, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2018.


ODDS & ENDS


Another missing coat! Last Sunday, March 1, after the 11:15 Solemn Mass, one of our parishioners discovered his navy blue overcoat missing from the coatroom by Moseley Hall. A similar dark brown overcoat was left in the coatroom on the same day. Has someone taken the wrong overcoat? If you discover you have the wrong coat please contact the Parish Office at 617-523-2377.


A contribution has been made from the Rector’s Ministry Fund to St Bartholomew’s Church, Nashville (where Fr Sammy Wood is rector), for tornado relief in the area.


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

  • Maundy Thursday, April 9, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Holy Saturday, April 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm — please try to arrive by 11:00 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful.

No flower arranging skills are required — 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 11.


An introductory course in Biblical Greek will be offered at 6:45 pm on Thursdays at 43 South Russell Street. Corey Rouse will lead a 1.5 hour course using Clayton Croy’s Primer of Biblical Greek. Registration not required! Email carignanrouse@gmail.com for more information.


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


First Holy Communion Class for students in the 2nd to 4th grades will be offered on Sundays in Eastertide during the Christian education hour. If your child is interested in participating, please speak to Meg Nelson or Fr Jeff.


Reminder: Suspicious Messages. It seems that a number of Advent parishioners have received bogus email (and text) messages purporting to be from Father Anderson. Please note that his email is rector@theadventboston.org (preferred) or douglas.evan.anderson@gmail.com. If you receive a suspicious message, please double-check sender e-mail addresses for authenticity; disregard and delete messages from any other address. Remember also that Clergy and church leaders will never ask for emergency aid or donations. If you have doubts about authenticity, phone the requester to confirm. Find more information about phishing scams, including how to report them, at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing.


Report of Sunday, March 1 — Attendance (all Masses): 242; Collection: $12,278


STEWARDSHIP 2020


Thanks to those from whom we have recently received pledges. Thus far we have received 202 pledges, amounting to a total of $550,777. 71 have increased their pledges by an average of 17.5%, and there are 31 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have yet to hear from 38 parishioners who pledged a total of $48,475 last year.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


“For the Whole State of Christ’s Church and the World”

The Rev. William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902-1929) regularly concluded his weekly message with detailed, dignified requests for intercession. A sampling of these provides a richly detailed picture of parish life in the early 20th century, and of his devotion to the people of the Church of the Advent, and beyond.

I ask your prayers for…several who are in affliction; for a sick child; for the perseverance of all new members of the congregation; for the return to her duty of a Christian girl who has lapsed into Eddyism.

I ask your prayers for a woman gravely ill; for a wayward young girl; for a college student, that he may be faithful; for our fellow-Christians of the Papal Obedience, that they may be led to reform the Latin Church from within, purging it of tyranny, superstition, and political activities; and for all who are in isolation or poverty.

Your prayers are asked for Fr. Tovey, SSJE, who is on the ocean, bound for England and India; for a couple to be married on Saturday; for several in doubt who are turning Church- ward; for all who are lonely; in thanksgiving for several recovering from illness; and for many vocations to the Priesthood.

I ask for your prayers in thanksgiving for a girl’s recovery from appendicitis; for a man ill in a foreign land; for a sick girl who has had two operations; that we all may have a repentant, pregressive [sic], and happy Lent…

I ask your prayers for the recovery from grave illness of one of our young girls and of a priest’s son; for the approaching missionary exhibition; for all who mourn, that they may be comforted; and for a blessing on our Lent.

I ask your prayers in thanksgiving for the preservation of several persons through surgical operations; or those who are seriously ill; that the Parish apportionment may be met in full, and that every member of the Parish may be enrolled as a supporter of the Church at home and abroad; for those who suffer from famine in China; and for industrial peace.

I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Florence C. Cottle, a communicant who fell asleep April 4; in thanksgiving for an answered prayer; for the preservation of E.B.G. on the high seas; and for a blessed Easter, on which all the faithful shall receive Holy Communion devoutly and worthily.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT


March 9-15, 2020

Monday, March 9
6:00 pm: Women’s Lenten Reading Group

Tuesday, March 10
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 11
9:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass followed by Lenten Bible Study
7:00 pm: Bellringers
7:00 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal

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

Friday, March 13
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 14

Sunday, March 15
The Third Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte/Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Evensong & Benediction, followed by supper & talk

Holy Week Schedule

This Week at the Advent, March 1-7, 2020

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.


A Note about Cold, Flu, and Virus Season

  • Please use the hand sanitizer available at the doors to the church.
  • You may wish to replace handshakes with a bow of greeting at the Peace and other times.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from receiving from the Chalice.
  • If you are feeling really unwell, please give yourself the gift of rest at home.
  • If you are immuno-compromised, or otherwise susceptible to viruses, you might consider not receiving from the Chalice, neither by intinction or by drinking therefrom. Please receive only the Host, into your hand.

It is perfectly acceptable to receive Holy Communion in one kind only. Holy Tradition teaches concomitance, the belief that the whole Christ is present in each Sacred Species. That is to say both the Body and Blood of Christ are present in the Host, and likewise both the Body and Blood in the Chalice. The Prayer Book affirms this tradition: if a person “cannot receive either the consecrated Bread or the Wine, it is suitable to administer the Sacrament in one kind only” (BCP, p. 457).


TODAY


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Matt McNeff & David Russo with John Boyd. 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.

1:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Janell & Michael Saur with Robb Scholten. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.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).


Name Tags. If you have a nametag, please wear it at coffee hour. This helps us know each other better – and helps Fr. Anderson learn all our names. If you are a pledging member of the Advent, and do not have a nametag, please contact the church office.


Entr’acte. Robin Landrith begins a study of  “In the Beginning…: A Catholic Under-standing of the Story of Creation and the Fall.” This series of homilies was delivered by Pope Benedict XVI, then Joseph Ratzinger, during the Lenten season of 1981, and Lent remains a fitting time to renew reflections on the first principles of our world. Benedict’s homilies focus on Israel’s experience of God as Creator in the unfolding testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures, together with the ethical implications of belief in creation as recounted by the Bible as a whole—that is, in light of the fulfillment of creation revealed in Christ. Entr’acte follows the 9:00 am Mass in the Hunnewell Room (Library).


The Parish Lenten Guide for 2020, A Lenten Journey, is available at the back of the church, on the parish website, and in Moseley Hall at coffee hour. This booklet allows all of us to keep a Lenten discipline, together with weekly Scripture readings, acts of self-discipline, and meditations we can all take on as a community.


THIS WEEK


Lenten reminders:

  • Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am.
  • Wednesday Morning Bible Study moves forward one hour, to 9:00 am.
  • A women’s reading group meets Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (through March 30) to read and discuss the book A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, and to get to know one another better theough sharing. Women of all ages are very warmly invited to join; please contact Agnes Coakley Cox (coakley@gmail.com) for more information. The first meeting, on March 2, will take place in the Frisby Room.
  • Wednesdays: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass, in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Light refreshments will be served.
  • Thursdays: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 6:00 pm

Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 8. Remember to set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR.


NEXT SUNDAY


See the Rectory. Next Sunday, March 8, following both the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses, Advent parishioners are invited to walk through the newly renovated Rectory.


20s–30s of the Advent are invited to an information/listening session with the clergy on Sunday, March 8 in the Library following the 11:15 Mass. Please mark your calendars, and help to get the word out to those who might be interested.


Compline at the Advent: Join us next Sunday, March 8, 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.


ODDS & ENDS


An introductory course in Biblical Greek will be offered at 6:45 pm on Thursdays at 43 South Russell Street. Corey Rouse will lead a 1.5 hour course using Clayton Croy’s Primer of Biblical Greek. Registration not required! Email carignanrouse@gmail.com for more information.


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


First Holy Communion Class for students in the 2nd to 4th grades will be offered on Sundays in Eastertide during the Christian education hour. If your child is interested in participating, please speak to Meg Nelson or Fr Jeff.


Reminder: Suspicious Messages. It seems that a number of Advent parishioners have received bogus email (and text) messages purporting to be from Father Anderson. Please note that his email is rector@theadventboston.org (preferred) or douglas.evan.anderson@gmail.com. If you receive a suspicious message, please double-check sender e-mail addresses for authenticity; disregard and delete messages from any other address. Remember also that Clergy and church leaders will never ask for emergency aid or donations. If you have doubts about authenticity, phone the requester to confirm. Find more information about phishing scams, including how to report them, at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing.


Report of Sunday, February 23 — Attendance (all Masses): 248; Collection: $28,485 
Ash Wednesday Attendance: 190


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


To the Parishioners of the Church of the Advent, Boston,

My Very Dear Friends:

This year, when the whole world echoes with the groans and lamentations of such anguish as has seldom been known before, I bid you undertake even more earnestly than your wont the fruitful labor of intercession.

Fr. van Allen, c. 1915

“. . . More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.”*

Men are ready enough to join in material benevolences; surely they are needed, in these days of wicked and wanton destruction, when Belgium, Poland, and Northern France are laid waste and people starve except for the bounty of others less afflicted. You have responded splendidly to appeals for them. But their cause is with the Most High, and our intercessions for those who suffer accomplish far more than our gifts, if they accompany the giving. All the other needs of mankind call to use for succour; and though we may be unable to help much in what are called “practical” ways by those who do not remember the power of prayer, we can intercede with the Giver of every good and perfect gift, confident that He will hear and answer. […]

Let us have then, a Lent of Intercession, with our self-denial turned into helpful channels. The Belgian flag flying above the alms-chest will remind you of those who are in greatest need and whose silent appeal for help is most eloquent; but we must remember the others who hunger and freeze and wander desolate. Give up altogether for the holy season such luxuries as you may perhaps lawfully use at other times, and turn over what you save to God’s Cause and God’s Poor. Find your way daily to the habitation of God’s House; and come at least once a week to the Table of the Lord.

Above all, love much: love God, love your friends, love your enemies; love God’s Church and all that pertains to her; love the Truth and Peace. And the very God of Peace be with you through the forty days and ever.

Your loving friend and Rector,

William Harman van Allen,
Ash Wednesday, 1915

*Alfred, Lord Tennyson — King Arthur to Sir Bedivere, in “The Passing of Arthur” from Idylls of the King.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT


March 2-8, 2020

Monday, March 2
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts
6:00 pm: Women’s Lenten Reading Group

Tuesday, March 3
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 4
9:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass followed by Lenten Bible Study

Thursday, March 5
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 6
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 7

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

Holy Week Schedule

This Week at the Advent, February 23-29, 2020

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 Samuel Alger Madsen.


TODAY


9:00 Coffee Hour: 9:00 Coffee Hour: the Advent Guild of Bellringers hosts 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.

1:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Betsy James with Catherine Birdwell & Nicholas Edwards. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.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. The conclusion of the series “New Testament Perspectives on Old Testament Law” led by Rick Stone. Today’s topic is “Hebrews and the Priesthood of Christ.” Entr’acte follows 9:00 am and the 11:15 am Masses in the Hunnewell Room (Library).


Church School Farewell to the Alleluias. Please come to the crypt chapel today at 10:30 am, where we will meet with the Rector for a brief lesson and burying of our Alleluia banners. The banners will be “resurrected” on Easter Day. We have extra banners if your child was not at Sunday School for the past two weeks. Following this, we will join coffee hour. Questions, or need directions? Please speak to Meg Nelson.


Name Tags. If you have a nametag, please wear it at coffee hour. This helps us know each other better – and helps Fr. Anderson learn all our names. If you are a pledging member of the Advent, and do not have a nametag, please contact the church office.


At 3:00 pm today, our own Jeremy Bruns will perform Widor’s Symphony No. 6 and works by Preston, Howells, Lang, Dupré, Alain, and Franck at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (1400 Washington St, Boston) in celebration of the 144th anniversary of the dedication of the 101-rank E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings, Opus 801. Admission is free; donations go towards the Cathedral Organ restoration fund. For more info, visit https://holycrossboston.com/concert-series/.


The Parish Lenten Guide for 2020, A Lenten Journey, is available at the back of the church, on the parish website, and in Moseley Hall at coffee hour. This booklet allows all of us to keep a Lenten discipline, together with weekly Scripture readings, acts of self-discipline, and meditations we can all take on as a community.


THIS WEEK


Ash Wednesday is this week, February 26. 

Service schedule:
7:30 am: Low Mass with the Imposition of Ashes
12:15 pm: Low Mass with the Imposition of Ashes
6:30 pm: Solemn High Mass with the Imposition of Ashes

Lenten offerings and observances:

A women’s Lent group will be meeting on Mondays in Lent to read and discuss the book A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, to get to know one another better by sharing our own experiences. Women of all ages are very warmly invited to join. We will be meeting on Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the church. Please contact Agnes Coakley Cox (agnes.coakley@gmail.com) for more information.

Wednesdays in Lent: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00  pm Healing Mass.
Thursdays in Lent: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 6:00 pm

All beginning the first week of March

Beginning next Monday and continuing through Lent, Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am to encourage attendance at the Offices. The Wednesday Bible Study will also move forward one hour, to 9:00 am, during this time.


NEXT SUNDAY


The next Entr’acte series. On the first Sunday in Lent, Robin Landrith will begin a study of  “In the Beginning…’: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall.” This series of homilies was delivered by Pope Benedict XVI, then Joseph Ratzinger, during the Lenten season of 1981, and Lent remains a fitting time to renew reflections on the first principles of our world. Benedict’s homilies focus on Israel’s experience of God as Creator in the unfolding testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures, together with the ethical implications of belief in creation as recounted by the Bible as a whole—that is, in light of the fulfillment of creation revealed in Christ. This lens frames Benedict’s effort to render the creation account reasonable in light of the scientific and technological advances of our time, while also preserving the story’s strangeness and corrective force in the midst of challenges posed—in light of these advances—to the substance of Christian faith. The aim of this study, then, is to help us reflect, in preparation for our celebration of the Resurrection, on what it might mean to be a “new creation” by looking, in the words of Wendell Berry, “far backward as through clearer eyes / to what unsighted hope believes: / The blessed conviviality that sang Creation’s seventh sunrise.”


COMING UP!


20s–30s of the Advent are invited to an information/listening session with the clergy on Sunday, March 8 in the Library following the 11:15 Mass. Please mark your calendars, and help to get the word out to those who might be interested.


NEWS


The Vestry met on Thursday, February 20. Maria Denslow submitted her resignation due to work-related conflicts. The Vestry elected Thomas Brown to fill her one-year unexpired term. The Rector subsequently appointed Mr. Brown as Rector’s Warden for 2020. Paul Roberts was elected as People’s Warden.


Another Success with ‘Rise Against Hunger’! Preparing over 10,000 meals in well under two hours seems impossible but we did it! The Deanery-wide event we hosted for Rise Against Hunger on February 15 allowed us to do the impossible! Volunteers from around our Boston Harbor Deanery gathered in Moseley Hall and prepared meals of rice, soy, and vegetables that will be received by children and families who are lacking adequate amounts of food or do not take in an adequate amount of nutrients in the course of the day. 50 volunteers were needed to meet our goal of 10,000 meals in two hours. We exceeded that number in that we had 57 volunteers from St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain, the Episcopal-Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northeastern University, Emmanuel Church in Boston, St. Augustine’s and St. Martin’s Church in Boston, and the 15 members of our parish family who were there to help and to whom we owe a special “Thank You”: Stephanie Brown, Cheryl Dwyer, Douglas Dwyer, Caredwen Foley, Matthew Groves, Julius Krein, Jason Lewis, Selma Lewis, Anastasia O’Melveny, Frank Olney, James Oldfield, Bud Scheffy, Carolyn Shadid-Lewis, Julianne Ture, and Carolyn Walden.

In addition to volunteers, $3,500.00 was needed to offset the cost of hosting the event and thus far we have received $670.00. We are still open to receive donations by writing a check to the Church of the Advent and marking “Rise Against Hunger” on the memo line of the check.


ODDS & ENDS


An introductory course in Biblical Greek will be offered at 6:45 pm on Thursdays at 43 South Russell Street. Corey Rouse will lead a 1.5 hour course using Clayton Croy’s Primer of Biblical Greek. Registration not required! Email carignanrouse@gmail.com for more information.


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


First Holy Communion Class for students in the 2nd to 4th grades will be offered on Sundays in Eastertide during the Christian education hour. If your child is interested in participating, please speak to Meg Nelson or Fr Jeff.


Attendance last Sunday (Masses along with Evensong & Benediction): 331


STEWARDSHIP UPDATE


Thus far we have received 199 pledges, amounting to a total of $544,957. 71 have increased their pledges by an average of 17.5%, and there are 28 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have yet to hear from 38 parishioners who pledged a total of $48,475 last year.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


The bookplate of Dr Darlington (Louis Rhead, 1902), shows two women (Theology and Science) shaking hands under the symbol of the Holy Spirit.

How did the Church of the Advent usher in the holy season of Lent more than a century ago? In the “Rector’s Weekly Message” of February 7, 1915 (Sexagesima), the Rev. William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902-1929) wrote:

Here is a little rule of life, turned into verse by the dear Bishop of Harrisburg, Dr. [James Henry] Darlington, which I wish all knew by heart, — and practiced:

Patient with others, but strict with myself;
Loving to give, and refusing all pelf;
Doing the right, though it brings me no fame;
Honoring Christ, because signed with His Name;
Helping the downcast, and cheering the sad;
Living our creed till it makes the world glad;
Fond of our work, of our friends, of our land;
Walking by faith, daily led by God’s hand;
This is the pathway the saints all have trod
This is the life hid with Christ’s life in God.

James Otis Sargent Huntington, OHC

In the “Rector’s Weekly Message” for Quinquagesima 1915, Father van Allen encouraged parishioners to attend a parochial quiet day. The offering of a quiet day devoted to prayer and reflection is a tradition which has continued at the Church of the Advent over the years.

“On the first Friday of Lent, …Fr. Huntington is to conduct a Parochial Quiet Day, to which any church-people will be welcome. The order will be: Mass, 7:30; Matins, 9; Mass, 9:30; First address, 10; Second address, 11:30; Intermission, for lunch, 12:30; Third address, 3; Choral Litany and concluding address, 5; consultations or confessions during the intervals. I hope a great many will plan to profit by this opportunity of beginning their Lent well. Fr. Huntington is dear to all of us, and for a generation, his life has been a sermon, even more eloquent than his words.” [Father James O. S. Huntington (1854–1935) was founder of the Order of the Holy Cross.]


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT


February 24-March 1, 2020

Monday, February 24
St Matthias the Apostle

Tuesday, February 25
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 26
Ash Wednesday

7:30 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Bible Study
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass

Thursday, February 27

Friday, February 28
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 29

Sunday, March 1
The First Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte/Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, February 16-22, 2020

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 Frederick L. Haupert.


TODAY


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Betsy Ridge Madsen with Tom & Carolyn McDermott. 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.

1:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are David Fisher, Maggie Eggert and Nick Westberg. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.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.  Led by Rick Stone, “New Testament Perspectives on Old Testament Law” continues with “Paul and the Law.” The series concludes next Sunday with “Hebrews and the Priesthood of Christ.” Entr’acte follows 9:00 am and the 11:15 am Masses in the Hunnewell Room (Library).

The next Entr’acte series. On the first Sunday in Lent, Robin Landrith will begin a study of  “In the Beginning…’: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall.” This series of homilies was delivered by Pope Benedict XVI, then Joseph Ratzinger, during the Lenten season of 1981, and Lent remains a fitting time to renew reflections on the first principles of our world. Benedict’s homilies focus on Israel’s experience of God as Creator in the unfolding testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures, together with the ethical implications of belief in creation as recounted by the Bible as a whole—that is, in light of the fulfillment of creation revealed in Christ. This lens frames Benedict’s effort to render the creation account reasonable in light of the scientific and technological advances of our time, while also preserving the story’s strangeness and corrective force in the midst of challenges posed—in light of these advances—to the substance of Christian faith. The aim of this study, then, is to help us reflect, in preparation for our celebration of the Resurrection, on what it might mean to be a “new creation” by looking, in the words of Wendell Berry, “far backward as through clearer eyes / to what unsighted hope believes: / The blessed conviviality that sang Creation’s seventh sunrise.”

See “Looking Toward Lent” below for more Lenten offerings.


Advent Tour. Today following the 11:15 Mass, our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a 10-15 minute tour of the church building. Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude and learn about our fascinating, complicated, historic building. Tours occur regularly on the third Sunday of each month.


Evensong & Benediction. This evening at 5:00 pm, Evensong will be sung by The Advent Choir, featuring “Like as the Hart” by Howells, and the new (to us!) Magdalene College Service and Responses of Kenneth Leighton. The service lasts no more than one hour, and is followed by a light supper and libation in Moseley Hall to which all are invited.

Mark Dwyer will speak to us during supper about Music and the Anglo-Catholic Revival, Part Two: “What did they sing and why did they sing it?” Concurrent theological, artistic, architectural and musical movements came together during the mid-nineteenth century to produce an ongoing search for the ideal sacred music: that which is beautifully fitting, and fittingly beautiful.

Barbara Bruns, our friend and neighbor from Christ Church, Andover, will play a Prelude Organ Recital at 4:30 pm, featuring works of Dupré and Franck and Howells. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance, magna cum laude, from Augustana College and a Master of Music degree, with honors, from the New England Conservatory. Recognized as an accomplished recitalist, accompanist, and conductor, she is the recipient of the “Outstanding Alumni Award” from Augustana College and has concertized extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Since 1976 she has performed as soloist for national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the American Guild of Organists, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.


Name Tags. If you have a nametag, please wear it at coffee hour. This helps us know each other better – and helps Fr. Anderson learn all our names.


THIS WEEK


A requiem will be said in the Lady Chapel with a special intention for the repose of the soul of Michael Terranova this Monday, February 17 at 3:00 in the afternoon. The interment will immediately follow in the All Souls’ columbarium. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, by the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Theology on Tap returns this Tuesday, February 18, at 7:00 pm at MAST’ Restaurant and Drinkery – The Lower Bar, 45 Province Street, Boston. The Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will discuss How to Choose Your Heresy: An Introductory Guide to This Perennially Popular Primrose Path.

Rowan Greer,  the late Professor of Yale Divinity School and  distinguished church historian, used to be fond of saying of modern Episcopalians that, “We are all Pelagians now”. His ironic remark highlights the point that not being a heretic may be harder than many suppose for modern Christians. After all,  there is a marked strand in present Western culture which sees some degree of dissent from almost any historic tradition as a prerequisite of sophistication (and if used in its earliest sense this may be true).

Such considerations give interest, not only to the history of heresy in Christianity,  which is as long as the history of the Church itself, but also to the meaning of the concept and its distinction from apostasy and blasphemy. Moreover, far from being a merely historic concept,  it is increasingly evident that in an age of ever more strident idealogical puritanism the concept looks likely to have a new and even brighter future ahead. This presentation will look thus both at some of the recurring tendencies that have defined the most common forms of Christian heresy but also at the nature and continuing significance of the concept itself, thus enabling those still determined to go down the heretical path to make their choices in ways that are (in the spirit of a consumerist age) at least in some degree better informed.


An introductory course in Biblical Greek will be offered at 6:45 pm on Thursdays at 43 South Russell Street. Corey Rouse will lead a 1.5 hour course using Clayton Croy’s Primer of Biblical Greek. Registration not required! Email carignanrouse@gmail.com for more information.


COMING UP!


Looking toward Lent

The solemn season of Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 26. To make a right start of Lent, Masses will be offered at 7:30 am, 12:15 pm, and 6:30 pm. The Imposition of Ashes will be included at each of the Masses. It is not too early to be thinking and praying about taking on Lent disciplines. If you need help determining what your Lenten disciplines should be, you should contact and seek the counsel of one of the clergy.

Again this year we will also have a Parish Lenten Discipline published and available before Ash Wednesday. This Lenten program allows all of us to keep a Lenten discipline together with weekly Scripture readings, acts of self-discipline, and meditations we can all take on as a community. Please look for copies of the Parish Lenten Discipline as they become available in the west end of the Church.

THE GESIMAS

“Septuagesima – seventy days
To Easter’s primrose tide of praise;
The Gesimas – Septua, Sexa, Quinc
Mean Lent is near, which makes you think.”

Septuagesima, Sir John Betjeman

Before the reforms of the 1960s, three pre-Lenten Sundays were part of the Church calendar. These Sundays, with the hard to pronounce names of Septuagesima, Sexagesmia, and Quinquagesima, denoted the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth days before Easter. While we no longer keep “Gesimatide”, it does afford us an opportunity to begin thinking about what Lenten disciplines we might observe. Here are a few:

Mondays in Lent: Women’s Book Study at 6:00 pm. A five-week discussion of A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans.

Wednesdays in Lent: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00  pm Healing Mass.

Thursdays in Lent: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 6:00 pm.

All beginning the first week of March.

During Lent, Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am to encourage attendance at the Offices. The Wednesday Bible Study will also move forward one hour, to 9:00 am, during this time.

Reminder: Palms for Ashes. There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday.


ODDS & ENDS


A special custom for the Epiphany season

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found him and his mother in a house, not the stable where they had found their first temporary shelter. This is a cue that our Epiphany celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses on Epiphany. In the East, in particular, it is the custom for the parish priest to go through the parish blessing houses — not the elaborate blessing of a new home, but a special blessing that is also often given at Easter, a renewal of the homes in which the people of God dwell and live out the mystery of faith day by day. In recent years, this custom has been revived in some places in the West, and the Book of Occasional Services of The Episcopal Church provides forms for this blessing. However, there is another way of blessing homes at Epiphany that begins in church, but does not require the priest to go from house to house — something that would be quite impossible in non-geographical parishes like ours. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes.

There is a basket of blessed chalk on the table near the main door of the Church. The chalk is to be used to hallow all our homes throughout our parish and our city. Please take some home with you. The initials of the legendary names of the wise men are written with blessed chalk on the lintel above the front door of the house, framed by the numbers of the new year, in this way:

20 + G + M + B + 20

After making the inscription, the following prayer is offered:

Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy spirit.
Leader: Let us pray. O Lord, holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech you to hear us and vouchsafe to send your holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, protect and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this home. I call upon thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family, friends and all who enter here from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a reminder to us that my home is truly the House of the Lord. O God, make the door of my house the gateway to thy Eternal Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord.  
All: Amen.


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Significant portions of the Church of the Advent archives were taken to the Boston Athenaeum decades ago, and later transferred to the Diocesan Archives on Tremont Street. As part of the 175th anniversary observations, these records, documents, artifacts, and artwork will be returned to their rightful home at 30 Brimmer Street. The letter below is part of that collection, and dates to the parish’s 1847 move to the Green Street meeting-house (also pictured below), described in the centenary history as “a substantial structure of brick, far from ecclesiastical in appearance, but, after undergoing the needed alterations, not ill-adapted to the requirements of the parish, being capable of holding not far from six hundred persons.” It is addressed to the parish’s first rector, the Rev. William Croswell, and signed C. G. Prescott. At this writing, no connection to the later, more well-known Prescott, Oliver Sherman Prescott, has been found.

[Ed. note: Green Street, which can be seen on this map, no longer exists. The Green Street church was located approximately where the Longfellow Place apartment building now stands.]


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 17-23, 2020

Monday, February 17
Janani Luwum (Parish Office Closed)
3:00 pm: Requiem for Michael Terranova

Tuesday, February 18
Martin Luther

6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap @ MAST’

Wednesday, February 19
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, February 20
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 21
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 22
9:00 am: Cathedral Retreat
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Advent Flower Guild

Sunday, February 23
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany (Quinquagesima)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte/Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, February 9-15, 2020

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 Robert S. Boles.


TODAY


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone, 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.

1:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Kara & Philip Marshall, and Jeff & Roxy Hanson. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.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 Resumes Today! Our own Rick Stone will lead a series of three sessions entitled “New Testament Perspectives on Old Testament Law.” Continuing the next two Sundays, this series begins with “The Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and The Great Commandment”, continues with “Paul and the Law”, and concludes with “Hebrews and the Priesthood of Christ.” For those new to the Advent, Entr’acte (“between the acts”) is held between the 9:00 am and the 11:15 am Masses in the Hunnewell Room (Library).


Compline at the Advent. Join us today at 8:00 pm, 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.


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday Bible Study is embarking on a reading of Isaiah. All are welcome. The group meets in the Hunnewell Room) Library, at 10:00 am until the beginning of Lent, the moves to 9:00 am during the Lenten season.


An introductory course in Biblical Greek will be offered at 6:45 pm on Thursdays at 43 South Russell Street. Corey Rouse will lead a 1.5 hour course using Clayton Croy’s Primer of Biblical Greek. Registration not required! Email carignanrouse@gmail.com for more information.


“Rise Against Hunger” this Saturday, February 15, from 10:00 am to noon in Moseley Hall. The Advent is once again hosting a Rise Against Hunger event for the members of our Diocese who are in the Boston Harbor Deanery. These are dry food packages — one complete meal in each package — that will be sent somewhere around the world where people are hungry. The goal of Rise Against Hunger is to see an end to hunger in our lifetime — a very lofty goal, and we can do our part.

We ask those who volunteer to arrive at 9:45 am. We are also looking for donations to offset the $3,500 it takes to put on the event and meet the cost of the food and materials. Any gifts to help with this cause will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Father James. For more info, go to www.riseagainsthunger.org.


NEXT SUNDAY


Advent Tour. Today following the 11:15 Mass, our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a 10–15 minute tour of the church building. Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude and learn about our fascinating, complicated, historic building. Tours occur regularly on the third Sunday of each month.


Evensong & Benediction. Next Sunday, February 16 at 5:00 pm, Evensong will be sung by The Advent Choir, featuring “Like as the Hart” by Howells, and the new (to us!) Magdalene College Service and Responses of Kenneth Leighton. The service lasts no more than one hour, and is followed by a light supper and libation in Moseley Hall to which all are invited.

Mark Dwyer will speak to us during supper about Music and the Anglo-Catholic Revival, Part Two: “What did they sing and why did they sing it?” Concurrent theological, artistic, architectural and musical movements came together during the mid-nineteenth century to produce an ongoing search for the ideal sacred music: that which is beautifully fitting, and fittingly beautiful.

Barbara Bruns, our friend and neighbor from Christ Church, Andover, will play a Prelude Organ Recital at 4:30 pm, featuring works of Dupré and Franck and Howells. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance, magna cum laude, from Augustana College and a Master of Music degree, with honors, from the New England Conservatory. Recognized as an accomplished recitalist, accompanist, and conductor, she is the recipient of the “Outstanding Alumni Award” from Augustana College and has concertized extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Since 1976 she has performed as soloist for national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the American Guild of Organists, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.


COMING UP!


A requiem will be said in the Lady Chapel with a special intention for the repose of the soul of Michael Terranova next Monday, February 17 at 3:00 in the afternoon. The interment will immediately follow in the All Souls’ columbarium. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, by the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Looking toward Lent

The solemn season of Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 26. To make a right start of Lent, Masses will be offered at 7:30 am, 12:15 pm, and 6:30 pm. The Imposition of Ashes will be included at each of the Masses. It is not too early to be thinking and praying about taking on Lent disciplines. If you need help determining what your Lenten disciplines should be, you should contact and seek the counsel of one of the clergy.

Again this year we will also have a Parish Lenten Discipline published and available before Ash Wednesday. This Lenten program allows all of us to keep a Lenten discipline together with weekly Scripture readings, acts of self-discipline, and meditations we can all take on as a community. Please look for copies of the Parish Lenten Discipline as they become available in the west end of the Church.

A Lenten Note from the Rector:

THE GESIMAS

“Septuagesima – seventy days
To Easter’s primrose tide of praise;
The Gesimas – Septua, Sexa, Quinc
Mean Lent is near, which makes you think.”

Septuagesima, Sir John Betjeman

Before the reforms of the 1960s, three pre-Lenten Sundays were part of the Church calendar. These Sundays, with the hard to pronounce names of Septuagesima, Sexagesmia, and Quinquagesima, denoted the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth days before Easter. While we no longer keep “Gesimatide”, it does afford us an opportunity to begin thinking about what Lenten disciplines we might observe. Here are a few:

Mondays in Lent: Women’s Book Study at 6:00 pm. A five-week discussion of A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans.

Wednesdays in Lent: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00  pm Healing Mass.

Thursdays in Lent: Stations of the Cross at 6:00 pm

All beginning the first week of March.

During Lent, Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am to encourage attendance at the Offices. The Wednesday Bible Study will also move forward one hour, to 9:00 am, during this time.

Reminder: Palms for Ashes. There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday.


A NOTE FROM DEACON NOYES


A Note of Gratitude:

To all my friends and companions at the Church of the Advent —

My heart is full of gratitude for the many hugs, smiles, best wishes, notes, prayers, and — yes — even tears on the occasion of my farewell Sunday two weeks ago. I am learning that part of retirement is to take everything as it comes: the good days, the not-so-good days — and am buoyed by the many friendships and rich trove of memories developed over the years.

While I won’t be with you for Sunday and other liturgies, I am continuing with great pleasure to plough the fertile fields of the Advent Archives and will be providing stories From the Advent Archives regularly. In addition, my commitment to the Parish’s 175th anniversary is ongoing, working with donors and conservators to preserve and share our treasured artifacts and documents.

What an honor and privilege it has been to serve as your deacon, and to be in your midst at the most holy times: baptisms, confirmations, marriages, funerals, not to mention coffee hours, picnics, seminars and workshops, and chance encounters. In the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands…”

Ever yours with prayers, love, and hope,

Deacon Daphne B. Noyes


ODDS & ENDS


A special custom for The First Sunday after The Epiphany

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found him and his mother in a house, not the stable where they had found their first temporary shelter. This is a cue that our Epiphany celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses on Epiphany. In the East, in particular, it is the custom for the parish priest to go through the parish blessing houses — not the elaborate blessing of a new home, but a special blessing that is also often given at Easter, a renewal of the homes in which the people of God dwell and live out the mystery of faith day by day. In recent years, this custom has been revived in some places in the West, and the Book of Occasional Services of The Episcopal Church provides forms for this blessing. However, there is another way of blessing homes at Epiphany that begins in church, but does not require the priest to go from house to house — something that would be quite impossible in non-geographical parishes like ours. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes.

There is a basket of blessed chalk on the table near the main door of the Church. The chalk is to be used to hallow all our homes throughout our parish and our city. Please take some home with you. The initials of the legendary names of the wise men are written with blessed chalk on the lintel above the front door of the house, framed by the numbers of the new year, in this way:

20 + G + M + B + 20

After making the inscription, the following prayer is offered:

Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy spirit.
Leader: Let us pray. O Lord, holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech you to hear us and vouchsafe to send your holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, protect and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this home. I call upon thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family, friends and all who enter here from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a reminder to us that my home is truly the House of the Lord. O God, make the door of my house the gateway to thy Eternal Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord.  
All: Amen.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


A selection of six antiquarian books is on display in the lobby. These range from one of the earliest editions of the American Book of Common Prayer (1806), to a 1941 Book of Remembrance, documenting memorial gifts to fund furnishing the All Souls Room, now known as the Frisby Room. A copy of the 1806 Prayer Book, from the same publisher, in similar condition, is listed on AbeBooks for $750.

The books reflect facets of church, family, and national history, for example:

  • The final sacramental act of the Rev. William Croswell, on November 9, 1851, was to baptize Emily Otis Salter, daughter of Richard and Abbie Salter. “The holy hand which applied the consecrated element to the brow of this precious infant became motionless in death before it had time to record this its last sacramental act.” (#4 in the display)
  • Captain Thomas L. Sullivan, US Army, made a donation in memory of William G. Thompson, Esq., a parishioner at the Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, member of the Massachusetts Bar, “friend of the oppressed and helpless, an uncompromising foe of entrenched political corruption, from his grateful and unknown friend.” Thompson was a defense lawyer at the controversial trial of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Venzetti, Italian immigrants convicted of first-degree murder during an armed robbery, and executed in Boston in 1927. (#3 in the display)
  • A Prayer-Book designed by Charles Robert Ashbee―architect, designer, social reformer, and a major force behind the Arts and Crafts Movement in England. He was one of the most significant figures in British artistic and cultural life at the turn of the century. (#5 in the display)

A binder containing sample pages from these books, together with supporting material, is on top of the display case.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 10-16, 2020

Monday, February 10
Scholastica
6:00 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, February 11
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 12
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, February 13
Absalom Jones
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 14
Cyril & Methodius
8:15 am: Advent School Community Share
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 15
Thomas Bray
10:00 am: Rise Against Hunger
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Advent Flower Guild

Sunday, February 16
The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (Sexagesima)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte/Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital by Barbara Bruns
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction

This Week at the Advent, February 2-8, 2020

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 Frank Leighton.

The flowers at the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Polly Warren.


TODAY


On this Feast of Candlemas, we welcome the Rev’d Douglas Anderson, the Sixteenth Rector of the Church of the Advent. Fr. Anderson preaches and celebrates at both the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses, and we have the opportunity to greet him at festive potluck coffee hours (contributions welcome!) following each. We also expect a celebratory quarter peal by the Advent Bell Ringers around 2:00 pm.


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


We continue our Candlemas celebration this afternoon with our sister parish, All Saints’, Ashmont. Everyone is encouraged to join the members of All Saints’ at 3:00 pm this afternoon for Solemn Evensong, a Solemn Procession, and Solemn Benediction. The choir of Men and Boys at All Saints’ will be joined by the choir from All Saints’, Worcester, Massachusetts. Father Michael Godderz will be the preacher. The choir pieces will include the Short Service by Orlando Gibbons, Preces and Responses by Gerre Hancock, Psalm 84 (Anglican Chant) by A.H. Brewer, When to the Temple Mary Went by Johann Eccard, and Air (Suite) and Toccata (Suite) by Florence Price. Please join our sister parish family and give high praise and thanksgiving for the Presentation of Our Lord, enjoy hearty Christian fellowship, and delightful refreshments. All Saints’ is easily reached by the T’s Red Line to Ashmont station.


NEXT SUNDAY!


Entr’acte Resumes next Sunday. After the holiday hiatus, Entr’acte will be back beginning February 9. For those new to the Advent, Entr’acte (“between the acts”) is our series of adult-education presentations held between the 9:00 am and the 11:15 am Masses. They are generally led by the clergy with occasional presentations by parishioners or guest speakers with knowledge in particular areas of expertise or interest.

To kick off this season, our own Rick Stone will lead a series of three sessions entitled “New Testament Perspectives on Old Testament Law.” Continuing February 16 and 23, these presentations begin with “The Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and The Great Commandment”, continue with “Paul and the Law”, and conclude with “Hebrews and the Priesthood of Christ.”


COMING UP!


We will “rise against hunger” again on Saturday, February 15, from 10:00 am to noon in Moseley Hall. The Advent is once again hosting a Rise Against Hunger event with the members of our Diocese in the Boston Harbor Deanery. We are looking for five or six volunteers from our parish to join volunteers from other parishes around the Deanery to prepare 10,000 meals. These are dry food packages — one complete meal in each package — that will be sent somewhere around the world where people are hungry. The goal of Rise Against Hunger is to see an end to hunger in our lifetime — a very lofty goal, and we can do our part by stepping up and helping on February 15. If you have helped with this event over the past few years, then you already know how much fun it can be. There’s music, some dancing, bells ringing to announce how many meals have been created, and just a good sense of satisfaction knowing that we are reaching out to others in need.

We ask those who volunteer to arrive at 9:45 on that day. We are also looking for donations to offset the $3,500 it takes to put on the event and meet the cost of the food and materials. Any gifts and donations to help with this cause will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in helping or making a donation, please contact Father James. For more info, go to www.riseagainsthunger.org.


Wednesday Evening Lenten Study, beginning March 4: Readings in John. This short Lenten study will consider selected passages in both the Gospel and Epistles of John. We will look at themes of light and darkness, faith and unbelief, and the famous “I am” statements of Jesus. With the Rector, immediately following the Wednesday healing Mass in the Library.


NEWS


At the Annual Meeting of January 26, the following persons were elected to serve on the Parish Vestry for three-year terms: John Boyd, Thatcher Gearhart, Philip LeQuesne, and Carolyn McDermott.

Frederic Ou was elected to a one-year term as Clerk of the Vestry; Adam Rutledge was elected to a one-year term as Treasurer.

Julianne Turé and Nick Westberg were elected Delegates to Diocesan Convention and the Deanery; Robb Scholten was elected Alternate Delegate.

Congratulations to the above persons and our gratitude, as well, for their willingness to serve the Parish.


STEWARDSHIP


Thanks to all those from whom we have received pledges. We have received 196 pledges, pledging a total of $542,407.40. 71 have increased their pledges by an average of 17.5%, and there are 26 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have yet to hear from 39 parishioners who pledged a total of $48,776 last year.

Reminder: Some giving envelopes are still awaiting pick-up in the back of the church.


ODDS & ENDS


A special custom for The First Sunday after The Epiphany

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found him and his mother in a house, not the stable where they had found their first temporary shelter. This is a cue that our Epiphany celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses on Epiphany. In the East, in particular, it is the custom for the parish priest to go through the parish blessing houses — not the elaborate blessing of a new home, but a special blessing that is also often given at Easter, a renewal of the homes in which the people of God dwell and live out the mystery of faith day by day. In recent years, this custom has been revived in some places in the West, and the Book of Occasional Services of The Episcopal Church provides forms for this blessing. However, there is another way of blessing homes at Epiphany that begins in church, but does not require the priest to go from house to house — something that would be quite impossible in non-geographical parishes like ours. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes.

There is a basket of blessed chalk on the table near the main door of the Church. The chalk is to be used to hallow all our homes throughout our parish and our city. Please take some home with you. The initials of the legendary names of the wise men are written with blessed chalk on the lintel above the front door of the house, framed by the numbers of the new year, in this way:

20 + G + M + B + 20

After making the inscription, the following prayer is offered:

Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy spirit.
Leader: Let us pray. O Lord, holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech you to hear us and vouchsafe to send your holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, protect and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this home. I call upon thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family, friends and all who enter here from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a reminder to us that my home is truly the House of the Lord. O God, make the door of my house the gateway to thy Eternal Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord.  
All: Amen.


Palms for Ashes: There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday. They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 26 this year.


Parish Directory. Copies of the parish directory were distributed last Sunday in conjunction with the annual meeting. However, as the information in the directory is constantly changing, we keep monthly updates in the parish office. Contact the office if you would like to have a copy to pick up or have sent electronically (please specify).


Missing coat. Fr Macdonald-Radcliff is missing a black raincoat that disappeared from the coat room on January 12. Since a similar coat (but with epaulets) was left hanging there, we assume that someone simply grabbed his by mistake. If you can help us solve this mystery, please see Fr Macdonald-Radcliff or contact the church office.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


The story of Charles Chapman Grafton’s tenure as rector of the Church of the Advent (from 1872 to 1888) and subsequently as Bishop of Fond du Lac has been well-documented; a less well-known aspect of his life concerns his family, most especially his younger sister, Maria Josephine Grafton (1830-1893). In her unpublished manuscript on the history of the Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity, Kathleen Reeves cites Maria and her daughter Grace as two of the women who supported and assisted the order during its early days. The record of the work they did in this regard is scanty at best, the Sisterhood having been dissolved in the late twentieth century, and their Fond du Lac convent was destroyed by fire in 2015. Maria was the only daughter of the seven children born to Joseph Ward Grafton and Anna Maria Gurley, three years younger than her brother Charles. She attended the Abbott Female Academy, incorporated in 1829 for the “exclusive work of educating women.” The school was founded during a time when the prevailing view was that women’s education “should always be relative to men,” with some believing that study of “higher subjects” such as philosophy and mathematics might cause infertility. The school’s constitution defined one of its goals: “to regulate the tempers, to improve the taste, to discipline and enlarge the minds and form the morals of youth.”

In 1857, she married Charles Henry Minot (1819-1900), a shipping merchant in the firm of Weld & Minot. In the 1860s he became a partner in, and treasurer of, the Tudor Company in Boston, a firm specializing in the worldwide shipping of ice. The firm was founded by Frederic Tudor (1783-1864), “the Ice King.” Their first two children were born in New York at 285 Fifth Avenue: Joseph Grafton Minot, born in 1858, and Grace Josephine Minot, in 1859. Charles Henry, Junior, was born at in 1862 at the house they leased at 149 Beacon Street. Within a few years they moved to a new house they had built at 301 Berkeley Street. The 1870 census finds them all “travelling in Europe”; helping maintain the household were three Irish domestic servants, Kate Carley, 25, Julia Healy, 45, and Bridget Sullivan, 25.

Mrs. Reeves writes, “In 1883 [Grafton] had the pleasure of seeing tangible evidence of his labors…the completion of the Advent’s magnificent new sanctuary on Brimmer Street. He had raised much of the money for it himself and given $10,000 out of his own funds.” His sister and Mrs. S. H. Bertram (listed in the 1883 Boston Blue Book as a resident of the Hotel Brunswick) donated that same year the Advent’s metal choir screen and rood; Mrs. Bertram is included in the list of Associates of the Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity.

The Advent’s building is rich with memorials and gifts from the Grafton-Minot families. In 1887, Maria gave a silver-gilt paten in memory of her 25-year-old son, Charles Henry Minot, Junior, a student at Harvard law School, who died of typhoid fever and septic poisoning; the three windows over the high altar were given in his memory by his mother and father.

After Maria died of cancer in 1893, The Lady Chapel’s altar and reredos stalls and two standard lights were given in her memory by her brothers, Joseph Grafton (1819-1900) and John Gurley Grafton (1823-1895); her husband; their son, Joseph, and daughter, Grace. They also gave an Altar Book and Office Books for the Lady Chapel in her memory.

Bust of Fr Grafton in the Lady Chapel

The stone lectern was given by Charles Minot in 1902, in memory of Mrs. Lillian Dunbar and Margaret Lothrop. In 1907, Joseph Grafton Minot and his wife, Honora Elizabeth Temple Winthrop, gave a silver-gilt censer in memory of Honora’s sister, Mary Winthrop Mason, 30, wife of Phillip Dana Mason. The couple had been married just two years earlier by Bishop William Lawrence at his 122 Commonwealth Avenue home. The Newton Graphic of Friday, April 5, 1907, reported that she died “in Groton, following an operation for appendicitis.” After his death in 1912, Bishop Grafton was memorialized with a bust (now in the Lady Chapel), a Standard Prayer-book (now in the Advent Archives), and a photograph given by his nephew Joseph Grafton Minot.

The last documented Grafton-Minot gift is a memorial tablet to Joseph Grafton Minot, given by his wife, Honora Winthrop Minot, in 1939.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 3-9, 2020

Monday, February 3
Anskar of Hamburg

Tuesday, February 4
Cornelius the Centurion

6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 5
Martyrs of Japan

10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

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

Friday, February 7
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 8
10:00 am: Advent Flower Guild

Sunday, February 9
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte/Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week at the Advent, January 26-February 1, 2020

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 the ministry of the Rev’d Daphne B. Noyes — deacon, chaplain, preacher, teacher,parish historian, fund-raiser, and cherished friend.

The flowers at the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the generations of faithful parishioners, talented designers, and skilled artisans and craftspeople whose devotion, generosity, and handiwork have immeasurably enriched the Church of the Advent.

The flowers in the Lady Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norma Dampman on what would have been her 96th birthday.


TODAY


The 9:00 Coffee Hour resumes next Sunday. 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. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.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 Venerable Christian (Chris) Beukman, Archdeacon, Diocese of Massachusetts, who joins us to recognize Deacon Daphne B. Noyes as she begins a well-deserved retirement as our deacon. A native of the Netherlands, he attended Harvard Divinity School and Andover-Newton Theological School. The pastoral ministries manager of Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham, he was ordained a deacon in 2009, has served parishes in Quincy, Walpole, and Franklin, and was appointed archdeacon in December 2018.


The ANNUAL PARISH MEETING is at 10:00 am this morning. Please go to the Hunnewell Room (Library) and sign in, get your ballot, a copy of the 2019 Annual Report, and a new edition of the Parish Directory. You may vote after you sign in, or during the meeting.

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


Missing coat. Fr Macdonald-Radcliff is missing a dark gray raincoat that disappeared from the coat room last Sunday. Since a similar coat (but with epaulets) was left hanging there, we assume that someone simply grabbed his by mistake. If you can help us solve this mystery, please see Fr Macdonald-Radcliff or contact the church office.


THIS WEEK


Theology on Tap: Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 pm. Fr Michael Godderz, Rector of the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont, will speak on devotional societies. The Catholic Societies have played a significant part of the Anglo-Catholic movement. They have united devout and earnest souls within parishes as well as throughout the church, indeed, throughout the Anglican Communion. Further they have helped provide greater exposure to and support for various forms of catholic practice. We’ll consider the older, traditional Catholic Societies as well as a glance at the more recent as they have sought to promote catholic theological positions and devotional practices, and claim for this catholic-minded spirituality an acceptance and place in the Anglican Churches.


Organ Recital. This Friday, January 31, 7:00 pm, International Concert Organist Arvid Gast will present an organ recital on our renowned Aeolian-Skinner organ. Born in Bremen, Germany, Arvid Gast is director of the Church Music Institute at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck. In addition, he is titular organist of the historic organs in St. Jakobi Lübeck, and held the same position at the Concerthall “Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen” in Magdeburg. He is the founder of the International Dieterich Buxtehude Organ Competition in Lübeck, and last spring served as visiting professor of organ at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. This summer, he will chair the jury of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. In 2018 he was chair of the jury in the first Boston Bach International Organ Competition. His recordings, concert invitations, and interpretation courses at home and abroad attest to his abilities as an eminent recitalist and pedagogue and he remains a foremost interpreter of German Romantic music. Professor Gast’s program will feature the famous Fantasy and Fugue on the Choral “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” by Franz Liszt, as well as music of Karg-Elert, Reger and Widor. Free-will offering.


NEXT SUNDAY!


Next Sunday, February 2, the Feast of Candlemas, we will welcome the Rev’d Douglas Anderson, the Sixteenth Rector of the Church of the Advent. Fr. Anderson will preach and we will have the opportunity to greet him and his wife, Traci, at festive coffee hours following the Masses.


COMING UP!


Entr’acte Resumes. After the holiday hiatus, Entr’acte will be back beginning February 9. For those new to the Advent, Entr’acte (“between the acts”) is our series of adult-education presentations held between the 9:00 am and the 11:15 am Masses. They are generally led by the clergy with occasional presentations by parishioners or guest speakers with knowledge in particular areas of expertise or interest.

To kick off this season, our own Rick Stone will lead a series of three sessions entitled “New Testament Perspectives on Old Testament Law.” Continuing February 16 and 23, these presentations begin with “The Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and The Great Commandment”, continues with “Paul and the Law”, and concludes with “Hebrews and the Priesthood of Christ.”


We will “rise against hunger” again on Saturday, February 15, from 10:00 am to noon in Moseley Hall. The Advent is once again hosting a Rise Against Hunger event for the members of our Diocese who are in the Boston Harbor Deanery. We are looking for five or six volunteers from our parish to join volunteers from other parishes around the Deanery to prepare 10,000 meals. That’s right, we will prepare dry food packages, one complete meal in each package with the necessary vitamins and nutrients, that will be sent somewhere around the world where people are hungry. The goal of Rise Against Hunger is to see an end to hunger in our lifetime – a very lofty goal, and we can do our part by stepping up and helping on Saturday, February 15. If you have helped with this event over the past few years, then you already know how much fun it can be. There’s music, some dancing, bells ringing to announce how many meals have been created, and just a good sense of satisfaction knowing that we are reaching out to others in need.

We ask those who volunteer to arrive at 9:45 on that day. We are also looking for donations to offset the $3,500.00 it takes to put on the event and meet the cost of the food and materials. Any gifts and donations to help with this cause will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in helping or making a donation, please contact Father James. For more info, go to www.riseagainsthunger.org.


ODDS & ENDS


A special custom for The First Sunday after The Epiphany

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found him and his mother in a house, not the stable where they had found their first temporary shelter. This is a cue that our Epiphany celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses on Epiphany. In the East, in particular, it is the custom for the parish priest to go through the parish blessing houses — not the elaborate blessing of a new home, but a special blessing that is also often given at Easter, a renewal of the homes in which the people of God dwell and live out the mystery of faith day by day. In recent years, this custom has been revived in some places in the West, and the Book of Occasional Services of The Episcopal Church provides forms for this blessing. However, there is another way of blessing homes at Epiphany that begins in church, but does not require the priest to go from house to house — something that would be quite impossible in non-geographical parishes like ours. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes.

There is a basket of blessed chalk on the table near the main door of the Church. The chalk is to be used to hallow all our homes throughout our parish and our city. Please take some home with you. The initials of the legendary names of the wise men are written with blessed chalk on the lintel above the front door of the house, framed by the numbers of the new year, in this way:

20 + G + M + B + 20

After making the inscription, the following prayer is offered:

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And with thy spirit.

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

All: Amen.


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is an opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings on February 9. If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


Palms for Ashes: There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday. They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 26 this year.


Contribution Statements for 2019 will be mailed this week. If you fail to receive one, or find an error on yours, please contact the church office. Note also that a few boxes of pledge envelopes are still waiting to be picked up.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Many people are familiar with the historic relationship between the Church of the Advent and the Society of St. Margaret, formerly housed in their convent in Louisburg Square, now in Duxbury.

Far fewer (this writer suspects) have heard of the Sisters of the Holy Nativity, or are aware of the order’s connection with the parish. From the archives, here are selections from an unfinished manuscript by Kathleen Reeves, used with her gracious permission:

Sr. Ruth Margaret SHN (see below).

When the Society of St. Margaret learned of Grafton’s release [from the Society of St. John the Evangelist in 1882], they immediately requested his resignation as their chaplain. …At the convent, pandemonium reigned…the sisters were anything but neutral about Grafton. Dismissing him had polarized them into two camps. There began to be talk of a new order of sisters, to be founded by Fr. Grafton. In the end, three of the sixteen professed sisters and seven of the fourteen novices elected to follow their former chaplain. Sister Katherine, then a novice, recorded their convictions succinctly: “I would go to any house Father started.” The turmoil and anguish on both sides was desolating. There were wounds such could be healed only by time and prayer and much love. Thus, as the heartbroken Grafton said, “amidst much suffering” did the Sisters of the Holy Nativity have their beginning. […]

Undergirding the [members of the new order] were the enthusiastic women who would become the first Associates. It is not too much to say that these Associates were co-founders of the Sisters of the Holy Nativity, for from the first tumultuous days Mesdames Codman, Bertram, Minot (Fr. Grafton’s sister), Cobb, and Davis as well as Miss Andrews and the daughters of Mrs. Codman and Mrs. Minot took an active role in the financial and physical welfare of the fledgling order, even loaning the Sisters suitable clothing until new habits could be devised, since, of course, they had no clothing except their St. Margaret habits. A relationship of mutual love and support was thus initiated.

To be continued …

Pictured above: Ruth Margaret Vose (23 January 1826–26 May 1910). In 1881, at the age of 56, she made her life profession in the Society of St. Margaret. “She was not…an idealistic young girl,” writes Mrs. Reeves, “but a mature, realistic woman when she decided to cast her lot as well as a substantial inheritance with Charles Grafton.” After Fr Grafton was dismissed as chaplain to the Society of St. Margaret, Sister Ruth Margaret left that order and became the “mother foundress” of the Sisters of the Holy Nativity.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 27-February 2, 2020

Monday, January 27
John Chrysostom
6:00 pm: Girl Scout leaders

Tuesday, January 28
Thomas Aquinas

5:30 pm: Bellringers
6:00 pm: Community Supper
6:00 pm: Boston Harbor Deanery
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap @ Silvertones (69 Bromfield Street, Boston)

Wednesday, January 29
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 30
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 31
11:30 am: Rosary
7:00 pm: Organ Recital: Arvid Gast

Saturday, February 1
Brigid of Kildare
10:00 am: Advent Flower Guild

Sunday, February 2
The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, January 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. 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 on the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Peter Ward Britton.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today 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 Christopher Laconi, Kyle Pilares, and Steve Kies & Jonathan Maldonado. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.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).


10:15 Meeting about Saint Michael’s Conference. Father James will lead a presentation in with the help of parishioners who have attended the conference, served as counselors, or are senior staff members. Every young person who is between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one ought to attend this presentation, but more importantly, the parents ought to attend too. This week-long conference for teaching, learning, worship, and recreation has been offered each year since 1960 and has been a force in the spiritual lives of thousands of high school and college-aged students. Come and find out why. The meeting will take place in Fr. James’s office on the second floor of the Parish House.


Advent Tour. Today following the 11:15 Mass, our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a 10–15 minute tour of the church building Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude and learn about our fascinating, complicated, historic building. Tours occur regularly on the third Sunday of each month.


Organ Recital. Today at 4:30 pm, King’s Chapel organist Heinrich Christensen will play the complete Symphony III of Louis Vierne, in honor of the 150th anniversary year of Vierne’s birth. A fiery and compact piece, it is unusual to hear the Symphony played in its entirety, rather than merely as excerpted movements. Our glorious Aeolian-Skinner organ and rich acoustics perfectly suit the character of this music.

Following Mr Christensen’s recital, The Advent Choir will sing Evensong at 5:00. The canticle settings will be by the Spanish Renaissance masters Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia and Tomás Luis de Victoria. While Victoria is well-known to 21st century listeners, Aguilera de Heredia from Aragon is not nearly as celebrated, and yet he is considered the first major figure of the Aragonese School of music. He was first the organist at the cathedral in Huesca, and then moved to the more prestigious position of Maestro de Música at La Seo Cathedral in Saragossa, a magnificent and ancient cathedral which one can visit today, with a very colorful and tumultuous history. His double-choir Mode VIII Magnificat is joyful and multifaceted, very much like the architecture of the unique La Seo Cathedral itself. Weelkes’s spectacular “Alleluia, I heard a voice” with words from Revelation, and Charles Wood’s festive “Hail gladdening light”, will round out the evening’s musical offerings.

Following Evensong and Benediction, there will be a light supper and a talk in Moseley Hall by Deacon Daphne Noyes. The title is “William Croswell: Begun, Continued and Ended in Thee”, about the life and times of William Croswell (1804-1851), first rector of the Church of the Advent. Croswell is rarely mentioned without placing at the center his conflict with Bishop Manton Eastburn, which marked nearly his entire tenure as rector. But there is more to his story which can help round out our understanding of the man and the parish he was so instrumental in forming. Deacon Noyes will offer a portrait of the William Croswell you (probably) never knew, drawing on his copious correspondence with his mentor, the Right Rev. George Washington Doane, and other contemporary sources. Rarely-seen artifacts from the Advent Archives provide additional context and round out the presentation.


The Twelfth Night Silent Auction. As we prepare to close the books on our Twelfth Night Silent Auction, we are pleased to report that $4,247.87 was raised for Advent 175 conservation efforts. If you placed a bid at the auction and have not yet paid for or picked up your item(s), please see Deacon Daphne or Robb Scholten. For those paying by check, please be sure to indicate “Advent 175” in the memo line. Thanks to all who contributed to the success of this event!


Missing coat. Fr Macdonald-Radcliff is missing a dark gray raincoat that disappeared from the coat room last Sunday. Since a similar coat (but with epaulets) was left hanging there, we assume that someone simply grabbed his by mistake. If you can help us solve this mystery, please see Fr Macdonald-Radcliff or contact the church office.


Reminder: for those who have requested them, pledge envelopes are available for pick-up in the back of the church.


A note of thanks from Father Welch:

Now that I’m back in my beloved cabin in the Maine woods, I want to thank the congregation of the Church of the Advent for all the kindness shown to me during the interim year. From the very first telephone conversation with Tom Brown and Paul Roberts in the autumn of 2018 until last Monday, when I turned in my keys to Jim Singletary, I couldn’t have asked for a more congenial place to work and lovelier people to work with.

Special thanks should go to my clerical colleagues, Father James, Father Hanson, and Deacon Noyes, who overlooked my occasional grumpiness and covered for my more than occasional shortcomings. Each of them has extraordinary gifts for ministry and you are indeed fortunate to have had them among you. And let me note that Father Allan Warren brought each of them to the Advent, once again showing his remarkable gift for finding just the right people. Thank you, Allan. It was a privilege to follow you in ministry, first at Good Shepherd, Waban, and finally at the Advent.

Not having been an interim before, I was unprepared for what I now know is the major problem with interim ministry, which is that just as you feel like you’re beginning to know people (and remember their names!) it’s time to go.

Even though my time at the Advent was short, I pray that I was able to return some of the kindness shown to me and to express the gratitude I felt and still feel for the unexpected blessing of ending my priestly ministry in such a place and among such people. My heartfelt thanks to you all.   

Fr Truman Welch


NEXT SUNDAY


WARRANT FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CLERK:

The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 26, 2020. At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention. To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year. You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

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

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall, The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 10:00 am.

Faithfully yours,
Frederick Ou, Clerk

REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The following have been nominated for election at the Annual Meeting:

For Treasurer (One year term): Adam Rutledge (incumbent)         
For Clerk
(One year term): Frederick Ou (incumbent)

For Vestry (Four seats, three year term):

Christopher Laconi (incumbent eligible for re-election)
Philip LeQuesne (incumbent eligible for re-election)
John Boyd
Thatcher Gearhart
Betsy Ridge Madsen
Carolyn McDermott

For Delegate to Diocesan Convention:

Julianne Turé (incumbent)
Nick Westberg

For alternate delegate:
Robb Scholten

More about the Annual Meeting:

The voting roll is posted outside the church office for review. If you believe there is an error of omission or commission, please contact the Clerk and the Wardens by the end of the day on Thursday, January 23.

So that all members to attend, there will be no Church School or childcare during the meeting.

In addition to the annual report, we will be distributing the latest update of our parish directory. If any of your contact information (address, phone, email) has changed recently, please be sure to contact the office by Tuesday, January 21.


Deacon Noyes Appreciation. Next Sunday, January 26, the Rev’d Daphne Noyes will serve her last Sunday as our Deacon before her retirement. We will plan an appropriate celebration of Daphne’s ministry later in the spring. In the meanwhile, we will be collecting a purse to provide a farewell and thank-you gift from the Parish family. To make a contribution, you can find envelopes at the back of the Church, marked “Deacon Noyes Purse”, or you may send a check to the office with that memo. Please be generous.


A special custom for The First Sunday after The Epiphany

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found him and his mother in a house, not the stable where they had found their first temporary shelter. This is a cue that our Epiphany celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses on Epiphany. In the East, in particular, it is the custom for the parish priest to go through the parish blessing houses — not the elaborate blessing of a new home, but a special blessing that is also often given at Easter, a renewal of the homes in which the people of God dwell and live out the mystery of faith day by day. In recent years, this custom has been revived in some places in the West, and the Book of Occasional Services of The Episcopal Church provides forms for this blessing. However, there is another way of blessing homes at Epiphany that begins in church, but does not require the priest to go from house to house — something that would be quite impossible in many non-geographical parishes like ours. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes.

On this, the First Sunday after Epiphany, we have a basket of blessed chalk on the table near the main door of the Church. The chalk is to be used to hallow all our homes throughout our parish and our city. Please take some home with you. The initials of the legendary names of the wise men are written with blessed chalk on the lintel above the front door of the house, framed by the numbers of the new year, in this way:

20 + G + M + B + 20

After making the inscription, the following prayer is offered:

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And with thy spirit.

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

All: Amen.


COMING UP!


Entr’acte Resumes. After the holiday hiatus, Entr’acte will be back beginning February 9. For those new to the Advent, Entr’acte (“between the acts”) is our series of adult-education presentations held between the 9:00 am and the 11:15 am Solemn Masses. They are generally led by the clergy with occasional presentations by parishioners or guest speakers with knowledge in particular areas of expertise or interest.

To kick off this season, our own Rick Stone will lead a series of three sessions entitled “New Testament Perspectives on Old Testament Law.” Continuing February 16 and 23, these presentations begin with “The Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and The Great Commandment”, continues with “Paul and the Law”, and concludes with “Hebrews and the Priesthood of Christ.”


We will “rise against hunger” again on Saturday, February 15, from 10:00 am to noon in Moseley Hall. The Advent is once again hosting a Rise Against Hunger event for the members of our Diocese who are in the Boston Harbor Deanery. We are looking for five or six volunteers from our parish to join volunteers from other parishes around the Deanery to prepare 10,000 meals. That’s right, we will prepare dry food packages, one complete meal in each package with the necessary vitamins and nutrients, that will be sent somewhere around the world where people are hungry. The goal of Rise Against Hunger is to see an end to hunger in our lifetime – a very lofty goal, and we can do our part by stepping up and helping on Saturday, February 15. If you have helped with this event over the past few years, then you already know how much fun it can be. There’s music, some dancing, bells ringing to announce how many meals have been created, and just a good sense of satisfaction knowing that we are reaching out to others in need.

We ask those who volunteer to arrive at 9:45 on that day. We are also looking for donations to offset the $3,500.00 it takes to put on the event and meet the cost of the food and materials. Any gifts and donations to help with this cause will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in helping or making a donation, please contact Father James. For more info, go to www.riseagainsthunger.org.


STEWARDSHIP


Thanks to those from whom we have recently received pledges. As of Friday we have received 181 pledges, pledging a total of $515,667. 61 have increased their pledges by an average of over 15.6%, and there are 25 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have yet to hear from 57 pWe have received 190 pledges, pledging a total of $531,327. 66 have increased their pledges by an average of over 16%, and there are 25 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have yet to hear from 45 parishioners who pledged a total of just over $57,000 last year.


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is an opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings on February 9. If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


Palms for Ashes: There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday. They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 26 this year.


Bells Rung for Fr Welch. In honor of Fr Welch’s year as interim rector, on Sunday, January 12, the Bell Ringers Guild rang a quarter peal, consisting of 1,342 changes. A list of those who rang is posted in the Parish House.


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


How long will you keep us in suspense?

Title page from “The Practice of Piety, directing a Christian how to walk that he may please God” by Lewis Bayly (d. 1631), bears the name Mary Flagg – she who in 1774 became Mary Wilder. The book and Mary’s journal are part of the Advent Archives.

This plaintive question from John’s Gospel (10:24) marks the conclusion of our History/Mystery series, although not the end of either history or mystery. We will begin, perhaps counterintuitively, at the end: Many people have noticed and commented that Mary Wilder was the name of our former rector’s wife, known to us as Polly. Is there a connection? Yes, indeed. Allan Warren’s wife, Polly, was the third-great-granddaughter of the Mary Wilder who in 1799 wrote her name in the journal. Painstakingly delving into the Wilder family tree does establish some hitherto unknown connections, while leaving some questions unanswered.

  • Who are the “Mr. White” and “Hannah” referred to in the letter found with the book? (“After Mary’s death [in 1811], Mr. White gave the book to Hannah to treasure.”) This must be Mary’s husband, Daniel Appleton White (1776-1861), and Mary’s cousin, Hannah Flagg Gould (1789-1865), a well-known poet of the nineteenth century.
  • Who is the “Mr. Foote” to whom the letter is addressed (“[the book] seems closer to your family than to mine”)? The most likely candidate is Henry Wilder Foote (1875-1964), named after his father, who was the minister of King’s Chapel and the son of Mary Wilder White (1810-1857), daughter of the Mary Wilder of the journal, and Caleb Foote (1803-1894).
  • Who is the Albert Thorndike who wrote the note accompanying the journal? Albert Thorndike (1860-1935) was a financial agent in Boston who married Mary Quincy Gould (1872-1927), the first cousin twice removed of the Mary Wilder of the journal.
  • How, and when, did the book come to be at the Church of the Advent? At this writing, those questions must remain open, as connections between the Advent and Thorndikes, Footes, Whites, and others continue to be sought.
  • Finally, Thorndike’s letter to “My dear Mr. Foote” appears to be dated 1935, not 1925 as stated earlier. This means it was written just three months before Thorndike’s death.

How fitting, then to conclude with this excerpt (below) from “Daily Strength for Daily Needs,” first published in 1884, compiled by Mary Wilder Tileston, a great-granddaughter of Mary Wilder. She died in 1950 in Pima, Arizona, aged 84; her occupation is listed as “Deaconess.”

Long though my task may be,
Cometh the end.
God ‘tis that helpeth me,
His is the work, and He
new strength will lend.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 20-26, 2020

Monday, January 20
Fabian, Bishop & Martyr  (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, January 21
Agnes

5:30 pm: Bellringers
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 22
Vincent of Saragossa

6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 23
Phillips Brooks
5:15 pm: Property Committee
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 24
8:15 pm: Advent School Community Share
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, January 25
The Conversion of St Paul
10:00 am: Advent Flower Guild

Sunday, January 26
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:00 am: Annual Parish Meeting
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, January 12-18, 2020

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 on the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Nancy Hockfield LaPosta.

The flowers in the crossing are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for Father Welch’s warm pastoral and theological presence, his heartfelt and illuminating sermons, and his kind care for all parishioners at the Advent.


TODAY!


Both the 9:00 and 11:15 coffee hours are hosted by the parish in honor of Fr Welch’s year of service as our Interim Rector. In addition, cake will be provide at the 11:15 by Celia Reddick & Alain Uwumugambi in celebration of the baptism of their daughter, Keza Isabelle. At approximately 2:00 pm, the Advent Bellringers Guild will ring a quarter peal in honor of Fr Welch.

We are also pleased to welcome back the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, who will provide interim clerical assistance over the next few months as our many, many staffing transitions occur. Please say hello to Fr Alistair at the coffee hours.

Reminder: For those who have requested them, pledge envelopes are available for pick-up in the back of the church.


Compline at the Advent. Join us today at 8:00 pm, 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.


FROM THE WARDENS


Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

We are writing with a brief update on a number of matters.

This Sunday we bid farewell to Father Truman Welch. As we have written before, Truman has made his place as a lifelong member of the Advent family. We thank him for his service as our Interim Rector and wish him well in his renewed (and well-earned) retirement in Maine. Please make a point to stop by one of the coffee hours, which will be festive celebrations of Truman’s ministry, and thank him.

And then, on January 26, the Rev’d Daphne Noyes will serve her last Sunday as our Deacon before her retirement. We will plan an appropriate celebration of Daphne’s ministry later in the spring. In the meanwhile, we will be collecting a purse to provide a farewell and thank-you gift from the Parish family. To make a contribution, you can find envelopes at the back of the Church, marked “Deacon Noyes Purse”, or you may send a check to the office with that memo. Please be generous.

January 26 is also the day of our Annual Meeting. In addition to the usual reports, there will also be a report by the Search Committee on its work leading to the call of Father Anderson as our next Rector. We will also hold elections for Parish offices. We would like to thank the many (!) folks who offered to serve, and also Dustin Henderson and Maria Denslow, who served with us on the Nominating Committee appointed by the Vestry last month. The names of nominees are in this week’s announcements, and the Warrant for the meeting is posted inside the door of the Parish House.

Finally, on February 2nd we will celebrate Candlemas; and welcome Father Anderson as our new Rector, as our transition time officially comes to a close.  More on that exciting day in the weeks to come.

Faithfully yours,

Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts,
Wardens.


WARRANT FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING


AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CLERK:

The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 26, 2020. At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention. To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year. You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

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

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall, The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 10:00 am.

Faithfully yours,
Frederick Ou, Clerk

REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The following have been nominated for election at the Annual Meeting:

For Treasurer (One year term): Adam Rutledge (incumbent)         
For Clerk
(One year term): Frederick Ou (incumbent)

For Vestry (Four seats, three year term):

Christopher Laconi (incumbent eligible for re-election)
Philip LeQuesne (incumbent eligible for re-election)
John Boyd
Thatcher Gearhart
Betsy Ridge Madsen
Carolyn McDermott

For Delegate to Diocesan Convention:

Julianne Turé (incumbent)
Nick Westberg

For alternate delegate:
Robb Scholten


A special custom for The First Sunday after The Epiphany

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found him and his mother in a house, not the stable where they had found their first temporary shelter. This is a cue that our Epiphany celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses on Epiphany. In the East, in particular, it is the custom for the parish priest to go through the parish blessing houses — not the elaborate blessing of a new home, but a special blessing that is also often given at Easter, a renewal of the homes in which the people of God dwell and live out the mystery of faith day by day. In recent years, this custom has been revived in some places in the West, and the Book of Occasional Services of The Episcopal Church provides forms for this blessing. However, there is another way of blessing homes at Epiphany that begins in church, but does not require the priest to go from house to house — something that would be quite impossible in many non-geographical parishes like ours. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes.

On this, the First Sunday after Epiphany, we have a basket of blessed chalk on the table near the main door of the Church. The chalk is to be used to hallow all our homes throughout our parish and our city. Please take some home with you. The initials of the legendary names of the wise men are written with blessed chalk on the lintel above the front door of the house, framed by the numbers of the new year, in this way:

20 + G + M + B + 20

After making the inscription, the following prayer is offered:

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And with thy spirit.

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

All: Amen.


NEXT SUNDAY!


What Is Saint Michael’s Conference? Next Sunday, January 19, we will have the opportunity to find out. At 10:15 Father James will lead a presentation about the Conference with the help of parishioners who have attended the Conference, served as counselors, or are senior staff members. Every young person who is between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one ought to attend this presentation, but more importantly, the parents ought to attend too. This week-long conference for teaching, learning, worship, and recreation has been offered each year since 1960 and has been a force in the spiritual lives of thousands of high school and college-aged students. Come and find out why.


Advent Tour. Next Sunday, January 19, our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a 10–15 minute tour of the church building following the 11:15 Mass. Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude and learn about our fascinating, complicated, historic building. Tours occur regularly on the third Sunday of each month.


Organ Recital, Evensong & Benediction, and Talk: On Sunday evening January 19 at 4:30 pm, King’s Chapel organist Heinrich Christensen will play the complete Symphony III of Louis Vierne, in honor of the 150th anniversary year of Vierne’s birth. A fiery and compact piece, it is an unusual to hear the Symphony played in its entirety, rather than merely as excerpted movements. Our glorious Aeolian-Skinner organ and rich acoustics perfectly suit the character of this music.

Following Mr Christensen’s recital, The Advent Choir will sing Evensong at 5:00. The canticle settings will be by the Spanish Renaissance masters Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia and Tomás Luis de Victoria. While Victoria is well-known to 21st century listeners, Aguilera de Heredia from Aragon is not nearly as celebrated, and yet he is considered the first major figure of the Aragonese School of music. He was first the organist at the cathedral in Huesca, and then moved to the more prestigious position of Maestro de Música at La Seo Cathedral in Saragossa, a magnificent and ancient cathedral which one can visit today, with a very colorful and tumultuous history. His double-choir Mode VIII Magnificat is joyful and multifaceted, very much like the architecture of the unique La Seo Cathedral itself. Weelkes’s spectacular “Alleluia, I heard a voice” with words from Revelation, and Charles Wood’s festive “Hail gladdening light”, will round out the evening’s musical offerings.

Following Evensong and Benediction, there will be a light supper and a talk in Moseley Hall by Deacon Daphne Noyes. The life and times of William Croswell (1804-1851), the first rector of the Church of the Advent, are rarely mentioned without placing at the center his conflict with Bishop Manton Eastburn, which marked nearly his entire tenure as rector. But there is more to his story which can help round out our understanding of the man and the parish he was so instrumental in forming. Deacon Noyes will offer a portrait of the William Croswell you (probably) never knew, drawing on his copious correspondence with his mentor, the Right Rev. George Washington Doane, and other contemporary sources. Rarely-seen artifacts from the Advent Archives provide additional context and round out the presentation.


NEWS


The Twelfth Night Silent Auction was a rousing success, raising nearly $3,000 to benefit the Advent 175 Conservation Fund. After the Epiphany Mass, parishioners and friends flocked to Moseley Hall to enjoy a festive reception and bid on the assembled treasures. We’re happy to report that nearly everything was spoken for, and are grateful that so many books, prints, paintings, and artifacts have gone to new and loving homes. The funds raised will help us restore and preserve the treasures that remain here. Many thanks to all who pulled together to make the evening enjoyable and profitable. If you’ve not yet paid or picked up your item(s), please see Deacon Daphne or Robb Scholten.


COMING UP!


Annual reports are NOW DUE. If you have not done so, please send yours to the parish office ASAP. Electronic submissions are preferred and using MS Word is greatly appreciated.

In addition to the annual report, we will be distributing the latest update of our parish directory. If any of your contact information (address, phone, email) has changed recently, please be sure to contact the office this week.

Please note that in order for all members to attend, there will be no Church School or childcare during the meeting.


Entr’acte resumes in February. After the holiday hiatus, our Entr’acte will be back on track beginning February 9. For those members new to the Advent, Entr’acte (between the acts) is our series of adult-education presentations held between the 9:00 am and the 11:15 am Solemn Masses. They are generally led by the clergy with occasional presentations by parishioners or guest speakers with knowledge in particular areas of expertise or interest.

To kick off this season, our own Rick Stone will lead a series of three sessions entitled “New Testament Perspectives on Old Testament Law.” Continuing February 16 and 23, these presentations begin with “The Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and The Great Commandment”, continues with “Paul and the Law”, and concludes with “Hebrews and the Priesthood of Christ.”


We will “rise against hunger” again on Saturday, February 15, from 10:00 am to noon in Moseley Hall. The Advent is once again hosting a Rise Against Hunger event for the members of our Diocese who are in the Boston Harbor Deanery. We are looking for five or six volunteers from our parish to join volunteers from other parishes around the Deanery to prepare 10,000 meals. That’s right, we will prepare dry food packages, one complete meal in each package with the necessary vitamins and nutrients, that will be sent somewhere around the world where people are hungry. The goal of Rise Against Hunger is to see an end to hunger in our lifetime – a very lofty goal, and we can do our part by stepping up and helping on Saturday, February 15. If you have helped with this event over the past few years, then you already know how much fun it can be. There’s music, some dancing, bells ringing to announce how many meals have been created, and just a good sense of satisfaction knowing that we are reaching out to others in need.

We ask those who volunteer to arrive at 9:45 on that day. We are also looking for donations to offset the $3,500.00 it takes to put on the event and meet the cost of the food and materials. Any gifts and donations to help with this cause will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in helping or making a donation, please contact Father James. For more info, go to www.riseagainsthunger.org.


STEWARDSHIP


Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:

Thanks to all who have already sent in their pledges for 2020. For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to make their pledges for 2020, we would like to encourage your thoughtful consideration to pledge whatever amount possible to support the challenges we collectively face as the worshipping community of the Advent. It is never too late to step forward and contribute whatever is appropriate. Please give further consideration to this year’s extended campaign for your “Time & Talent” which are a meaningful contribution of your stewardship at The Advent.

Please send in your pledges to the Parish office by mail, email or simply dropping in the Sunday collection; you can also easily pledge online by going to www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.

All the best to everyone for your support of the Stewardship Campaign 2020.

Yours in the service of Christ our Savior and Redeemer,

Francesco Piscitelli and Thatcher Gearhart
Stewardship Committee 2020, Co-Chairmen

Thanks to those from whom we have recently received pledges. As of Friday we have received 181 pledges, pledging a total of $515,667. 61 have increased their pledges by an average of over 15.6%, and there are 25 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have yet to hear from 57 parishioners who pledged a total of approximately $69,195 last year.


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 in February. If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


Mystery leads to history leads to mystery: Continued

The initial quest was to discover why the Advent has a petite journal, dated 1799, with the names Mary Wilder and Hannah F. Gould inscribed. In Part I, we determined that Mary and Hannah were cousins; their mothers were sisters. Searching for a link to the Advent led to an exploration of their genealogy. As the investigation deepened, links to some unexpected people emerged. Below is a genealogical chart with the Mary Wilder who wrote her name in the journal at the center, flanked by some of her nearly identically named relatives. Images from the journal are also included.

The following text is an excerpt from “Memorials Of Mary Wilder White,” by Elizabeth Amelia White, edited by Mary Wilder Tileston, published in 1903:

When only seventeen years old she became engaged to Antoine Van Schalkwyck, a young West Indian planter, who was exiled from his home in Guadeloupe during the years following the French Revolution. After many vicissitudes and anxieties they were married in 1801, when she was twenty years old, and not long after sailed for Guadeloupe. They arrived at an unfortunate moment: the island was in a state of insurrection, a mulatto having just been put in the place of the French Commandant, and there was general distrust and terror. Yellow fever was raging violently, and in three weeks from the day they landed her idolized brother, who had accompanied her on account of her husband’s ill-health, died of the fever. Three weeks later her husband died, leaving her alone in a foreign land. A few days after this a plot of the negroes to massacre all the white inhabitants was discovered, only a few hours before it was to take place and she had to fly to a neighbouring island. There she stayed for many months, until troops arrived from France after a hard struggle, put down the insurrection and restored order. She was desperately ill herself with yellow fever and a succession of other illnesses, and it was a year before she could return to her friends.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 13-19, 2020

Monday, January 13
Hilary of Poitiers
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, January 14
5:30 pm: Bellringers
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 15
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 16
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 17
Antony, Abbot in Egypt
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, January 18
The Confession of St Peter

Sunday, January 19
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School/St. Michael’s Conference meeting
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Evensong & Benediction, followed by supper & talk