This Week’s Announcements, February 18-24, 2018

TODAY!


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


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


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host this morning’s Coffee Hour. Next week the hosts will be Maggie Dubar and Francesco Piscitelli & Judy Bell. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Maggie Eggert, Nick Westerburg, Mark Aparece and Charles Dale host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Eric Aho, Michael Oliveri, George McCormick and Philip Le Quesne.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).  


If you wish to make your Communion by intinction, please do so in the following manner.  Leave the Host on your outstretched hands.  The person administering the Sacred Blood will take it, dip it into the chalice and place it on your tongue.  It will not be placed in your hand.  Please do not attempt to dip the host yourself.  This too often results in a person’s fingers being plunged into the consecrated wine which is irreverent and certainly unsanitary.

And, a reminder, please do not bring coffee into the sanctuary.


Entr’acte—Parishioner Rick Stone continues his presentation of a study of the Sermon on the Mount.  Describing what he intends to do, he says, “The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’s most important and many would say most challenging ethical instruction.  We will spend three sessions delving into its thematic structure, its historical context, and its modern day significance with the aim of making the Sermon an inspiring, rather than daunting, guide.”

Entr’acte will meet, as usual, following the 9 am Sung Mass (at about 10:25 am) in the Library.  


If you find the incense this morning disagreeable, don’t be too distressed.  It’s supposed to be that way.  In Lent we use Myrrh at Mass.  Myrrh, you will remember, was one of the mystic gifts presented by the Magi to the infant Jesus.  It is sharp and acrid and its “bitter perfume” evokes tears and signifies death.  Indeed, in the Middle East, where it is called “the incense of tears,” it is often used at funerals to mask the odor of decomposition. 

In Lent we are directed to meditate upon the passion, suffering, and death which Jesus endured for us.  Myrrh is an olfactory stimulus to focus our attention towards that end.


Today the Mass begins with the Great Litany sung in Procession.  The Litany, which is the grandfather, so to speak, of all intercessory prayers, is quite an ancient form, dating as far back as the fourth century.  It is also much loved in the Anglican Church, and perhaps this is because it was the first act of public worship composed and translated into English by Thomas Cranmer for the Church of England.  Archbishop Cranmer did this at the behest of Henry VIII who, fighting a war with France and Scotland, needed all the help he could get.  Henry directed that the Litany, sung in English and in procession, be prayed all over England for victory over the French and the Scots, and Cranmer obliged with the literary and liturgical genius which would later blossom in the Book of Common Prayer.

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

Since the Litany is itself an intercession, the Prayers of the People are omitted. 


Advent Tour:  This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building.  Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building.  Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets.  Meet him in the Baptistry.  The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude. 


This afternoon—Organ Recital, Solemn Evensong & Benediction, and E & B Talk:  Our monthly service of Evensong & Benediction at the Advent resumes this afternoon.  The evening begins with a 4:30 organ recital by Clara Gerdes performing works by Ravel, Whitlock and Reubke.  Evensong & Solemn Benediction follows at 5:00, featuring the music of Dowland, Howells, and Tallis. 

There will not be the usual E & B lecture after this Evensong.   


This year we at the Advent will again recapture the corporate nature of Lenten practice, and we call on every member of the Parish to consider joining others in the following common discipline.  A devotional Guide, A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Advent 2018, is available at the rear of the nave, at the Mt Vernon Street entrance, and online.  It lists the suggested fast for each week along with daily scripture readings which consider bread and wine in Scripture:  first, as offerings to God; second, as signs of God’s presence; and third, as the means of real communion with God through Christ.  The Guide contains a statement expressing your intention to take upon yourself this corporate discipline with others in the Parish.  It can be included with the collection at the Masses today during which your intention will be offered and blessed at the Offertory of the Liturgy.

Engaging in communal fasts and corporate devotional practices will deepen our sense of community, as well as provide support and accountability for each of us in this rich liturgical season.  Each week, those who wish will fast together from a particular pleasure, whether it’s sweets, coffee, entertainment, technology, etc., and we will all read the same scriptural passages and meditate upon the same theme each day.  If you have questions, please get in touch with one of the clergy who will be happy to discuss it with you. 

Please note that this corporate discipline does not replace the public devotions which will be prayed here during Lent. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are prayed on Thursdays at 6:00 pm, beginning Thursday, February 22.  


THIS WEEK!


Tomorrow, Monday, February 19, is Presidents’ Day.  The Parish Office is closed; Morning Prayer will be at the regular time of 9:00 am, Low Mass will be at 12:15 pm.  Evening Prayer is cancelled. 


The Devil, The Lamb, and the Throne:  The Book of Revelation Bible Study— Beginning this Wednesday, February 21, Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead a five-week study of the Book of Revelation.  The study will cover the many beguiling and mysterious themes, symbols, and images presented in the last book of the Bible.  Close attention will be paid to the Book’s historical context, its eschatological themes, and its main theme of good versus evil.  The study will meet every Wednesday from February 21 through March 21 at 7:00 pm. in the Library.  Those wishing to attend are encouraged to read Revelation chapters 1-4 before the first week. 


On Thursdays during Lent at 6 pm, Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be prayed in the church.  At Stations we meditate on the events which led to the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.  At Benediction we meditate on his Risen Presence with us in the Blessed Sacrament, which flows from his atoning and sacrificial death.  He had to die in order that we might live with and in Him.  That is a truth we think and pray about during the holy season.  Stations and Benediction is a helpful means to that end.  Consider making it a part of your week. 


Parish Work Day — Next Saturday, February 24 — 10 am to 2 pm — Help get the Advent sparkling clean with fellow parishioners. People of all ages and abilities welcome. Contact Brian Sirman (bsirman@bu.edu) or Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org) to sign up.


The Beacon Hill Group meets every two weeks at 7 pm on alternate Thursdays. Its next meeting is at the home of David and Sally Fisher, 33 Branch Street, Boston, on Thursday, March 1. We are currently reading Acts. If you wish to attend please email: davidabbottfisher@comcast.net.


COMING UP!


Lenten Quiet Day—Saturday, March 10—10 am to 2 pm—Explore the spiritual practices of chant and praying with icons during this Lenten quiet day. We will learn simple chants that, by their repetition, help us find a deeper connection to God.  We will also learn about icons, their use through millennia, and how we can pray with them today as we seek to find the divine in our lives.  Meditations will be interspersed with periods of quiet, allowing to refresh and renew our souls.  The day will be led by the Rev’d Miriam Gelfer, associate rector at Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, and Ms. Mary Street, iconographer and parishioner in Winchester.  The quiet day will be based in Moseley Hall, from 10 am to 2 pm.  Cost is $10, including lunch. Early registration is advised; contact Deacon Daphne: deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Volunteers Needed for Common Cathedral on March 4—Advent will again be participating in Common Cathedral on Boston Common on March 4.  This time the Advent Youth Group will be helping pack and serve meals and fellowship with the outdoor congregation.  Several more volunteers are needed to help assist in making sandwiches and with serving food.  On March 3 a few hands are needed to help make sandwiches, and on March 4 several volunteers are needed from about 11:00 am – 2:30 pm.  To help please contact Ali White at alinebwhite@gmail.com.


ODDS & ENDS


The Advent Bookstore has just received copies of our own Katelyn Emerson’s new CD recorded here at the Advent.  They are available for sale.


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


The Advent Choir on SoundCloud.  MP3 recordings of the Advent Choir are available on the Advent website’s Soundcloud player.  On the home page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find the player.  https://www.theadventboston.org.

Or, go directly to https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2/tracks.  Over 2 hours of music and 120 titles are available at this writing. 

The most recent selections appear immediately on the Advent’s homepage; if one goes to the choir’s Soundcloud page, specific playlists are available of Renaissance choral music, Romantic and Contemporary music, or seasonal choral music.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 19 – 25, 2018

Monday, February 19
Presidents’ Day (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, February 20
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:00 pm: Community Supper
6:15 pm: Vestry

Wednesday, February 21
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, February 22
6:00 pm: Stations & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 23
(Polycarp of Smyrna)

Saturday, February 24
Saint Matthias the Apostle
10:00 am: Parish Work Day

Sunday, February 25
The Second Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass with the Litany in Procession

This Week’s Announcements, February 11-17, 2018

TODAY!


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Dr. Frederick L. Haupert. 


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


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


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Nola Sheffer host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Anna de Bakker & James Williamson, John Ross Campbell, Steven Sayers and Roxie Hanson host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).  


Blessing of Throats:  The feast of St Blaise was February 3, and from the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat.  This morning Fr Warren will offer traditional throat blessings in the Lady Chapel.  St Blaise (also spelled Blase and Blasius) was a 3rd century physician who became Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia, during a time of great persecution under the Emperor Licinius.  St Blaise hid out in a cave on Mt Argeus, and his cult spread throughout the entire Church in the Middle Ages because he was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died when a fishbone stuck in his throat.  


Burying the Alleluias:  Today being the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the Easter Dismissal “Depart in peace.  Alleluia! Alleluia!” is used to conclude the Mass.  We will not hear the word “Alleluia” again until the Resurrection is proclaimed on Holy Saturday.  As a dramatization of this liturgical practice, members of the Church School will bury the Alleluias following the 9 am Mass this morning.  Placards decorated with the joyful word will be taken in procession with wailing and moaning and clanging from the Sacristy to the All Souls’ Chapel where they will remain “buried” until Easter.  This is a very old custom.  Here is a description from the fifteenth century:

All the choir boys gather in the Sacristy during the prayer of the Ninth Hour.  At the end of the Service, they march in procession with crosses, tapers, holy water, and censers.  They carry a coffin, as in a funeral.  Thus they proceed through the aisle, moaning, and mourning, until they reach the Cloister.  There they bury the coffin; they sprinkle it with holy water and incense it; whereupon they return to the Sacristy by the same way. 


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 14 this year.


Proclaiming the Moveable Feasts.  Moveable feasts are those which are tied to the date of Easter, and since that date changes from year to year, these feast days are said to “move” through the calendar.

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


Today is the Sunday known as Quinquagesima, which, with its companion Sundays, Septuagesima and Sexagesima, make up the season formerly known as pre-Lent.  In the current Prayer Book these Sundays were dropped and became just additional Sundays after the Epiphany.  The logic for this was simple:  since Lent is itself a season of preparation, to observe an additional time of preparation before Lent was unnecessary.  Why prepare to prepare?

This may look good on paper, but it’s not quite true psychologically or spiritually, because, in fact, we often need to prepare to prepare.  In this instance that is especially the case.  You and I  need to begin now thinking about what we will do during Lent.  How will we use the season to our souls’ benefit?  How will we exercise ourselves so that we grow spiritually during Lent?  Let Septuagesima—and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima—be a warning that that holy and intentional season is coming up, and it’s time to give it some thought.  Prepare to prepare!

A note on names.  Septuagesima:  in context the word means seventy days before Easter.  There is a problem here, however, for it’s not seventy days before Easter.  It’s sixty-four.  And yet, exactitude in this would have us saying sexagesima quarta and quinquagsima septimus, rather than septuagesima and sexagesima.  And so in her wisdom and in order to avoid the long and cumbersome tags, the Church decided to number by tens rather than sevens.  Who cares if it’s accurate?  It’s easier to say.


Entr’acte—Beginning this morning, and continuing for the next two Sundays, parishioner Rick Stone will present a study of the Sermon on the Mount.  Describing what he intends to do, he says, “The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’s most important and many would say most challenging ethical instruction.  We will spend three sessions delving into its thematic structure, its historical context, and its modern day significance with the aim of making the Sermon an inspiring, rather than daunting, guide.”

Entr’acte will meet, as usual, following the 9 am Sung Mass (at about 10:25 am) in the Library.  


Compline at the Advent—Join us this Evening, at 8 pm for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.  There is particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org). 


THIS WEEK!


Tomorrow! Monday, February 12!  Lundi Gras—Monday, February 12, 6 pm.  Mardi Gras is the traditional day of overindulgence and merriment before the fast of Lent.  But, because of the Advent’s Community Supper, we must move the occasion one day back.  So, Mardi (Tuesday) becomes Lundi (Monday).  We’d love to have wide participation from all three services: families, young ones, old ones, and individuals.  This will be a marvelous opportunity to spend a relaxed time getting to know Fr James and Betsy.

Dinner is potluck:  Break out your favorite deviled eggs recipe, best hot dish, or store-bought loaf of sourdough!  Please bring something to share: food or drink, or both.  Need more information?  Contact Fr Warren (rector@theadventboston.org). 


Wednesday, February 14—Ash Wednesday

Said Masses at 7:30 am, 12:15 pm and Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm.  Imposition of Ashes at all Masses.  The Solemn Mass in the evening will include Allegri’s Miserere in addition to music of William Byrd.  Make a commitment to begin your Lenten discipline at a mass on Ash Wednesday.


Lent begins this Wednesday!   Traditionally, Lent—the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter—was a period of preparation for those about to be baptized, and over time it became a period of penitence, self-examination and special devotion by all Christians as they prepared to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.  Lent was more than just an individual discipline, however.  It was something in which the whole community would engage together.  This year we at the Advent will again recapture the corporate nature of Lenten practice, and we call on every member of the Parish to consider joining others in the following common discipline.  Each week, those who wish will fast together from a particular pleasure, whether it’s sweets, coffee, entertainment, technology, etc., and we will all read the same scriptural passages and meditate upon the same theme each day.

A common devotional Guide, A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Adventis available at the rear of the nave and online, and it lists the suggested fast for each week along with daily scripture readings which begin with the Creation and follow the history of Salvation up to its fulfillment in the New Creation of all things in the Resurrection of Jesus.  The Guide contains a pledge expressing your intention to take upon yourself this corporate discipline with others in the Parish.  It can be included with the collection at the Masses today during which your intention will be offered and blessed at the Offertory of the Liturgy.

Engaging in communal fasts and corporate devotional practices will deepen our sense of community, as well as provide support and accountability for each of us in this rich liturgical season.  If you have questions, please get in touch with one of the clergy who will be happy to discuss it with you. 

Please note that this corporate discipline does not replace the public devotions which will be prayed here during Lent. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are prayed on Thursdays at 6:00 pm, beginning Thursday, February 22.  


The Beacon Hill Group meets every two weeks at 7 pm on alternate Thursdays. Its next meeting is at the home of David and Sally Fisher, 33 Branch Street, Boston, on Thursday, February 15. We are currently reading Acts. If you wish to attend please email: davidabbottfisher@comcast.net.


This Friday, February 16, at 11:30 am.  The Holy Rosary will be offered publicly in The Lady Chapel.


COMING UP!


The Devil, The Lamb, and the Throne:  The Book of Revelation Bible Study— Beginning on Wednesday, February 21, Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead a five-week study on the Book of Revelation.  The study will cover the many beguiling and mysterious themes, symbols, and images presented in the last book of the Bible.  Close attention will be paid to the Book’s historical context, its eschatological themes, and its main theme of good versus evil.  The study will meet every Wednesday from February 21 through March 21 at 7:00 pm. in the Library.  Those wishing to attend are encouraged to read Revelation chapters 1-4 before the first week. 


Parish Work Day — Saturday, February 24 — 10 am to 2 pm — Help get the Advent sparkling clean with fellow parishioners. People of all ages and abilities welcome. Contact Brian Sirman (bsirman@bu.edu) or Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org) to sign up.


Lenten Quiet Day—Saturday, March 10—10 am to 2 pm—Explore the spiritual practices of chant and praying with icons during this Lenten quiet day. We will learn simple chants that, by their repetition, help us find a deeper connection to God.  We will also learn about icons, their use through millennia, and how we can pray with them today as we seek to find the divine in our lives.  Meditations will be interspersed with periods of quiet, allowing to refresh and renew our souls.  The day will be led by the Rev’d Miriam Gelfer, associate rector at Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, and Ms. Mary Street, iconographer and parishioner in Winchester.  The quiet day will be based in Moseley Hall, from 10 am to 2 pm.  Cost is $10, including lunch.  Early registration is advised; contact Deacon Daphne deaconnoyes@theadventboston.com


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Volunteers Needed for Common Cathedral on March 4—Advent will again be participating in Common Cathedral on Boston Common on March 4.  This time the Advent Youth Group will be helping pack and serve meals and fellowship with the outdoor congregation.  Several more volunteers are needed to help assist in making sandwiches and with serving food.  On March 3 a few hands are needed to help make sandwiches, and on March 4 several volunteers are needed from about 11:00 am – 2:30 pm.  To help please contact Ali White at alinebwhite@gmail.com.


Family Meals – Coordinator Sought – No Heavy Lifting! We’re looking for someone to coordinate providing a few meals to new parents, such as Montgomery and Kelly Link, who welcomed Noah last month. All that’s required is to identify some people willing to prepare a meal in advance – it can be frozen, or freezable – and either deliver to the family, or leave at the Advent for pickup. If you’re making soup or a casserole, why not double the recipe and share? If this is something you could consider taking on, please speak with Deacon Daphne.


ODDS & ENDS


The Advent Bookstore has just received copies of our own Katelyn Emerson’s new CD recorded here at the Advent.  They are available for sale.


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


The Advent Choir on SoundCloud.  MP3 recordings of the Advent Choir are available on the Advent website’s Soundcloud player.  On the home page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find the player.  https://www.theadventboston.org.

Or, go directly to https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2/tracks.  Over 2 hours of music and 120 titles are available at this writing. 

The most recent selections appear immediately on the Advent’s homepage; if one goes to the choir’s Soundcloud page, specific playlists are available of Renaissance choral music, Romantic and Contemporary music, or seasonal choral music.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 12 – 18, 2018

Monday, February 12
8:30 am: Advent School Share Event
6:00 pm: Lundi Gras

Tuesday, February 13
Absalom Jones
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 14
Ash Wednesday
7:30 am: Low Mass with Imposition of Ashes
10:00 am: Bible Study
12:15 pm: Low Mass with Imposition of Ashes
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass with Imposition of Ashes

Thursday, February 15
(Thomas Bray)

Friday, February 16

Saturday, February 17
(Janani Luwum)
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, February 18
The First Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass with the Litany in Procession
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass with the Litany in Procession
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; Lecture

This Week’s Announcements, February 4-10, 2018

TODAY!


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frederick Leighton. 

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


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


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


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. Cassie & Jack Gurnon and John Boyd host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Nola Sheffer.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Philip & Anh Sawyer, David Fisher and Ellie Dixon host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Anna de Bakker, John Ross Campbell, Steven Sayers and Roxie Hanson.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).  


Today’s Feast:  The Feast which we celebrate this morning goes by three names:  The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, and Candlemas.  The first two refer to events recounted in today’s Gospel reading.  The last refers to a ceremony, peculiar to the day, which has been part of the practice of the Church since the seventh century.  At the Masses this morning candles will be blessed and then carried in procession to commemorate the entry of Christ, the Light of the World, into the Temple at Jerusalem.  Jesus came, as the prophet Simeon said, in the words of the Nunc Dimittis which the choir will sing during the lighting of the candles, “to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel.” 


This afternoon!  at 4:00 pm—The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)—Choral Evensong at All Saints Church, Ashmont.  Parishioners of the Advent are invited most cordially to attend.  The Choir of Men and Boys of All Saints will be joined by the Choir of All Saints, Worcester. 


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 14 this year.


Election Results.  At last Sunday’s Annual Meeting the following persons were elected to serve on the Parish Vestry:  Amanda Daley, Maria Denslow, Brent Nelson and Paul Roberts were elected to three-year terms.

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

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

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


Today is the Sunday known as Sexagesima, which, with its companion Sundays, Septuagesima and Quinquagesima, make up the season formerly known as pre-Lent.  In the current Prayer Book these Sundays were dropped and became just additional Sundays after the Epiphany.  The logic for this was simple:  since Lent is itself a season of preparation, to observe an additional time of preparation before Lent was unnecessary.  Why prepare to prepare?

This may look good on paper, but it’s not quite true psychologically or spiritually, because, in fact, we often need to prepare to prepare.  In this instance that is especially the case.  You and I  need to begin now thinking about what we will do during Lent.  How will we use the season to our souls’ benefit?  How will we exercise ourselves so that we grow spiritually during Lent?  Let Septuagesima—and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima—be a warning that that holy and intentional season is coming up, and it’s time to give it some thought.  Prepare to prepare!

A note on names.  Septuagesima:  in context the word means seventy days before Easter.  There is a problem here, however, for it’s not seventy days before Easter.  It’s sixty-four.  And yet, exactitude in this would have us saying sexagesima quarta and quinquagsima septimus, rather than septuagesima and sexagesima.  And so in her wisdom and in order to avoid the long and cumbersome tags, the Church decided to number by tens rather than sevens.  Who cares if it’s accurate?  It’s easier to say.


A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Advent 2018, a common discipline for members of the Advent, has just been prepared by Father Warren.  Copies, together with the pledge, will be available next Sunday.


THIS WEEK!


Calling all Advent 20- and 30- Somethings!!!  We are resurrecting the old conclave of younger Adventers.  Come next Wednesday, February 7, to the 6 pm Mass and stay afterwards for drinks and pizza in the Library beginning at about 6:45 pm.  We’ll talk about what we can do together and have a lovely chance to get to know Frs Hanson and James.  For more information, contact Kyriell Palaeologue at 617-396-6225 (k.oldword@gmail.com


The Beacon Hill Group meets every two weeks at 7 pm on alternate Thursdays. Its next meeting is at the home of David and Sally Fisher, 33 Branch Street, Boston, on Thursday, February 15. We are currently reading Acts. If you wish to attend please email: davidabbottfisher@comcast.net.


COMING UP!


Entr’acte — Beginning on Sunday, February 11, and continuing on the 18th and 25th, parishioner Rick Stone will present a study of the Sermon on the Mount. Describing what he intends to do, he says, “The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ most important and many would say most challenging ethical instruction. We will spend three sessions delving into its thematic structure, its historical context, and its modern day significance with the aim of making the Sermon an inspiring, rather than daunting, guide.”

Entr’acte will meet, as usual, following the 9 am Sung Mass (at about 10:25 am) in the Library.  


Compline at the Advent—Next Sunday, February 11, at 8 pm—Next Sunday, February 11, at 8:00 pm, join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.  There is particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org). 


Monday, February 12!  Lundi Gras—Monday, February 12, 6 pm.  Mardi Gras is the traditional day of overindulgence and merriment before the fast of Lent.  But, because of the Advent’s Community Supper, we must move the occasion one day back.  So, Mardi (Tuesday) becomes Lundi (Monday).  We’d love to have wide participation from all three services: families, young ones, old ones, and individuals.  This will be a marvelous opportunity to spend a relaxed time getting to know Fr James and Betsy.

Dinner is potluck:  Break out your favorite deviled eggs recipe, best hot dish, or store-bought loaf of sourdough!  Please bring something to share: food or drink, or both.  Need more information?  Contact Fr Warren (rector@theadventboston.org). 


Parish Work Day — Saturday, February 24 — 10 am to 2 pm — Help get the Advent sparkling clean with fellow parishioners. People of all ages and abilities welcome. Contact Brian Sirman (bsirman@bu.edu) or Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org) to sign up.


Lenten Quiet Day — Saturday, March 10 — Save the date! Take a breather this Lent on Saturday, March 10, with a Quiet Day at the Advent. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for details. Contact Deacon Daphne to save a spot.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


The Boston Harbor Deanery will once again hold a Rise Against Hunger even hosted by the Church of the Advent. It will take place downstairs in Moseley Hall this Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

What is Rise Against Hunger, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now? It is an organization driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. To that end, packages of dry food, enough for one meal, are assembled by volunteers and are then sent to places where there is a shortage of food and people are hungry. 

Last year, 10,000 meals were assembled here in the space of two hours! It was amazing to watch. 

Between 6 and 7 volunteers will be needed from the Advent to participate in the event, which will be run by a team from Rise Against Hunger. Those who have done this before know well that it is quite a lot of fun. There will be music and perhaps even dancing! Please volunteer to help package meals and be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event, which, again, begins at 10 a.m. To volunteer for this fun and satisfying morning, please contact Father Warren. 


Family Meals – Coordinator Sought – No Heavy Lifting! We’re looking for someone to coordinate providing a few meals to new parents, such as Montgomery and Kelly Link, who welcomed Noah last month. All that’s required is to identify some people willing to prepare a meal in advance – it can be frozen, or freezable – and either deliver to the family, or leave at the Advent for pickup. If you’re making soup or a casserole, why not double the recipe and share? If this is something you could consider taking on, please speak with Deacon Daphne.


STEWARDSHIP 2018


There are still a few boxes of pledge envelopes waiting to be picked up at the back of the Church. If you requested envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 x122) and they will be forthcoming.


ODDS & ENDS


Piano Recital—Monday, February 5, at 6:30 pm.  Kyriell Palaeologue invites Advent parishioners to a 45-minute piano recital in the Choir Room tomorrow evening at 6:30 pm.  Admission is free and an informal reception follows. 


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


The Advent Choir on SoundCloud.  MP3 recordings of the Advent Choir are available on the Advent website’s Soundcloud player.  On the home page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find the player.  https://www.theadventboston.org.

Or, go directly to https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2/tracks.  Over 2 hours of music and 120 titles are available at this writing. 

The most recent selections appear immediately on the Advent’s homepage; if one goes to the choir’s Soundcloud page, specific playlists are available of Renaissance choral music, Romantic and Contemporary music, or seasonal choral music.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 5 – 11, 2018

Monday, February 5
The Martyrs of Japan
6:30 pm: Piano Recital

Tuesday, February 6
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 7
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Advent 20- & 30-Somethings Conclave
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, February 8
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 9

Saturday, February 10
Scholastica
10:00 am: Rise Against Hunger event
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, February 11
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:0 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass / Entr’acte
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week’s Announcements, January 28-February 3, 2018


TODAY!


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Peter Ward Britton.


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


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


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. The Annual Meeting will take place immediately following the 9:00 AM Mass this morning. The regular 9:00 coffee hour resumes next Sunday, when the hosts will be Cassie & Jack Gurnon and John Boyd. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

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


The Annual Parish Meeting is at 10:00 AM this morning. Please go to the Library and sign in, get your ballot, a copy of the 2017 Annual Report and a new edition of the Parish Directory. You may vote after you sign in, or during the meeting.

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


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 14 this year.


Today is the Sunday known as Septuagesima, which, with its companion Sundays, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima, make up the season formerly known as pre-Lent.  In the current Prayer Book these Sundays were dropped and became just additional Sundays after the Epiphany.  The logic for this was simple:  since Lent is itself a season of preparation, to observe an additional time of preparation before Lent was unnecessary.  Why prepare to prepare?

This may look good on paper, but it’s not quite true psychologically or spiritually, because, in fact, we often need to prepare to prepare.  In this instance that is especially the case.  You and I  need to begin now thinking about what we will do during Lent.  How will we use the season to our souls’ benefit?  How will we exercise ourselves so that we grow spiritually during Lent?  Let Septuagesima—and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima—be a warning that that holy and intentional season is coming up, and it’s time to give it some thought.  Prepare to prepare!

A note on names.  Septuagesima:  in context the word means seventy days before Easter.  There is a problem here, however, for it’s not seventy days before Easter.  It’s sixty-four.  And yet, exactitude in this would have us saying sexagesima quarta and quinquagsima septimus, rather than septuagesima and sexagesima.  And so in her wisdom and in order to avoid the long and cumbersome tags, the Church decided to number by tens rather than sevens.  Who cares if it’s accurate?  It’s easier to say.


THIS WEEK!


The Beacon Hill Group meets every two weeks at 7 pm on alternate Thursdays. Its next meeting is at the home of David and Sally Fisher, 33 Branch Street, Boston, on Thursday, February 1. We are currently reading Acts. If you wish to attend please email: davidabbottfisher@comcast.net.


COMING UP!


Entr’acte — Beginning on Sunday, February 11, and continuing on the 18th and 25th, parishioner Rick Stone will present a study of the Sermon on the Mount. Describing what he intends to do, he says, “The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ most important and many would say most challenging ethical instruction. We will spend three sessions delving into its thematic structure, its historical context, and its modern day significance with the aim of making the Sermon an inspiring, rather than daunting, guide.”

Parish Work Day — Saturday, February 24 — 10 am to 2 pm — Help get the Advent sparkling clean with fellow parishioners. People of all ages and abilities welcome. Contact Brian Sirman (bsirman@bu.edu) or Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org) to sign up.


Lenten Quiet Day — Saturday, March 10 — Save the date! Take a breather this Lent on Saturday, March 10, with a Quiet Day at the Advent. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for details. Contact Deacon Daphne to save a spot.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


The Boston Harbor Deanery will once again hold a Rise Against Hunger even hosted by the Church of the Advent. It will take place downstairs in Moseley Hall on Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

What is Rise Against Hunger, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now? It is an organization driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. To that end, packages of dry food, enough for one meal, are assembled by volunteers and are then sent to places where there is a shortage of food and people are hungry. 

Last year, 10,000 meals were assembled here in the space of two hours! It was amazing to watch. 

Between 6 and 7 volunteers will be needed from the Advent to participate in the event, which will be run by a team from Rise Against Hunger. Those who have done this before know well that it is quite a lot of fun. There will be music and perhaps even dancing! Please volunteer to help package meals and be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event, which, again, begins at 10 a.m. To volunteer for this fun and satisfying morning, please contact Father Warren. 


Family Meals – Coordinator Sought – No Heavy Lifting! We’re looking for someone to coordinate providing a few meals to new parents, such as Montgomery and Kelly Link, who welcomed Noah last month. All that’s required is to identify some people willing to prepare a meal in advance – it can be frozen, or freezable – and either deliver to the family, or leave at the Advent for pickup. If you’re making soup or a casserole, why not double the recipe and share? If this is something you could consider taking on, please speak with Deacon Daphne.


STEWARDSHIP 2018


There are still a few boxes of pledge envelopes waiting to be picked up at the back of the Church. If you requested envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 x122) and they will be forthcoming.


ODDS & ENDS


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


The Advent Choir on SoundCloud.  Live MP3 recordings of the Advent Choir are available on the Advent website’s Soundcloud player.  On the home page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find the player.  https://www.theadventboston.org.

Or, go directly to https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2/tracks.  Over 2 hours of music and 120 titles are available at this writing. 

The most recent selections appear immediately on the Advent’s homepage; if one goes to the choir’s Soundcloud page, specific playlists are available of Renaissance choral music, Romantic and Contemporary music, or seasonal choral music.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 29 – February 4, 2018

Monday, January 29

Tuesday, January 30
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 31
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, February 1
Brigid of Kildare
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 2

Saturday, February 3
Anskar of Hamburg
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, February 4
The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:0 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:00 pm: Evensong (All Saints Ashmont)

This Week’s Announcements, January 21-27, 2018


TODAY!


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Robert Boles, Margaret Boles Schulenburg and Roberta Schulenburg.


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


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


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. David Russ & Matt McNeff and Paul & Mary Roberts host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Because of the annual Parish Meeting next week, there will be a combined Coffee Hour after the 11:15 am Mass.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

11:15 Coffee Hour.  This week the hosts are Michael & Janell Saur and Dustin Henderson & Nicholas Dials.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).  


Advent Tour:  This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building.  Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building.  Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets.  Meet him in the Baptistry.  The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude. 


Solemn Evensong will be sung this afternoon, at 5 pm, by the Advent Choir. Works will include glorious polyphony by Victoria, and the beautiful motet, Os justi, by Bruckner. 

Our series of Evensong & Benediction Talks continues immediately following the service in Moseley Hall when a light supper will be offered and Mark Dwyer will speak briefly about the great Spanish Renaissance composer, Tomás Luis de Victoria.  E&B Talks are open to everyone, especially younger parishioners and guests who may not be as familiar with our rich liturgical heritage.  Prior to the service, at 4:30 pm, organist Robert McCormick will play a half-hour organ recital featuring works of Searle Wright and Sir Edward Elgar.  Mr McCormick is organist of St Mark’s, Philadelphia.  Prior to this appointment, he was Dr Dwyer’s successor at St Paul’s K Street in Washington, DC.  


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 14 this year.


COMING UP!


The Nominating Committee has proposed the following persons to stand for election to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2018:

                   Amanda Daley                                                  Francesco Piscitelli

                   Maria Denslow                                                 Rachael Ringenberg

                   Brent Nelson                                                    Paul Roberts

There are four three-year terms to be filled.

Also nominated for one-year terms are:

For Clerk:                                         For Treasurer:

                   Frederick Ou                                      Adam Rutledge

Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (and the Boston Harbor Deanery)        (two to be elected):

                   Betsy Ridge Madsen                          Julianne Turé

Alternate Delegates (one to be elected):

                   Robb Scholten

Photographs of the nominees accompanied by statements of their intention to serve are posted in the lobby of Moseley Hall.

Nominations from the Floor of the Annual Meeting:  The Vestry has adopted a process for nominations from the floor after the Nominating Committee has announced the candidates which it proposes.  Any four members of the Parish can nominate a candidate by filling out and signing a nomination form that gives the name of the nominee and the office to which that person is nominated.  This process does not preclude nominations at the Meeting itself; but it does permit the name of the nominee to appear in print on the ballot.  The Nominating Committee may also adopt such nominees from the floor as part of its proposed slate as well.  If you have any questions about this process, please speak with the Clerk (Frederick Ou) or his predecessor (C. Thomas Brown), or call the Parish Office.  A statement describing qualifications for Officers and Members of the Vestry may be found at the rear of the church. 

An Important Message From the Clerk:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 28, 2018.  At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention.  To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year.  You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

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

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.  If you are new, please be sure to make a pledge for 2018 so that you can vote in the January, 2019 Annual Meeting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall,  The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 10:00 am.

                                              Faithfully yours,

                                              Frederick Ou, Clerk


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


The Boston Harbor Deanery will once again hold a Rise Against Hunger even hosted by the Church of the Advent. It will take place downstairs in Moseley Hall on Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

What is Rise Against Hunger, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now? It is an organization driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. To that end, packages of dry food, enough for one meal, are assembled by volunteers and are then sent to places where there is a shortage of food and people are hungry. 

Last year, 10,000 meals were assembled here in the space of two hours! It was amazing to watch. 

Between 6 and 7 volunteers will be needed from the Advent to participate in the event, which will be run by a team from Rise Against Hunger. Those who have done this before know well that it is quite a lot of fun. There will be music and perhaps even dancing! Please volunteer to help package meals and be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event, which, again, begins at 10 a.m. To volunteer for this fun and satisfying morning, please contact Father Warren. 


Family Meals – Coordinator Sought – No Heavy Lifting! We’re looking for someone to coordinate providing a few meals to new parents, such as Montgomery and Kelly Link, who welcomed Noah last month. All that’s required is to identify some people willing to prepare a meal in advance – it can be frozen, or freezable – and either deliver to the family, or leave at the Advent for pickup. If you’re making soup or a casserole, why not double the recipe and share? If this is something you could consider taking on, please speak with Deacon Daphne.


STEWARDSHIP 2018


If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. 


ODDS & ENDS


Hang those Chads!  If you can assist at the Annual meeting next Sunday, January 28, as a registrar of voters, poll worker, or ballot counter, please let the Parish Administrator know.  617-523-2377 ext 122, or office@theadventboston.org.  Registration will take place before the 9:00 am Mass and before the meeting which begins at 10:00 am.  The ballots will be counted after the 11:15 Mass has concluded.


New Parish Directories will be available at the Parish Meeting on January 28. If there have been any changes to your contact information over the past year, please email them to office@theadventboston.org.


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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 22-28, 2018

Monday, January 22
Vincent of Saragossa
8:30 am: Advent School Share Event
7:00 pm: Girl Scout Leaders

Tuesday, January 23
Phillips Brooks
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 24
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 25
The Conversion of St Paul
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 26
Ss Timothy & Titus

Saturday, January 27
John Chrysostom

Sunday, January 28
The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:0 am: Annual Parish Meeting
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week’s Announcements, January 14-20, 2018


TODAY!


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


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


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


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour.  Betsy Ridge Madsen and Tom & Carolyn McDermott host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be David Russ & Matt McNeff and Paul & Mary Roberts. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

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


Compline at the Advent – this Evening at 8 pm — Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. There will be special music at the Compline service this evening and a reception will follow.


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 14 this year.


THIS WEEK!


Ghost Stories for a Winter’s Evening—Please come to the Library on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 pm for a most convivial evening full of most pleasing terror.  Two ghost stories written by master writer M. R. James will be told.  Several medieval and baroque songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Tickets are $15.00 per person, and the profits will go towards the mission and outreach endeavors here at Advent.  Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the door.  If you want to help out at the event please contact Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, at efialho@eds.edu.


A Hopeful Path Forward:  A Christian Approach to Challenging Conversations, with Robert Bordone—Saturday, January 20—10 am to 2 pm—A renowned professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bordone specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations in corporate, nonprofit, educational, governmental, and cultural institutions.  His clients have included Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, the US Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

Bob has served as faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Harvard Negotiators, HLS LAMBDA and the Harvard Catholic Student Organization.  He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Center for Social Impact at Dartmouth College, on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, and on the Board of Advisors for The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  His writings and commentary have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, CNN’s The Situation Room, WBUR’s Congnoscenti, and BBC Radio.

A few slots remain for this four-hour seminar. The $10 fee includes lunch. Please register by Monday, January 15. For more information or to register, please email Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org).


COMING UP!


Solemn Evensong will be sung next Sunday, January 21, at 5 pm by the Advent Choir. Works will include glorious polyphony by Victoria, and the beautiful motet, Os justi, by Bruckner. Our series of Evensong & Benediction Talks continues immediately following the service in Moseley Hall, when a light supper will be offered and Mark Dwyer will speak briefly about the great Spanish Renaissance composer, Tomás Luis de Victoria. E&B Talks are open to everyone, especially younger parishioners and guests who may not be as familiar with our rich liturgical heritage. Prior to the service, at 4:30 pm, organist Robert McCormick will play a half-hour organ recital featuring works of Searle Wright and Sir Edward Elgar. Mr. McCormick is organist of St. Mark’s, Philadelphia. Prior to this appointment, he was Mr. Dwyer’s successor at St. Paul’s, K Street, in Washington, DC.


ANNUAL PARISH MEETING


The Nominating Committee has proposed the following persons to stand for election to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2018:

                   Amanda Daley                                                  Francesco Piscitelli

                   Maria Denslow                                                 Rachael Ringenberg

                   Brent Nelson                                                    Paul Roberts

There are four three-year terms to be filled.

Also nominated for one-year terms are:

For Clerk:                                         For Treasurer:

                   Frederick Ou                                      Adam Rutledge

Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (and the Boston Harbor Deanery)        (two to be elected):

                   Betsy Ridge Madsen                          Julianne Turé

Alternate Delegates (one to be elected):

                   Robb Scholten

Photographs of the nominees accompanied by statements of their intention to serve are posted in the lobby of Moseley Hall.

Nominations from the Floor of the Annual Meeting:  The Vestry has adopted a process for nominations from the floor after the Nominating Committee has announced the candidates which it proposes.  Any four members of the Parish can nominate a candidate by filling out and signing a nomination form that gives the name of the nominee and the office to which that person is nominated.  This process does not preclude nominations at the Meeting itself; but it does permit the name of the nominee to appear in print on the ballot.  The Nominating Committee may also adopt such nominees from the floor as part of its proposed slate as well.  If you have any questions about this process, please speak with the Clerk (Frederick Ou) or his predecessor (C. Thomas Brown), or call the Parish Office.  A statement describing qualifications for Officers and Members of the Vestry may be found at the rear of the church. 

An Important Message From the Clerk:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 28, 2018.  At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention.  To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year.  You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

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

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.  If you are new, please be sure to make a pledge for 2018 so that you can vote in the January, 2019 Annual Meeting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall,  The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 10:00 am.

                                              Faithfully yours,

                                              Frederick Ou, Clerk


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


The Boston Harbor Deanery will once again hold a Rise Against Hunger even hosted by the Church of the Advent. It will take place downstairs in Moseley Hall on Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

What is Rise Against Hunger, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now? It is an organization driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. To that end, packages of dry food, enough for one meal, are assembled by volunteers and are then sent to places where there is a shortage of food and people are hungry. 

Last year, 10,000 meals were assembled here in the space of two hours! It was amazing to watch. 

Between 6 and 7 volunteers will be needed from the Advent to participate in the event, which will be run by a team from Rise Against Hunger. Those who have done this before know well that it is quite a lot of fun. There will be music and perhaps even dancing! Please volunteer to help package meals and be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event, which, again, begins at 10 a.m. To volunteer for this fun and satisfying morning, please contact Father Warren. 


Family Meals – Coordinator Sought – No Heavy Lifting! We’re looking for someone to coordinate providing a few meals to new parents, such as Montgomery and Kelly Link, who welcomed Noah last month. All that’s required is to identify some people willing to prepare a meal in advance – it can be frozen, or freezable – and either deliver to the family, or leave at the Advent for pickup. If you’re making soup or a casserole, why not double the recipe and share? If this is something you could consider taking on, please speak with Deacon Daphne.


STEWARDSHIP 2018


If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. 


ODDS & ENDS


New Parish Directories will be available at the Parish Meeting on January 28. If there have been any changes to your contact information over the past year, please email them to office@theadventboston.org.


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There is an opening for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sunday, January 21.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com). Please contact her by Monday, January 15, at the latest.


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


This Friday, January 19, at 7:30 pm, In Stile Moderno, the ensemble founded by Advent Choir member Agnes Coakley Cox, performs at Cambridge Friends Meeting House in its first concert of 2018. Members of the Church of the Advent are very warmly invited – you may have heard Agnes and her husband Nathaniel perform in the prelude to the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. The concert is titled How Sweet the Torment: Madrigals of Monteverdi & his Contemporaries and features Agnes Coakley Cox (soprano), Nathaniel Cox (cornetto and theorbo) and Simon Martyn-Ellis (theorbo and Baroque guitar) performing works by Claudio Monteverdi, Bellerofonte Castaldi, Benedetto Ferrari and others. Tickets are $25/$10 (concessions) and are available at the door. For more information please pick up a postcard downstairs or visit instilemoderno.com.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 15-21, 2018

Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King Jr Birthday (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, January 16
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 17
Antony of Egypt
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 18
The Confession of St Peter
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry Meeting
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 19
Wulfstan of Worcester
7:30 pm: Ghost Stories for a Winter’s Evening

Saturday, January 20
Fabian of Rome
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Seminar: A Hopeful Path Forward

Sunday, January 21
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Evensong & Solemn Benediction; Lecture

This Week’s Announcements, January 7-13, 2018


TODAY!


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


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


Musical Notes:  The Advent Choir on SoundCloud.  Live MP3 recordings of the Advent Choir are available on the Advent website’s Soundcloud player.  On the home page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find the player.  https://www.theadventboston.org.

Or, go directly to https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2/tracks.  Over 90 minutes of music and nearly 50 titles are available at this writing. 


9:00 Coffee Hour.  Barbara Boles and Maggie Dunbar host the Coffee Hour this morning.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Daniel Orsen, Brian Sirman, Thiago Rêgo and Meg Nelson host the Coffee hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Karen Chaney, Gabriel Ellsworth and Amanda Daley.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).  


The Blessing of Chalk:  St 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 in the modern world.  This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes.

On this Sunday, we will bless chalk during the 9:00 Mass to be used to hallow all our homes throughout our parish and our city.  The chalk will be available at the back of the Church, so 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 + 18

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 your 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 your eternal Kingdom.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:  Amen.


COMING UP!


Ghost Stories for a Winter’s Evening—Please come to the Library on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 pm for a most convivial evening full of most pleasing terror.  Two ghost stories written by master writer M. R. James will be told.  Several medieval and baroque songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Tickets are $15.00 per person, and the profits will go towards the mission and outreach endeavors here at Advent.  Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the door.  If you want to help out at the event please contact Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, at efialho@eds.edu.


A Hopeful Path Forward:  A Christian Approach to Challenging Conversations, with Robert Bordone—Saturday, January 20—10 am to 2 pm—A renowned professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bordone specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations in corporate, nonprofit, educational, governmental, and cultural institutions.  His clients have included Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, the US Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

Bob has served as faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Harvard Negotiators, HLS LAMBDA and the Harvard Catholic Student Organization.  He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Center for Social Impact at Dartmouth College, on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, and on the Board of Advisors for The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  His writings and commentary have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, CNN’s The Situation Room, WBUR’s Congnoscenti, and BBC Radio.

The four-hour seminar includes lunch; the fee is $10; space is limited so early registration is recommended.  For more information or to register, please email Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org).


ANNUAL PARISH MEETING


The Nominating Committee has proposed the following persons to stand for election to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2018:

                   Amanda Daley                                                  Francesco Piscitelli

                   Maria Denslow                                                 Rachael Ringenberg

                   Brent Nelson                                                    Paul Roberts

There are four three-year terms to be filled.

Also nominated for one-year terms are:

For Clerk:                                         For Treasurer:

                   Frederick Ou                                      Adam Rutledge

Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (and the Boston Harbor Deanery)        (two to be elected):

                   Betsy Ridge Madsen                          Julianne Turé

Alternate Delegates (one to be elected):

                   Robb Scholten

Photographs of the nominees accompanied by statements of their intention to serve will be posted in the lobby of Moseley Hall.

Nominations from the Floor of the Annual Meeting:  The Vestry has adopted a process for nominations from the floor after the Nominating Committee has announced the candidates which it proposes.  Any four members of the Parish can nominate a candidate by filling out and signing a nomination form that gives the name of the nominee and the office to which that person is nominated.  This process does not preclude nominations at the Meeting itself; but it does permit the name of the nominee to appear in print on the ballot.  The Nominating Committee may also adopt such nominees from the floor as part of its proposed slate as well.  If you have any questions about this process, please speak with the Clerk (Frederick Ou) or his predecessor (C. Thomas Brown), or call the Parish Office.  A statement describing qualifications for Officers and Members of the Vestry may be found at the rear of the church. 

An Important Message From the Clerk:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 28, 2018.  At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention.  To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year.  You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

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

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.  If you are new, please be sure to make a pledge for 2018 so that you can vote in the January, 2019 Annual Meeting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall,  The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 10:00 am.

                                              Faithfully yours,

                                              Frederick Ou, Clerk


STEWARDSHIP 2018


Returns for the 2018 Canvass continue to arrive.  

So far we have received 180 pledges, pledging a total of $476,624.   62 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 12 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 47 parishioners who pledged a total of $53,980 last year.

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

If you did not receive a 2018 stewardship packet in the mail, there are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church.  And you can pledge online by going to the parish website, www.theadventboston.org, and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.

If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. 


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 a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sunday, January 28.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com).


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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 8-14, 2018

Monday, January 8
Harriet Bedel

Tuesday, January 9
Julia Chester Emery
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 10
William Laud
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 11
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 12
Aelred of Rievaulx

Saturday, January 13
Hilary of Poitiers

Sunday, January 14
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Healing Services after All Masses
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week’s Announcements, December 31, 2017-January 6, 2018

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


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


Musical Notes:  The Advent Choir on SoundCloud.  Live MP3 recordings of the Advent Choir are available on the Advent website’s Soundcloud player.  On the home page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find the player.  https://www.theadventboston.org.

Or, go directly to https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2/tracks.  Over 90 minutes of music and nearly 50 titles are available at this writing. 


If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. 


THIS WEEK!


The Parish Office will be closed tomorrow, New Year’s Day.  The Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord will be celebrated with at Mass at 10:00 am. 


The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 28, 2018.  Contributions to the 2017 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon this Friday, January 5, 2018.  All heads of committees or groups are expected to submit a report. 


COMING UP!


Ghost Stories for a Winter’s Evening—Please come to the Library on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 pm for a most convivial evening full of most pleasing terror.  Two ghost stories written by master writer M. R. James will be told.  Several medieval and baroque songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Tickets are $15.00 per person, and the profits will go towards the mission and outreach endeavors here at Advent.  Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the door.  If you want to help out at the event please contact Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, at efialho@eds.edu.


A Hopeful Path Forward:  A Christian Approach to Challenging Conversations, with Robert Bordone—Saturday, January 20—10 am to 2 pm—A renowned professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bordone specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations in corporate, nonprofit, educational, governmental, and cultural institutions.  His clients have included Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, the US Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

Bob has served as faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Harvard Negotiators, HLS LAMBDA and the Harvard Catholic Student Organization.  He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Center for Social Impact at Dartmouth College, on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, and on the Board of Advisors for The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  His writings and commentary have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, CNN’s The Situation Room, WBUR’s Congnoscenti, and BBC Radio.

The four-hour seminar includes lunch; the fee is $10; space is limited so early registration is recommended.  For more information or to register, please email Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org).


ODDS & ENDS


Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee consisting of John Higgins, Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Kara Rodgers, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  


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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 1-7, 2018

Monday, January 1
The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Parish Office Closed)
11:00 am: Low Mass

Tuesday, January 2
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 3
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 4

Friday, January 5

Saturday, January 6
10:00 am: Diocesan Budget Meeting

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

This Week’s Announcements, December 24-30, 2017

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


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


Child care will be provided for the Lessons & Carols Service on December 31.  The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service.  


COMING UP!


Ghost Stories for a Winter’s Evening—Please come to the Library on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 pm for a most convivial evening full of most pleasing terror.  Two ghost stories written by master writer M. R. James will be told.  Several medieval and baroque songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Tickets are $15.00 per person, and the profits will go towards the mission and outreach endeavors here at Advent.  Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the door.  If you want to help out at the event please contact Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, at efialho@eds.edu.


The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 28, 2018. Contributions to the 2017 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 5, 2018. All heads of committees or groups are expect to submit a report.


A Hopeful Path Forward:  A Christian Approach to Difficult Conversations, with Robert Bordone—Saturday, January 20—10 am to 2 pm—A renowned professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bordone specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations in corporate, nonprofit, educational, governmental, and cultural institutions.  His clients have included Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, the US Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

Bob is faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Harvard Negotiators, HLS LAMBDA and the Harvard Catholic Student Organization.  He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Center for Service at Dartmouth College, on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, and on the Board of Advisors for The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  His writings and commentary have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, CNN’s The Situation Room, WBUR’s Congnoscenti, and BBC Radio.

The four-hour seminar includes lunch; the fee is $10; space is limited so early registration is recommended.  For more information or to register, please email Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org).


ODDS & ENDS


Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee consisting of John Higgins, Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Kara Rodgers, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  


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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 25-31, 2017

Monday, December 25
Christmas Day (Parish Office Closed)
11:00 am: Mass

Tuesday, December 26
St Stephen the Protomartyr (Parish Office Closed)
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 27
St John, Apostle & Evangelist
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, December 28
The Holy Innocents

Friday, December 29
Thomas Becket

Saturday, December 30
Frances Joseph Gaudet

Sunday, December 31
The First Sunday of Christmas
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
5:00 pm: Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight

This Week’s Announcements, December 17-23, 2017

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

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


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


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


Child care will be provided for the evening services on December 24 and December 31.  The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service.  


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

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

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

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


TODAY!


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

11:15 Coffee Hour. This week’s Coffee Hour is hosted by Michael Gnozzio, Alfred Duhamel, Kyriell Palaeologue and Roxy Hanson.  In view of next week’s schedule there will be a modest Coffee Hour after the 11:15 Mass.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


The Last Gospel for Advent. Here at the Advent, at the end of the Midnight Mass at Christmas and on Christmas Day, we hear the Last Gospel (John 1:1-16) read after the Dismissal of the Mass. Its proclamation of the reality of the Incarnation seems particularly appropriate at Christmas when we celebrate that saving action of God. We borrowed this practice, though restricting it to one day of the year, from the mediaeval Church when the Last Gospel was read at the end of every Mass.

The text itself is powerful and familiar, which is doubtless why it got attached to the Mass. In the past it was read over the sick to promote healing. We learn from Chaucer that in his day it was read by itinerant friars upon entering a house to invoke God’s blessing upon the household. (Chaucer’s particular, unscrupulous friar was quite eloquent and also quite happy to charge for his incantation!)

Fr Jay Weldon, Rector of my former parish, Good Shepherd, Waban, called my attention to the custom of a Last Gospel for Advent. The Last Gospel is read, but it is not completed. Like Advent, itself, it looks forward to its joyful completion at Christmas. There is the usual salutation, but the response, “Thanks be to God” is not said until the Gospel finds its fulfillment at Christmas.

Father Warren


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

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

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

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

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

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


The New Advent Frontal & Vestments – For those who did not get one last Sunday or who may wish to have another, copies of the description and explanation of the new Advent Frontal and Vestments, together with updated memorials and thanksgivings, are available on the tables at the main entrance and the Mt Vernon Street entrance to the Church.


Gingerbread House Building—today, after the Christmas Pageant in Moseley Hall!  All are welcome, and the event is free! 


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


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


THIS WEEK!


Caroling & Cocktails with Advent 20s & 30s—Monday, December 18 at 6:00 pm—Beacon Hill:  All Advent 20s & 30s are invited to our annual Caroling & Cocktails tomorrow night, Monday, December 18, at 6:00 pm.  Meet at the Church (in front of the Brimmer Street doors to get music sheets) at 6.00 pm.  We’ll proceed to Tatte, on the corner of Mt Vernon and Charles Streets, to sing carols under the Christmas Tree!  Afterward, head back to Maria Denslow’s (33 Hancock Street, Apartment 4) for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  Maria’s cell is 617-671-9239.  Please bring friends and help us serenade our neighbors on Beacon Hill! 


Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans. 


The Advent’s Beacon Hill Community Group meets every other Thursday to share a bite to eat, pray together, and extend a welcome to anyone in the parish who wants to explore what it means to call our parish Home.  The group meets again this Thursday, December 21, at the home of Ali White.  Currently, we’re reading and talking about the Book of Acts.  Contact Ali at alinebwhite@gmail.com for directions. 


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

  • Friday December 22, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
  • Saturday December 23, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  You don’t have to come for the entire day; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated. 

Next Sunday, December 24, the Altar Guild has many tasks to accomplish before the 4:30 Family Mass and very little time to do them in.  Anyone who can assist would be welcome.


COMING UP!


A reminder that there will be no 9:00 am Mass next Sunday morning, December 24.  There will be the Low Mass at 8:00 am and a Low Mass with Hymns at 11:15 am.


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


A schedule of Christmas services at the Advent can be found here.


The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 28, 2018. Contributions to the 2017 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 5, 2018. All heads of committees or groups are expect to submit a report.


A Hopeful Path Forward:  A Christian Approach to Difficult Conversations, with Robert Bordone—Saturday, January 20—10 am to 2 pm—A renowned professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bordone specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations in corporate, nonprofit, educational, governmental, and cultural institutions.  His clients have included Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, the US Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

Bob is faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Harvard Negotiators, HLS LAMBDA and the Harvard Catholic Student Organization.  He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Center for Service at Dartmouth College, on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, and on the Board of Advisors for The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  His writings and commentary have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, CNN’s The Situation Room, WBUR’s Congnoscenti, and BBC Radio.

The four-hour seminar includes lunch; the fee is $10; space is limited so early registration is recommended.  For more information or to register, please email Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org).


STEWARDSHIP 2018


Returns for the 2018 Canvass continue to arrive.  

As of this past Thursday we have received 161 pledges, pledging a total of $450,164.   54 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are Ten new pledges.  We have still to hear from 64 parishioners who pledged a total of $77,446 last year.

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

If you did not receive a 2018 stewardship packet in the mail, there are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church.  And you can pledge on line by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.


ODDS & ENDS


At the Advent Book Store!  Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2018 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.


Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee consisting of John Higgins, Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Kara Rodgers, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  


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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 18-24, 2017

Monday, December 18

Tuesday, December 19
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 20
7:00 am: Organ Tuning
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, December 21
St Thomas the Apostle
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 22

Saturday, December 23
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, December 24
The Fourth Sunday of Advent / The Vigil of Christmas
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
11:15 am: Low Mass with Hymns
4:30 pm: Family Mass with Procession to the Crèche   
10:15 pm: Musical Prelude
11:00 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass of Christmas