The Advent’s Sixteenth Rector

Announcement from the Wardens

Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

We write with great joy and pleasure to announce that the Vestry, acting on the recommendation of the Search Committee, has called the Rev’d Douglas Anderson to be the next Rector of the Church of the Advent.  Our Bishop has blessed this call, and Father Anderson has accepted.  He will join us on Candlemas, February 2, 2020, along with his wife, Traci.  The Andersons have three daughters:  Celeste, who attends Loyola University, and twins Maddie and Emma, who are completing high school in Canada. 

The Rev Douglas Anderson
The Rev’d Douglas Anderson

Father Anderson is a native of Ontario.  He did his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and sang in the Chapel Choir there and the in the Gallery Choir of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto.  He then studied at Nashotah House, graduating and receiving priestly ordination in 1994.  Father Anderson has spent his entire ministry in Anglo-Catholic Parishes, including an internship at St. Clement’s, Philadelphia, a curacy at St. Matthias’, Dallas, and his first rectorate at Christ Church, Woodbury, New Jersey, beginning in 1997.  In 2004, Father Anderson moved to Texarkana, Texas, to take up his current post as Rector of St. James’ Church.  In addition to leading a growing congregation in a rich liturgical and educational life at St. James’, Father Anderson has also been deeply involved in the parish’s day school (where Traci serves as Assistant Head of School) and its large homeless shelter and outreach ministry.

We are thankful to the Search Committee, led by Lynda Blair, for their enormous commitment of time and energy to the search process.  At the Annual Meeting we will invite members of the Search Committee to speak to the congregation about their work.

The arrival of Father Anderson as Rector means that our interim period is coming to a close.  It is hard to imagine the Advent would have passed through this time of transition so successfully without the graceful and calm leadership of Father Truman Welch.  In his year with us, Father Welch has not only earned the respect and affection of the whole congregation, but also secured his place as a lifelong member of the Advent family.  His last Sunday with us will be Sunday, January 12, 2020.  We will celebrate and thank Father Welch at both coffee hours that day, and wish him well as he resumes his retirement in Maine.

Please pray for our Rector-Elect and his family as they prepare to move to Boston, and for the people and parish of St. James’, Texarkana, as they begin their own time of transition.

May God continue to bless the Church of the Advent.

Faithfully your brothers in Christ,

Thomas Brown, Senior Warden
Paul J. Roberts, Junior Warden

This Week at the Advent, December 8-14, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


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


TODAY!


Ingathering of Pledges: at both the 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses Stewardship pledge cards for 2020 will be presented and blessed. This will take place just before the Great Thanksgiving (Consecratory Prayer) of the Liturgy.


Today’s guest preacher, the Rev’d Prof. Sarah Coakley, has retired from the Norris-Hulse Professorship at Cambridge University, in which role she served from 2007 to 2018. From 2018 to 2020 she is an Honorary Professor at the Logos Institute, St Andrews University, and from 2019 she is Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne and Rome). She is also Assisting Priest and Theologian-in-Residence at the parish of Ascension and St Agnes, Washington, DC.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are John Boyd, Darcy Mondaldi & Tony Pulsone. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Nicholas Dials & Dustin Henderson, and Jeff & Roxy Hanson. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Longtime member David Lapin has recently authored an autobiography entitled The Education of Brainiac: A New Yorker’s Quest for the Good Life in the Hub of the Universe. Vignettes about the Advent abound! Here is a review from former parishioner Nathan Cleveland: “One of my favorite reads of 2019. Seriously. [A] witty, at times piercingly self-aware and entirely delightful reminiscence. Filled as it is with friendship and loss and all the stuff that make [living] worth it, The Education of Brainiac is but a portion of the gift David is. You’ll be edified by journeying with him.” Copies of Brainiac will be available for $20 in Moseley Hall at the coffee hours after the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses today and David will be on hand to autograph them. Consider adding one to your Christmas stocking!

Advent Coat Drive concludes today

We have extended the coat drive to today, but if you did not have a chance to donate a coat, consider a financial contribution. Checks should be made payable to the Church of the Advent, but please put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston 02108. If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com). All collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless.


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


NEWS!


Welcome, Penelope May! We give praise and thanksgiving for the birth of Penelope May Link. Penelope — daughter of Montgomery and Kelly Link — arrived November 29. Heavenly Father, Thou hast sent Thine own Son into the world. We thank you for the life of Penelope May entrusted to Montgomery and Kelly. Help us to remember that we are all Thy children, and so to love and nurture her, that she may attain to that full stature intended for her in Thine eternal Kingdom; for the sake of Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THIS WEEK


Saturday, December 14 at 9 am — Christmas Pageant Rehearsal. We will gather in Moseley Hall to sort out costumes and we will rehearse in the Sanctuary. The Pageant will take place during the 9:00 Mass on December 15. If you are interested in having your child participate, please email Meg Nelson for more information.


A Mass of the Resurrection for Nancy Santeusanio Nickolds will be offered on Saturday, December 14, at 3:00 pm in the church, with interment in the Columbarium to follow. 


COMING UP


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

  • Sunday December 22, around 1:00 pm. After the 11:15 coffee hour we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of storage and up into the church.  Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help.
  • Monday December 23, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Christmas Eve, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Christmas Service Schedule


STEWARDSHIP


Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:

This is a short update on Stewardship as we approach some key dates for our Campaign 2020. We know there are many events either just concluded or ongoing which demand everyone’s time and attention during the beginning of this Advent Season and the important time for our pledging commitments.

First, we hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving enjoyed with family, friends and all loved ones. We also want to extend our thanks for all who participated in last Sunday’s 175th Anniversary Celebration, joining our Bishop Alan M. Gates whose time and energy, plus spiritual presence, was appreciated throughout the day. And with all of that, our first major snowstorm welcomed in the winter season and beginning of the busy holidays with a reminder of New England weather. Needless to say, a busy time!

Our Campaign 2020 is off to a good start. Thank you to all parishioners who have already sent in their monetary and “Time & Talent” pledges. Your early responses represent 111 fellow parishioners, which is slightly more than 50% of the total number of pledges we received in 2019. Of this year’s pledges so far received, we have 47 increases, which is an excellent increase of 15.4% over last year; plus, a continuing same-level commitment from 52 pledges, which gives us a strong base to maintain the high contribution level established in 2019. We have seen a decrease in pledge commitments from 12 parishioners, which so far is being offset by the increases mentioned earlier.

Overall not a bad start to the Campaign 2020, but we still need to hear from 100 parishioners who pledged over $220,000 in 2019. This represents a significant contribution level that we have yet to hear from, so please give some thoughtful consideration in the next days to both your monetary and “Time & Talent” pledge commitments, especially during this blessed Advent Season and all that is represented by our worship and spiritual life here at the Advent. Every pledge is important and we know our fellow parishioners have always given what they are able/willing to contribute to sustain this sacred place.

This Sunday we will celebrate the In-Gathering of Pledges. Please be reminded to send in your pledge cards and “Time & Talent” selections either by mail or by going online to our pledge section, which is easy to use, or simply place your pledge card in Sunday’s offering plate. Thanks again for your thoughtful consideration as we prepare for the important Budget 2020 meeting in mid-December with the Wardens and Vestry. Our campaign will continue through this Advent Season, and the earlier we receive your pledge commitments the better able we are to assist the Wardens and Vestry with the important preparation and planning for 2020.

Thank you in advance.

We are yours in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Francesco Piscitelli & Thatcher Gearhart
Stewardship Campaign 2020, Co-Chairmen

As of this past Thursday we have received 118 pledges, pledging a total of $383,097. 50 have increased their pledges by an average of over 14%, and there are 3 new pledges. We have still to hear from 95 parishioners who pledged a total of $195,646.94 last year. You can pledge online by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.


OUTREACH


Community Outreach Opportunity. As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner on December 17, 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.”


ODDS & ENDS


Book Store News. Advent Calendars, Christmas cards and music, 2020 “Churchman’s Ordo Kalendars” and Christian Pocket Diaries are now available at our Parish Book Store, which is open after each Mass on Sundays in Moseley Hall.


Christmas Flower Memorials & Thanksgivings: The greens and flowers that adorn the Church at Christmas are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. All memorials and thanksgivings will be listed in the service leaflets during the twelve days of Christmas. A form for donations is found on the back page of Sunday’s service leaflet. Completed forms and payment must be received in the Parish Office no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, December 20. Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent and write “Christmas Flowers” on the check. 


Advent Compline at SSJE: On Thursdays during Advent (December 5, 12, and 19), the monks of the Society of St John the Evangelist will offer a contemplative Compline service that is open to all. The service begins at 8:00 pm and is preceded and followed by 30 minutes of quiet meditation by candlelight. The monastery is located at 980 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, a short walk from the Harvard Square T stop.


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


What goes into the Advent archives? Some documents, books, and artifacts may languish for decades or longer before being uncovered, or discovered, and added to the historical files of the parish. Then there are documents on which the ink is barely dry before they are duly catalogued to be treasured by future parishioners, historians, or researchers. For example, the certificate of congratulations from our bishop, the Right Rev. Alan M. Gates, on the occasion of the parish’s 175th anniversary, which was proclaimed on December 1, 2019, and is reproduced here (click image to enlarge):


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 9-15, 2019

Monday, December 9
6:00 pm: Beacon Hill Village Holiday Party
7:00 pm: Boston Cecilia Rehearsal

Tuesday, December 10
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 11
10:00 am: Bible Study
1:00 pm: Advent School Rehearsal
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, December 12
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 13
Lucia
8:15 am: Advent School Share Event
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, December 14
John of the Cross

9:00 am: Pageant Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
11:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
3:00 pm: Funeral for Nancy Santeusanio Nickolds

Sunday, December 15
The Third Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Christmas Pageant & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, December 1-7, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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

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


TODAY!


Serving as chaplain to Bishop Gates at the 9 o’clock service today is Valerie Cowart, a candidate for ordination to the diaconate in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

175th ANNIVERSARY

9:00 am: Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay.

10:15 am: Advent wreath-making in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Wreath-making kicks off with Father Welch offering comments on the tradition before the Bishop begins the first wreath. The Bishop will also bless the Advent 175 Time Capsule being assembled by the Church School. Special thanks to Tony Pulsone for handmaking the Christ candles.

1:00–3:00 pm (following 11:15 Mass): Gala Anniversary Reception in Moseley Hall. 

The Advent Bellringers will ring a celebratory quarter peal in the afternoon.

4:30 pm: Organ Recital by David Baskeyfield.

5:00 pm: Lessons & Carols for Advent. Childcare is offered.

6:00–8:00 pm: Please join us for a gala reception in Moseley Hall.


THIS WEEK


Thursday December 5 & Friday, December 6: CONFERENCE – Anglo-Catholic Roots III: Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 years of Anglo-Catholicism in America. Find details or register here.


NEXT SUNDAY!


The Rev’d Sarah Coakley, Assisting Priest and Theologian-in-Residence at the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in Washington, will preach at 9:00 am and 11:15 am on December 8.


Stewardship 2020: Our annual Ingathering of pledges will take place next Sunday, December 8. All parishioners are asked to submit their pledge cards and “Time & Talent” selections by then. Pledges can be received by mail, email, or in the offering plate. (See below for this week’s pledging report.)


Common Cathedral. We are looking for two or three more volunteers on December 8 for Common Cathedral, the outdoor worship service and meal for our homeless neighbors on Boston Common. We meet during coffee hour around 10:30 am to pack the lunches, then head over to the Common together around 11:45 to prepare for the service and meal. Everything wraps up around 2:30. If you are able to help with all or a portion of this event, please email Carolyn Lewis at carolynshadid@gmail.com.


Longtime parishioner David Lapin has recently authored an autobiography entitled The Education of Brainiac: A New Yorker’s Quest for the Good Life in the Hub of the Universe. Vignettes about the Advent abound! A kind of pilgrim’s progress for the twenty-first century, The Education of Brainiac is ultimately about discovering a pluralistic world where institutions of all kinds afford us common ground to express and respect difference in all its prisms. Copies of Brainiac will be available for $20 in Moseley Hall at the coffee hours after the 9 and 11:15 Masses on Sunday, December 8, and David will be on hand to autograph them. Consider adding one to your Christmas stocking!


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


COMING UP


A Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Nancy Santeusanio Nickolds will be offered on Saturday, December 14, at 3:00 pm in the church, with interment in the Columbarium to follow.


STEWARDSHIP


Thanks to those who submitted pledges this week. As of this past Thursday we have received 104 pledges, pledging a total of $334,407. 40 have increased their pledges by over 15% average, and there are 8 new pledges. We have still to hear from 116 parishioners who pledged a total of $252,200 last year. You can pledge online by going to the parish website, https://www.theadventboston.org/pledging.


OUTREACH


Advent Coat Drive extended to December 8. If you have been meaning to donate a coat for the coat drive, you still have an opportunity. Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to the church. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. If you don’t have an appropriate coat to donate, consider a financial contribution. Checks should be made payable to the Church of the Advent, but please put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston 02108. If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com).


ODDS & ENDS


Book Store News. In Celebration of the Parish Anniversary, all Advent Choir CDs will be on sale for $10.00 each throughout the month of December. Also, Advent Calendars, Christmas cards and music, 2020 “Churchman’s Ordo Kalendars” and Christian Pocket Diaries are now available. The Parish Book Store is open after each Mass on Sundays in Moseley Hall.


Christmas Flower Memorials & Thanksgivings: The greens and flowers that adorn the Church at Christmas are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. All memorials and thanksgivings will be listed in the service leaflets during the twelve days of Christmas. A form for donations is found on the back page of Sunday’s service leaflet. Completed forms and payment must be received in the Parish Office no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, December 20. Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent and write “Christmas Flowers” on the check. 


Advent Compline at SSJE: On Thursdays during Advent (December 5, 12, and 19), the monks of the Society of St John the Evangelist will offer a contemplative Compline service that is open to all. The service begins at 8:00 pm and is preceded and followed by 30 minutes of quiet meditation by candlelight. The monastery is located at 980 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, a short walk from the Harvard Square T stop.


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


175 Years in One Liturgy

In honor of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Church of the Advent, we offer an historic tour of some of the Advent’s treasures used in this service.

Crystal Crucifix. This processional cross is crafted of silver, crystal, and cut glass. It was given by the Sunday School sometime between 1885 and 1902.

Verger’s Staff (Virge). See full description below.

White Vestments. These are worn during the opening procession which celebrates the Parish’s Feast of Title and Dedication. Made for the parish’s 1944 centennial, their design traces the doctrine of the Incarnation from the Creation to the early years of the Church:

  • The tunicle worn by the subdeacon displays the symbols of prophets Isaiah and Malachi, who foretold the birth of the Messiah; and of Adam, Eve, and the Garden of Eden; and the Star of David.
  • The dalmatic and stole worn by the deacon contain symbols associated with the birth of Christ: St. Mary, St. Joseph, Gabriel, and the Star of Bethlehem.
  • The priest’s vestments fulfill the symbolism: the stole bears symbols of the Blessed Virgin (MR, Maria Regina), the front panels of the cope honor four theologians who defended and developed the doctrine of the incarnation at the first four ecumenical councils: St. Athanasius; St Gregory Nazianzus; St Cyril; St Leo the Great. The back shows Jesus reigning in glory.

Blue Vestments. Both blue and the more familiar purple are traditional colors for the season of Advent. Blue is also associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary; the embroidered roses on these vestments and on the frontal refer to Mary as the “Mystic Rose” who was to bear the Babe of Bethlehem. The frontal bears two large red shields mounted on crosses of gold. On one shield is IHS, a Latinized abbreviation of the Greek Iesous, for Jesus. On the other, the Latinized abbreviation, XRS, for the Greek Xristos, which means Christ. The vestments were designed in 2017 by Davis d’Ambly, who supervised their execution.

Silver Thurible. The thurible, with its companion boat and spoon, were given in 1913 by the Guild of St. Vincent in memory of Cecil Moreton Barlow, a “reverent, devoted, and faithful member of the Guild and Acolyte.” He was born in 1890, lived in Somerville, where he graduated from the English High School in 1910, and was employed as an electric meter reader. On August 7, 1912, he was killed by “an accidental shock of electricity.” The pieces were designed by Robert Turner Walker (1867–1931), an MIT-trained architect, faithful parishioner, and Vestry member, who instituted the Guild of St. Vincent in the parish. The silversmith is George Joseph Hunt (1866–1947), an Englishman who immigrated to the United States at age 20, became a member of the Society of Arts and Crafts in 1903, and established the “metalry” department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. These are typically used at the Gospel procession and offertory.

Jeweled Silver Tankard. This large tankard is used on major feasts and was a gift from the congregation at large in memory of Fr. Henry A. Metcalf (1845–1911), who served as rector of five parishes in Massachusetts before becoming Curate at the Advent. The tankard was designed by Charles Carden Coveney (1894–1945), a church architect and member of the Advent’s governing Corporation, who was a principal at Brigham, Coveney & Bisbee. The tankard, of sterling silver with a hammered gold wash, was made by Gorham. The inscription reads Caro enim Mea vere est Cibus, et Sanguinis Meus vere est pontus (For my Flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed; John 6:55). 

Jeweled Chalice and Ciborium. In 1905 the congregation made this gift in memory of the Rev. George Frederick Daniels (1858–1897), who had served as a curate at this Parish; he died of pneumonia at St. Margaret’s Hospital on West Cedar Street. The vessels were designed by Brother Bernard, O.S.B., of Painsthorpe Abbey, Yorkshire, England, which was established in 1902 by Aelred Carlyle, a friend of Charles Chapman Grafton, rector of the Advent from 1872 to 1888. The chalice is inscribed: Calicem salutaris accopiam, et nomen Domini invocabo (I will receive the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord; Ps. 116:12).

Silver Chalices. From a set of English Communion ware bearing the hallmark of John James Keith, given by an unknown donor at Easter 1849. Keith produced large amounts of Gothic Revival church plate based on designs by William Butterfield, the leading architect/designer of the ecclesiological movement. Both chalices are inscribed, at the base, Calicem salutaris accipitam (I will receive the cup of salvation; Ps 116:2). One carries the legend Vere est potus sanguis meus (My blood is drink indeed; John 6:55); the other, Omnes eundem potum spiritualem biberunt (All did drink the same spiritual drink; I Cor 10:4).

The Anniversary Virge

Our new Anniversary Virge was designed by Tom Sopko and master silversmith and artist Vincent Wil Hawley, who also fabricated and engraved it. Hailing from Newburyport, MA, Vincent received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2006 and attended the Advent regularly while living in Boston. He went on to study and apprentice in Florence, Italy, and currently resides in Staten Island, NY. His other ecclesiastical commissions include sacred vessels for churches, sculptural elements for the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and numerous wearable liturgical pieces.A virge (< Latin virga, a branch or rod) was originally a bundle of branches used as a switch or riding crop; it later became a symbol of civil office. In modern times it is best known as the ceremonial staff of the lay officers in Anglican churches known as vergers (originally virgers), who once used it as a weapon to make way for outdoor processions, but now use it as a pointer to guide processions and escort people around the sanctuary.

The virge is hand-crafted, with a sterling silver finial and fittings on a shaft of American walnut. The obverse shows the shield from the parish seal. The trumpet refers to the trumpets that announce the Second Advent, when “the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” The three coronets allude to the seal of the Diocese of Massachusetts, which in turn took them from the arms of the city of Boston in Lincolnshire, England. In the upper left quadrant is the red cross of St George, symbol of England, surmounted by a circle of wavy blue and white lines, an heraldic device which represents a well or spring. This may allude to our roots in the Church of England, but cross + well is also a rebus for [William] Croswell, our first Rector. The text around the rim reads “Church of the Advent, Boston, 1844–2019.”The virge is given in honor of Kenn Stephens, former member of the Vestry and numerous parish committees, chairman of the 1998 Search Committee that called Fr. Warren, as well as the Liturgical Arts, Gifts & Memorials, and Advent 2000 committees, and founder, director, and mentor of the parish Flower Guild from 1992 until 2007.

The reverse features a plain golden cross and the parish motto “Lo, I come.” Both refer back to the earliest days of the parish in 1845, when the simple gilded wood cross that is now enshrined in the reredos of All Saints’ Chapel hung above the altar, with the motto above it. Author, lawyer, and abolitionist Richard Henry Dana Jr., one of the most prominent founding members, later wrote to his son, “[Dr. Croswell] held the first service on Advent Sunday. That led to its being called the Church of the Advent. I proposed the name, and suggested the cross over the altar, and the words ‘Lo I Come’ for the motto.”

The 1944 parish history states that “In the earlier years the duties of verger – or sexton – were undertaken by no less a personage than one of the wardens; but it is not to be wondered that after a time he found the burden of attending to the opening and closing of the church for services twice daily to be too great. About 1852 Hugh Taylor was appointed Verger, and held the position for nearly 40 years.” Ray Porter’s predecessor Marc Michelini (1927-2014) became verger at the age of 22 and served faithfully for 56 years. Since 1852 the Advent has had 14 rectors, but only 6 vergers!


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 2-8, 2019

Monday, December 2
Channing Moore Williams
7:00 pm: Girl Scouts Cookie Jamboree

Tuesday, December 3
Francis Xavier
9:00 am: Beacon Hill Garden Club
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 4
John of Damascus
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm: Brimmer Street Garage Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 5
Clement of Alexandria
3:30 pm: Anglo-Catholic Conference Checkin
4:00 pm: Anglo-Catholic Conference Keynote
6:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction

Friday, December 6
Nicholas of Myra
10:00 am: Anglo-Catholic Conference Sessions
11:30 am: Rosary
12:15 pm: Low Mass
2:00 pm: Anglo-Catholic Conference Sessions
6:00 pm: Solemn Mass – Banquet

Saturday, December 7
Ambrose of Milan

8:30 am: Morning Prayer
9:00 am: Low Mass

Sunday, December 8
The Second Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week at the Advent, November 24-30, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frances Lee McCormick and Barbara McCormick.

The flowers in the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Staff Sgt. Matthew Albert Pucino, U.S. Army Special Forces.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis, along with David Russo & Matthew McNeff. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Thatcher Gearhart, Robin Landrith, and Kyriell Paleologue. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Entr’acte: Today in the Hunnewell Room (Library), Tom Sopko and Deacon Daphne B. Noyes present “To the Blessed Advent: Treasures from the Vault.” Rare treasures, rarely seen (up close at any rate), each with a tale to tell.


THIS WEEK


For Thanksgiving Day, there will be a celebration of the Mass with hymns at 10:00 am and a Thanksgiving Potluck in Moseley Hall at 3:00 pm. Turkeys will be provided for the meal; to sign up to bring an item (or items) to share, go to www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d49aca722a4f85-thanksgiving. For questions, please see Meg Nelson or Betsy James. The Parish office will be closed on both Thursday and Friday, and there will be no Morning or Evening Prayer. Also, no midday Mass on Thursday.


NEXT SUNDAY!


ADVENT 175
Schedule of Events

Sunday, Dec 1 175th Anniversary of the Church of the Advent

Please note: Ingathering of pledges will take place Sunday, December 8; healing will be offered that day as well.

9:00 am: Sung Mass with Procession, Bishop Alan M. Gates will celebrate and preach.

10:15 am: Make an Advent wreath in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Wreath-making kicks off with Father Welch offering comments on the tradition and the Bishop begins the first wreath. The Bishop will also bless the Advent 175 Time Capsule being assembled by the Church School. Special thanks to Tony Pulsone for handmaking the Christ candles.
Coffee Hour in Moseley Hall with special treats! Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay will pour.

11:15 am: Solemn High Mass with Reception of the Bishop and Procession. Bishop Gates will celebrate and preach.

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Gala Anniversary Reception in Moseley Hall.

The Advent Bellringers will ring a celebratory quarter peal in the afternoon.

4:30 pm: Organ Recital by David Baskeyfield.

5:00 pm: Lessons & Carols for Advent, followed by a gala reception in Moseley Hall. Childcare is offered during this service.

Thursday December 5, and Friday December 6: Third Annual Anglo-Catholic Conference “175 Years of Anglo-Catholic Roots”

Sunday, December 8: The Rev’d Sarah Coakley, Assisting Priest and Theologian-in-Residence at the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in Washington, will preach at 9:00 am and 11:15 am.

Throughout all this activity, the Advent 175 team will continue to offer commemorative items during coffee hours. Just received: matted prints of “Veni, Veni Emmanuel!” watercolor by Robert Turner Walker (original is on display), and notecards with pencil sketch of the Advent by Morris Henry Hobbs.


COMING UP


Common Cathedral.We are looking for two or three more volunteers on December 8 for Common Cathedral, the outdoor worship service and meal for our homeless neighbors on Boston Common. We meet during coffee hour around 10:30 am to pack the lunches, then head over to the Common together around 11:45 to prepare for the service and meal. Everything wraps up around 2:30. If you are able to help with all or a portion of this event, please email Carolyn Lewis at carolynshadid@gmail.com.


A Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Nancy Santeusanio Nickolds will be offered on Saturday, December 14, at 3:00 pm in the church, with interment in the Columbarium to follow.


STEWARDSHIP


Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:

Our Stewardship Campaign 2020, with this year’s theme “Sustaining a vibrant community of worship” at The Advent, plus extending our outreach to be inclusive of all parishioners through your “Time & Talent” support of selected worship activities, is rapidly approaching a key date of December 1 as we celebrate both the First Sunday of Advent and our milestone 175th Anniversary Celebration. This special occasion marks the beginning of the Advent Season and serves as an opportunity for all Advent parishioners to join in on the planned services and activities for this wonderful Anniversary Event, to include the daylong presence and mass celebration and preaching by our Bishop Alan M. Gates. See Sunday’s bulletin or go online for the “Advent 175 Schedule of Events.”

Our 2020 campaign is off to an excellent start thanks to everyone who has already pledged. We are hopeful to receive the remaining pledge submittals in order to maintain the momentum through this Advent Season. Please remember that for our Campaign 2020 both forms of our pledge contributions are important as a community of worship at this sacred place, our beloved Church of the Advent. Your monetary pledge contributions support the necessary financial well-being as guided by the Wardens and Vestry; your “Time & Talent” pledge contributions fulfill the necessities of a meaningful relationship to worship, which you choose to celebrate in the service of the Lord.

We have scheduled the “Ingathering of pledges” to take place on Sunday, December 8. Please be reminded to get your pledge cards and “Time & Talent” selections in by this date, either by mail, online, or simply by dropping in Sunday’s offering plate. Our campaign will continue through the Advent Season, and the earlier we receive your pledge commitments the better able we are to assist the Wardens and Vestry with their important planning for 2020.

Thank you in advance.

We are yours in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Francesco Piscitelli & Thatcher Gearhart

Stewardship Campaign 2020, Co-Chairmen

Stewardship 2020 Report

As of this past Thursday we have received 78 pledges, pledging a total of $265,952. 32 have increased their pledges by nearly 13%, and there are 2 new pledges. We have still to hear from 136 parishioners who pledged a total of $306,608 last year. You can pledge online by going to the parish website, https://www.theadventboston.org/pledging.


OUTREACH


Advent Coat Drive concludes this Wednesday, November 27. If you have been meaning to donate a coat for the coat drive, time is running out. But you still have an opportunity. Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to the church by this Wednesday. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. If you don’t have an appropriate coat to donate, consider a financial contribution. Checks should be made payable to the Church of the Advent, but please put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston 02108. If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com).


ODDS & ENDS


Book Store News. Advent Calendars, Christmas cards and music, 2020 “Churchman’s Ordo Kalendars” and Christian Pocket Diaries are now available at our Parish Book Store, which is open after each Mass on Sundays in Moseley Hall.


Christmas Flower Memorials & Thanksgivings: The greens and flowers that adorn the Church at Christmas are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. All memorials and thanksgivings will be listed in the service leaflets during the twelve days of Christmas. A form for donations is found on the back page of Sunday’s service leaflet. Completed forms and payment must be received in the Parish Office no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, December 20. Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent and write “Christmas Flowers” on the check. 


Anglo-Catholic Roots III: “Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Years of Anglo-Catholicism in America” will take place December 5-6, 2019 at the Advent. Find more information and register here


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


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

The 1944 Centennial Celebration of the Church of the Advent commenced on The Feast of Christ the King and ran through Easter. A very partial, extremely impressive list of events includes Solemn Evensong and Benediction; Solemn Evensong and Te Deum; Youth Rally; sermons from The Right Reverend Wallace E. Conckling, Bishop of Chicago; the Right Reverend Henry Knox Sherrill, Bishop of Massachusetts; and the Right Reverend Raymond A. Heron, Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts; a Parish Banquet at the Copley Plaza; Historical Exhibit and Display of Sacred Vessels and Vestments; Acolyte Festival Commemorating the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Order of St. Vincent; Confirmation; Anglican Choir Festival; Solemn Requiem Mass for those Killed in War; Service Commemorating the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Formal Restoration of the Religious Life in the Anglican Communion; Gregorian Choir Festival; a four-day Parochial Mission — all this in addition to the regular round of daily services. Below is a Foreword from the Centennial Celebration program (click to enlarge).


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
November 25-December 1, 2019

Monday, November 25
James Otis Sargent Huntington

Tuesday, November 26
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 27
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, November 28
Office closed; no Morning or Evening Prayer; no 12:15 Mass
10:00 am: Sung Mass with Hymns
3:00 pm: Thanksgiving Potluck

Friday, November 29
Office closed; no Morning or Evening Prayer
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, November 30
Saint Andrew the Apostle

10:00 am: Flower Guild
12:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, December 1
The First Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Wreath-Making
11:15 am: Solemn Mass with Reception of the Bishop and Procession
1:00 pm: Advent 175 Gala Reception
4:30 pm: Organ Recital by David Baskeyfield
5:00 pm: Lessons & Carols for Advent; Reception follows

This Week at the Advent, November 17-23, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of James V. McNeff and Peter J. McNeff.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar host today. Next week’s hosts are Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis, and David Russo & Matthew McNeff. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Catherine Birdwell & Nicholas Edwards, along with Betsy James. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Entr’acte: Today in the Hunnewell Room (Library); please note change in location: “Ah Yes, I Remember it Well” with Will Joyner, Melissa Fox, and Hal Langell reflecting on their experiences over the decades. Next Sunday, Tom Sopko and Deacon Noyes reveal some rarely seen Advent treasures; see the Advent 175 Schedule of Events below for more info.  


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


Evensong & Benediction, today at 5:00 pm, sung by The Advent Choir. This will be a particularly deluxe program, featuring motets by Parry, the B Minor Evening Service of Howells, and Benediction motets by Frenchmen Villette and Widor. The service lasts no more than one hour, and is followed by a light supper and libation in Moseley Hall to which all are invited. During the supper, Mark Dwyer will speak about Music and the Anglo-Catholic Revival: “O Worship the Lord in the Holiness of Beauty.” Concurrent theological, artistic, architectural and musical movements came together during the mid-nineteenth century to produce an ongoing search for the ideal sacred music: that which is beautifully fitting, and fittingly beautiful. Not everyone had the same idea of what that might be. Come to Evensong and find out!

Stephan Griffin, our friend and neighbor from All Saints Brookline, will play a Prelude Organ Recital at 4:30 pm, featuring works of Buxtehude, Duruflé and Farrington. Mr Griffin holds a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, where his principal teachers were Drs Gerre and Judith Hancock. Mr Griffin also holds a degree in voice from Boston University and did additional vocal study at the Royal College of Music in London. When not working at All Saints, he can regularly be seen (and his fine baritone heard) deputizing in our choir stalls.


THIS WEEK


Theology on Tap returns this Tuesday, November 19, at 7:00 pm at Silvertone Bar & Grill, 69 Bromfield Street in downtown Boston. Our own Fr. Jay James will discuss the Sacrament of Confession.

The nineteenth-century catholic renewal within Anglicanism saw a deepening of teaching and practice in the sacramental life of the Church. The use of auricular confession was one such practice and the catholic renewal movement has continued to teach and reclaim the great gift offered the Christian in confession, penance, and absolution. The assurance of the grace of forgiveness of sins in the Sacrament of Confession will be explained by following its historical practice. The evening’s presentation will include a description of how to make a sacramental confession, the benefits of Confession being part of one’s spiritual life, and how sacramental confession has been used at The Church of the Advent.

Fr. James served as Rector of Saint Timothy’s Church and School in Raleigh, N.C. for nearly 25 years before coming to the Advent in January 2018. Before serving St. Timothy’s, he was curate at All Saints’, Ashmont. Throughout his ministry he has been involved in the regular worship, outreach, and activities that mark life in a parish with definite catholic and evangelical history and practices, and concentrated among other things on Christian education. Father James is also the Director of St. Michael’s Conference for young people.


ADVENT 175


Schedule of Events

Sunday, Nov 17, 10:15 am: Entr’acte:: “Ah Yes, I Remember it Well” with Will Joyner, Melissa Fox, and Hal Langell reflecting on their experiences over the decades. Hunnewell Room (Library); please note change in location.

Sunday, Nov 24, 10:15 am: Entr’acte: “To the Blessed Advent: Treasures from the Vault” with Tom Sopko and Deacon Daphne B. Noyes. Rare treasures, rarely seen (up close at any rate), each with a tale to tell. Hunnewell Room.

Sunday, Dec 1 175th Anniversary of the Church of the Advent

Please note: Ingathering of pledges will take place Sunday, December 8; healing will be offered that day as well.

9:00 am: Sung Mass with Procession, Bishop Alan M. Gates will celebrate and preach.

10:15 am: Make an Advent wreath in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Father Welch will comment on the tradition, and the Bishop will join church school families and others to create wreaths. He will also bless the Advent 175 Time Capsule being assembled by the Church School. Coffee Hour in Moseley Hall with special treats! Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay will pour.

11:15 am: Solemn High Mass with Reception of the Bishop and Procession. Bishop Gates will celebrate and preach.

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Gala Anniversary Reception in Moseley Hall.

The Advent Bellringers will ring a celebratory quarter peal in the afternoon.

4:30 pm: Organ Recital by David Baskeyfield.

5:00 pm: Lessons & Carols for Advent, followed by a gala reception in Moseley Hall. Childcare is offered during this service.

Thursday December 5, and Friday December 6: Third Annual Anglo-Catholic Conference “175 Years of Anglo-Catholic Roots”

Sunday, December 8: The Rev’d Sarah Coakley, Assisting Priest and Theologian-in-Residence at the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in Washington, will preach at 9:00 am and 11:15 am.

Throughout all this activity, the Advent 175 team will continue to offer commemorative items during coffee hours. Just received: matted prints of “Veni, Veni Emmanuel!” watercolor by Robert Turner Walker (original is on display), and notecards with pencil sketch of the Advent by Morris Henry Hobbs.


COMING UP


Thanksgiving Potluck: Please join us for a Thanksgiving potluck on Thanksgiving Day in Moseley Hall beginning at 3:00 pm. Turkeys will be provided. Please see Meg Nelson or Betsy James to sign up to bring an item (or items) to share.


STEWARDSHIP


Returns for the 2020 Canvass are arriving! Thanks to everyone who have pledged so promptly! Thus far, 57 pledges have been received, totalling just shy of $176,600. 

If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon. The Committee encourages all parishioners to get their pledges submitted on or before December 8.

You can pledge online by going to the parish website, https://www.theadventboston.org/pledging.


OUTREACH


Advent Coat Drive Continues through Friday, November 29.

As in previous years, the Advent is holding a coat drive to help keep those in need warm this winter. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. You can help by:

  • Donating Coats: Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to 30 Brimmer Street, Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. The collection bin is located in the library. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted.
  • Donating Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, but put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston MA 02108.

If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com).


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.


Erratum: In reporting last Sunday on Father Loring’s recognition at the Diocesan Convention, we incorrectly stated that Father Loring served for 27 years at St. John’s Church in Charlestown. Although he did serve there briefly, the church he served for 27 years was St Luke’s Church in Chelsea.


Anglo-Catholic Roots III: “Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Years of Anglo-Catholicism in America” will take place December 5-6, 2019 at the Advent. Find more information and register here


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


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

No sooner was the restoration of the 1844 Parish Register completed, thanks to personal gifts from members of the Vestry, than a new generous donation to the Conservation Fund was received. In keeping with the donor’s wishes, these funds will be used to conserve the Parish’s Record of Baptisms, which stretches from 1844 to 1923.

Why is it important to preserve these record books? Here is one story to illustrate – a letter received in February 2006, slightly condensed, with initials used in lieu of full names to protect privacy.

  …As Executor for my Father’s estate, I have been progressively sorting through items in our parent’s home. My mother, C., passed away in 1983 and my father in 2004. Today, I discovered part of a letter written by my Grandmother, N., photocopied on the attached sheet. I have been able to transcribe most of what Grandma had written. She passed away in 1953.

I have very little knowledge of my Grandmother’s parents or her family. What is most remarkable is her reference to the Church of the Advent which adds another positive link to my search for family information. What I have been able to learn is that she had at least one brother, J., who may have been a few years younger. He died in an Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado, about 1904 as a result of serving in the Spanish American War in the Philippines.

I believe that my grandmother was born in 1874, I do not know where but her letter implies it may have been Fitchburg; she writes “my two brothers was at the same time…”; by this she may have meant that she and her brothers were baptized at the same time. She went on to write …all dead. She possibly implied that at the time of writing her letter that her brothers were dead.

Would it be possible for me to request a photocopy of my Grandmother’s October 24, 1886 Baptism record, and associated information if other members of her family were also baptized at that time? Enclosed is a donation for searching your historical records. I very much appreciate your kindness.

The record of baptism of grandmother and brothers was found and the information sent to the writer. Reading her letter — a copy and transcription are below; click on the image to see it full size — the importance of preserving and appreciating these old books becomes clear.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
November 18-November 24, 2019

Monday, November 18
Hilda of Whitby

Tuesday, November 19
Elizabeth of Hungary
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap at Silvertone’s Bar & Grill

Wednesday, November 20
Edmund of East Anglia
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, November 21
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 22
Cecilia of Rome
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, November 23
Clement of Rome

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

Sunday, November 24
The First of Christ the King
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass & Te Deum

This Week at the Advent, November 10-16, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


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


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Barbara Boles and Lily Roberts host today. Next week’s hosts are Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Stephanie Brown, Julius Krein, and Frederick Ou. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Entr’acte this week: David Russo talks about John H. Sturgis, the architect of the Advent. We’re surrounded by his handiwork week after week. Learn about the man and his achievements.

Next week: Hal Langell and Melissa Fox have been coming to the Advent since….well, for a very long time, probably on the other side of a century if you combine their tenure. What’s changed? What’s the same? What historical tidbits and tales will be revealed? Will Joyner facilitates what is sure to be a fascinating conversation in this special Entr’acte session in Moseley Hall (note location) on November 17.


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


THIS WEEK


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.


COMING UP!


Advent Tour: Next Sunday, November 17, our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a 10–15 minute tour of the church building following the 11:15 Mass. Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude and learn about our fascinating, complicated, historic building.


Next Sunday, November 17 at 5:00 pm, Evensong will be sung by The Advent Choir. It will be a particularly deluxe program, featuring motets by Parry, the B Minor Evening Service of Howells, and Benediction motets by Frenchmen Villette and Widor. The service lasts no more than one hour, and is followed by a light supper and libation in Moseley Hall to which all are invited.

Mark Dwyer will speak to us during supper about Music and the Anglo-Catholic Revival: “O Worship the Lord in the Holiness of Beauty.” Concurrent theological, artistic, architectural and musical movements came together during the mid-nineteenth century to produce an ongoing search for the ideal sacred music: that which is beautifully fitting, and fittingly beautiful. Not everyone had the same idea of what that might be. Come to Evensong and find out!

Stefan Griffin, our friend and neighbor from All Saints Brookline, will play a Prelude Organ Recital at 4:30 pm, featuring works of Buxtehude, Duruflé and Farrington. Mr Griffin holds a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, where his principal teachers were Drs Gerre and Judith Hancock. Mr Griffin also holds a degree in voice from Boston University and did additional vocal study at the Royal College of Music in London. When not working at All Saints, he can regularly be seen (and his fine baritone heard) deputizing in our choir stalls.

Advent 175: You’ve heard about it … you’ve read about it … and now it’s just around the corner, 20 days from Sunday! Here’s a quick look at celebratory events planned for the 175th anniversary of the Church of the Advent, Sunday, December 1:

  • 8 am: Mass in Lady Chapel (healing will be offered the following week)
  • 9 am: Sung Mass with Procession; Bishop Alan M. Gates will celebrate and preach
  • 10:15 am: Advent Wreath-Making and Blessing of Church School Time Capsule in Hunnewell Room (Library); Festive Coffee Hour in Moseley Hall
  • 11:15 am: Solemn High Mass, with Reception of the Bishop and Solemn Procession. The Bishop will celebrate and preach.
  • 1–3 pm: Gala Reception in Moseley Hall
  • 1 pm: Bellringers ring Celebratory Quarter Peal
  • 4:30 pm: Organ Recital by David Baskeyfield
  • 5 pm: Lessons and Carols for Advent
  • 6:30–8 pm: Gala Reception in Moseley Hall

STEWARDSHIP


Please be sure to submit your pledge by December 1, either in the collection plate or by going to www.theadventboston.org/pledging. If you did not receive pledging materials by mail, a packet is available in the church.


OUTREACH


Advent Coat Drive Continues through Friday, November 29

As in previous years, the Advent is holding a coat drive to help keep those in need warm this winter. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. You can help by:

  • Donating Coats: Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to 30 Brimmer Street, Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. The collection bin is located in the library. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted.
  • Donating Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, but put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston MA 02108.

If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com).


ODDS & ENDS


Housing Needed. A friend and former student of Fr. Hanson’s is coming to do a visiting fellowship at Harvard in the spring and needs a place to stay. He is flexible on timing but will be in the area for no more than three months, roughly between February and May, and he does have a modest budget for housing costs. If anyone knows of a potential sublet, roommate, house-sitting, or any other temporary housing arrangement for part or all of the time he will be in Boston please get in touch with Fr. Hanson at frhanson@theadventboston.org.


Father Loring flanked by Bishops Gates and Harris.

Diocesan Convention. Our diocese held its annual convention last Saturday, November 2, in Boston, with Deacon Daphne Noyes, Betsy Madsen, and Julianne Ture representing the Advent. A highlight of the day was a salute to our own Fr. Richard Loring. Fr. Loring, who recently turned 90, was honored for his many decades of service to the diocese, including 18 — 18!! — interim assignments over the years since his 1995 “retirement” (Bishop Gates used extravagant air quotes) from St Luke’s Church in Chelsea, where he served as rector for 27 years. The salute included a spontaneous rendition of “Happy Birthday” and a well-deserved standing ovation, along with the gift of a map showing all 18 parishes where Fr. Loring has served, across the length and breadth of the diocese. We join in celebrating a good and faithful servant of Our Lord!


Anglo-Catholic Roots III: “Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Years of Anglo-Catholicism in America” will take place December 5-6, 2019 at the Advent. Find more information and register here


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


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

The exquisite watercolors and drawings of Robert Turner Walker  (1867-1931) are the centerpiece of the display in the lobby. Founder of the Order of St. Vincent, Advent parishioner and member of the Corporation, Walker left evidence of his fine artistic talents throughout the Church of the Advent.

The grandson of a New Hampshire farmer, and the son of Augustus Chapman Walker, a Harvard-educated physician who served as an Army surgeon, and Maria Churchill Grant, Walker was the eldest of three sons. Born in rural Greenfield, Mass., two years after Dr. Walker mustered out of the military, he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1884 and MIT in 1890. He initially lived on Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square (in the building now occupied by H-Mart), then later on Frost Street, then Acacia Street.

In time, his parents joined him in Cambridge. His mother died at his home in August 1917, at the age of 78. His father, 84, died the following April. Both are buried in New Hampshire.

From perusing our own Archives and those of the Diocese (where some of the Advent’s materials are stored), it appears that Walker created an annual Christmas card. Two of these (from 1914 and 1916) have been reproduced as postcards – they are the actual size of his original artwork, which is petite and finely detailed, as shown in the display. In 1918, his theme was “Peace in Our Time,” showing a Christus Rex; in 1920, “Ave verum corpus” (pictured here); and in 1925, a nativity scene, “Ecce Agnus Dei.”

Robert Turner Walker died on Christmas Eve, 1931. His funeral was held at the Advent, with Father Hamlin presiding; he is buried, like his parents, in New Hampshire. Members of the Guild of St. Vincent gave the Madonna over the altar in the Lady Chapel in his honor.

New merchandise has arrived at the peddler’s cart, with proceeds benefiting the Conservation Fund: angelic porcelain ornaments, based on the “Eva” and “Ave” windows in the Lady Chapel; commemorative chocolate — dark or milk — and artwork by Robert Turner Walker and Morris Henry Hobbs. Support the Fund and take home treasures to keep or to share.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
November 11-November 17, 2019

Monday, November 11
Martin of Tours
Parish Office closed for Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 12
Charles Simeon
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 13
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, November 14
Consecration of Samuel Seabury
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 15
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, November 16
Margaret of Scotland

10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Simple Things packaging event

Sunday, November 17
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Evensong & Benediction w/supper & talk

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

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of George and Frances Lee McCormick.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson, and Megan & Michael Zadig host today. Next week’s hosts are Barbara Boles and Lily Roberts. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Ciarán Anthony DellaFera, Chrissy Glover, and Robb Scholten. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


We give high praise and hearty thanksgiving this day for the Baptism of Luke Edward Worsham. Luke is the son of Christopher Worsham and Emily Huth. We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.


There is no Entr’acte today; it will return next week with the first of a three-part series in conjunction with Advent 175. See “Coming Up!” section for details.


FROM THE WARDENS


Dear Members of the Church of the Advent:

We would like to begin this update for All Saints’ Day with a note of joy and gratitude for the service of our Associate Rector, the Rev’d Jay James. Fr. James has sent a letter to the Parish via email—printed copies are available—announcing his intent to retire effective next July 1, 2020.

We have been so blessed that Jay, Betsy, and their family have been a part of our Advent family, and that Jay was willing to accept the call to make the Advent his final place of active priestly service. In particular, we are thankful that Jay so happily took on the challenge of serving at a time of transition for the Parish, and has done so with great grace and pastoral sensitivity. There will be much time for celebration of Jay and his family, and for the challenging task of saying farewell. But for now, next summer still seems a long way off. So let us be the first to say a hearty “thank you” and to send good wishes for a restful and well-earned retirement.

The Search Committee is now well into its work of visiting and interviewing candidates to be our Sixteenth Rector. Finalists will also meet with the Vestry and the Bishop. Once the Search Committee has completed its work, it will report and make a recommendation to the Vestry. Please keep the committee members, the candidates, and their families in your prayers as they discern God’s will, empowered by the Spirit.

We are excited for the celebrations of our Parish’s 175th Anniversary, this coming Advent Sunday, December 1, 2019. Bishop Gates will visit the Advent on that day, preaching and celebrating at both 9 o’clock and 11:15. In addition to meeting with the Vestry, he will also attend coffee hours and our traditional Advent Wreath-making event. That evening there will also be our traditional service of Lessons and Carols for Advent, with a festive reception to follow. This will be a busy and full day! Later in the week, the Anglo-Catholic Roots Conference, organized by Fr. Hanson, will convene for its third year. Please consult the bulletin and website for a full list of speakers and topics. On the Second Sunday of Advent, the Rev’d Professor Sarah Coakley, one of the conference’s featured speakers, will be our guest preacher. And on the Third Sunday of Advent, our annual Christmas Pageant will take place at the 9 o’clock Mass.

May God continue to bless the Church of the Advent.

Faithfully yours,
Thomas Brown & Paul Roberts,
Wardens.


THIS WEEK


This year’s All Souls Solemn Requiem will be sung this Saturday, November 9, at 11:00 am in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Guild of All Souls, hosted by the Advent this year. The mission of the Guild of All Souls is to promote the Church’s teaching about the faithful departed through prayers for the departed and prayers for the repose of the souls of the departed. More about the duties of The Guild’s membership is on the website of the American Branch at guildofallsouls.net. If you are interested and feel moved to membership, please see Father James.


STEWARDSHIP


From the Stewardship Committee:

Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:

The late fall season in New England marks the time of year at the Advent for preparation of our Stewardship Campaign for 2020. Let us first thank everyone for their support of our campaign 2019, themed “Ten Percent for The Advent”, which made our campaign a success by achieving our pledge target of $570,000. With 2019 as a transition year, this level of pledging was a strong commitment by everyone of who we are as parishioners at the Advent. Thanks again.

Now we are launching this year’s Stewardship Campaign 2020 embracing a theme of both “Sustaining a vibrant community of worship” at the Advent, plus extending our outreach to be inclusive of all parishioners by asking for your Time & Talent” in support of the various worship activities which define our commitment to serve the Lord beyond our monetary contributions. Both are equally important, and why this year the Wardens and Vestry thought the timing was right to step beyond just the necessary dollars and cents of our pledge contributions to extend our pledging to include your support for those worship activities that are the essence of our parish life at The Advent. 

Our Stewardship Campaign 2020 has a pledge target of $600,000 in contributions which represents a modest 5.3% increase over 2019. The Vestry recognizes that not everyone is able or willing to increase their pledge over last year and all that is asked is that you give what you can to help sustain this vibrant community of worship at The Advent; plus, give full consideration to your preferred worship activities beyond your attendance at the celebration of mass by committing to be an active participant in the activities of worship which we define as our “Time & Talent” contributions.

Both forms of our pledge contributions are important as a community of worship at this sacred place of our beloved Church of the Advent. Your monetary pledge contributions support the necessary financial well being as guided by the Wardens and Vestry; your “Time & Talent” pledge contributions fulfill the necessities for a meaningful relationship to worship which you choose to celebrate in the service of the Lord.

We have initiated our Stewardship Campaign 2020 with the mailing of our pledge cards on November 1, and we ask you to complete and send them in to the Parish office in the envelopes provided by the First Sunday in Advent, December 1; plus, please include in your return response your selection(s) of worship activities in support of “Time & Talent.” We will of course again this year provide the option for pledging online which you can do by simply going to our website, www.theadventboston.org/pledging.

On behalf of the Wardens and Vestry we take this opportunity to thank each of our fellow Advent parishioners in advance for both your monetary and worship pledge contributions which will define our Stewardship Campaign 2020 success.

Yours in the service of our Savior Jesus Christ,
Francesco Piscitelli and Thatcher Gearhart
Stewardship Committee Campaign 2020 Co-Chairmen


OUTREACH


Advent Coat Drive — Donations needed for One Warm Coat!

As in previous years, the Advent is holding a coat drive to help keep those in need warm this winter. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. The drive will end on Friday, November 29. You can help by:

  • Donating Coats: Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to 30 Brimmer Street, Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. The collection bin is located in the library. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted.
  • Donating Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, but put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston MA 02108.

If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com).


COMING UP


Advent 175 Entr’acte Series: November 10-24. In honor of Advent 175, three upcoming Entr’acte sessions will focus on various aspects of the parish’s history. On November 10, David Russo will will profile John Sturgis, the architect of the Advent. On November 17, longtime parishioners Melissa Fox and Hal Langell will share little-known stories from earlier days in a conversation facilitated by Will Joyner. The series concludes on November 24 with Tom Sopko and Deacon Noyes, who will present an up-close look at some of the Advent’s liturgical accoutrements, and detail some of the history behind them.


Anglo-Catholic Roots III: “Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Years of Anglo-Catholicism in America” will take place December 5-6, 2019 at the Advent. Find more information and register here


ODDS & ENDS


Housing Needed. A friend and former student of Fr. Hanson’s is coming to do a visiting fellowship at Harvard in the spring and needs a place to stay. He is flexible on timing but will be in the area for no more than three months, roughly between February and May, and he does have a modest budget for housing costs. If anyone knows of a potential sublet, roommate, house-sitting, or any other temporary housing arrangement for part or all of the time he will be in Boston please get in touch with Fr. Hanson at frhanson@theadventboston.org.


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


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

The rarely seen back of the newly gilded cross in the All Saints Chapel has its own story to tell. It carries the names of each person who has re-gilded the cross, together with date. The earliest of these is Thomas D. Morris (1813-1881), whose name is included in a list of those attending the first organizational meeting held in Grace Church on Temple Street, January 19, 1844. (The Church of the Advent, First Years. John T. Maltsberger, 1986)

Morris’s name appears on the back of the cross with the dates 1845, 1864, 1874, and 1879. An original member of the Church of the Advent, he was received on Advent Sunday, December 1, 1844, by the Rev. William Croswell. Perhaps curiously, Morris was born in Sumterville, South Carolina, but by the age of 21 was on Nantucket, where he married an 18-year-old island girl, Elizabeth C. Bunker. They moved to Boston where he is variously listed in city directories as a house, sign, and fancy painter (1859); fresco painter (1864); color manufacturer (1870); and paint manufacturer (1880). Elizabeth, 44, died in Boston of consumption February 10, 1860.

On “a rainy morning” in November 1862, Morris married Harriet (Ferrin) Prentiss, a 42-year-old widow, officiated by the Rev. Moses Stickney.

But the record of Morris’s 1844 reception to the Advent carries a mystery: In the Roll of Communicants, directly under his name, is written “Mrs. Harriet Prentiss,” who was received with him. At the time, she was married to Henry Prentiss (1801-1860). “Mr. Prentiss, in 1852, kept the well-known musical instrument store in Court Street, Boston,” according to the Prentiss genealogy. How did they know each other? Why were they admitted together?

Thomas D. Morris, then living at 16 Bulfinch with his family, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on June 22, 1881. This is his obituary from Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association:

Thomas D Morris was admitted, as a painter, in 1854. He was an old and prominent citizen of the West End of Boston. He was a native of Sumterville, S. C., but early came to Boston, where he long had the favor of leading architects and mechanics. In later years he went into the manufacture of paints, and for a while did well, but, failing to protect his specialty by a patent, larger manufacturers supplanted him, and seriously crippled his income. He was a quarter-century member of the Handel and Haydn Society, and of the Church of the Advent, and had served two terms in the Legislature. He was a pronounced anti-slavery man, with strong convictions of right and duty, and of sterling integrity. He died at the age of 69.

Sarah Luckom brings light to the gradine:
Mirabilis Deus in Sanctis Suis (God is wonderful in his Saints – Ps 67:36, Vulgate)

Timothy Neill works on St.
Vincent’s gridiron, the instrument of his martyrdom. The statue
honors the parish’s Guild of St. Vincent.

The reredos, designed by Ralph Adams Cram, won
an award in the 1907 Boston Arts and Crafts Exhibition.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
November 4-November 10, 2019

Monday, November 4

Tuesday, November 5
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Wednesday, November 6
William Temple
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, November 7
Willibrord of Utrecht
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 8
11:30 am: Rosary
5:00 pm: Guild of All Souls Annual Meeting

Saturday, November 9
11:00 am: All Souls Requiem Mass
1:00 pm: Flower Guild

Sunday, November 10
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week at the Advent, October 27-November 2, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Charles Muller DeFerrier.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Betsy Ridge Madsen and Nola Sheffer host today. Next weeks hosts are Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson, and Megan & Michael Zadig. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Karen Chaney, Ellie Dixon, and Susan Fugliese. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Today’s Entr’acte, following the 9:00 Mass in the library: “Who Are We? What Are We Called? What Does It Matter?” Led by Fr Welch, this single-week session will explore what it means for the Advent to identity as Anglo-Catholic while being a part of the Episcopal Church.


THIS WEEK


The Advent 20s & 30s will be making a visit to Symphony Hall this Friday, Nov. 1, for a program of orchestral pieces presented as a part of Leipzig Week in Boston. Including works by Strauss, Haydn and Scriabin, the concert is at 6:00 pm and the group will return to the Advent for refreshments. For more information—including purchasing tickets—and to RSVP, contact Kyriell Paleologue (k.oldword@gmail.com).


Advent Coat Drive — Donations needed for One Warm Coat!

As in previous years, the Advent is holding a coat drive to help keep those in need warm this winter. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. The drive will end on Friday, November 29. You can help by:

  • Donating Coats: Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to 30 Brimmer Street, Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. The collection bin is located in the library. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted.
  • Donating Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, but put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston MA 02108.

If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com).


COMING UP


This year’s All Souls Solemn Requiem will be sung on Saturday, November 9, at 11:00 am in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Guild of All Souls, which the Advent is hosting this year.


Advent 175 Entr’acte Series: November 10-24. In honor of Advent 175, three upcoming Entr’acte sessions will focus on various aspects of the parish’s history. On November 10, David Russo will will profile John Sturgis, the architect of the Advent. On November 17, longtime parishioners Melissa Fox and Hal Langell will share little-known stories from earlier days in a conversation facilitated by Will Joyner. The series concludes with Tom Sopko and Deacon Noyes, who will present an up-close look at some of the Advent’s liturgical accoutrements, and detail some of the history behind them.


Anglo-Catholic Roots III: “Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Years of Anglo-Catholicism in America” will take place December 5-6, 2019 at the Advent. Find more information and register here


ODDS & ENDS


Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, November 3. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.


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


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


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

In 1936, parish historian Ann Maria Mitchell mounted an exhibition of “Adventiana” that attracted hundreds of viewers over three days. Among the visitors were members of the Diocesan Library Committee, who remarked to Ann Maria that they “had not seen in the Diocese a church which had so many beautiful things, nor one where they were so sadly neglected.” Unfortunately this tradition of neglect continued for decades. The Advent 175 Conservation Fund was instituted to remediate and restore some of our most precious books, documents, artwork, and artifacts. The recent restorations of the cross and reredos in the All Saints chapel are “outward and visible signs” of some of what can be accomplished.

Less visible, but equally important, is the parish’s original Register, which covers the years 1844 to 1888. The oversize volume, found in very poor condition, contains nearly half a century’s worth of hand-written information — a list of communicants (941 of them), and details about baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials in the parish’s early years. Thanks to generous gifts from individual members of the Vestry, the book is in the hands of Louise Baptiste, a professional paper conservator, for restoration. She expects to have the work completed by the end of October. These images show Louise at work.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 28-November 2, 2019

Monday, October 28
Saints Simon & Jude

Tuesday, October 29
James Hannington & Companions
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Wednesday, October 30
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

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

Friday, November 1
All Saints Day
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, November 2
All Souls Day

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

Sunday, November 3
Sunday in the Octave of All Saints
Daylight Saving Time Ends (set clocks BACK one hour)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Svend and Helga Norregaard.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Judy Bell & Fran Piscitelli with Melissa Fox. Next week’s hosts are Betsy Ridge Madsen and Nola Sheffer. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Roxy Hanson and Mike & Janelle Saur. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Entr’acte Series: Christ and Culture Today concludes today. Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today.


Advent Tour: This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a 10–15 minute tour of the church building following the 11:15 Mass. Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude and learn about our fascinating, complicated, historic building.


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


Advent Coat Drive — Donations needed for One Warm Coat!

As in previous years, the Advent is holding a coat drive this October and November to help keep those in need warm this winter. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. The drive will run until Friday, November 29. You can help by:

  • Donating Coats: Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to 30 Brimmer Street, Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. The collection bin is located in the library. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted.
  • Donating Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, but put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston MA 02108.

If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com).


THIS WEEK


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


COMING UP


Entr’acte for next Sunday, Oct 27:Who Are We? What Are We Called? What Does It Matter?” Led by Fr Welch.

“I’ve encountered some confusion since I’ve been at the Advent about our identity as a parish. If we call ourselves Anglo-Catholic, then does that mean we aren’t part of the Episcopal Church? And if we are Episcopalian, who has authority over us? And if we are Anglo-Catholic, what does that really signify? Do Anglo-Catholics all share the same theology and ecclesiology? The same liturgical preferences? Identical ideas about women in Holy Orders? There won’t be time in one session to cover all these questions, but I’ll try my best.”  — Fr. Welch


ODDS & ENDS


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

And Speaking of Advent 175:

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

FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


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

With phase one of the re-gilding of the All Saints cross and reredos completed, what better time to explore some of the history of the conflict that marked the parish’s earliest years.

Immediately after his first episcopal visitation to the Church of the Advent, then located in an “upper room” in a building on the corner of Lowell and Causeway Streets, Bishop Manton Eastburn issued a pastoral letter which was published in The Christian Witness of December 5, 1845. He wrote:

Manton Eastburn

“On Nov. 23, I visited the ch. of the Advent, for confirmation, and there observed, to my inexpressible grief and pain, various offensive innovations upon the ancient usage of our Church. In the form of the Communion Table; in the decorations of golden candlesticks, and of a large wooden cross, by which it is surmounted… I perceived with sorrow superstitious puerilities…Were these novelties nothing but childish, they would on that account be sufficiently objectionable to call forth my censure…but chiefly do I consider these innovations…because of their pointed and offensive resemblance to the usages of that Idolatrous Papal Communion against which our own Prayer Book so strongly protests.”

Thus began an exchange of letters between Bishop Eastburn and William Croswell, rector of the Church of the Advent, until Croswell’s death in 1851. The exchange continued with the Advent’s second rector, Horatio Southgate; the collection would eventually be published in a booklet of 123 pages.

In Trinity Church in the City of Boston, 17331833, Bishop William Lawrence said of Eastburn’s letters, “Such missives did not make for peace, and some of his closest friends, both clergy and lay, urged him to desist; but his sense of duty was clear and strong.”

It is interesting that despite the cross’s significance and history, neither its donor (if there was one) nor its maker is mentioned in any of the parish histories.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 14-20, 2019

Monday, October 21

Tuesday, October 22
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 23
St James of Jerusalem
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, October 24
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 25
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, October 26
Alfred the Great

10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:30 am: Confirmation (at The Cathedral Church of St Paul)

Sunday, October 27
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

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

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


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for Advent intercessory prayers answered for Stephen Goranson.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are David Fisher, David Lapin, and Frank Olney. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


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


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


COMING UP


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


NEWS


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


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


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


VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED:

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


ODDS & ENDS


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

And Speaking of Advent 175:

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

FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 14-20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 19
Henry Martyn

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

Sunday, October 20
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; Supper & Talk follow