This Week at the Advent, November 11-17, 2018

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

The poppy wreath at the shrine of Christ the King is given in memory of all who perished in the First World War, on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.


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


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


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

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. Emily & Jeff Vickers and Angie Corbet host the Coffee Hour this morning!  Next week the hosts will be Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone and Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, bbolesster@gmail.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Dustin Henderson, Nicholas Dials and Michael Gnozzio host the Coffee Hour today.  Next week the hosts will be Janell & Michael Sauer, Kate Roselyn and Robin Landrith. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com). 


Armistice Day—This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918.  The tenor bell will toll 100 times starting at 11:00 am to mark the hour.

Between 1914 and 1918 approximately 8 million soldiers were killed or went missing in action, and roughly 2 million more died from disease, accidents, or while prisoners of war; an additional 23 million were wounded.  There were also nearly 8 million civilian deaths due to military action, disease, and malnutrition.  New military technologies including machine guns, tanks, aerial combat, and chemical weapons were all used on a massive scale during the First World War.

A wreath of poppies has been placed at the shrine of Christ the King.  Red silk or paper poppies have been used since the 1920s to commemorate military personnel who have been killed in action.  The remembrance poppy was inspired by a poem written in 1915 by a Canadian physician, Lt Col John McCrae, after he had conducted the burial service of a friend and fellow soldier who died in action in Belgium:

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.  Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields….

May they rest in peace.


Don’t Forget:  Responses to the Parish Questionnaire are due in just over a week.  If you haven’t already, please be sure to complete the Parish Questionnaire, which was prepared by the Search Committee and approved by the Vestry.  Members of the Parish should have received a packet in the mail with instructions on completing the questionnaire, and an email link to the on-line survey.  If you have questions about completing the questionnaire or have any difficulties, please contact the Advent Questionnaire Administrator, Kyle Pilares, at adventboston.parishsearch@gmail.com or, if necessary, by phone at 860-977-3384.  We encourage everyone to complete the questionnaire in a thorough, thoughtful, and prayerful manner.  

Please note that responses to the questionnaire are due by Monday, November 19, 2018. 

C. Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.


If you do not wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament in your hand, but rather on your tongue, please open your mouth and extend your tongue.  If you do not extend your tongue, this risks the person administering the sacrament putting their fingers in your mouth.  The is something they do not want to do, nor should you wish to happen, and is considerably less decorous and pious than receiving in your hand.


Compline at the Advent—this evening at 8 pm—join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. Members of the Advent Choir will sing chant and contemplative music by all-English composers Byrd, Harris & Sheppard. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.


The Mount Vernon Street Doors:  Sometime in the next few weeks one of the two pairs of doors at the Mount Vernon Street entrance will be removed for much needed repairs and refinishing.  The space will be boarded up, but, of course, the entrance will be accessible through the other pair.  The process will be repeated for the second pair.  This should not take more than a couple of weeks.  All will then be just as before, except better!


You should have received your Stewardship packet for 2019 in the mail earlier this month. If you did not, please pick up one at the back of the church.


THIS WEEK


Veterans’ Day will be observed Monday, November 12.  The Parish Office will be closed.  The regular schedule will be in effect—Morning Prayer at 9:00 am; Low Mass at 12:15 pm; but Evening Prayer is cancelled.


The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. We are currently studying the epistles First and Second Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.


Advent 20s and 30s Group— Please come Wednesday, November 14, at 6 p.m. to Mass and stay afterwards for our traditional 20s & 30s martinis and pizza in the library, which will start with drinks and snacks at approximately 6:45 or 7 p.m. with pizza to follow shortly thereafter.


New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John:  Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Continuing this Wednesday, November 14, an in-depth five week course will be offered starting at 7:00 pm in Moseley Hall (this week only).  Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will again lead a thought-provoking Bible Study.  All attendees will receive scripture journals.  Each session will last roughly 90 minutes and cover various histories, key themes, and enduring theologies as expressed in the shortest Epistles of the New Testament. For more information please contact Eric at efialho@eds.edu.  


Prayer & Care Get-Together—All members of the Prayer & Care Team are invited to a casual fall gathering on Saturday, November 17, from 4 to 6 pm in Moseley Hall.  We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about what we do, as well.  Please join us!  Let Deacon Noyes know if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly.


COMING UP


Evensong & Benediction & Organ Recital—Next Sunday afternoon, November 18th: At 4:30 organist Caroline Robinson, doctoral candidate from the Eastman School of Music, offers a half-hour prelude recital of works by Max Reger, Leo Sowerby, Maurice Duruflé, and our own John Cook. At 5 PM, the Advent Choir will sing Evensong, featuring all-American composers: Davison, Hogan, Hoiby and Halley. Following the service, a light supper will be served, and Mark Dwyer will offer a brief talk entitled “The Americans” discussing the music and composers featured in the program.


Sunday, December 2 is Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication.  In the afternoon, Professor Damin Spritzer, of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, will offer a half-hour program of Advent organ music at 4:30 pm.  At 5:00 pm, the Advent Choir will sing the beloved service of Advent Lessons & Carols, including music by Byrd, Dove, Ferguson, Jackson, Lehman, Łukaszewski, McDowall, Moyer & Vaughan Williams. The evening concludes with a gala reception in Moseley Hall.


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


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


The Coat Drive Continues—Please help us reach our goal of 100 coats, or make a dollar donation. All tax deductible, of course.  Deacon Noyes has details.


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.


On Sunday, November 25 at 4:00 pm, The Bach Project at Ashmont Hill Chamber Music returns for its second season after a triumphant and sold-out debut last year.  The concert will be held at our sister parish, All Saints, Ashmont (209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester).  The Bach Project is a baroque ensemble of instrumentalists and singers, including several members of the Advent Choir, as well as the boys of All Saints’ Choir.  The program, consisting entirely of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, will include the Mass in A Major (BWV 234), the Violin Concerto in G minor (BWV 1056R), the motet “Ich lasse dich nicht” (BWV 159), as well as two pieces of organ repertoire.  Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by visiting the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music website: www.ahchambermusic.org.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for students, $3 for EBT card holders, and free for children under 13.


Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee, consisting of John Higgins, John Boyd, Maria Denslow, Kara Rodgers, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
November 12-18, 2018

Monday, November 12
Charles Simeon (Veterans’ Day – Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, November 13
William Temple
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 14
Consecration of Samuel Seabury
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:30 pm: Administration Committee
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:00 pm: Bible Study

Thursday, November 15
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 16
Margaret of Scotland
8:15 am: Park Street School Event

Saturday, November 17
Hugh of Lincoln
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
4:00 pm: Prayer & Care Meeting

Sunday, November 18
The Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; E & B Talk

This Week at the Advent, November 4-10, 2018

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. Betsy Ridge Madsen and Will Joyner & Linda Jones host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Emily & Jeff Vickers and Angie Corbet. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, bbolesster@gmail.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Betsy James, Alfred Duhamel and Julius Krein host the Coffee Hour today.  Next week the hosts will be Dustin Henderson, Nicholas Dials and Michael Gnozzio. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).   


This morning at Entr’acte, our adult education series, our resident Biblical scholar, Rick Stone, concludes with the last of a three-part study of accounts in the Book of Genesis.  This morning he will examine the puzzling and disturbing account of Abraham and Isaac ( Genesis chapters 22:1-19. )  Entr’acte takes place just after the 9:00 Mass in the Library.  Next week we will consider the puzzling account of Abraham and Isaac.

To conclude Entr’acte for the year, Fr Warren will lead a three-part examination of various sects within what is called Christianity:  what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity.  Sundays, November 18 and 25, and December 9.


Important Announcement Regarding the Parish Questionnaire:  The Parish Questionnaire prepared by the Search Committee is now available.  By now, members of the Parish should have received a packet in the mail with instructions on completing the questionnaire, and an email link to the on-line survey.  If you have not received either your mail packet or your email link, please contact the Advent Questionnaire Administrator, Kyle Pilares, at adventboston.parishsearch@gmail.com or, if necessary, by phone at 860-977-3384.  We encourage everyone to complete the questionnaire in a thorough, thoughtful, and prayerful manner.  

Please note that responses to the questionnaire are due by Monday, November 19, 2018. 

C. Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.


If you do not wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament in your hand, but rather on your tongue, please open your mouth and extend your tongue.  If you do not extend your tongue, this risks the person administering the sacrament putting their fingers in your mouth.  The is something they do not want to do, nor should you wish to happen, and is considerably less decorous and pious than receiving in your hand.


The Mount Vernon Street Doors:  Sometime in the next few weeks one of the two pairs of doors at the Mount Vernon Street entrance will be removed for much needed repairs and refinishing.  The space will be boarded up, but, of course, the entrance will be accessible through the other pair.  The process will be repeated for the second pair.  This should not take more than a couple of weeks.  All will then be just as before, except better!


You should have received your Stewardship packet for 2019 in the mail this week. If you did not, please pick up one at the back of the church.


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. We are currently studying the epistles First and Second Timothy, Titus, and Phileon. Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.


New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John: Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Beginning this Wednesday, November 7, an in-depth five week course will be offered, starting at 7:00 pm in the Library. Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will again lead a thought-provoking Bible Study.  All attendees will receive scripture journals.  Each session will last roughly 90 minutes and cover various histories, key themes, and enduring theologies as expressed in the shortest Epistles of the New Testament.  For more information please contact Eric at efialho@eds.edu.  


This Thursday, November 8, Between the Eagle’s Heads, a film by Advent Parishioner Sam Audette, will be shown in the Library at 7:30 pm.  Everyone is invited.  Sam made the film for his Bachelor’s thesis at the University of Chicago.  Shortly afterwards, it won a prize in the Best Shorts Competition and was featured in the Global Peace Film Festival, an organization which seeks to use films to promote understanding among various people and cultures which are markedly different, even antagonistic.

Sam describes his film in this way. “I wanted to capture something of the Islamic legacy in Spain, and in Toledo, as I felt at this moment a great civilization was being left out of the dialogue.  I ended up aiming to portray something of the joys of wandering as well.


COMING UP


Compline at the Advent—Next Sunday, November 11, at 8 pm—Next Sunday, November 11, at 8 pm, join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.


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


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


One Warm Coat—Coat Drive Update—Drive ends November 17. To date, we have received 26 coats toward our goal of 100. Thanks to all who have contributed. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check your closets for gently worn, clean winter coats and jackets, please do so now. We’re also glad to accept donations of dollars: $5 can provide 10 coats. Of course, all donations are tax deductible! Gratefully, Deacon Noyes  


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.


Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee, consisting of John Higgins, John Boyd, Maria Denslow, Kara Rodgers, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
November 5-11, 2018

Monday, November 5
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, November 6
William Temple
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 7
Willibrord of Utrecht
10:00 am: Beacon Hill Garden Club Meeting
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:00 pm: Bible Study

Thursday, November 8
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm: Film by Sam Audette

Friday, November 9

Saturday, November 10
Leo the Great
10:00 am: Search Committee
10:00 am: Flower Guild
5:00 pm: Party

Sunday, November 11
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week’s Announcements, October 28-November 3, 2018

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

11:15 Coffee Hour. Meg Mill, Philip Le Quesne and George McCormick host the Coffee Hour today.  We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).   


This morning at Entr’acte, our adult education series, our resident Biblical scholar, Rick Stone, continues with the second of a three-part study of accounts in the Book of Genesis.  This morning he will examine the fascinating story of Noah and the Flood, which has given rise to all kinds of speculations.  ( Genesis chapters 6, 7, 8. )  Entr’acte takes place just after the 9:00 Mass in the Library.  Next week we will consider the puzzling account of Abraham and Isaac.

To conclude Entr’acte for the year, Fr Warren will lead a three-part examination of various sects within what is called Christianity:  what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity.  Sundays, November 18 and 25, December 9.


Important Announcement Regarding the Parish Questionnaire:  The Parish Questionnaire prepared by the Search Committee is now available.  By now, members of the Parish should have received a packet in the mail with instructions on completing the questionnaire, and an email link to the on-line survey.  If you have not received either your mail packet or your email link, please contact the Advent Questionnaire Administrator, Kyle Pilares, at adventboston.parishsearch@gmail.com or, if necessary, by phone at 860-977-3384.  We encourage everyone to complete the questionnaire in a thorough, thoughtful, and prayerful manner.  

Please note that responses to the questionnaire are due by Monday, November 19, 2018. 

C. Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.


If you do not wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament in your hand, but rather on your tongue, please open your mouth and extend your tongue.  If you do not extend your tongue, this risks the person administering the sacrament putting their fingers in your mouth.  The is something they do not want to do, nor should you wish to happen, and is considerably less decorous and pious than receiving in your hand.


The Mount Vernon Street Doors:  Sometime in the next few weeks one of the two pairs of doors at the Mount Vernon Street entrance will be removed for much needed repairs and refinishing.  The space will be boarded up, but, of course, the entrance will be accessible through the other pair.  The process will be repeated for the second pair.  This should not take more than a couple of weeks.  All will then be just as before, except better!


Sister Vassa Larin, a Russian Orthodox nun, was the speaker at the last session of Theology on Tap.  She is a very interesting person and was splendid that evening in her presentation on whether or not the Internet builds or destroys Communities.  The Sister has a web site, www.coffeewithsistervassa.com, and I commend it to everyone at the Advent.  Each week she provides a short, serious, and brilliant presentation of various theological and biblical topics.  They are also at times hilarious and often just plain wacky. Not to be missed! —Father Warren 


THIS WEEK


Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 am; don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night!  


Anglo-Catholic Roots II Conference:  Is Christ Divided?  Full Visible Unity—November 1 – 2 at the Church of the Advent.  The Catholic tradition specializes in this field, with a rich store of resources worth remembering and retrieving.  Speakers at this second conference on Anglo-Catholic Roots will take up scriptural, sacramental, ascetical, and dogmatic resources to describe and vindicate a fully Catholic understanding of the one Church, as Christ’s body across time and space.  They will also offer perspectives on the Anglican Communion as a family of churches called to holiness and apostolicity in service to the Whole.

The Conference is open to everyone interested in attending.  Advance registration is required,  $75 for employed persons.  $50 for students and retirees.  Register at  tinyurl.com/y8sujmmz. – To pay with check or cash, please see Kyriell Palaeologue on Sunday after 9 am or 11:15 am mass or contact him at k.oldword@gmail.com or 617-396-6225.

Keynote Speaker:  the Rt Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee

Speakers:

Derek Olsen, PhD, former member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

The Rev’d Dr. Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary

The Rev’d Dr Matthew Burdette, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dallas, Texas

Christopher Wells, PhD, Editor, The Living Church

There will be an optional banquet at the Club of Odd Volumes on the night of November 2, after the Solemn Requiem Mass of All Souls at the Advent.  Banquet:  $75.  Sign up for the banquet also at tinyurl.com/y8sujmmz.


All Souls Day will be observed this Friday, November 2, with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.

The setting for the All Souls Day Mass will be the Messe de Requiem of Alfred Desenclos sung by the Advent Choir.  Alfred Desenclos was born in Pas-de-Calais in 1912 and died in Paris in 1971.  He produced piano music, chamber music, choral music, songs, a symphony, a requiem as well as film scores.  His output is somewhat modest, partly because his studies as a composer were halted at age 20 so that he could support his family by working as an industrial designer, until restarting his musical education in 1929 at the Conservatory in Roubaix, studying the piano.  Following continued study at the Paris Conservatory, he won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1942.  In 1943 he assumed the position of the Director of the Conservatory in Roubaix.  In 1967 he was named Professor of Harmony at the Paris Conservatory.  His Requiem for chorus and organ or orchestra, written in 1963, has an impressionistic, atmospheric nature which reminds the listener of the more famous settings by Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré.  


COMING UP


 

 

On Thursday, November 8, Between the Eagle’s Heads, a film by Advent Parishioner Sam Audette, will be shown in the Library at 7:30 pm.  Everyone is invited.  Sam made the film for his Bachelor’s thesis at the University of Chicago.  Shortly afterwards, it won a prize in the Best Shorts Competition and was featured in the Global Peace Film Festival, an organization which seeks to use films to promote understanding among various people and cultures which are markedly different, even antagonistic.

Sam describes his film in this way. “I wanted to capture something of the Islamic legacy in Spain, and in Toledo, as I felt at this moment a great civilization was being left out of the dialogue.  I ended up aiming to portray something of the joys of wandering as well.” 


New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John: Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Beginning on Wednesday, November 7m an in-depth five week course will be offered, starting at 7:00 pm in the Library. Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will again lead a thought-provoking Bible Study.  All attendees will receive scripture journals.  Each session will last roughly 90 minutes and cover various histories, key themes, and enduring theologies as expressed in the shortest Epistles of the New Testament.  For more information please contact Eric at efialho@eds.edu.  


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Advent Coat Drive!—October 20-November 24—One Warm Coat—Temperatures are dropping and the need for warm coats is rising.  In partnership with One Warm Coat, the Advent is collecting gently used, clean coats for women, children, and men.  Here’s how you can participate:  

  • Donate Coats: Bring clean, wearable items (zippers work, no missing buttons) to 30 Brimmer Street.  Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm.
  • Donate Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, with “Coat Drive” in the memo line.  Mail to Deacon Noyes 30 Brimmer Street, Boston 02108,  or put in the collection plate.
  • Spread the Word:  Visit One Warm Coat on Facebook, and see link to our drive on the Church’s Facebook page.  This option also provides for easy, secure, one-click donation. 

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.


Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee, consisting of John Higgins, John Boyd, Maria Denslow, Kara Rodgers, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 29-November 4, 2018

Monday, October 29
James Hannington & Companions

Tuesday, October 30
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 31
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, November 1
All Saints Day
3:30 pm: Anglo-Catholic Conference
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 2
All Souls Day
10:00 am: Anglo-Catholic Conference
12:15 pm: Requiem Mass
6:30 pm: Solemn Requiem Mass

Saturday, November 3
Richard Hooker
10:00 am: Flower Guild
11:00 am: Organ Demo

Sunday, November 4
Sunday in the Octave of All Saints
2:00 am: Daylight Saving Time ends
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’s Announcements, October 21-27, 2018

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the wedding yesterday of Kara Rodgers and Philip Marshall.


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

11:15 Coffee Hour.  David Fisher, Philip Clark, Kyriell Paleologue and Thatcher Gearhart host the Coffee Hour today.Next week the hosts will be Meg Mill, Philip Le Quesne and George McCormick. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).   


This morning at Entr’acte, our adult education series, our resident Biblical scholar, Rick Stone, will begin a three-part study of the 2nd chapter of the Book of Genesis, a crucial and fascinating text.  This will take place on Sundays, October 21 and 28 and November 4.  That’s just after the 9:00 Mass in the Library.

To conclude Entr’acte for the year, Fr Warren will lead a three-part examination of various sects within what is called Christianity:  what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity.  Sundays, November 18 and 25, December 9.


An Important Message from the Wardens:  as mentioned in our letter to the Parish earlier this month, the Parish Questionnaire prepared by the Search Committee and approved by the Vestry is about to be circulated to Parishioners. Members of the parish should have already received a letter from the Wardens in their mailboxes this past week, which includes instructions for completing the questionnaire.  The mailing also provides information on how to confirm or supply your email address, so that we can send out a personal link to the questionnaire by email, as the questionnaire is being conducted online.  There will also be information on how you can request a paper copy of the questionnaire, if you strongly prefer to use that medium. 

C. Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.


Evensong & Benediction & Organ RecitalThis afternoon!! at 4:30 organist Janet Yieh, from Trinity Wall Street, offers music of Mendelssohn, Elgar, Beach and Duruflé.  At 5 pm, the Advent Choir will sing Evensong, including the St Paul’s Service of Herbert Howells.  Following the service, a light supper will be served, and Mark Dwyer will offer a brief talk on the colorful lives of this evening’s composers:  Basil Harwood, Max Reger and Howells. 


Sister Vassa Larin, a Russian Orthodox nun, was the speaker at the last session of Theology on Tap.  She is a very interesting person and was splendid that evening in her presentation on whether or not the Internet builds or destroys Communities.  The Sister has a web site, www.coffeewithsistervassa.com, and I commend it to everyone at the Advent.  Each week she provides a short, serious, and brilliant presentation of various theological and biblical topics.  They are also at times hilarious and often just plain wacky. Not to be missed! —Father Warren 


THIS WEEK


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Advent 20 & 30-Somethings:  Please come next Wednesday, October 24, at 6 pm to Mass and stay afterwards for our traditional 20s & 30s martinis and pizza in the library, which will start with drinks and snacks at approximately 6:45 or 7 pm with pizza to follow shortly thereafter.  This is our first Mass and Martinis of the new season, so it would be lovely to have a good showing from the “old” 20s & 30s to welcome some of our newer members.  We hope to see you there!

(P.S. Evening prayer is said before Mass at 5:30 p.m., so do come along to that if the Spirit moves you so to do.)  With any questions please contact Kyriell Palaeologue at k.oldword@gmail.com or 617-396-6225. 


Ghost Stories for an Autumn’s Night—This Friday, October 26, at 7:30 pm.  Ghost Stories returns again to the Advent this year.  Two tales of terror by medievalist and master writer M. R. James will be told by candlelight in the library.  Several haunting medieval songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Ports and cheeses will be on hand for sipping and nibbling for this night of a most pleasing terror.  Tickets are $15 through Eventbrite or $20 at the door.  All proceeds go to help Mission and Outreach ministries at the Parish.


COMING UP


All Souls Day will be observed on Friday, November 2, with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.


The setting for the All Souls Day Mass will be the Messe de Requiem of Alfred Desenclos sung by the Advent Choir.  Alfred Desenclos was born in Pas-de-Calais in 1912 and died in Paris in 1971.  He produced piano music, chamber music, choral music, songs, a symphony, a requiem as well as film scores.  His output is somewhat modest, partly because his studies as a composer were halted at age 20 so that he could support his family by working as an industrial designer, until restarting his musical education in 1929 at the Conservatory in Roubaix, studying the piano.  Following continued study at the Paris Conservatory, he won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1942.  In 1943 he assumed the position of the Director of the Conservatory in Roubaix.  In 1967 he was named Professor of Harmony at the Paris Conservatory.  His Requiem for chorus and organ or orchestra, written in 1963, has an impressionistic, atmospheric nature which reminds the listener of the more famous settings by Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré.  


On Thursday, November 8, Between the Eagle’s Heads, a film by Advent Parishioner, Sam Audette, will be shown in the Library at 7:30 pm.  Everyone is invited.  Sam made the film for his Bachelor’s thesis at the University of Chicago.  Shortly afterwards, it won a prize in the Best Shorts Competition and was featured in the Global Peace Film Festival, an organization which seeks to use films to promote understanding among various people and cultures which are markedly different, even antagonistic.

Sam describes his film in this way. “I wanted to capture something of the Islamic legacy in Spain, and in Toledo, as I felt at this moment a great civilization was being left out of the dialogue.  I ended up aiming to portray something of the joys of wandering as well.” 


Anglo-Catholic Roots II Conference:  Is Christ Divided?  Full Visible Unity—November 1 – 2 at the Church of the Advent.  The Catholic tradition specializes in this field, with a rich store of resources worth remembering and retrieving.  Speakers at this second conference on Anglo-Catholic Roots will take up scriptural, sacramental, ascetical, and dogmatic resources to describe and vindicate a fully Catholic understanding of the one Church, as Christ’s body across time and space.  They will also offer perspectives on the Anglican Communion as a family of churches called to holiness and apostolicity in service of the Whole.

Keynote Speaker:  the Rt Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee

Speakers:

Derek Olsen, PhD, former member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

The Rev’d Dr. Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary

The Rev’d Dr Matthew Burdette, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dallas, Texas

Christopher Wells, PhD, Editor, The Living Church

Optional banquet on the night of November 2 after Solemn Requiem Mass of All Souls, to be held at the Club of Odd Volumes.  Advance registration is required.  Registration:  $75 for employed persons, $50 for students and retirees, Banquet:  $75.  Sign up at tinyurl.com/y8sujmmz.


New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John:   Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Beginning on Wednesday, November 7 an in-depth five week course will be offered starting at 7:00 pm in the Library. Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will again lead a thought-provoking Bible Study.  All attendees will receive scripture journals.  Each session will last roughly 90 minutes and cover various histories, key themes, and enduring theologies as expressed in the shortest Epistles of the New Testament.  For more information please contact Eric at efialho@eds.edu.  


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Food Drive Success!   In total the Parish received 214 canned food items and many boxes of dried food. In the end we donated roughly 300 lbs of food to the Boston Rescue Mission.  Well done Advent!  These donations truly go very, very far.  Eric Fialho, Pastoral Assistant


Advent Coat Drive!—October 20-November 24—One Warm Coat—Temperatures are dropping and the need for warm coats is rising.  In partnership with One Warm Coat, the Advent is collecting gently used, clean coats for women, children, and men.  Here’s how you can participate:  

  • Donate Coats: Bring clean, wearable items (zippers work, no missing buttons) to 30 Brimmer Street.  Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm.
  • Donate Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, with “Coat Drive” in the memo line.  Mail to Deacon Noyes 30 Brimmer Street, Boston 02108,  or put in the collection plate.
  • Spread the Word:  Visit One Warm Coat on Facebook, and see link to our drive on the Church’s Facebook page.  This option also provides for easy, secure, one-click donation. 

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.


Parishioner and Honorary Assistant, Dr Philip Pfatteicher, is the author of many books. One of his best is Liturgical Spirituality, published in 1997. Father Warren considers it to be the best book on the Liturgy he has yet read and has recommended it to numerous people who wish a deeper understanding of the worship and prayer of the Church.  Copies of Liturgical Spirituality are once again available in the Bookstore at various prices.  


Advent Beer Brewing: Advent Beer Brewing will take place on Saturday, October 27, at noon.  Everyone interested in lending a hand brewing a new batch of beer is welcome to join in the parish kitchen. 


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 22-28, 2018

Monday, October 22
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, October 23
St James of Jerusalem
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 24
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:30 pm: 20s and 30s Meeting

Thursday, October 25
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 26
Alfred the Great
7:30 pm: Ghost Stories

Saturday, October 27
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
12:00 pm: Advent Brewers

Sunday, October 28
The 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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Robb Scholten, Karen Chaney and Ignacio Gama host the Coffee Hour today. Next week the hosts will be David Fisher and others. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).   


This morning at Entr’acte, our adult education series, Father Warren continues a two-part look at what he calls Classical Christianity.  Today, as a companion piece to his discussion of the Teaching of Classical Christianity, he will address the question of the Practice of Classical Christianity

Following that, our resident Biblical scholar, Rick Stone, will lead a three part study of the 2nd chapter of the Book of Genesis, a crucial and fascinating text.  This will take place on Sundays, October 21 and 28, and November 4.

To conclude Entr’acte for the year, Fr. Warren will lead a three-part examination of various sects within what is called Christianity:  what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity.  Sundays, November 18 and 25, December 9.


From the Bell Loft: This afternoon, the Advent ringers will attempt to ring 1,718 changes of Grandsire Triples, to commemorate the first full peal of Grandsire rung in 1718.  The composition is an arrangement of that first peal by Austin Paul, a local ringer. 


Compline at the Advent—Compline will be sung this evening at 8 pm by members of the Advent Choir, including chant and motets by Parsons and Sheppard & Wood. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. 


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am.  We are beginning the study of First and Second Thessalonians.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.  These two letters Saint Paul wrote to the Church in Thessalonica are two of the earliest letters written by him and give specific descriptions of his work and helpful teachings on love, prayer, work, the departed, and how to prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.  These are great instructions even for the present time.  


COMING UP


Evensong & Benediction & Organ Recital – Next Sunday, October 21, at 4:30 pm, organist Janet Yieh, from Trinity Wall Street, offers music of Mendelssohn, Elgar, Beach and Duruflé. At 5 pm, the Advent Choir will sing Evensong, including the St Paul’s Service of Herbert Howells. Following the service, a light supper will be served, and Mark Dwyer will offer a brief talk on the colorful lives of this evening’s composers: Basil Harwood, Max Reger and Howells.


Ghost Stories for an Autumn’s Night—Friday, October 26, at 7:30 pm.  Ghost Stories returns again to the Advent this year.  Two tales of terror by medievalist and master writer M. R. James will be told by candlelight in the library.  Several haunting medieval songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Ports and cheeses will be on hand for nibbling and sipping for this night of a most pleasing terror.  Tickets are $15.00 through Eventbrite or $20.00 at the door.  All proceeds go to help Mission and Outreach ministries at the Parish.


Anglo-Catholic Roots II Conference:  Is Christ Divided?  Full Visible Unity—November 1 – 2 at the Church of the Advent.  The Catholic tradition specializes in this field, with a rich store of resources worth remembering and retrieving.  Speakers at this second conference on Anglo-Catholic Roots will take up scriptural, sacramental, ascetical, and dogmatic resources to describe and vindicate a fully Catholic understanding of the one Church, as Christ’s body across time and space.  They will also offer perspectives on the Anglican Communion as a family of churches called to holiness and apostolicity in service of the Whole.

Keynote Speaker:  the Rt Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee

Speakers:

Derek Olsen, PhD, former member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

The Rev’d Dr. Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary

The Rev’d Dr Matthew Burdette, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dallas, Texas

Christopher Wells, PhD, Editor, The Living Church

Optional banquet on the night of November 2 after Solemn Requiem Mass of All Souls, to be held at the Club of Odd Volumes.  Advance registration is required.  Registration:  $75 for employed persons, $50 for students and retirees, Banquet:  $75.  Sign up at tinyurl.com/y8sujmmz.


All Souls Day will be observed on Friday, November 2, with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.


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.


Parishioner and Honorary Assistant, Dr Philip Pfatteicher, is the author of many books. One of his best is Liturgical Spirituality, published in 1997. Father Warren considers it to be the best book on the Liturgy he has yet read and has recommended it to numerous people who wish a deeper understanding of the worship and prayer of the Church.  Copies of Liturgical Spirituality are once again available in the Bookstore at various prices.  


Advent Beer Brewing: Advent Beer Brewing will take place on Saturday, October 27, at noon.  Everyone interested in lending a hand brewing a new batch of beer is welcome to join in the parish kitchen. 


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 15-21, 2018

Monday, October 15
Teresa of Ávila

Tuesday, October 16
Latimer, Ridley and Cranmer
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 17
Ignatius of Antioch

10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, October 18
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 19
Henry Martyn
8:30 am: Advent School Community Share

Saturday, October 20
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
2:00 pm: Wedding

Sunday, October 21
The Solemnity of St Luke the Evangelist
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

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

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Lizzie Bloom.  The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Paul van Ocken.


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Kyle Pilares, Christopher Laconi and Frederick Ou host the Coffee Hour today. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).   


This morning, Entr’acte, our adult education series, resumes after its summer recess.  Father Warren will begin a two-part look at what he calls Classical Christianity.  First, the Teaching and then, the next Sunday, October 14, the Practice of Classical Christianity. 

Following that, our resident Biblical scholar, Rick Stone, will lead a three part study of the 2nd chapter of the Book of Genesis, a crucial and fascinating text.  This will take place on Sundays, October 21 and 28, and November 4.

To conclude Entr’acte for the year, Fr. Warren will lead a three-part examination of various sects within what is called Christianity:  what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity.  Sundays, November 18 and 25, December 9.


Mission & Outreach Meeting Today—There will be a meeting for Mission and Outreach after the 11:15 am Mass in the Library.  All are welcome to attend!  We will be discussing upcoming events and ministries. 


Merrimack Valley Assistance:  In the aftermath of the natural gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley on Thursday, September 13, all three Episcopal churches and one Episcopal school in the affected communities—Christ Church in Andover, St Paul’s Church in North Andover and Grace Church and Esperanza Academy in Lawrence—reported no property damage and no known personal injuries but at least two church families in Lawrence and one in Andover with homes damaged by fires.  Many in all three communities continue to deal with the effects of the emergency evacuations and power outages that followed Thursday’s explosions and fires. 

How to help:  Make checks out to the Church of the Advent, return them with the collection this morning Sunday, October 7, which we have designated Mission Sunday, or leave them at the Parish Office.  We will then make out one check to the Diocesan Fund and send it in. Also, your contribution will be recorded and will appear on your financial statement at the end of the year. 


Blessing of Animals—Today at 3 pm!!  There will be a blessing of the animals at 3 pm today in the chancel.   


FROM THE WARDENS


We both extend our greatest thanks and appreciation to those who helped make our Michaelmas celebration such a wonderful evening.  This opportunity to welcome our Bishop and to celebrate our Rector’s 20 years of ministry among us showed the great vitality of our Parish.  In the wake of those events, we would like to provide an update on various activities that are or will be underway in conjunction with the transition to the next chapter in the life of the Church of the Advent.

Late last month, the Vestry had a very productive retreat and meeting led by the Canon to the Ordinary, the Rev’d Canon Bill Parnell.  These retreats are always a valuable opportunity for the Vestry to reflect on, and prepare itself for, the work of the year ahead.  That is particularly so as we enter a period of transition early next year.  We are thankful to the Rector and to Canon Parnell for putting on such a fine event. 

Both of the transition committees, described in prior communication, have also been at work.  The Administration Committee, led by David Lapin, has been conducting interviews with Jim Wood and all of the other members of the Parish staff as part of updating our job descriptions and to work on a formal employee handbook.  The Search Committee, led by Lynda Blair, has been working on a questionnaire for the Parish.  This will be a very important and valuable opening step in its work.  Information about how to complete the questionnaire will be circulated by email and by regular post in the very near future.  Please do keep any eye out for this in your mailboxes, both electronic and physical

The questionnaire is an opportunity for everyone in the Parish to share thoughts, hopes, and concerns with the Vestry and Search Committee.  For that reason, we encourage and hope for a very strong response to the questionnaire.  Please be sure that the office has an up-to-date and accurate email and regular mail address for you, so that we can be sure to reach as many parishioners as possible.  For those that do not use email, you will have the opportunity to request a paper copy of the questionnaire.  Details on how to do so will be forthcoming.

Last, but certainly not least, the Finance Committee (led by Thatcher Gearhart) and the Stewardship Committee (led by Fran Piscitelli) are beginning to organize for the upcoming canvass and the Vestry’s annual budgeting process.  We are thankful to the many talented Adventers who serve in these various roles.  We are grateful for all your questions and input of caring and concern expressed about this very important time in the life of our parish.  Please try to direct your communication to members of these committees, the Vestry, or to us.

Faithfully yours,

Thomas Brown & Paul Roberts,
Wardens


THIS WEEK


Tomorrow is Columbus DayThe Parish Office will be closed.  Morning Prayer will be at 9:00 am and the Low Mass at its regular time of 12:15 pm.  Evening Prayer is cancelled. 


The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am.  We are beginning the study of First and Second Thessalonians.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.  These two letters Saint Paul wrote to the Church in Thessalonica are two of the earliest letters written by him and give specific descriptions of his work and helpful teachings on love, prayer, work, the departed, and how to prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.  These are great instructions even for the present time.  


Theology on Tap returns on Thursday, October 11 (note the unusual day) at the MAST Restaurant and Drinkery, the Lower Bar, 45 Province Street, Boston. 

Our guest speaker is Dr Sister Vassa Larin, a Russian Orthodox liturgist, author of a monograph on Byzantine liturgy, scholarly articles, as well as inspirational commentaries on the Scripture and Liturgy, “Reflections with Morning Coffee.”  Since 2013 Sr Vassa has hosted a popular video channel and a catechetical online podcast, “Coffee with Sr Vassa.”

In her talk at Theology on Tap, Sr Vassa will explore the types of community offered by the reality called Church, and by the virtual reality of the worldwide web and its social media.  She will also address issues of loneliness and solitude, and how they are affected by the realities of Church and Internet.  Theology on Tap is preceded  by Evening Prayer at Church at 30 Brimmer Street at 5:30 pm. 


COMING UP


Compline at the Advent—Next Sunday, October 14, at 8 pm—Next Sunday, October 14, at 8:00 pm, join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. 


From the Bell Loft:  On the afternoon of Sunday, October 14, the Advent ringers will attempt to ring 1,718 changes of Grandsire Triples, to commemorate the first full peal of Grandsire rung in 1718.  The composition is an arrangement of that first peal by Austin Paul, a local ringer. 


Ghost Stories for an Autumn’s Night—Friday, October 26, at 7:30 pm.  Ghost Stories returns again to the Advent this year.  Two tales of terror by medievalist and master writer M. R. James will be told by candlelight in the library.  Several haunting medieval songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Ports and cheeses will be on hand for nibbling and sipping for this night of a most pleasing terror.  Tickets are $15.00 through Eventbrite or $20.00 at the door.  All proceeds go to help Mission and Outreach ministries at the Parish.


All Souls Day will be observed on Friday, November 2, with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Mission Sunday & Canned Food Drive—All are encouraged to bring canned food items to Church.  Betsy James will be setting up a purchase table during coffee hours at which parishioners can purchase food stuffs to donate.  All the items will be donated to the Boston Rescue Mission by the end of the month.


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.


Advent Beer Brewing:  For the last year some of our parishioners have taken up brewing our own beers for coffee hour and special events.  With the start of the program year we are aiming to reinvigorate the Brewing group.  Anyone interested in learning how to brew beer and lending a hand in the process should contact Fr Hanson in person or at frhanson@theadventboston.org. Brewing normally happens in the parish kitchen on Saturdays and takes three or four hours.  It’s a relaxing and creative way to fellowship with one another, and it yields superb results!


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 8-14, 2018

Monday, October 8
Columbus Day (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, October 9
Robert Grosseteste
8:30 am: Fire Alarm Testing
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 10
Vida Dutton Scudder
8:30 am: Advent School Meeting
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, October 11
Philip, Deacon & Martyr
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 12

Saturday, October 13
10:00 am: Search Committee
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, October 14
The Twenty-first 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’s Announcements, September 30-October 6, 2018

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

The flowers in the All Saints Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for God’s many blessings. 

The flowers at the screen and throughout the Church are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the ministry of the Rev’d Allan Bevier Warren III, XV Rector of the Church of the Advent.


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


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


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

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. Alister & Abigail Lewis-Bowen and Tom & Carolyn McDermott host the Coffee Hour this morning!  Next week the hosts will be Melissa Fox and Nola Sheffer. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Ciarán DellaFera, Mark Aparace and John Ross Campbell host the Coffee Hour today. host the Coffee Hour today. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).   


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am.  We are beginning the study of First and Second Thessalonians.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.  These two letters Saint Paul wrote to the Church in Thessalonica are two of the earliest letters written by him and give specific descriptions of his work and helpful teachings on love, prayer, work, the departed, and how to prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.  These are great instructions even for the present time.  


The Beacon Hill Community Group will meet this week on Thursday, October 4, at 7:00 pm at 43 South Russell Street. Please bring your Bibles.  


COMING UP


BLESSING OF ANIMALS—Next Sunday, October 7!!  There will be a blessing of the animals at 3 PM that afternoon in the chancel. Questions? See Fr James.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Mission Sunday & Canned Food Drive—All are encouraged to bring canned food items to Church.  Betsy James will be setting up a purchase table during coffee hours at which parishioners can purchase food stuffs to donate.  All the items will be donated to the Boston Rescue Mission by the end of the month.


MISSION & OUTREACH MEETING on October 7—There will be a meeting for Mission and Outreach after the 11:15 AM Mass in the Library. All are welcome to attend! We will be discussing upcoming events and ministries.


Pets In Need DriveStarting Next Sunday, October 7, the Parish is collecting pet supplies for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  Towels, and dog and cat food and toys are kindly welcomed.  Look for the collection boxes at the back of the Church. 


Merrimack Valley Assistance:  In the aftermath of the natural gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley on Thursday, September 13, all three Episcopal churches and one Episcopal school in the affected communities—Christ Church in Andover, St Paul’s Church in North Andover and Grace Church and Esperanza Academy in Lawrence—reported no property damage and no known personal injuries but at least two church families in Lawrence and one in Andover with homes damaged by fires.  Many in all three communities continue to deal with the effects of the emergency evacuations and power outages that followed Thursday’s explosions and fires. 

How to help:  To that end, the bishops have urged all congregations in the diocese to consider collecting or designating an offering for a diocesan relief response.  Contributions, made payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and marked “Merrimack Valley Disaster Relief,” may be sent to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Attn: Lauren Zook, 138 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111.


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.


Advent Beer Brewing:  For the last year some of our parishioners have taken up brewing our own beers for coffee hour and special events.  With the start of the program year we are aiming to reinvigorate the Brewing group.  Anyone interested in learning how to brew beer and lending a hand in the process should contact Fr Hanson in person or at frhanson@theadventboston.org. Brewing normally happens in the parish kitchen on Saturdays and takes three or four hours.  It’s a relaxing and creative way to fellowship with one another, and it yields superb results!


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
October 1-7, 2018

Monday, October 1
Remigius of Reims
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, October 2
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 3
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, October 4
Francis of Assisi
12:15 pm: Requiem for E. Richard Rothmund
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm: Beacon Hill Community Group

Friday, October 5
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, October 6
William Tyndale
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, October 7
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
3:00 pm: Blessing of the Animals

This Week’s Announcements, September 23-29, 2018

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson and Megan & Michael Zadig host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be Alister & Abigail Lewis-Bowen and Tom & Carolyn McDermott.New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

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


THIS WEEK


The Advent will celebrate the Feast of St Michael & All Angels this coming Friday, September 28, with a Procession and Solemn Mass at 6:30 PM. The Bishop of Massachusetts, the Right Rev’d Alan M. Gates, will preside and preach. Childcare will be provided.

A very special gala reception will follow.

All parishioners and friends of the Advent are cordially invited to attend.


Because of the celebration of Michaelmas this Friday evening, there will be no Low Mass at 12:15 that day.  The Rosary will be said in the Lady Chapel at 11:30 am.


The Wednesday morning Bible study group is currently reading the Epistles to the Philippians and Colossians. That’s at 10 a.m. in the Library.


This Saturday, September 29, the diocesan community will celebrate the new ministry and installation of the Very Rev’d Amy E. McCreath as the ninth dean of the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston.

Bishop Alan M. Gates will preach at the special 10:30 AM service and co-preside with Bishop Barbara C. Harris. All are invited, in person and in prayer. McCreath was appointed in February and began her new ministry as cathedral dean in April. She is the first woman to serve as cathedral dean in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

She served for eight years as the rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown and, for nine years prior to that, was co-chaplain of the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge


COMING UP


BLESSING OF ANIMALS—in Two Weeks—Sunday, October 7!! There will be a blessing of the animals at 3 PM that afternoon in the chancel. Questions? See Deacon Daphne or Fr James.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Mission Sunday & Canned Food DriveBeginning today, all are encouraged to bring canned food items to Church. Betsy James will be setting up a purchase table during coffee hours at which parishioners can purchase food stuffs to donate.  All the items will be donated to the Boston Rescue Mission by the end of the month. 


MISSION & OUTREACH MEETING on October 7—There will be a meeting for Mission and Outreach after the 11:15 AM Mass in the Library. All are welcome to attend! We will be discussing upcoming events and ministries.


Merrimack Valley Assistance:  In the aftermath of the natural gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley on Thursday, September 13, all three Episcopal churches and one Episcopal school in the affected communities—Christ Church in Andover, St Paul’s Church in North Andover and Grace Church and Esperanza Academy in Lawrence—reported no property damage and no known personal injuries but at least two church families in Lawrence and one in Andover with homes damaged by fires.  Many in all three communities continue to deal with the effects of the emergency evacuations and power outages that followed Thursday’s explosions and fires. 

How to help:  To that end, the bishops have urged all congregations in the diocese to consider collecting or designating an offering for a diocesan relief response.  Contributions, made payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and marked “Merrimack Valley Disaster Relief,” may be sent to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Attn: Lauren Zook, 138 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111.


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.


Advent Beer Brewing:  For the last year some of our parishioners have taken up brewing our own beers for coffee hour and special events.  With the start of the program year we are aiming to reinvigorate the Brewing group.  Anyone interested in learning how to brew beer and lending a hand in the process should contact Fr Hanson in person or at frhanson@theadventboston.org. Brewing normally happens in the parish kitchen on Saturdays and takes three or four hours.  It’s a relaxing and creative way to fellowship with one another, and it yields superb results!


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
September 24-30, 2018

Monday, September 24

Tuesday, September 25
Sergius of Moscow
5:30 pm: Community Supper
6:00 pm: Boston Harbor Deanery Meeting

Wednesday, September 26
Lancelot Andrewes
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, September 27
John Coleridge Patteson
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 28
The Vigil of the Feast of St Michael & All Angels
11:30 am: Rosary
12:15 pm: Low Mass-CANCELLED
6:30 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass; Reception

Saturday, September 29
Philander Chase
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, September 30
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week’s Announcements, September 16-22, 2018

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Louise Olney Baker.  The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of the Rev’d Thomas H. Lehman. 


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


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


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

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

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

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone and Melissa & Eric Baldwin host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson and Megan & Michael Zadig. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

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


This morning we are celebrating the Solemnity of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the feast day itself having been last Friday.  This is a very ancient celebration which is popular and widespread in both the Western and Eastern Churches.  Its origin, however, is obscure.  The commonly accepted explanation is that it was a day set aside to commemorate the completion of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem by the Emperor Constantine in the year AD 335.  His mother Helena is said to have found the Cross of Jesus nine years earlier, and her son built the church on the spot where she discovered it.  Time and distance have erased the memory of the building as the reason for the feast.  Today it is observed as an occasion a to recall the Passion and Death of the Lord, a Feast of the Holy Cross.

The Advent is privileged to possess a relic of the Cross, and it is displayed this morning on the All Saints’ Altar.  Devotion focused on relics is also very ancient in the Church and the history and theology of the practice is complicated.  Suffice it only to say that relics point to the temporal, earthly, and incarnate reality of the Christian religion, that is to say in this instance, that a relic of the Cross points to the fact that the Passion and Death of Jesus is not just a story or a mythic pattern, but was a real death, suffered by a real man, on a real wooden cross at a certain place and at a certain time.  Through that death on the Cross the world was changed and saved. 

Behold the wood of the Cross!
O come let us worship!

The re-made red Frontal and the new Red High Mass Set, which are being used for the first time this morning, are given to the Glory of Almighty God and in thanksgiving for the support and devotion of the people of the Church of the Advent during twenty years of priestly ministry among them.


We are delighted to welcome our new Associate Organist & Choirmaster, Jeremy Bruns, and his wife Kathy to the Parish of the Advent.  Mr Bruns is well known to many of us as sometime Organist & Choirmaster at our sister parish, All Saints, Ashmont; he comes to us now from the position of Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Church and Choir School in Harvard Square.

His accomplishments are impressive.  He has held positions in Buffalo, Boston, and Pittsburgh, among other locations, including three years as Associate Organist of St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where he worked daily with John Scott and the renowned St Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.  Mr Bruns studied with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, earning his MMus in performance and literature and the Performer’s Certificate.  He has won prizes in major international competitions, and has been heard regularly on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipe Dreams, on broadcasts on BBC Radio, and in recordings on the Pro Organo label.  Bruns has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, and has performed numerous recitals in such esteemed venues as St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, St James’ Cathedral in Toronto, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh, and other venues throughout the United States and England.

Please greet Jeremy and Kathy and welcome them to the Advent!  


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday morning Bible study group is currently reading the Epistles to the Philippians and Colossians. That’s at 10 a.m. in the Library.


COMING UP


Mission Sunday & Canned Food DriveOn September 23 (Next Sunday!) all are encouraged to start bringing canned food items to Church.  Betsy James will be setting up a purchase table during coffee hours at which parishioners can purchase food stuffs to donate.  All the items will be donated to the Boston Rescue Mission by the end of September. 


Save the Date!  The Advent will celebrate the Feast of St Michael & All Angels on Friday, September 28, with a Procession and Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm.  The Bishop of Massachusetts, the Right Rev’d Alan M. Gates, will be the preacher.  A very special gala reception honoring the Bishop and the Rector will follow.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.


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.


On Saturday, September 22, at 7:30 pm, In Stile Moderno, the ensemble founded by Advent choir member Agnes Coakley Cox, performs at Cambridge Friends Meeting House in its first concert of the 2018–2019 season.  The concert is titled  “Curious and Modern Inventions:  Novelties, Oddities, and the Birth of the Baroque” and features Agnes Coakley Cox (soprano), Nathaniel Cox (cornetto and theorbo), Karina Schmitz (violin), and Simon Martyn-Ellis (theorbo and Baroque guitar) performing early 17th-century music by Biagio Marini, Sigismondo D’India, Carlo Farina, Bellerofonte Castaldi, and others.  Expect to hear unusual, quirky, and virtuosic music, with In Stile Moderno’s signature historical, yet accessible style.  

Members of the Church of the Advent are very warmly invited!  Tickets are $25/$10 (concessions) and are available online (see www.instilemoderno.com) or at the door.  As a special offer, enter BRINGAFRIEND at the ticketing website and get 2 tickets at half price.  Thank you for supporting the Advent’s professional musicians! 


Advent Beer Brewing:  For the last year some of our parishioners have taken up brewing our own beers for coffee hour and special events.  With the start of the program year we are aiming to reinvigorate the Brewing group.  Anyone interested in learning how to brew beer and lending a hand in the process should contact Fr Hanson in person or at frhanson@theadventboston.org. Brewing normally happens in the parish kitchen on Saturdays and takes three or four hours.  It’s a relaxing and creative way to fellowship with one another, and it yields superb results!


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
September 17-23, 2018

Monday, September 17
Hildegard of Bingen
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, September 18
Edward Bouverie Pusey
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 19
Theodore of Tarsus
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, September 20
John Coleridge Patteson
5:15 pm: Property Committee
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 21
St Matthew the Apostle

Saturday, September 22
Philander Chase
9:30 am: Vestry Retreat (Glastonbury Abbey)
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, September 23
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week’s Announcements, September 9-15, 2018

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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


Blessing of the Backpacks—Today at the 9:00 am Mass.  We start by Commissioning the Church School Teachers as a parish family at the 9 o’clock Mass, which is also the service for the ninth annual Blessing of the Backpacks.  Students of all ages—from pre-school to grad school—come forward with their backpacks during the 9 o’clock Mass to be blessed by a priest.  

Also today:  After Mass, register for Church School downstairs in Moseley Hall.  Come out for refreshments, meet the Church School staff, get a blessing for your backpack, and celebrate as a parish the beginning of another great school year! 


Compline at the Advent—This Evening at 8 pm—join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.  


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday morning Bible study group is currently reading the Epistles to the Philippians and Colossians. That’s at 10 a.m. in the Library.


Attention singers!  The fall season is rapidly approaching, with the first rehearsal of the Advent’s famed Parish Choir taking place this week—Wednesday evening, September 12, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Choir Room.  This ensemble provides music for the 9:00 Sung Mass on a regular basis and for several evening services throughout the year.  The choir meets mostly on Sunday mornings an hour before the mass, but has a full choir rehearsal three times a year on a Wednesday evening.  If you wish to join them to sing masterworks of the Renaissance and Anglican traditions, please contact Mark Dwyer after Mass, or call 617-523-2377 ext 141 or email dwyer@theadventboston.org for more information. 


COMING UP


Save the Date!  The Advent will celebrate the Feast of St Michael & All Angels on Friday, September 28, with a Procession and Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm.  The Bishop of Massachusetts, the Right Rev’d Alan M. Gates, will be the preacher.  A very special gala reception honoring the Bishop and the Rector will follow.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.


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


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
September 10-15, 2018

Monday, September 10
Alexander Crummell
4:00 pm: Beacon Hill Seminars Kickoff Reception
7:00 pm: Girl Scout Leaders

Tuesday, September 11
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 12
John Henry Hobart
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:00 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, September 13
Cyprian of Carthage
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 14
9:30 am: Bach Organ Competition
1:30 pm: Bach Organ Competition
7:30 pm: Bach Organ Competition Recital

Saturday, September 15
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Acolyte Training

Sunday, September 16
The Solemnity of the Feast of the Holy Cross
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