Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person.
Child care is offered during the 9am and 11:15am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.
A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.
Welcome Cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we 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.
The flowers at the high altar and the crossing are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Dr. Frederick L. Haupert.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone, and Barbara Boles host this morning! Next week Matt McNeff & David Russo host. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, email@example.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. Susan Fugliese, Brent & Meg Nelson, and Frank Olney host this morning. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (firstname.lastname@example.org), Roxy Hanson (email@example.com) or Kyle Pilares (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Betsy James (email@example.com).
Entr’acte resumes today with Father Welch continuing his series Bare Ruined Choirs: A Personal Reflection on the State of the Church in America.
PARISH-WIDE FORUM – TODAY
The Search Committee hosts a forum today in Moseley Hall during coffee hour following the 11:15 Mass. The purpose of this discussion is to present an overview of the responses to the Parish Questionnaire, to update the Parish on the search process, and to allow members of the Parish to share their thoughts with members of the Search Committee as they work on preparing the Parish Profile. Today’s forum is moderated by Lynda Blair and John Boyd. Members of the Search Committee will be present as well as the Wardens.
The Advent Choir will sing Choral Evensong at 5:00 pm, featuring music of Willan, Stanford and Jackson. Our series of Evensong & Benediction Talks continues immediately following the service in Moseley Hall when a light supper will be offered and Mark Dwyer will speak briefly about the great Anglican liturgical musician and colorful character, Healey Willan, entitled: “I am Irish by extraction, English by birth, Canadian by adoption, and Scotch, by absorption!” E&B Talks are open to everyone, especially younger parishioners and guests who may not be as familiar with our rich Anglican liturgical heritage. Each evening will comprise a short talk followed by a period for Q&A.
The parish office will be closed Monday, February 18 for Presidents’ Day. There will also be no Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer. There will be a 12:15 Mass.
CONCERT: On February 22 at 7:30pm, our own internationally-renowned organist Katelyn Emerson (described as “a star of the first rank” by Orgue Canada) will present a concert of works by Bach, Mozart, Langlais, and others, on the 55-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ of Park Street Church, One Park St, Boston 02108. Her program celebrates the completion of the first two phases of the instrument’s four-phase rebuilding. Originally installed in 1960 and dedicated by Virgil Fox, Park Street’s Aeolian-Skinner opus 1353 was intended to be heard frequently in recital, but that goal has not come to fruition; other than the dedication and a single recital by E. Power Biggs shortly thereafter, the instrument has not been played by a renowned artist – until now! Come welcome our former Associate Organist back to Boston and hear an evening of great music! Free of charge, all are welcome.
A SPECIAL PREACHER AND A SPECIAL SPEAKER: Next Sunday, February 24, we will welcome The Reverend Canon Spencer Reece to our pulpit and Nancy Mead to speak at our coffee hours. Canon Reece currently serves as a priest at The Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. The Cathedral is the center for The Anglican Church in Spain. Canon Reece is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and received masters degrees from The University of York, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale-Berkeley Divinity School. He is not only a priest but a poet as well, receiving numerous awards for his published writings.
At both coffee hours that day we will have the pleasure of hearing talks by Nancy Mead. Nancy is known to many of us from her eleven years as part of our Advent family while her husband, Father Andrew Mead, was serving as our fourteenth Rector. Her talks will focus on her extensive pilgrimages and her recent efforts with The Pilgrimage Centre Project. Nancy has walked five different routes of the Camino de Santiago, the Via Fancigina from Canterbury to Rome, and the Camino del Sud from Rome to the very end of Italy (the heel of the boot). She’s been on other pilgrimages in Europe, England, and Scotland totaling seven thousand miles. She currently serves as Vice President of the Friends of the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago and has just recently been made a Lay Canon of the Episcopal Cathedral in Madrid. Nancy is the mother of two and the grandmother of four.
LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy.
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library
Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODDS & ENDS
Palms for Ashes: There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday. They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday.
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: email@example.com.
The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is an opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sunday, March 3. If you are interested, please call the church office.
Blessing of Homes in Epiphanytide
Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found Him and His mother in a house. This is a cue that in Epiphanytide our celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses in the Epiphany season. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes. There is blessed chalk in the west end of the Church, near the main doors, for each of us to use at our homes. Please take some and use it to mark your homes on the lintel above the front door with the first initials of each of the Wisemen framed by the current year. Like this:
20 + G + M + B + 19
Then offer the following prayer:
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy spirit.
Leader: Let us pray. O Lord, holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech Thee to hear us and vouchsafe to send Thy holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, protect and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this home. I call upon Thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family, friends and all who enter here from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a reminder to us that my home is truly a house where the Lord dwells. O God, make the door of my house the gateway to Thy eternal Kingdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 18-24, 2019
Monday, February 18
Church office closed for Presidents’ Day; Mass at 12:15 only.
Tuesday, February 19
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, February 20
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Administration Committee
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
Thursday, February 21
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, February 22
11:30 am: Rosary
Saturday, February 23
Polycarp of Smyrna
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
Sunday, February 24
The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass