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—Infant 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 Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 Coffee Hour. The hosts of the Coffee Hour this morning are Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Cassie & Jack Gurnon. The hosts next week hosts will be Carolyn & Tom McDermott and Barbara Boles. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email email@example.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. Julius Krein, Maria Olmos and Daniel German-Domingues host the coffee hour this morning. Next week the host will be Michael Gnozzio and others. 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 Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (firstname.lastname@example.org or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (email@example.com).
Entr’acte resumes this morning when Father Warren will discuss Ritualism as an important aspect of the Anglo-Catholic movement. Next week, Adam Rutledge will conclude his presentation of T. S. Eliot and Anglo-Catholicism. That’s at approximately 10:20 am in the Library. Please try not to be late.
Lent: Traditionally, Lent—the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter—was a period of preparation for those about to be baptized, and over time it became a period of penitence, self-examination and special devotion by all Christians as they prepared to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Lent was more than just an individual discipline, however. It was something in which the whole community would engage together. This year we at the Advent will again recapture the corporate nature of Lenten practice, and we call on every member of the Parish to consider joining others in the following common discipline. Each week, those who wish will fast together from a particular pleasure, whether it’s sweets, coffee, entertainment, technology, etc., and we will all read the same scriptural passages and meditate upon the same theme each day.
A common devotional Guide, The Shape of Lent at the Church of the Advent, is available at the rear of the nave and online, and it lists the suggested fast for each week along with daily scripture readings organized around the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. The Guide contains a statement expressing your intention to take upon yourself this corporate discipline with others in the Parish. It can be included with the collection at the Masses today, during which your intention will be offered and blessed at the Offertory of the Liturgy.
Engaging in communal fasts and corporate devotional practices will deepen our sense of community, as well as provide support and accountability for each of us in this rich liturgical season. If you have questions, please get in touch with one of the clergy who will be happy to discuss it with you.
Please note that this corporate discipline does not replace the public devotions which will be prayed here during Lent. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are prayed on Thursdays at 6:00 pm, beginning Thursday, February 18.
If you find the incense this morning disagreeable, don’t be too distressed. It’s supposed to be that way. In Lent we use Myrrh at Mass. Myrrh, you will remember, was one of the mystic gifts presented by the Magi to the infant Jesus. It is sharp and acrid and its “bitter perfume” evokes tears and signifies death. Indeed, in the Middle East, where it is called “the incense of tears,” it is often used at funerals to mask the odor of decomposition.
In Lent we are directed to meditate upon the passion, suffering, and death which Jesus endured for us. Myrrh is an olfactory stimulus to focus our attention towards that end.
Today the Mass begins with the Great Litany sung in Procession. The Litany, which is the grandfather, so to speak, of all intercessory prayers, is quite an ancient form, dating as far back as the fourth century. It is also much loved in the Anglican Church, and perhaps this is because it was the first act of public worship composed and translated into English by Thomas Cranmer for the Church of England. Archbishop Cranmer did this at the behest of Henry VIII who, fighting a war with France and Scotland, needed all the help he could get. Henry directed that the Litany, sung in English and in procession, be prayed all over England for victory over the French and the Scots, and Cranmer obliged with the literary and liturgical genius which would later blossom in the Book of Common Prayer.
Singing a litany in procession is an action as ancient as the litanic form itself. Since litanies were often prayed for a specific purpose, the congregation would process from the Church to the place where that purpose manifested itself. For example, if the intention was for God’s blessing upon the harvest, the procession would move from the Church to the fields and back again. In this way movement became associated with this particular form of prayer, and at present when the Litany is prayed it is usually done in procession.
Since the Litany is itself an intercession, the Prayers of the People are omitted.
About the Lenten High Mass Set. The Frontal on the High Altar is an exact replica of our first Lenten Frontal. It displays the colors of the season: violet and rose. The Vestment were made to match the Frontal and are embroidered with the Instruments of the Passion of Jesus: his betrayal, his crucifixion, and his death. On the Cope are the Five Wounds: nail prints in his hands and feet, the slash of the centurion’s lance in his side, pictured as his heart. On the Chasuble: the nails and the crown of thorns. On the Dalmatic: the hammer and tongs, the lance and the pole bearing a sponge soaked in vinegar. On the Tunicle: the scourge with which Jesus was whipped, Pilate’s basin and pitcher with which he washed his hands, disavowing his guilt, and delivered Jesus to be crucified.
The Frontal and Vestments were given in memory of John Henry Diehl III, a priest in the Church, by members of his family.
The new Lenten Frontal and Low Mass set for the Lady Chapel were given in memory of Dr Robert Roth, devoted, longtime, and much loved member of the Advent, by members of his family.
Monday, February 15, is Presidents’ Day. The Parish Office is closed; Morning Prayer will be at the regular time of 9:00 am, Low Mass will be at 12:15 pm. Evening Prayer is cancelled.
Pray the Rosary—Thursdays & Fridays at 11:30 am in the Lady Chapel: The word “rosary” is from the Latin rosarium, meaning “crown of roses,” the rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Blessed Virgin Mary. The term conjures images of the old woman fingering her beads, the oversized Rosary hanging from the waist of the wimpled nun, even the decoration cheekily hanging from a rearview mirror. While the Rosary is a particularly Roman Catholic devotional practice, it also has a long history of use in Anglo-Catholic parishes by people interested in enriching their individual prayer lives. Curious? Join a small group of Advent parishioners who pray the Rosary every Thursday and Friday at 11:30 am in the Lady Chapel before the mid-day Mass. All are welcome—no experience necessary!
Next Sunday, February 21, the Parish Choir will present a service of Choral Evensong and Solemn Benediction at 5:00 pm. At 4:30 pm an organ recital will be offered by Simon Jacobs, Music Director & Organist at St Thomas Church, New Haven, Connecticut.
Confirmation Classes: The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation services are in May, so we are beginning classes in Lent. Adults and teens who are interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up. All are welcome to attend, even as a refresher course on Christian basics!
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
Welcome to the World, Theodore Edwin Thomas Slater! Baby Theodore was born to Ariel and Nathanael on February 7. The little guy was just 5 pounds, 5 ounces, but he’s in perfect health! The family is doing well, and if you would like to prepare a meal for them to pick up at the Advent, contact Ariel at email@example.com to confirm they’ll be in Boston soon for pickup.
Volunteers Needed—Missions Opportunity in Dorchester—Fr Edwin Johnson (friend of the parish and a guest preacher for us last year) contacted Peter Madsen for help with a project at St Mary’s church in Dorchester. They need to rework the former fellowship hall, located below the main church, to make it suitable for a new tenant, and the first step is to insulate the windows. Peter has ordered 29 interior storm windows to be delivered in February, and the Advent donated a portion of the purchase price. The vendor’s website suggests that anyone who is handy can install them, so now we’re looking for some volunteers. If you’re interested in joining a team one Saturday this winter, please contact Fr Wood.
ODDS & ENDS
Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer. You can find her 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 15 – 21, 2016
Monday, February 15
Presidents’ Day (Parish Office Closed)
Tuesday, February 16
5:15 pm Property Committee
5:30 pm Community Supper
6:15 pm Vestry
Wednesday, February 17
10:00 am Bible Study
6:00 pm Healing Mass
6:30 pm Parish Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm Bell Ringing
Thursday, February 18
10:00 am Play Group
6:00 pm Stations of the Cross
Friday, February 19
10:00 am Play Group
6:00 pm Library Concert
Saturday, February 20
10:00 am Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm AA Meeting
Sunday, February 21
The Second Sunday in Lent
7:30 am Morning Prayer
8:00 am Low Mass
9:00 am Sung Mass
10:15 am Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass
4:30 pm Organ Recital
5:00 pm Solemn Evensong & Benediction