The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Frank Leighton.
The flowers in the crossing are in loving memory of Polly Warren.
If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we will have a record of your visit here and can keep in touch.
All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are invited to the Altar to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you wish to receive a blessing, come to the Altar and cross your arms over your chest.
Today we welcome Father George Truman Welch on his first Sunday leading us as Interim Rector. Father Welch will be our preacher this morning and lead the first of two Entr’acte presentations (today and February 17). Please welcome him at the coffee hours.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Barbara Boles and Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week Melissa Fox and Nola Sheffer 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. Mark Aparece, Meg Mill, and Adam & Lea Rutledge host the Coffee Hour this morning. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Roxy Hanson (email@example.com) or Kyle Pilares (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Betsy James (email@example.com).
Saint Blaise Day: This morning, in keeping with Saint Blaise Day, we will have The Blessing of Throats immediately following each Mass. Saint Blaise is a fourth century saint to whom is attributed many healing miracles. Saint Blaise healed a boy who was choking on a fishbone, even while being taken to prison, where he eventually met his martyrdom. It has become the tradition for throats to be blessed on this day to maintain health from diseases affecting the voice and heal injuries and cure diseases of the throat. Those wishing to receive The Blessing of Throats are asked to kneel at the Lady Chapel Altar rail immediately after our 8:00, 9:00 and 11:15 Masses.
Our Entr’acte series of adult education presentations resumes today in the library following the 9:00 Mass. Father Welch, our Interim Rector, begins a two-part series called Bare Ruined Choirs: A Personal Reflection on the State of the Church in America. These presentations are the result of Father Welch’s experience over the last four years as he has visited churches of all types in his region of mid-coast Maine. In these two talks, Fr. Welch will report what he heard, saw, and felt, and also offer a theological reflection on what it may mean to live as a faithful person in a post-Christian society. While the news is most often grim, there are moments of illumination and even exaltation, with valuable lessons for us all. The second part will be on February 17.
To continue today’s celebration of the Feast of Presentation, our entire parish is invited to The Parish of All Saints, Ashmont for Solemn Evensong, a Solemn Procession, and Solemn Benediction at 4:00 pm. Father James will be the guest preacher. The Men and Boys Choir of All Saints’, Ashmont and the Choir of All Saints’ Church in Worcester will sing the service.
FROM THE SEARCH COMMITTEE
PARISH-WIDE FORUMS— February 10 and 17
The Search Committee will be hosting two Parish-wide forums in February. The purpose of these discussions will be 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. The forums will be moderated by Lynda Blair, chair of the Search Committee, together with other members of the committee. The forums will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 after the 9 o’clock Mass (with Lynda Blair, Meg Nelson, and Jack Gurnon moderating) and on Sunday, February 17, 2019 after the 11:15 Mass (with Lynda Blair and John Boyd moderating).
We will hold the meetings in Moseley Hall, which will be set up with plenty of chairs and “coffee hour” goodies in the back. We expect that the February 10 forum after the 9 o’clock will continue past the start of the 11:15 Mass; so if you are usually an 11 o’clocker, and you can only come on February 10, we recommend that you attend the 9 o’clock Mass that week. Members of the Search Committee will be present in addition to the moderators at both forums. The Wardens also plan to attend both sessions.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated for our long-time parishioner and friend Nancy Macmillan next Saturday, February 9th at 2:30 pm. The committal will immediately follow the Mass in the columbarium in the Crypt, and a reception in honor of Nancy’s life and witness will be in Moseley Hall. “Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.”
The Wednesday morning Bible Study meets in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am, and currently studying Hebrews. Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.
20s-and-30s Opera and Martinis — next Sun, February 10. After mass and coffee hour on next Sunday the 20s-and-30s are walking over to the Paramount Theatre to attend the 3:00 pm performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, presented by students of the New England Conservatory. After the opera, we will return to the Advent and have our usual drinks and snacks and pizza, all leading up to Compline at 8 pm! Come and make a day of it. Tickets are $20. If interested, contact Kyriell Palaeologue ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-396-6225) so that a ticket can be purchased for you (a limited number remain). Money for tickets will be collected on Feb 10, everything else is “on the house”!
Compline at the Advent — Next Sunday, February 10. 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.
Upcoming Concert: On Friday, February 15 at 7:30 pm, In Stile Moderno, the ensemble founded by choir member Agnes Coakley Cox, performs at Cambridge Friends Meeting House in its second concert of the 2018-2019 season. Members of the Church of the Advent are very warmly invited! The concert is titled The Lily and the Rose: France and England Entwined and features English and French lute songs of the 17th century, inspired by the union of Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France. With songs of both love and betrayal, the concert makes a great post-Valentine’s Day date or anti-Valentine’s Day treat!
For more information please visit instilemoderno.com/concerts and follow the link to buy tickets online. We’re offering two tickets for the price of one with discount code churchoftheadvent. Feel free to contact Agnes at email@example.com with any questions!
LET’S RISE AGAINST HUNGER! Saturday, February 16th from 10:00 am to noon we will host a Rise Against Hunger event in Moseley Hall. We will be hosting parishioners and clergy from the other parishes in the Boston Harbor Deanery and attempt to pack 10,000 meals in less than two hours! It sounds impossible, but it can be done, and we can have fun while packing. These nutritious meals will be shipped to other parts of the world where many are going to bed hungry. We need five or six volunteers from the parish and we are also taking donations to help offset the $3,500 it takes to buy the materials for the event. Volunteers are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 and it would be really helpful if there are two or three volunteers to help unload the truck at 8:30 that morning.
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, which falls on March 6 this year.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sunday, March 3. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email@example.com).
Advent Candles for home use: Please help yourself to some partially used candles; the box is in the rear of the nave. Note that most have oddly sized bases so they may not fit into standard candlesticks, but certainly can be adapted with a little imagination. These are top-quality candles designed for liturgical use, so they have high beeswax content. Light up your life with candles that have been used in this sacred space! Questions, see Deacon Daphne.
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 4-10, 2019
Monday, February 4
Tuesday, February 5
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, February 6
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
Thursday, February 7
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, February 8
11:30 am: Rosary
Saturday, February 9
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
2:30 pm: Funeral for Nancy Macmillan
Sunday, February 10
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Search Committee Forum
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline