The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Mary Herlihy Russo.


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.


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.


The Annual Parish Meeting is at 10:00 am this morning.  Please go to the Library and sign in, get your ballot, a copy of the 2018 Annual Report and a new edition of the Parish Directory.  You may vote after you sign in, or during the meeting.

If you can help count votes, please come to the Library at the conclusion of the 11:15 Mass.


The Middle School and High School class will not meet in Father James’s office this morning but will attend the Annual Parish Meeting in the Church following the 9:00 am Mass.  


9:00 Coffee Hour: The Annual Meeting will take place immediately following the 9:00 Mass this morning.  The regular 9:00 coffee hour resumes next Sunday, when the hosts will be Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bown and Barbara Boles. 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. Barbara Boles, Roxy Hanson, Betsy James, and Frederick Ou 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 (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).  


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’oclock 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.


THIS WEEK


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. 


COMING UP


North Shore House Group Saturday, February 2.  A North Shore House Group is starting up in Salem, MA beginning this Saturday, February 2 at 10AM. The group will meet monthly on Saturday mornings. This is a great opportunity for North Shore members of the Advent to have fellowship time together. At each session a theological idea will be discussed. The first session will meet at Brothers Taverna at 283 Derby St. in Salem. At the first session we will have brunch and come up with a running list of theological points to ponder in the coming months. For any information please contact Robb Scholten at robb.scholten@gmail.com.


The Feast of Presentation of Our Lord, also known as The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, will be celebrated next Sunday, February 3rd. A distinctive part of those celebrations will be a candlelight procession. For us, this will signify Christ, who has come into the world and is indeed the Light of the World. We will recall from the Gospel lessons that day, when Jesus is presented in the Temple, the Prophet Simeon taking the Baby Jesus in his arms and proclaiming Him as “a light to lighten the Gentiles and the Glory of Thy people Israel.”

To continue the celebration, 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. The Men and Boys Choir of All Saints’, Ashmont and the Choir of All Saints’ Church in Worcester, Massachusetts will sing the service. 


Our Entr’acte series of adult education presentations resumes next Sunday, February 3rd. These Entr’acte presentations happen between the 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses in the library adjacent to the nave.  Father Welch, our Interim Rector, will present a three-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.  These churches are large and small, rural and town, and range from Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Congregational, to Independent Bible, Pentecostal, and Conservative Baptist.  The visits included worshiping with the congregation, and when it was possible, talking with pastors and parishioners.  In these three 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.


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 $3,500.00 it takes to buy the materials for the event.  Volunteers are asked to arrive no later the 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: nsheffer@newview.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 Sundays, February 10 and March 3.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.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. In the East, in particular, it is the custom for the parish priest to go through the parish blessing houses-not the elaborate blessing of a new home, but a special blessing for the Epiphany. This serves as a renewal of the homes in which the people of God dwell and live out the mystery of the faith day by day. In recent years, this custom has been revived in some places in the West. However, there is another way of blessing homes at Epiphany that begins in Church but does not require the priest to go from house to house—something that would be impossible in many non-geographical parishes in the modern world. 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.

All: Amen.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 28-February 3, 2019

Monday, January 28
Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, January 29
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 30
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

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

Friday, February 1
Brigid of Ireland

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 2
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, February 3
The Solemnity of the Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am:  Entr’acte
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass

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