The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Dr. Frederick L. Haupert.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Nola Sheffer host this morning’s Coffee Hour. Next week the hosts will be Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay. 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. Anna de Bakker & James Williamson, John Ross Campbell, Steven Sayers and Roxie Hanson host this morning’s Coffee Hour. We are 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).
Blessing of Throats: The feast of St Blaise was February 3, and from the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat. This morning Fr Warren will offer traditional throat blessings in the Lady Chapel. St Blaise (also spelled Blase and Blasius) was a 3rd century physician who became Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia, during a time of great persecution under the Emperor Licinius. St Blaise hid out in a cave on Mt Argeus, and his cult spread throughout the entire Church in the Middle Ages because he was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died when a fishbone stuck in his throat.
Burying the Alleluias: Today being the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the Easter Dismissal “Depart in peace. Alleluia! Alleluia!” is used to conclude the Mass. We will not hear the word “Alleluia” again until the Resurrection is proclaimed on Holy Saturday. As a dramatization of this liturgical practice, members of the Church School will bury the Alleluias following the 9 am Mass this morning. Placards decorated with the joyful word will be taken in procession with wailing and moaning and clanging from the Sacristy to the All Souls’ Chapel where they will remain “buried” until Easter. This is a very old custom. Here is a description from the fifteenth century:
All the choir boys gather in the Sacristy during the prayer of the Ninth Hour. At the end of the Service, they march in procession with crosses, tapers, holy water, and censers. They carry a coffin, as in a funeral. Thus they proceed through the aisle, moaning, and mourning, until they reach the Cloister. There they bury the coffin; they sprinkle it with holy water and incense it; whereupon they return to the Sacristy by the same way.
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 February 14 this year.
Proclaiming the Moveable Feasts. Moveable feasts are those which are tied to the date of Easter, and since that date changes from year to year, these feast days are said to “move” through the calendar.
This morning, following the sermon at the 9 am and 11:15 Masses, we will hear the chanted proclamation or “Setting” of the Moveable Fasts & Feasts for this year. This seemingly quirky practice comes to us from very early in Christian history, when the Church Calendar was not the fixed and predictable scheme it is now. Customs varied from place to place on the dates of feasts and the length, or even the existence, of a Lenten, pre-Paschal fast. In the third century, the Patriarchs of Alexandria began sending their clergy “festal letters” stating the dates of the great feasts and fasts for the upcoming year; these dates were to be announced to the faithful on either the Feast of the Epiphany or on a convenient Sunday before the start of the fast. The practice—and with it, eventually, regulation of the liturgical calendar—spread throughout Christendom, acquired ceremonial and a chant, and, like many things in the liturgy, has long outlasted its original necessity. It is retained here at the Advent as an interesting historical remnant and a bit of fun before Lent. It will replace the Creed at the 9 am Sung Mass.
Today is the Sunday known as Quinquagesima, which, with its companion Sundays, Septuagesima and Sexagesima, make up the season formerly known as pre-Lent. In the current Prayer Book these Sundays were dropped and became just additional Sundays after the Epiphany. The logic for this was simple: since Lent is itself a season of preparation, to observe an additional time of preparation before Lent was unnecessary. Why prepare to prepare?
This may look good on paper, but it’s not quite true psychologically or spiritually, because, in fact, we often need to prepare to prepare. In this instance that is especially the case. You and I need to begin now thinking about what we will do during Lent. How will we use the season to our souls’ benefit? How will we exercise ourselves so that we grow spiritually during Lent? Let Septuagesima—and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima—be a warning that that holy and intentional season is coming up, and it’s time to give it some thought. Prepare to prepare!
A note on names. Septuagesima: in context the word means seventy days before Easter. There is a problem here, however, for it’s not seventy days before Easter. It’s sixty-four. And yet, exactitude in this would have us saying sexagesima quarta and quinquagsima septimus, rather than septuagesima and sexagesima. And so in her wisdom and in order to avoid the long and cumbersome tags, the Church decided to number by tens rather than sevens. Who cares if it’s accurate? It’s easier to say.
Entr’acte—Beginning this morning, and continuing for the next two Sundays, parishioner Rick Stone will present a study of the Sermon on the Mount. Describing what he intends to do, he says, “The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’s most important and many would say most challenging ethical instruction. We will spend three sessions delving into its thematic structure, its historical context, and its modern day significance with the aim of making the Sermon an inspiring, rather than daunting, guide.”
Entr’acte will meet, as usual, following the 9 am Sung Mass (at about 10:25 am) in the Library.
Compline at the Advent—Join us this Evening, at 8 pm 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. There is particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr Hanson (email@example.com).
Tomorrow! Monday, February 12! Lundi Gras—Monday, February 12, 6 pm. Mardi Gras is the traditional day of overindulgence and merriment before the fast of Lent. But, because of the Advent’s Community Supper, we must move the occasion one day back. So, Mardi (Tuesday) becomes Lundi (Monday). We’d love to have wide participation from all three services: families, young ones, old ones, and individuals. This will be a marvelous opportunity to spend a relaxed time getting to know Fr James and Betsy.
Dinner is potluck: Break out your favorite deviled eggs recipe, best hot dish, or store-bought loaf of sourdough! Please bring something to share: food or drink, or both. Need more information? Contact Fr Warren (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday, February 14—Ash Wednesday
Said Masses at 7:30 am, 12:15 pm and Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm. Imposition of Ashes at all Masses. The Solemn Mass in the evening will include Allegri’s Miserere in addition to music of William Byrd. Make a commitment to begin your Lenten discipline at a mass on Ash Wednesday.
Lent begins this Wednesday! 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, A Lenten Journey for 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 which begin with the Creation and follow the history of Salvation up to its fulfillment in the New Creation of all things in the Resurrection of Jesus. The Guide contains a pledge 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 22.
The Beacon Hill Group meets every two weeks at 7 pm on alternate Thursdays. Its next meeting is at the home of David and Sally Fisher, 33 Branch Street, Boston, on Thursday, February 15. We are currently reading Acts. If you wish to attend please email: email@example.com.
This Friday, February 16, at 11:30 am. The Holy Rosary will be offered publicly in The Lady Chapel.
The Devil, The Lamb, and the Throne: The Book of Revelation Bible Study— Beginning on Wednesday, February 21, Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead a five-week study on the Book of Revelation. The study will cover the many beguiling and mysterious themes, symbols, and images presented in the last book of the Bible. Close attention will be paid to the Book’s historical context, its eschatological themes, and its main theme of good versus evil. The study will meet every Wednesday from February 21 through March 21 at 7:00 pm. in the Library. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to read Revelation chapters 1-4 before the first week.
Parish Work Day — Saturday, February 24 — 10 am to 2 pm — Help get the Advent sparkling clean with fellow parishioners. People of all ages and abilities welcome. Contact Brian Sirman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deacon Daphne (email@example.com) to sign up.
Lenten Quiet Day—Saturday, March 10—10 am to 2 pm—Explore the spiritual practices of chant and praying with icons during this Lenten quiet day. We will learn simple chants that, by their repetition, help us find a deeper connection to God. We will also learn about icons, their use through millennia, and how we can pray with them today as we seek to find the divine in our lives. Meditations will be interspersed with periods of quiet, allowing to refresh and renew our souls. The day will be led by the Rev’d Miriam Gelfer, associate rector at Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, and Ms. Mary Street, iconographer and parishioner in Winchester. The quiet day will be based in Moseley Hall, from 10 am to 2 pm. Cost is $10, including lunch. Early registration is advised; contact Deacon Daphne firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
Volunteers Needed for Common Cathedral on March 4—Advent will again be participating in Common Cathedral on Boston Common on March 4. This time the Advent Youth Group will be helping pack and serve meals and fellowship with the outdoor congregation. Several more volunteers are needed to help assist in making sandwiches and with serving food. On March 3 a few hands are needed to help make sandwiches, and on March 4 several volunteers are needed from about 11:00 am – 2:30 pm. To help please contact Ali White at email@example.com.
Family Meals – Coordinator Sought – No Heavy Lifting! We’re looking for someone to coordinate providing a few meals to new parents, such as Montgomery and Kelly Link, who welcomed Noah last month. All that’s required is to identify some people willing to prepare a meal in advance – it can be frozen, or freezable – and either deliver to the family, or leave at the Advent for pickup. If you’re making soup or a casserole, why not double the recipe and share? If this is something you could consider taking on, please speak with Deacon Daphne.
ODDS & ENDS
The Advent Bookstore has just received copies of our own Katelyn Emerson’s new CD recorded here at the Advent. They are available for sale.
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 Advent Choir on SoundCloud. MP3 recordings of the Advent Choir are available on the Advent website’s Soundcloud player. On the home page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find the player. https://www.theadventboston.org.
Or, go directly to https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2/tracks. Over 2 hours of music and 120 titles are available at this writing.
The most recent selections appear immediately on the Advent’s homepage; if one goes to the choir’s Soundcloud page, specific playlists are available of Renaissance choral music, Romantic and Contemporary music, or seasonal choral music.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 12 – 18, 2018
Monday, February 12
8:30 am: Advent School Share Event
6:00 pm: Lundi Gras
Tuesday, February 13
6:00 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, February 14
7:30 am: Low Mass with Imposition of Ashes
10:00 am: Bible Study
12:15 pm: Low Mass with Imposition of Ashes
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass with Imposition of Ashes
Thursday, February 15
Friday, February 16
Saturday, February 17
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, February 18
The First Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass with the Litany in Procession
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass with the Litany in Procession
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; Lecture