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

9:00 Coffee Hour. Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host this morning’s Coffee Hour. Next week the hosts will be Maggie Dubar and Francesco Piscitelli & Judy Bell. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Maggie Eggert, Nick Westerburg, Mark Aparece and Charles Dale host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Eric Aho, Michael Oliveri, George McCormick and Philip Le Quesne.  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  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, Roxy Hanson ( or Kyle Pilares (  

If you wish to make your Communion by intinction, please do so in the following manner.  Leave the Host on your outstretched hands.  The person administering the Sacred Blood will take it, dip it into the chalice and place it on your tongue.  It will not be placed in your hand.  Please do not attempt to dip the host yourself.  This too often results in a person’s fingers being plunged into the consecrated wine which is irreverent and certainly unsanitary.

And, a reminder, please do not bring coffee into the sanctuary.

Entr’acte—Parishioner Rick Stone continues his presentation of 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.  

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. 

Advent Tour:  This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building.  Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building.  Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets.  Meet him in the Baptistry.  The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude. 

This afternoon—Organ Recital, Solemn Evensong & Benediction, and E & B Talk:  Our monthly service of Evensong & Benediction at the Advent resumes this afternoon.  The evening begins with a 4:30 organ recital by Clara Gerdes performing works by Ravel, Whitlock and Reubke.  Evensong & Solemn Benediction follows at 5:00, featuring the music of Dowland, Howells, and Tallis. 

There will not be the usual E & B lecture after this Evensong.   

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.  A devotional Guide, A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Advent 2018, is available at the rear of the nave, at the Mt Vernon Street entrance, and online.  It lists the suggested fast for each week along with daily scripture readings which consider bread and wine in Scripture:  first, as offerings to God; second, as signs of God’s presence; and third, as the means of real communion with God through Christ.  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.  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.  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.  


Tomorrow, Monday, February 19, 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. 

The Devil, The Lamb, and the Throne:  The Book of Revelation Bible Study— Beginning this Wednesday, February 21, Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead a five-week study of 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. 

On Thursdays during Lent at 6 pm, Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be prayed in the church.  At Stations we meditate on the events which led to the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.  At Benediction we meditate on his Risen Presence with us in the Blessed Sacrament, which flows from his atoning and sacrificial death.  He had to die in order that we might live with and in Him.  That is a truth we think and pray about during the holy season.  Stations and Benediction is a helpful means to that end.  Consider making it a part of your week. 

Parish Work Day — Next 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 ( or Deacon Daphne ( to sign up.

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, March 1. We are currently reading Acts. If you wish to attend please email:


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:


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


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:

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.

Or, go directly to  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.

February 19 – 25, 2018

Monday, February 19
Presidents’ Day (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, February 20
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:00 pm: Community Supper
6:15 pm: Vestry

Wednesday, February 21
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, February 22
6:00 pm: Stations & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 23
(Polycarp of Smyrna)

Saturday, February 24
Saint Matthias the Apostle
10:00 am: Parish Work Day

Sunday, February 25
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: Solemn Mass with the Litany in Procession

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