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. Rob & Rachel Braman and Francesco Piscitelli & Judy Bell host this morning’s Coffee Hour. Next week the hosts will be Ray Porter, Will Joyner & Linda Jones. 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. Eric Aho, Michael Oliveri, George McCormick and Philip Le Quesne host this morning’s Coffee Hour. 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).
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 concludes 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.
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.
The Devil, The Lamb, and the Throne: The Book of Revelation Bible Study— Continuing this Wednesday, February 28, 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 f through March 21 at 7:00 pm. in the Library.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
Many people make an annual “pilgrimage” to the Advent from out of town and one, at least, even from as far away as the South Pacific! They do this because Holy Week is the most important and crucial time of the year for Christians, and one of the most memorable celebrations we enact in this parish. They find—and so do I—that the Holy Week services and especially those of the Sacred Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter) are an occasion for real growth in the Faith, for Re-conversion and for Revival.
It is not too early to take a look at your date book and clear it for Thursday through Saturday of Holy Week. Clear it, so that you can be here at the Advent. If you have tickets to this or to that event, change them right now so that you be here for all of the services of the Triduum. These are interconnected and comment, so to speak, on one another. Some people think of them as one service which extends from Maundy Thursday to the Easter Vigil and First Mass. Therefore, no picking and choosing—you must be here for them all.
And if you are, you will be grateful and will understand why I am so urgent in this regard. Growth in the Faith, Re-conversion, and Revival. Wouldn’t you say that’s worth a week or even three evenings in Church ? — Father Warren
Father Wood will be instituted as Rector of St Bartholomew’s Church, Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the Eve of the Feast of the Ascension. The Service will take place at the Church, of course, 4800 Belmont Park Terrace, and will begin at 6:30 pm. He asks for our prayers for him and for his family that day.
Can you help the Advent Flower Guild? Preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without reinforcements from outside the flower guild. Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:
- Maundy Thursday, March 29, 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
- Holy Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm—please try to arrive by 11:00 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful
- Saturday April 7, 10:00 am (Post-Easter cleanup)
You do not need to have any flower arranging skills—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, use a broom, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you like flowers but have never made an arrangement, this is a great chance to learn some basic techniques. Help is especially needed on Saturday, March 31.
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.
ODDS & ENDS
A schedule of Holy Week services at the Advent can be found on the antepenultimate page of Sunday’s bulletins and online.
A form for gifts of flowers for memorials or thanksgivings for Easter can be found on the last page of the bulletin.
The Advent Bookstore has 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 26 – March 4, 2018
Monday, February 26
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, February 28
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Lenten Series
Thursday, March 1
(David of Wales)
6:00 pm: Stations & Benediction
Friday, March 2
(Chad of Lichfield)
8:30 am: Advent School Admissions Committee
Saturday, March 3
(John & Charles Wesley)
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, March 4
The Third 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