The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the birthday of Marilyn Smith.
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 Coffee Hour. Melissa & Eric Baldwin and Mary & Paul Roberts host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Rachael & Joe Ringenberg and Melissa Fox. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. Jeanine Brown and Maria Denslow host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Karen Chaney and Jason Grant. 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 Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (email@example.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com), Frederick Ou (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kyle Pilares (email@example.com).
Entr’acte: Today Fr Warren concludes his discussion of the teaching and practice of Islam. Next week, Jim Wood, our Parish Administrator, begins a Lenten series on “The Death of the Messiah,” an examination of the Passion Narratives in the four Gospels. The handouts for this series are available this morning for anyone wanting to get a head start.
Our guest preacher this morning is the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff. Canon Macdonald-Radcliff first studied ancient history and philosophy before studying theology, being educated at the Universities of London and Oxford (St Peter’s) as well as at Yale where he was a Research Fellow in philosophical theology and took a degree with International Relations and Islam. Before his current role with the Prayer Book Society of America he served as Director General of the World Dialogue Network and the Council of One Hundred Leaders West Islamic Dialogue (later the C1) of the World Economic Forum, co-chaired by Lord Carey, HRH Prince Turki Al Feisal Al Saud, HE Ali Gomaa Grand Mufti of Egypt, HE Cardinal McCarrick Archbishop of Washington, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, Richard Chartres, Bishop of London et al. He has also advised a number of other bodies including the Caux Round Table and the King Abdullah Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) in Vienna. In Egypt he served as Dean of All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Cairo, in London he is attached to St George’s Hanover Square and the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair. He is in America in his capacity as the vice president of the Prayer Book Society of the United States.
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.
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 Quinquagesima, 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.
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 1 this year.
Can You Help? Morning and Evening Prayer is scheduled to be prayed every day at 9:00 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Because pastoral responsibilities, it is becoming more and more difficult for the Clergy alone to maintain these Monday through Friday services, and so we badly need volunteers to conduct services if the present schedule is to continue. Think about this, and if you are able to take on one of these evening services, please speak to Fr Warren or Fr Wood.
Tomorrow!!!! Lundi Gras Talent Show—Monday, February 27, 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). This year the Advent will celebrate Lundi Gras with a judge-free and non-judgmental Talent Show. We’d love to have wide participation from all three services: families, young ones, old ones, and individuals. Share your harmonica, guitar solo, whistling, recitation, tap dance, or favorite impersonations with us. This is a wonderful chance to enjoy the hidden talents of our Advent parish.
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 Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rachael Ringenberg (Rachael.Ringenberg@gmail.com).
Bible Study Continues—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish? Join us in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am. This week we continue our study of the Book of Revelation with Chapters 4 and 5.
Wednesday, March 1—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 Guerrero, Tallis and Morales. 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, The Shape of Lent at 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 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. 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, March 9.
Confirmation Classes Set to Begin: The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation service will be Saturday, April 29, and we are planning classes for Lent. Adults and teens who are interested should email email@example.com for more information.
Spirituality & Aging—Lenten Quiet Day—Saturday, March 11, 10 am to 2 pm: The Advent is pleased to offer a Lenten Quiet Day on Spirituality and Aging, led by Father Richard Loring and the Rev’d Christine Whitaker. A light lunch will be served.
Father Loring is a longtime friend of the Advent and a familiar face at 9 am Sunday Mass, when he is not serving as an interim—his most recent stint being at St Andrew’s Church in Hanover, where he was appointed bridge priest in January.
The Rev’d Christine Whitaker, a native of the United Kingdom, served as rector of St. Michael’s Church in Holliston for 15 years, retiring from that position in 2013. She previously served as an associate at Trinity Church, Copley Square. Before ordination, she was an attorney.
To reserve a space, please contact Deacon Daphne B. Noyes, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-523-2377 x 135.
Women’s Bible Study—Four Sessions Start Saturday, March 18—10 am-11:30 am in the Library: Women have unique voices in scripture and in today’s church. This bible study highlights their voices—and ours—by exploring how ancient prayers and stories inform us during this time of contemplation and reflection. Like the traditional Anglo-Catholic liturgy, these sessions will engage participants on many levels. The facilitator, Advent parishioner Lurie Armandt, will guide participants in using interactive theatrical and artistic storytelling as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection. Lurie is a graduate student at Emerson College studying Theatre and Community. Her specific interest is around building community among women in the church. Meetings will be on Saturdays March 18, March 25, April 1, and April 8, from 10:00 am—11:30 am in the Library. Women interested in participating or who have any questions should contact Lurie at LuraineArmandt@gmail.com or Deacon Daphne B. Noyes at email@example.com.
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
Meals Needed for Marfeos—1 to 15 March—Baby Gabriella Rose was born to Beth and Anthony Marfeo (and welcomed by proud big sis, Sophia!) on February 14, entering the world at a healthy 8 pounds, 2 ounces! The whole family is doing well, and our parish family is helping them out by providing meals from 1 to 15 March. If you can provide a meal (they live at 108 Wright Street in Arlington), go to http://bit.ly/2kIDYVJ to sign up and select a date on the Advent Meal Rota website. Then contact Beth at 617.840.5310 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a delivery. If you find it difficult to deliver a meal yourself, consider leaving food for them at the church to be picked up or delivered.
Advent 20/30s Service Opportunity—Cradles to Crayons—Saturday, March 11, 1:30 – 3:30 pm—The Advent 20/30s group is volunteering at Cradles to Crayons in Brighton on Saturday March 11 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Visit https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/ for more information, and email Janell Saur (email@example.com) to volunteer to be part of the team! Volunteers are welcome to bring donations, as well. For a list of items to donate, go to www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/donate-goods/items-we-accept/.
ODDS & ENDS
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.
Pledge Envelopes: There are still a few unclaimed boxes of pledge envelopes at the back of the Church. If you asked for them and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 ext 122, email: email@example.com.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 27-March 5, 2017
Monday, February 27
6:00 pm: Lundi Gras
Tuesday, February 28
12:30 pm: Clericus
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, March 1
7:00 am: Advent School
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, March 2
(Chad of Lichfield)
10:00 am: Play Group
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, March 3
(John & Charles Wesley)
10:00 am: Play Group
11:00 am: Holy Hour
1:00 pm: Reality: Boston Filming
Saturday, March 4
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, March 5
The First Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass with the Great Litany in Procession
10:15 am: Entr’acte / Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass with the Great Litany in Procession