The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Peter Ward Britton.
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 email@example.com.
9:00 Coffee Hour. The Annual Meeting will take place immediately following the 9:00 AM Mass this morning. The regular 9:00 coffee hour resumes next Sunday, when the hosts will be Cassie & Jack Gurnon and John Boyd. 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. Barbara Boles, Meg Mill, Julius Krein and Xander Mojarrab host a festive Coffee Hour this morning. 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 (email@example.com), Roxy Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kyle Pilares (email@example.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 2017 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.
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.
Today is the Sunday known as Septuagesima, which, with its companion Sundays, Sexagesima 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.
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 1. We are currently reading Acts. If you wish to attend please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entr’acte — Beginning on Sunday, February 11, and continuing on the 18th and 25th, 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’ 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.”
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 (email@example.com) or Deacon Daphne (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
Lenten Quiet Day — Saturday, March 10 — Save the date! Take a breather this Lent on Saturday, March 10, with a Quiet Day at the Advent. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for details. Contact Deacon Daphne to save a spot.
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
The Boston Harbor Deanery will once again hold a Rise Against Hunger even hosted by the Church of the Advent. It will take place downstairs in Moseley Hall on Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
What is Rise Against Hunger, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now? It is an organization driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. To that end, packages of dry food, enough for one meal, are assembled by volunteers and are then sent to places where there is a shortage of food and people are hungry.
Last year, 10,000 meals were assembled here in the space of two hours! It was amazing to watch.
Between 6 and 7 volunteers will be needed from the Advent to participate in the event, which will be run by a team from Rise Against Hunger. Those who have done this before know well that it is quite a lot of fun. There will be music and perhaps even dancing! Please volunteer to help package meals and be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event, which, again, begins at 10 a.m. To volunteer for this fun and satisfying morning, please contact Father Warren.
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.
There are still a few boxes of pledge envelopes waiting to be picked up at the back of the Church. If you requested envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 x122) and they will be forthcoming.
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: email@example.com.
The Advent Choir on SoundCloud. Live 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
January 29 – February 4, 2018
Monday, January 29
Tuesday, January 30
6:00 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, January 31
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing
Thursday, February 1
Brigid of Kildare
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, February 2
Saturday, February 3
Anskar of Hamburg
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, February 4
The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:0 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:00 pm: Evensong (All Saints Ashmont)