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.
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 2015 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.
9:00 Coffee Hour. The Annual Meeting will take place immediately following the 9:00 Mass this morning. The regular 9:00 coffee hour resumes next Sunday, when the hosts will be Ray Porter, Suzi Briggs & Bruce Kiernan. 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. Hour. Michael Gnozzio, Kara Rodgers, and Annlinea Terranova 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 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: There is no Entr’acte this morning. Next Sunday, February 5, and on subsequent Sundays, February 12, 19, and 26, Fr Warren will lead a discussion of the teaching and practice of Islam. Thereafter, during Lent Jim Wood, our Parish Administrator and scholar of the Bible to boot, will lead a presentation of the Passion Narratives in the four Gospels.
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.
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 take up chapter 1 of the Book of Revelation.
Blessing of Throats: The feast of St Blaise is February 3, and from the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat. Next Sunday, February 5, Fr Wood 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.
Compline at the Advent—Sunday, February 12, at 8 pm—On Sunday, February 12, at 8:00 pm, join us 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr. Wood (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
Volunteer Opportunity—Serve at Common Cathedral Sunday, February, 19 from Noon to 2:30 pm. Amanda Grant-Rose preached at the Advent in November, then shared with our Mission & Outreach Team ways our parish could partner to serve Boston’s un-housed community. A team from the Advent will serve lunch at their Boston Common worship service on Sunday, February 19, from noon until 2:30 pm. We need a team of eight volunteers—would you please be one of them? For information or to volunteer, contact Ali White at email@example.com or 802-323-6652, or Father Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODDS & ENDS
Children’s Hands-On Arts Festival—Friday and Saturday, February 17 & 18 at Park Street Church. Our friends across Boston Common at Park Street Church have invited Advent children and families to their fifth Children’s Hands-On Arts Festival on February 17 and 18. Workshops on everything from drama to dance, classical music to culinary creation will encourage children ages 3 – 11 to explore new areas of interest as they grow. Each workshop is a 20-minute presentation by leaders with training in their areas of expertise, then 35 minutes of hands-on experience for kids! Families can attend an opening concert Friday night by Randall Goodgame regardless of whether they attend the Arts Festival workshops on Saturday. The event is free and open to all (a free-will offering will be taken). For more information or to register for the Arts Festival: http://www.parkstreet.org/artsfestival.
The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays, February 12 and 26. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email@example.com).
Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne. You can find her 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.
If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. If you asked for envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 ext 122, email: email@example.com.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 30 – February 5, 2017
Monday, January 30
7:00 pm: Girl Scout Leaders
7:00 pm: Recording Session
Tuesday, January 31
5:30 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Recording Session
Wednesday, February 1
Brigid of Kildare
10:00 am: Bible Study
4:00 pm: Porcellians
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Recording Session
Thursday, February 2
8:30 am: Safe Church Training (all day)
Friday, February 3
Anskar of Hamburg
10:00 am: Play Group
11:00 am : Holy Hour
Saturday, February 4
Cornelius the Centurion
Sunday, February 5
The Solemnity of the Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)
Healing Services after all Masses
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte / Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass