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. David Russo & Matt McNeff and Ray Porter host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be Tom & Carolyn McDermott 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. Steven Sayers, Mark Aparace and Kara Rodgers host the Coffee Hour today. 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 (email@example.com), Roxy Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kyle Pilares (email@example.com).
The Methods of Receiving Communion. There are several ways of receiving the Holy Communion at Mass. They will be outlined here in order to prevent confusion and unpleasant accidents with the Blessed Sacrament.
If you wish to receive the Sacrament of the Body of Christ in your hand, please extend both hands and place the one upon the other, palm over palm. Make a flat surface of your hands so that the consecrated wafer does not fall to the floor. (Fr King used to teach the young people that this was like making a cradle for the baby Jesus, and to the adults he suggested that it was like making a throne of your hands for the risen Christ, our King. Not a bad way of thinking about it.) You should then raise your hands, as they are, to your mouth and eat the wafer. Avoid picking up the wafer and putting it in your mouth; this is an unfortunate and irreverent practice, for we should not treat the Blessed Sacrament as if it were any ordinary object—a cracker or a peanut—but rather as something extraordinary, the very presence of Christ given to us in the consecrated bread of the Mass. We receive it accordingly in a special way.
If you wish to receive the Body of Christ upon your tongue, please open your mouth and extend your tongue slightly, so that the person administering the Sacrament may place the wafer on your tongue.
When receiving the Blood of Christ, you may help the person administering the chalice by taking hold of the bottom of the chalice and gently helping to guide it to your lips.
If you wish to receive the Blood of Christ by Intinction, leave the wafer in your outstretched hands. The person administering the chalice will take it, dip it in the consecrated wine and place it on your tongue. Do not attempt to dip the wafer into the chalice yourself. This practice risks unsanitary accidents and is irreverent and unseemly.
If you do not wish to receive the Sacrament, cross your hands over your chest, and you will receive a blessing.
Independence Day will be celebrated this Wednesday, July 4. The Parish Office will be closed. The holiday schedule will be observed—Morning Prayer at 8:30 am; Low Mass at 9:00 am; Evening Prayer is cancelled.
Compline at the Advent—Next Sunday, July 8, at 8 pm—Next Sunday, July 8, 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).
Calling July B-SAFE Lunch Volunteers! The Advent is again serving lunches at the Summer youth B-SAFE program at the Epiphany School. Volunteers are needed to help serve lunches in July, on Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To volunteer, please contact Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho at email@example.com or at 978-998-2626.
The Summer Choir will resume their duties at the High Mass on August 5. We are fortunate to have very fine soloists who will sing for the month of July. However, in two weeks, on Sunday, July 15, we will be pleased to welcome the 22-voice Choir of Sidney Sussex College, from the University of Cambridge in England. Under the direction of conductor-scholar David Skinner, the Choir is a major focus of College life, and during term time the Choir has a regular commitment in the Chapel to Choral Evensong on Fridays and Sundays and Latin Choral Vespers on Wednesdays.
As such, the congregation will get a workout singing Hymns and Mass settings this month. We publish John Wesley’s Directions for Singing for your edification, first published in Sacred Melody, 1761.
- Learn these tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please.
- Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can.
- Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing.
- Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half-dead, or half-asleep, but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan.
- Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.
- Sing in time. Whatever time is sung be sure to keep with it. Do not run before it nor stay behind it; but attend close to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can; and take care not to sing too slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.
- Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself or any creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.
ODDS & ENDS
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 July 15. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 2-8, 2018
Monday, July 2
Tuesday, July 3
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, July 4
Independence Day (Parish Office Closed)
8:30 am: Morning Prayer
9:00 am: Low Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers’ Picnic
Thursday, July 5
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7
10:00 am: Flower Guild
11:00 am: Interment (All Souls’ Chapel)
Sunday, July 8
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline