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 megwnelson@gmail.com.


9:00 Coffee Hour. Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and Robb Scholten host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

Next week is Palm Sunday and there are no Coffee Hours.

11:15 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 (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).  

For this upcoming Easter Day, we have decided to make the 11:15 am coffee hour potluck-style.  In the past, we have had a few generous hosts step up to provide all of the provisions on a feast day on which we always have substantially greater than usual attendance, but having everyone chip in something instead is an easier and more equitable solution.  Thus, we are requesting that each person bring something to share for the 11:15 am coffee hour on Easter Day.  Thank you. 


Entr’acte—This morning at Entr’acte, Fr Warren concludes a study of some of the writings of St Paul.  Today we will look at the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. 

As usual, Entr’acte will meet in the Library this morning between the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses, i.e., around 10:25 am in the Library. 


Solemn Evensong will be sung this afternoon, March 18, at 5 pm, by the treble voices of the Advent Choir.  Works will include glorious polyphony by Dufay and Josquin, and the beautiful motet, Ave verum Corpus by Poulenc.

Our series of Evensong & Benediction Talks continues immediately following the service in Moseley Hall when a light supper will be offered and Father Jay James will give a brief but engaging overview of the Liturgies of Holy Week.  E&B Talks are open to everyone, especially younger parishioners and guests who may not be as familiar with our rich liturgical heritage.

Organ Recital:  Prior to the service, at 4:30 pm, organist Jeremiah Stephenson will play a half-hour organ recital featuring works of Bach, Franck and Eben.  Mr Stephenson is Currently Assistant Director of Music at All Saints Margaret Street in London.  He combines his Sunday duties with a busy career as a freelance recitalist, accompanist and teacher.  In England he has performed in such venues as Westminster Abbey, the Royal Festival Hall and Kings College Cambridge.


THIS WEEK!


The Devil, The Lamb, and the Throne:  The Book of Revelation Bible Study—Concluding this Wednesday, March 21, Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho leads a 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 through March 21 at 7:00 pm. in the Library.  For this week, please read Chapters 10 -18.  


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. 


COMING UP!


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 ? 

Why not invite at least one friend to accompany you to the services of the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Day).  Coming alone can be somewhat daunting, but being invited and attending with a friend is not too great a leap.  There are cards at the entrances to the Church.  They have all the information about our Holy Week services.  Given them to your friends.  Take as many as you wish to invite others to commit to join you or simply to come on their own.  Father Warren  


Maundy Thursday Foot Washing . . .  As part of the Maundy Thursday Liturgy, the feet of twelve parishioners are washed by the clergy in imitation of Our Lord’s action at the Last Supper with his disciples.  If you wish to be part of this very moving ceremony and have your feet washed, please sign up in Moseley Hall.  

Could you not watch with me one hour?  (Matthew 26:40)  A Vigil of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Maundy Thursday following the Solemn Mass until midnight.  If you would like to take part, please sign up for a particular period so that we have a person present at all times. 


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, April 8, 15, 22 and 29.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com)


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. 


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. 


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: nsheffer@newview.org.

** If you need vouchers for Holy Week Services, please purchase them today, March 18, as there are no coffee hours next week on Palm Sunday. **


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
March 19-25, 2018

Monday, March 19
St Joseph
8:30 am: Advent School Share Event

Tuesday, March 20
(Cuthbert of Lindisfarne)
12:30 pm: Deanery Meeting
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:00 pm: Community Supper
6:15 pm: Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, March 21
(Thomas Ken of Bath & Wells)
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Lenten Series

Thursday, March 22
(James deKoven)
6:00 pm: Stations & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 23
(Gregory the Illuminator)

Saturday, March 24
(Óscar Romero)
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
12:30 pm: Acolyte Rehearsal

Sunday, March 25
Palm Sunday
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Blessing of Palms & Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession of Palms and Sung Mass with the Passion according to St Mark
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Procession of Palms and Solemn Mass with the Passion according to St Matthew

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