The palms are given to the Glory of God and in joyful Thanksgiving for Liam and Catherine.


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.


Holy Week, which begins today, and finds its fulfillment on Easter Day, April 1, is the most significant and hallowed time of the Church’s year.  It is a spiritual journey in which we relive liturgically the events of the last week of Jesus’ life—those events which culminated in his Resurrection and our Salvation.  Therefore, like the Mass, it is an anamnesis—a re-presenting—of those events.  They are made present to us in the liturgies of Holy Week so that we may enter into them mystically and may be given deeper insights into their meaning.  Christians have found over the centuries that when they give themselves up to the disciplined and complete observance of Holy Week they are changed.  Their faith is confirmed; their joy is grounded in God’s sacrificial and saving love made real in Jesus. 

I call all members and friends of this Parish to a diligent, disciplined, and prayerful observance of Holy Week in its entirety.  Let there be no halftime Christians during these sacred days.  Give yourself, devote yourself to this time and let God change you.

Copies of a guide to the Services of Holy Week, written by Father Warren, are to be found at the rear of the church.  You may find these helpful and you worship during this most important and holiest of times.

Confessions will be heard after the Liturgies on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and may be made any time during the week by appointment with one of the clergy.


9:00 Coffee Hour. There is no Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week is a gala 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. 

11:15 Coffee Hour.  There is no Coffee Hour this morning.  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. 


THIS WEEK!


Child care will be provided for all evening services from Wednesday through Holy Saturday.


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.  Give them to your friends.  Put them in places where people gather.  Hotels are glad to have them for their guests during Holy Week.  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. 


COMING UP!


Easter Day—Petting Zoo and Easter Egg Hunt—Following the 9:00 Mass:  Everyone is invited to the Library after the 9:00 Mass on Easter Day for the annual Easter Petting Zoo (chicks, ducks, and bunnies—and, we hope, a goat!), and an Easter Egg Hunt follows for kids 8 and under! 


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 form for gifts of flowers for memorials or thanksgivings for Easter can be found on the last page of the bulletin. The deadline is Monday, March 26.


HOLY WEEK AT THE ADVENT
March 26-April 1, 2018

Monday, March 26
Monday in Holy Week
7:30 am: Low Mass
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Low Mass

Tuesday, March 27
Tuesday in Holy Week
7:30 am: Low Mass
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 28
Wednesday in Holy Week
7:30 am: Low Mass
10:00 am: Bible Study
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Low Mass
7:00 pm: Tenebrae

Confessions will be heard following the Liturgies of Maundy Thursday
and Good Friday in the confessionals at the rear of the Church

Thursday, March 29
Maundy Thursday
6:30 pm: Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with Foot Washing, Solemn Procession of the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, Stripping of the Altars.  Watch before the Sacrament until midnight. 

Friday, March 30
Good Friday

12:00 pm: The Three Hours; preached by the Parish Clergy
6:30 pm: Liturgy of Good Friday with the Passion according to St John

Saturday, March 31
Holy Saturday
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
12:30 pm: Acolyte Rehearsal
6:30 pm: The Great Vigil, Holy Baptism, & the First Mass of Easter

Sunday, April 1
Easter Day
7:30 am: Easter Matins
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Petting Zoo & Easter Egg Hunt
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass

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