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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Ray Porter, Will Joyner & Linda Jones host this morning’s Coffee Hour. Next week the hosts will be Megan & Michael Zadig and Rachel & Rob Braman. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email email@example.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. D.J. Hatfield, Betsy James, Frederick Ou and Jordan Rudinsky host this morning’s Coffee Hour. The hosts next week will be Julius Krein, Ciaran DellaFera, Daniel Orsen and Fatima Gassama. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Roxy Hanson (email@example.com) or Kyle Pilares (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Entr’acte—This morning, Fr. Warren will begin a three-part study of some of the writings of St. Paul. Today we will look at I and II Thessalonians; then, on Sunday the 11th, Philippians; and finally, on the 18th, I Corinthians. To prepare for the study, please read through and think about the Epistle before the Sunday on which it is to be discussed.
Entr’acte will meet, as usual, following the 9 am Sung Mass (at about 10:25 am) in the Library.
If you find the incense this morning disagreeable, don’t be too distressed. It’s supposed to be that way. In Lent we use Myrrh at Mass. Myrrh, you will remember, was one of the mystic gifts presented by the Magi to the infant Jesus. It is sharp and acrid and its “bitter perfume” evokes tears and signifies death. Indeed, in the Middle East, where it is called “the incense of tears,” it is often used at funerals to mask the odor of decomposition.
In Lent we are directed to meditate upon the passion, suffering, and death which Jesus endured for us. Myrrh is an olfactory stimulus to focus our attention towards that end.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins NEXT SUNDAY morning, March 11; remember to set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR when you retire on Saturday!
The Devil, The Lamb, and the Throne: The Book of Revelation Bible Study— Continuing this Wednesday, March 7, Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead a five-week 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 f through March 21 at 7:00 pm. in the Library.
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.
Lenten Quiet Day—Saturday, March 10—10 am to 2 pm—Explore the spiritual practices of chant and praying with icons during this Lenten quiet day. We will learn simple chants that, by their repetition, help us find a deeper connection to God. We will also learn about icons, their use through millennia, and how we can pray with them today as we seek to find the divine in our lives. Meditations will be interspersed with periods of quiet, allowing to refresh and renew our souls. The day will be led by the Rev’d Miriam Gelfer, associate rector at Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, and Ms. Mary Street, iconographer and parishioner in Winchester. The quiet day will be based in Moseley Hall, from 10 am to 2 pm. Cost is $10, including lunch. Early registration is advised; contact Deacon Daphne: email@example.com.
Compline at the Advent — Next Sunday, March 11, at 8 pm — Join us next Sunday evening 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).
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 ? — Father Warren
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.
Father Wood will be instituted as Rector of St Bartholomew’s Church, Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the Eve of the Feast of the Ascension. The Service will take place at the Church, of course, 4800 Belmont Park Terrace, and will begin at 6:30 pm. He asks for our prayers for him and for his family that day.
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.
The Advent Bookstore has received copies of our own Katelyn Emerson’s new CD recorded here at the Advent. They are available for sale.
There are a few boxes of pledge envelopes waiting to be picked up at the back of the Church. If you requested envelopes when you pledged, please pick them up.
Stewardship 2018 Update: On Easter Day we will publish the full list of all who have pledged to the Church of the Advent for 2018. It is never too late to make your pledge; there are pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the church. And you can pledge online by going to the parish website and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.
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. 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
March 5-11, 2018
Monday, March 5
Tuesday, March 6
6:00 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, March 7
(Perpetua & Companions)
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Lenten Series
Thursday, March 8
6:00 pm: Stations & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, March 9
(Gregory of Nyssa)
Saturday, March 10
10:00 am: Advent Quiet Day
Set clocks one hour ahead Saturday night!
Sunday, March 11
The Fourth Sunday in Lent (Laetare)
2:00 am: Daylight Saving Time begins
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline