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.

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving to God for his many blessings, my friends, family and a special Birthday.

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—Infant 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 Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or sarahwconnor@gmail.com.


 9:00 Coffee Hour. The hosts of the Coffee Hour this morning are Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis and Will Joyner & Linda Jones. The hosts next week hosts will be Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay.   New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. The hosts for the Coffee Hour this morning are Bob & Wilbur Kingston-Parrott, Karen Chaney and Meg Mill. There are currently no volunteers to host Coffee Hour next week. 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 (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

Ent’racte continues this morning – Fr Warren will continue his discussion of Ritualism and also address the revival of Monasticism as a result of the Anglo-Catholic movement. Next Sunday, March 13—Dr Philip Pfatteicher will talk about movements in the Lutheran Churches comparable to Anglo-Catholicism.

Today is the Sunday known as Laetare Sunday, the fourth in Lent. The name is taken from the first word of the Introit of the Mass, Laetare, Jerusalem et conventum facite omnes qui dilitis eam. . . . “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and come together all you that love her . . .” (Isaiah 66:10). Like Gaudete Sunday in Advent, it is a day on which the fast and discipline of the season are relaxed. A sign of this are the flowers on the Altar and in the Church which are permitted today and the rose vestments of the Mass.

Breaking the Lenten Fast is also a mark of the day, and for that reason today is also known as Refreshment Sunday.

There is yet another name for today, Mothering Sunday. This is taken from a phrase in the Epistle appointed in the Roman Missal and Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer: “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” (Gal 4:26). This gave rise to the custom of visiting one’s mother on this Sunday—it is the English Mother’s Day—or of visiting the Church where one was baptized and therefore born as a Christian or visiting the Cathedral, the Mother Church of one’s Diocese.


Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday morning, March 13; remember to set your clocks ahead one hour when you retire on Saturday!

Theology on Tap returns on Tuesday, March 8, when, in our annual partnership with St Chrysostom’s Church in Quincy, we present an evening with composer, conductor, educator, scholar, and performer Del Case! WARNING: This Music is NOT Meant for Church! Boston-based composer Delvyn (Del) Case joins us to discuss his catalog of sacred concert music: compositions in the contemporary classical genre that are meant for the concert hall, not for liturgical use. This interactive evening will include opportunities to discuss the pieces with the composer, and to provide feedback and reaction to them not just as artistic creations, but also as statements of faith, mystery, and devotion.

Del Case is a composer, conductor, educator, scholar, and performer who currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at Wheaton College—the secular, liberal arts institution in Norton, Massachusetts. His music has been performed by over 50 orchestras across the country, as well as by several Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated ensembles. His 2008 opera The Prioress’s Tale, a parable about religious tolerance, toured for 4 years as part of a unique peacemaking initiative sponsored by churches and synagogues throughout New England. He is currently Music Director at St Chrysostom’s Church in Quincy. For more info on Del, visit www.delvyncase.com. And come out to the Rattlesnake Bar and bring a friend (or 4) to welcome Del on March 8 at 7 pm.


We are very pleased to announce that our preacher for the Sacred Triduum and Easter Day this year is the Rev’d Dr Benjamin King. Father King was the Curate here at the Church of the Advent from 2001 until 2005. He left the Advent to become the Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard and is now an Associate Professor of Church History at the School of Theology of the University of the South and the Director of its Advanced Degrees Program. It will be real treat to have Fr / Dr King back with during Holy Week and we all look forward to it.

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.

Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday, March 20, and finds its fulfillment on Easter Day, March 27, 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 may be made any time during the week by appointment with one of the clergy.


Welcome to the World, Theodore Edwin Thomas Slater! Baby Theodore was born to Ariel and Nathanael on February 7. The little guy was just 5 pounds, 5 ounces, but he’s in perfect health! The family is doing well, and if you would like to prepare a meal for them to pick up at the Advent, contact Ariel at ariel.y.kennedy@gmail.com to confirm they’ll be in Boston soon for pickup.

Mission & Outreach Team Meeting—Sunday, March 6. The Mission & Outreach Team will meet on Sunday, March 6, after the 9 o’clock mass in the Frisby Room. Anyone is welcome to attend, so please join us if you have ideas for mission, a heart for mission, or would like to get personally involved in the mission of the Advent to Boston and the world!


Can you help the Parish Flower Guild? The Flower Guild consists of nine people, so preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without additional help. Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:

  • Maundy Thursday, March 24, 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Holy Saturday, March 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

You do not have to come for the whole day; even an hour or two is helpful, and 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.

A schedule of Holy Week services at the Advent is on the antepenultimate page of the bulletin.

A form for gifts of flowers for memorials or thanksgivings for Easter can be found on the last page of the bulletin.

The Book Store: Shelves of books and music selected for Lent and Passiontide will be available through the season at the Advent Book Store.

Can You Help?  As Father Warren announced at the Annual Meeting, Katelyn Emerson will be joining the Advent Music Department in the fall and will be needing housing as of August 1, or September 1 at the latest.  She is looking for a rental (with or without roommates) preferably along the Red Line (Somerville?), with a rent under $1,200.  If you know of any such possible rentals, please email her at katelyn.emerson@gmail.com.

Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer.  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:  nsheffer@newview.org.


March 7-13, 2016

Monday, March 7
(Perpetua & Companions of Carthage)

8:15 am      Advent School Event
5:15 pm      Girl Scouts

Tuesday, March 8

5:30 pm      Community Supper
7:00 pm      Theology on Tap

Wednesday, March 9
(Gregory of Nyssa)

10:00 am     Bible Study
10:00 am     Beacon Hill Garden Club Meeting
6:00 pm       Healing Mass
7:00 pm       Bell Ringing

Thursday, March 10

8:15 am        Advent School Event
6:00 pm       Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm       Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 11

8:00 am        Fire Alarm Testing
10:00 am      Play Group
5:00 pm        Barbara Pym Dinner

Saturday, March 12
(Gregory the Great)

10:00 am     Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm      AA Meeting

Sunday, March 13
The Fifth Sunday of Lent

2:00 am      Daylight Saving Time Begins
7:30 am      Morning Prayer
8:00 am      Low Mass
9:00 am      Sung Mass with the Great Litany in Procession
10:15 am     Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am      Solemn Mass with the Great Litany in Procession
1:15 pm       Discernment Committee

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