The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving to God for the confirmation yesterday of Michael Scott Bickford, Morgan Faye Davies, Hal Massoth Edmonson, Jessica Elizabeth Foley, Brendan Rittenhouse Green, Michael Scott Murphy, Cordelia Mae Roberts and Elizabeth Grace Wood; and the renewal of baptismal vows by Candace Marie Summerford and John Ross Campbell.
The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving of the 60th wedding anniversary of Tom and Blenda Jeffry.
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 Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Barbara Boles. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email email@example.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. Charles Dale, George McCormick and Philip Le Quesne host this morning’s Coffee Hour. There are no hosts for next week’s coffee hour. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or DGDomingues@outlook.com), Frederick Ou (email@example.com), or or Kyle Pilares (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Today, Trinity Sunday is the feast day upon which the Church is obliged to consider and to rejoice in the nature of the Godhead as it has been revealed to us. Father, Son, Holy Spirit: Three Persons, One God—that is the formulation which is used to describe the Divine Reality. To many people this idea seems irrational and unnecessary, just a making complicated of something that ought to be simple. Perhaps, though, they’re missing the point. The Doctrine of the Trinity, as the New Testament understands it, is a “mystery,” and by this term is meant something which, though not irrational, is nevertheless beyond reason. And this something—in the case of the Doctrine of the Trinity—is the person-ality of God. As our Faith understands it, God is much, much more than a metaphysical concept or the answer to the question posed by the existence of creation. Rather, God is a Person/Persons. The Doctrine was formulated to ensure that we do not misunderstand the complex simplicity of God’s Person, and to make it clear that the possibility of human relatedness to God is not accidental but springs from the nature of His Personhood. A person is known only as a person reveals himself to another, and our knowledge of persons is, therefore, a knowledge beyond strict reason. So it is with us; so it is as well, teaches the Doctrine of the Trinity, with the Godhead.
A Te Deum will be sung at the conclusion of the 11:15 Mass this morning as an act of worship and praise. This is a wonderful and ancient hymn associated with occasions of thanksgiving. It is traditionally sung on Trinity Sunday when we give thanks for the splendor and love of the Triune God. A legend has it that the Te Deum was composed verse by verse on the occasion of the baptism of St Augustine of Hippo by the Saint himself and St Ambrose who baptized him. This is certainly no more than a story, but it is a charming one—isn’t it?—and worth remembering. Most scholars attribute the hymn to St Niceta who was bishop of a diocese in the Balkans in the early fifth century. The text of the Te Deum may be found on page 52 of the Prayer Book.
Procession-Tide Concludeth! This year the Feast of Corpus Christi falls on Thursday, May 26. Here at the Advent it will be celebrated at 6:30 pm with a Solemn Mass, Procession on Mount Vernon Street, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a festive reception. The preacher will be the Rev’d Dr Roger Ferlo, President of the Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, who was a colleague of Father Warren in New York, and who taught Father Wood at Virginia Seminary. Our bishop, the Rt Rev’d Alan Gates, will preside at the Mass.
Urban IV, 1264, instituting the Feast of Corpus Christi in the Bull Transiturus.
The Faithful will come eagerly to the Churches, and then the Clergy and People will rejoice together. They will raise songs of praise; and the hearts and voices of all, their mouths and lips, shall sound forth the Joy of Salvation. Faith shall sing! Hope shall dance! Charity exult! Devotions praise! Purity sing, and Virtue be celebrated!
On Thursday, the regular Rosary and 12:15 pm Mass are cancelled.
Picnic! Picnic! Picnic! On Sunday June 5, we will have a summertime picnic in the Garden following the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. The Advent will provide hot dogs with all the trimmings and drinks of various kinds. We ask members of the Parish to bring hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts. Pray for good weather and feel free to dress appropriately.
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
Boston Print for Sale to Support the Advent in Mission—Our friends at Old Try (www.theoldtry.com) have created a limited edition vintage letterpress print now on sale in our bookstall to support the Advent in Mission. The beautiful print reads “In Boston as it is in Heaven” (a prayer we pray implicitly every time we say the Our Father), and depicts the skyline as it appears in our city seal. The limited edition prints are $39 and supplies are limited—so buy one (or three!) soon as a prayer for our city and to raise funds for missions at the Advent.
Volunteers needed for Advent Week at B-SAFE in Dorchester — Our parish would like to host a field trip and provide lunch for the kids and staff at the B-SAFE (Bishops’ Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment) Program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester on August 1 – 4. We need someone to coordinate this project, as well as a big team of volunteers—Can you help? To volunteer to work on this project or help coordinate it, please contact Fr Wood (email@example.com or 617.697.8528). Time is already short, so if you’re able to help out, please be in touch as soon as you can!
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 thanksgiving for Sundays June 5 and 26. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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: email@example.com.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
May 23-29, 2016
Monday, May 23
Tuesday, May 24
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, May 25
The Venerable Bede of Jarrow
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
Thursday, May 26
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Procession & Benediction; Reception
Friday, May 27
Saturday, May 28
8:00 pm: AA Meeting
Sunday, May 29
The Second Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass