O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from thy ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of thy Word, Jesus Christ thy Son, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect for the season:
Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please, if you will, fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we 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 - 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 Emily Litman at 617-852-2661.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Bette Boughton and Jonet Holladay host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Maggie Dunbar and Angie Corbet. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or
, if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour: Ian Mackey & Stephen Eisele and Larry Civale host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Julius Krein, Frank Olney and Charles Dale. To view the schedule of available dates, please go to http://theadventboston.org/parilife/11coffee.htm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marcos and Daniel German-Domingues, John Covert or Fred Ou.
ENTR’ACTE // Entr’acte continues this morning. This year’s topic is entitled Sacraments and Sacrifice. The central and essential conviction of the Christian religion is that a new kind of life for women and men and a new world has come and is coming into being through the Incarnation of Jesus the Christ. Through his obedient life, his sacrificial death, and his rising out of death, human reality has been forever changed, and the Sacraments of the Church are part of that changed reality. This morning, Fr Warren will begin thinking about how the Church has understood the sacrifice of Christ.
We are thrilled to welcome 20 boys from St Paul’s Choir School in Harvard Square, who will sing at both the 9 and 11:15 Masses this morning. Since 1963, Saint Paul’s Choir School has formed and educated boys in grades four through eight in the rich musical tradition of the church. The Choir School seeks to embrace great cathedral school practice as it unites a rigorous musical and academic curriculum with the Christian faith and moral tradition, preparing each student to grow and flourish in a dynamic and changing world. Caring, dedicated teachers, who model Christian values, strive in a small and personal school community to foster the moral, ethical, and spiritual growth of each student in order to define his relationship to God, encourage a genuine understanding and respect of others, and develop a strong sense of commitment and service to both individuals and communities. The school is currently accepting applications for admission in the fall. Boys typically enter the Choir School in the 4th grade, but we also have a select number of spaces available for incoming 5th graders. For more information, please contact Director of Music John Robinson, who will be more than pleased to arrange an interview and a no-pressure audition. (
or call 617-868-8658 x319.)
Our preacher for the Sacred Triduum will be the Rev’d Dr William Henry Willimon. Dr Willimon is presently Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Duke Divinity School. In past years he has served as the Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, and from 2004 to 2012 he was Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He is the author of numerous books, among them the very influential Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony, and was named by Baylor University as one of the twelve best preachers in the English-speaking world. He is a longtime friend of Fr Warren, both having begun their ministries at churches in Clinton, South Carolina, longer ago that either would like to admit. Dr Willimon preached here on Corpus Christi 2009, enjoyed himself, and was keen to come back again, something which the Rector was happy to arrange.
It will be a real privilege to have Dr Willimon and his wife Patsy with us here at the Advent from Maundy Thursday to Easter Day. Please make an effort to be present for the Triduum in its entirety and tell your friends.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins next Sunday morning; remember to set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR when you retire on Saturday!
Advent Tweens Game & Fellowship Night - Friday, March 6, from 7 to 9 PM - Hope Fellowship Church in Cambridge: All Advent Tweens are invited to Hope Fellowship Church in Cambridge on Friday March 6 from 7 to 9 PM for food, hangout time, group games, teaching, and small group discussion - followed by even more hangout and play time! The event is all about relationships, so please feel free to ask friends to come along. Hope Fellowship Church is at 16 Beech Street in Cambridge, just 3 blocks from the Porter Square T and a short walk from Davis Square - both cool places for parents to retreat for drinks or dinner before pickup. For more info: Contact
Confirmation Classes: Wednesdays in Lent // The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation service is at here at the Advent on Saturday, May 2, so we are organizing a confirmation class for Wednesday nights in Lent. Adults and teens who are interested should email for more information or to sign up.
Saturday March 7th, a Forum on Trafficking/Modern-Day Slavery will be held at the Advent in Moseley Hall, hosted by the Boston Chapter of the Society for Companions of the Holy Cross. There will be three speakers: Jasmine Marino, a survivor of sex trafficking in the Boston area; Hanni Stoklosa, an emergency room physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital; and Sarah Durfey, Director, The Abolitionist Network.
The focus of the forum is not only to raise awareness of the issue, but to suggest ways that individuals and parishes can help in the abolitionist cause. The session will run from 9:45 AM to 12:45 PM, but you may arrive and leave as your schedule necessitates. Please contact Nola Sheffer with any questions. An RSVP is not required but would be appreciated.
Community Groups at the Advent - Wednesdays this Winter: Interested in being part of a small group? TThese are the groups currently, or soon to be, meeting on a regular basis:
• Monday Night Bible Study: Zach Brooks will lead a bible study in the library on Mondays, 7 PM to 8:30. The study will include in-class reading and short lessons on scriptural interpretation. The class will be open to all ages, and to beginners through seasoned scripture scholars.
• The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. The group has finished Dante’s Divine Comedy, and has turned its attention to Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World, Fr Warren’s recommended reading for Entr’acte this year. Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners. Please contact
• The Friends House Group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays from 7:30-9 at the Friends House (6 Chestnut Street). This group is studying the lectionary readings and the sermon from the Sunday preceding our meetings, and it’s also open to everyone. For info, contact
• New Kenmore Square Community Group meets Monday, March 2. A new community group will meet for the first time at the home of Lynn Eustis (6 Keswick Street) on Monday, March 2 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. This group is especially (though certainly not exclusively) for people in their 30s/40s/50s. Be aware Lynn lives in a third-floor walkup, so there will be some stairs to climb. For more info, please .
• A Cambridge/Somerville group will gather on Wednesday, March 4 from 7:00-9:00 PM. This group will meet the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the home of Maye Chan and Kris Ferrario (81R Mt. Vernon Street, Apt. 2, Somerville) to watch and discuss a video series by Stanley Hauerwas called “Sunday Asylum: Being the Church in Occupied Territory.” The group is open to everyone, and for more info contact Maye (917-385-3470), Kris (651-357-7476) or Andrew Reese (617-460-2979).
The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together. Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!
20s & 30s event - Game Night at the Wood House - Friday, March 13, 7 to 10 PM: Shake off the winter chill with warm hospitality (and hot competition). Advent 20s & 30s are invited to Game Night at Sammy & Renee Wood’s home (43 South Russell Street) on Friday, March 13, from 7 to 10 PM. We’ll have pizza, beer, and games - Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, maybe some surprise games. If you’ve got a fun game, please bring it along, and bring a friend as well! For info and to RSVP:
Save the date! - Now and at the Hour of Our Death: Medical Decision-Making in the 21st Century - Saturday, May 9. The popular interactive seminar for “all sorts and conditions” (and ages) of people returns to Moseley Hall this spring; mark your calendars. More information will be provided as date draws closer; see Deacon Daphne with questions, for more information, or to reserve a slot.
MISSION & OUTREACH
Keep #BostonWarm // Volunteer at a Day Shelter: People across Boston have been working to respond to the crisis of the Long Island Shelter closing, and there are now two active Day Centers providing a warm, comfortable space for people to gather as an alternative to the streets. Now volunteers are needed to help keep the shelters open. The centers are at Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street and Old South Church in Copley Square. Volunteers work approximately 4-hour shifts, with the second shift ending mid-afternoon. Can you commit to doing at least two shifts between now and March 31? If so, you’ll get 3 hours of training from Starlight Ministries. To sign up: http://bostonwarm.weebly.com/join-us.html.
Vincent Newborn Newborn Necessities - The Drive has been extended: This outreach program of The Vincent Club, in partnership with the Vincent Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital, provides essentials for mothers and infants of the MGH/Chelsea Health Care Center. We will continue to accept donations for VNN for a few more weeks. List of items needed:
• All Clothing sized 0 - 24 months
• Swaddling blankets
• Diaper Bags
• Car seat covers
• Diapers - New (unopened) packages of size 1
• Baby Wipes - New (unopened) Travel Size packages
• Diaper Ointment = New (unopened)
Contact Deacon Daphne with questions or for more information.
The Advent and Volunteers for Peace (VFP) are looking for people like you! Parishioners are encouraged to participate in a volunteer trip to Desab, Haiti, this April. Volunteers will have a chance to impact the lives of 300 young school children. The trip is April 20-28 under the guidance of VFP and Steven Cosnek, member of the Advent Choir. All ages and abilities are encouraged to inquire. More information can be found on the Volunteers for Peace website, search for Share Culture and the Arts in Desab, or .
ODDS & ENDS
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, April 2, 10:00 AM to Noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 PM
• Holy Saturday, April 4, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
• Saturday April 11; 10:00 AM (Post-Easter cleanup)
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. Help is especially needed on Saturday, April 4.
The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is an opening for a flower memorial or thanksgiving on Sunday, March 15 (Laetare Sunday) and also for the palms and greens to be used on Palm Sunday, March 29. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or
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? .
Church of the Advent Chorister Stephanie Scogna, will present her Master’s Voice Recital on Friday evening March 6, at 8:30 PM, in New England Conservatory’s Williams Hall. Admission is free, and music of Wolf, Respighi, Harbison, Duparc, Chabrier, and Bach will be featured. Accompanying her will be pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek. Join Stephanie as she celebrates the completion of her degree program!
The Book Store: Shelves of books and music selected for Lent and Passiontide will be available through the season at the Advent Book Store.
This Week at the Advent
March 2-8, 2015
Monday, March 2 (Chad of Lichfield)
Tuesday, March 3 (John & Charles Wesley)
Beacon Hill Seminars
Park Street School Luncheon
Wednesday, March 4
Beacon Hill Seminar
Thursday, March 5
Stations of the Cross
Brimmer Street Book Club
Friday, March 6
Advent Tweens Game & Fellowship Night (at Hope Fellowship Church, Cambridge)
Saturday, March 7 (Perpetua & Companions of Carthage)