Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love
towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the
cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his
great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the
example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his
resurrection; through the same 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.
The palms are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frank & Frankie Bell and Yolanda & A.J. Piscitelli.
11:15 Coffee Hour: The hosts next week for Easter Sunday will be Christopher Laconi, Sam Manka, Steve Hardy, Jean & Marie Rateau and Graham Jamison. 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.
Holy Week, which begins this morning, and finds its fulfillment on Easter Day, April 5, 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 and online. 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.
Invitations to Holy Week & Easter at the Advent: On the tables in the front and rear of the nave are printed cards listing the services for Holy Week & Easter here at the Advent. We are asking every parishioner to take at least two cards with them today, to pray about whom to invite to Holy Week services, then to pass along the card with a personal invitation to join us for worship. We are entering the holiest time of the year here at the Advent, so what better time to invite our friends - especially those who don’t have a church family of their own - to worship alongside us?
A Note about Intercessions // We pray daily for friends or family members of parishioners who are ill or in a difficult situation. You may call the Church Office or email one of the Clergy to add a name to the list. Normally, people are kept on the intercession list for one month. If you know, however, that the person for whom you have requested prayers has improved, please let us know so that we can remove their name. Also, if they have not improved, simply let us know and we will return them to the list. Because the list gets long, it is divided on Sundays - we pray for half of the people at the 9:00 Mass and half at the 11:15 Mass. You need not worry if you don’t hear your loved one’s name because we guarantee you they will be remembered in the intentions for the other mass of the day.
The doors to the Advent Lift open and close automatically. To enter the lift, press the button on the wall; if the lift is at your level, the door will open. If the lift is at another floor, KEEP PRESSING THE BUTTON UNTIL THE LIFT ARRIVES AT YOUR LEVEL AND THE DOOR OPENS.
Once inside the lift, PRESS AND HOLD the button for the floor you want - I for Moseley Hall, II for the Church, III for the Parish Office. KEEP PRESSING THE BUTTON UNTIL YOU ARRIVE AT THE DESIRED LEVEL AND THE DOOR OPENS.
We are pleased to announce that child care will be available at the evening Triduum Services (Thursday through Saturday)! Let your friends and neighbors with small children know.
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 than 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.
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.
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.
Community Groups at the Advent: 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 is currently reading 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 will meet Monday, April 13! 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 gathers on 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!
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
Mission Update: The Advent and Volunteers for Peace (VFP) are looking for people like you! Steven Cosnek, a member of the Advent Choir, is traveling to Haiti this April as a volunteer to impact the lives of 300 school children, and Advent parishioners are encouraged to participate in this mission. There are two ways to get involved: (1) There are still spots available if you would like to accompany the group on April 28-28, and (2) the school has asked for donations from the following list of supplies for kindergarten classrooms:
• Tempura Paints (the kind you mix with water to use)
• Colored paper
• Kids’ scissors
• Manipulatives to help kids learn letters/numbers
• Beads and string
• Puzzles (simple to easy)
• Pipe cleaners
• Sports equipment (jump ropes, Frisbees, badminton sets, etc.)
• Books, especially with pictures (those with animals are particularly popular)
• Toys and games for 3 to 5 year-olds
• any old luggage that can be used to transport collected items to Haiti
A list of those who have pledged to the 2015 Canvass will be printed in the bulletin on Easter Day. If you have not pledged yet, it’s not too late. There are pledge cards on the tables at the back of the Church.
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.
A form for gifts of flowers for memorials or thanksgivings for Easter can be found on the last page of the bulletin.
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? .
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 30-April 4, 2015
Monday, March 30 Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday, March 31 Tuesday in Holy Week
Wednesday, April 1 Wednesday in Holy Week
Thursday, April 2 Maundy Thursday
Flower Prep (to 3:30 pm)
Liturgy of Maundy Thursday; Vigil before the Sacrament