This Week’s Announcements

April 20, 2014
Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Alleluia! Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

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.

Coffee Hours Easter Egg Hunt Church Tours
Easter Monday First Communion Classes Godly Play Training
Walk for Hunger Guest Preacher on May 4 Spring Choir Concert
Parking Vouchers Flower Memorials 2014 Canvass Final Update
  This Week at the Advent  


9:00 Coffee Hour: The gala Coffee Hour this morning is brought to you by many members of the Coffee Hour Guild. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-625-1857, or , if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour: The coffee hour hosts today are Stephen Teichgraeber, Mike & Janell Saur, Jason Grant, Jim & Jeannette Grant, and Sam Manka. Next week the hosts will be Thatcher Gearhart, Ginnie Pierce and Steven Hecht. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, go to If you have any questions, feel free to contact .

The Annual Advent Easter Egg Hunt is today following the 9:00 Mass. Gather in the library for a surprise (!) and then head out to the grounds to look for eggs. Kids of all ages are invited!

Advent Tour: This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building after the 11:15 Mass. Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building. Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets. Meet him in the Baptistry. The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude.


The Parish Office is closed tomorrow, Monday, April 21. The Holiday Schedule will be observed - Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM; Low Mass at 9:00 AM; Evening Prayer is cancelled.


First Communion Classes. We are organizing First Communion classes for young people in the parish. If you or your child is interested, please contact one of the clergy so plans can be made for the days and times of the classes.

For parents who are considering First Communion for their child, here are some guidelines to keep in mind. Your child must wish on his/her own to begin receiving Communion. You must agree that this is appropriate, and you should feel that on some level your child understands the meaning of Holy Communion. We’re not talking Thomas Aquinas here; rather that your child, through emotion or intuition or what has been learned in the Church School, has a grasp of the meaning of the mystery of the Sacrament of the Altar. We expect First Communion to take place on the Feast of the Pentecost, Sunday, June 8.

If you or your child have any questions about First Communion, please speak to the clergy, who will be very happy to explain.

The Advent Church School Needs You! Godly Play is spoken here, at the Advent. Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language through parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action - helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God's presence in their lives.

It takes many hands to implement this rich and wonderful teaching method. From helping to set up the classroom, making curriculum materials, providing feast, or simply asking a child to retell the story they heard in class, are all pieces of their precious Christian formation process and we need your help!

Come and join us, Thursday May 1 at 6:30 PM, as we feast together and learn more about this method from Godly Play teacher trainer the Rev’d Cheryl Minor, Co-Rector of All Saints’ Church, Belmont. Questions? - contact Emily Litman or at 617-852-2661.

Walk for Hunger - May 4, 2014: This year’s Walk is on Sunday, May 5. The Tuesday night supper at Church of the Advent served nearly 100 guests this past week, and the Tuesday before, and the Tuesday before that. Thanks to Project Bread, everyone had a seat. Thanks to Project Bread, our church’s kitchen is equipped to make meals for such a large number of people. Thanks to Project Bread, our church’s budget has $5,000 donated each year to support the weekly suppers.

Show your appreciation for Project Bread by joining or sponsoring the Church of the Advent’s Walk for Hunger team! This year’s event will be on Sunday, May 4. The 20-mile Walk route weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton and Cambridge. This is the fourth year some of us will walk the Advent Mile, from the Church to Massachusetts Avenue. From little soles to big hearts, we all can share in the spirit of giving. Whether you walk the Advent Mile or all 20, your contribution makes a difference. Please join the Gurnon Family who have volunteered to lead the Advent team on the march on May 4. You can register online to join the team or to make a donation at (our team is “Church of the Advent”). For more information, call Cassie Gurnon at 617-967-3678 or . Last year our team finished strong and smiling raising over 8 thousand dollars in support. Help us make our goal of 10 thousand this year!

Guest Preacher, May 4.  The guest preacher on May 4 will be the Very Rev’d Jane Shaw, the Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  She was installed as the eighth Dean of Grace Cathedral on November 6, 2010 and is responsible for the overall vision and mission of the Cathedral, overseeing the spiritual life of the Cathedral and giving leadership to the Cathedral community.  Dr Shaw joined Grace Cathedral from Oxford University, where she was Dean of Divinity and Fellow of New College, Oxford, and taught history and theology for sixteen years.  During that time, she was also Canon Theologian of Salisbury Cathedral and an honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and served as Theological Consultant to the Church of England House of Bishops.

Dr Shaw was educated as an undergraduate at Oxford, has an MDiv from Harvard and a PhD in History from UC Berkeley, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Episcopal Divinity School. She is also a Fellow of the Society of St John the Evangelist in Cambridge.  She is the author of Miracles in Enlightenment England (Yale 2006), Octavia, Daughter of God: the Story of a Female Messiah (Yale 2011), which won the San Francisco Book Festival History Prize, and Practical Christianity (Morehouse 2012).  Her current research is on the Moral Imagination, a project she is working on with actress, playwright and Grace Cathedral trustee, Anna Deavere Smith.  She is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Spring Concert: Francophilia! On Friday Evening, May 9, at 8:00 PM, the Advent Choir will present music of the Franco-Flemish school including the complete Missa de Beata Virgine of Josquin Desprez and contrasting motets by modern French composer, Pierre Villette. A late work, probably composed or assembled around 1510, Josquin Desprez’s Missa de Beata Virgine was the most popular of his masses in the 16th century. It has been suggested that popularity of this mass in the 16th century may be due to its “sensuously appealing” surface texture, one which foreshadows the music of later composers such as Cristóbal Morales and Nicolas Gombert. Each movement is based on a Gregorian mass chant, in which the original chants are elaborated, broken up, passed between voices, or sung in different voices simultaneously to remarkable effect. The Gloria includes “troped” or additional text in praise of the Virgin Mary, as it was probably used for her feast days as well as the Saturday Lady Mass. Modern composer Pierre Villette’s music also presents the listener with a “sensuously appealing” texture, but uses a warm and particularly French twentieth-century language that is influenced not only by Gregorian chant, but also by the music of Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc and Messiaen. A Gala Reception will follow in Moseley Hall. Suggested donation at the door: $15 / $10.


Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $5.50 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 flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sunday May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25 and Ascension Day, Thursday, May 29 (which includes the following Sunday, June 1). If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or her.

Canvass 2014 Final Update: As of April 17, we have received 187 pledges, for a total amount pledged of $454,513!

There are 13 new pledges, and 75 have increased their pledge by an average of 21%! Thanks to all who have pledged their support to the Parish, and pledged so generously!

If you have not sent your pledge in, IT’S NOT TOO LATE; there are pledge cards at the back of the church.

  • This Week at the Advent
    April 21-27, 2014

  • Monday, April 21
    Monday in Bright Week* (Patriots Day - Parish Office Closed)

  • 12:15 p.m.
    Low Mass
  • Tuesday, April 22
    Tuesday in Bright Week

  • 5:30 p.m.
    Community Supper
  • Wednesday, April 23
    Wednesday in Bright Week

  • 10:00 a.m.
    Beacon Hill Seminar
  • 6:00 p.m.
    Healing Mass
  • Thursday, April 24
    Thursday in Bright Week

  • 5:15 p.m.
    Property Committee
  • 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, April 25
    Friday in Bright Week

  • 8:00 p.m.
    Library Concert
  • Saturday, April 26
    Saturday in Bright Week

  • 1:00 p.m.
    Requiem Mass
  • 8:00 p.m.
    AA Meeting
  • Sunday, April 27
    Second Sunday of Easter

  • 7:30 a.m.
    Morning Prayer
  • 8:00 a.m.
    Low Mass
  • 9:00 a.m.
    Sung Mass
  • 11:15 a.m.
    Solemn Mass
* “Bright Week” is the wonderfully suitable name our Orthodox brethren give to Easter Week, and it is especially appropriate to borrow it this year since the Eastern and Western Paschal celebrations coincide.