Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted of Satan: Make speed to help thy servants who are assaulted by manifold temptations; and, as thou knowest their several infirmities, let each one find thee mighty to save; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The 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: Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Nancy Macmillan and Nola Sheffer. 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: Today the coffee hour hosts are Alfred Duhamel, Karen Chaney, and Annlinnea Terranova. Next week the coffee hour hosts will be Gabriel Ellsworth, Pam Covert, and Maria Denslow. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, go to http://theadventboston.org/parilife/11coffee.htm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact
Special Entr’acte today! Entr’acte resumes today with a special event - our recently returned (and refreshed) pilgrims will report on their experiences and thoughts about their journeys in the Holy Land. Because of the high interest in hearing our returned pilgrims we are changing the location of Entr’acte to Moseley Hall. It will start at approximately 10:15 AM.
Today is the First Sunday in Lent. Lent, the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter, was a period of preparation for those about to be baptized, and over time it became a period of penitence, self-examination and special devotion by all Christians as they prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.
Lent, however, was more than just an individual discipline. It was something in which the whole community would engage together. As in the past, this year we at the Advent plan to recapture the corporate nature of Lenten practice, and we call on every member of the Parish to consider joining others in the following common discipline. Each week, those who wish will fast together from a particular pleasure, whether it’s sweets, coffee, entertainment, technology, etc. and we will all read the same scriptural passages and meditate upon the same theme each day.
A common devotional Guide, The Shape of Lent at the Church of the Advent 2014, is available at the rear of the nave and online, and it will list the suggested fast for each week along with daily scripture readings organized around the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. Also available will be a statement expressing your intention to take upon yourself this corporate discipline with others in the Parish. It can be included with the collection at the Masses today during which your intention will be offered and blessed at the Offertory of the Liturgy.
Engaging in communal fasts and corporate devotional practices will deepen our sense of community, as well as provide support and accountability for each of us in this rich liturgical season If you have questions about this, please get in touch with one of the clergy who will be happy to discuss it with you.
Please note that this corporate discipline does not replace the public devotions which will be prayed here during Lent. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be prayed on Thursdays at 6:00 PM, beginning with Thursday, March 13.
Theology on Tap returns this week! Join us at 7 PM for “The Existential Art of Flannery O’Connor: A Three-Part Series” by Adam Rutledge at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill at 384 Boylston Street with the presentations beginning at 7:30 PM. That’s on Tuesday, March 11, Monday, March 17 (note the change of day), and Tuesday, March 25.
“When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal ways of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shock - to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the blind you draw large and startling figures.” - O’Connor, Mystery and Manners
What does it mean to be a Christian writer in the modern age? An age in which many believe they have moved beyond faith, beyond the need for metaphysical truth claims, beyond the need for God? Through close readings of several of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, including A Good Man is Hard to Find,Parker’s Back, and Revelation, this series will explore the answer to that question as given by one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic and engaging writers.
Tuesday, March 11 - Week One: “Startling Figures: An Introduction to O’Connor and her Work”. Part 1 of the series will provide a brief introduction and overview of the life and work of Flannery O’Connor, including her prose writings and her recently published prayer journal, written when she was in her early 20s and pondering her artistic vocation just prior to the onset of the debilitating disease that would eventually claim her life at the age of 39. The talk with then turn to an initial examination of the short stories to be taken up in the remainder of the series on March 18 and 25.
Adam Rutledge, Treasurer of the Advent, is finishing a PhD on religious themes in literary modernism in the English Department at Brandeis University, and he has a master's degree in Religion and Literature from Yale Divinity School. His interests include Aesthetics, the relationship between Philosophy, Theology, and Literature, Medieval Latin Literature, and the History of the Book. He currently works in the investment group of a trust firm in Boston's financial district.
“Back to Basics” // A series on Wednesday evenings in Lent // 7:00 PM in Moseley Hall. Everyone needs to brush up on the basics sometimes, and this Lent you are invited to worship, fellowship and get “Back to Basics” of Christianity every Wednesday in Lent. This series is open to everyone, and it also serves as preparation for confirmation, which will take place on May 31, so let know if you are attending and would like to be confirmed. Join us for Evening Prayer at 5:30 and mass at 6:00, followed by discussion in Moseley Hall every Wednesday evening beginning March 12.
Now and at the Hour of Our Death: Medical Decision-Making in the 21st Century // Saturday, March 15 // 10 AM to 2 PM // Moseley Hall. Register now for this interactive seminar, praised by those who attended in October as “informative . . . insightful . . . excellent.” The program includes an historical overview of the relationship between health care and religion in English pre-Reformation hospitals and in the Colonies, as well as a review of significant medical advances in the 20th century. Each attendee receives a comprehensive, resource-rich toolkit described by one participant as “a fabulously complete set of information about every aspect of this topic,” including advance directive, living will, and health care proxy forms. Faculty members are Daphne B. Noyes, with nearly two decades experience as a hospital chaplain, and Christine Gryglik, CNS, PhD (c) from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Registration forms available from ; limited to 25 participants.
Mark the Date: The Boy Choristers of St. Paul’s Church, Harvard Square, will be singing at both the 9:00 & 11:15 Masses on Sunday March 16. They are all educated at St Paul’s Choir School, which is a day school for musical boys, grades four through eight. The boys sing music for treble voices at the daily mass, and join with the Gentlemen of the Choir on Sundays and at numerous liturgies throughout the year. The Choir School was modeled on European examples by the late Dr Theodore Marier, and has since become a unique feature of the Boston musical scene. The Choir seeks to sing great music from the history of the Church in a liturgical context. Located in Harvard Square, the Choir School, grades four through eight, offers a full range of academic subjects including French and Latin, a small class size, and enjoys an excellent relationship with many leading High Schools. Since its early days, the Choir has enjoyed collaborations with numerous well-known ensembles, including most recently Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Boys Choir.
A service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament sung by the Parish Choir will take place next Sunday, March 16 at 5:00 PM. The choir will offer music of Orlando Gibbons: the Short Service, O Lord how do my woes increase and Almighty and everlasting God. It will be preceded by a 4:30 Organ Recital played by Joseph Fort, organist at Grace Church Newton, who will play the great Prelude and Fugue in B Minor of Bach, as well as music of Jean Langlais.
“What Mean Ye by This Service?” Following Evensong, Mark Dwyer will give a brief overview of the structure and form of the services of Holy Week. A light soup supper will be served and all are invited. The services of Holy Week, most especially those of the Triduum or “Great Three Days” are filled with drama, pageantry and meaning. The third week in April is the most important and potentially the most influential week of the entire Christian year. It is not too early to set aside the evenings of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday for this one liturgy in three acts. It is the most potentially transformative week of the year if we are faithful and open, recollected, restored, and ultimately reconstituted in the Paschal Mystery.
Bishop Election to be held April 5, 2014: One of the privileges and responsibilities of your Diocesan Delegates is to participate in the election of the new Bishop of Massachusetts. After a seven-month process, the diocesan discernment committee has recommended five names for consideration. Two additional candidates were nominated by petition. The full roster of candidates is:
• The Rev’d Holly Antolini, Rector, St James’s Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts •
The Rev’d Timothy E. Crellin, Vicar, St Stephen’s Church, Boston
• The Rev’d Ronald Culmer, Rector, St Clare’s Church, Pleasanton, California
• The Rev’d Alan Gates, Rector, St Paul’s Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
• The Rev’d Ledlie Laughlin, Rector, St Peter’s Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania •
The Rev’d Margaret (Mally) Ewing Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Massachusetts
• The Rev’d Sam Rodman, Project Manager for Campaign Initiatives, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
There are several ways to learn about the nominees. One way is to look on the website, www.mabishopsearch.org, where there are biographies and essays from each of the candidates. Another way is to attend one of the open meetings which will be held around the diocese during the week of March 14 - 19. The nominees will participate in these meetings at four different locations where the people of the diocese will have an opportunity to meet and learn more about them. The schedule for the meetings is:
March 14, 6:30 PM - St Andrew’s Church (79 Denton Road) in Wellesley
March 15, 1:00 PM - Trinity Church (Copley Square) in Boston
March 16, 4:00 PM - St Stephen's Church (74 South Common Street) in Lynn
March 17, 6:30 PM - Grace Church (422 County Street) in New Bedford
March 18, 6:30 PM - Christ Church (33 Central Street) in Andover
Sam Manka and Betsy Ridge Madsen would appreciate any feedback that you may have concerning any of the candidates.
ODDS & ENDS
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 is an opening for a flower memorial or thanksgiving on the following Sundays - March 30 and April 13. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or
There are a few boxes of pledge envelopes waiting to be picked up at the back of the Church. If you requested envelopes and cannot find them, call the Parish Office at 617-523-2377 ext 122).