Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. 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 flowers today are given to the Glory of God, in thanksgiving for the consecration of the Rt Rev’d Alan Gates as Bishop of Massachusetts, and in loving memory of Thomas Henry Lehman, priest.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Ray Porter & Robb Scholten host the coffee hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Barbara Boles and Nancy Macmillan. 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: David Taylor, David Lapin, and Carolyn Walden host the coffee hour this morning. Next week’s coffee hour hosts are Bruce & Susan Webb and Dustin Henderson. 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
Advent Church School is in session! Following communions during the 9 AM Mass, classes are offered for children of all ages. Please contact Emily Litman 617-852-2661 to register or schedule a tour of our classrooms.
Children’s Sermons: After the Gospel reading, willing children may process out of the sanctuary to hear a sermon put into their own words. Following the message, they process back into the service to join their families for the liturgy of the Eucharist. Children’s bulletins may be found in the back of the church as an alternative.
The Church School Needs You! The Church School is growing and in search of a few good volunteers to help our Sunday Mornings run smoothly. Come and join us to help give our children a firm foundation! Email
to find out ways you can pitch in. The reward is great!
This morning we are celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This is a very ancient celebration which is popular and widespread in both the Western and Eastern Churches. Its origin, however, is obscure. The commonly accepted explanation is that it was a day set aside to commemorate the completion of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem by the Emperor Constantine in the year AD 335. Time erased the memory of the building but the meaning of the day remained - a day to recall the Passion and Death of the Lord, a Feast of the Holy Cross.
The Advent is privileged to possess a relic of the Cross, and it is displayed this morning on the All Saints’ Altar. Devotion focused on relics is also very ancient in the Church and the history and theology of the practice is complicated. Suffice it only to say that relics point to the temporal, earthly, and incarnate reality of the Christian religion, that is to say in this instance, that a relic of the Cross points to the fact that the Passion and Death of Jesus is not just a story or a mythic pattern, but was a real death suffered by a real man on a real wooden cross at a certain place and at a certain time. Through that death on the Cross the world was changed and saved.
Behold the wood of the Cross!
O come let us worship!
Last Monday, our new lift was certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be in working order! Gott sei Dank! There are a few cosmetic touches that remain to be completed, but the lift is operational at long last.
Welcome! Wallace W. (Chip) Mills comes to the Church of the Advent as a newly ordained transitional deacon in the Diocese of Idaho and a final-year student at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. Originally from Camden, South Carolina, Chip attended the Advent as a Harvard undergraduate, served in the US Marine Corps upon graduation, and has subsequently practiced law since 1974 in South Carolina, Washington, and Idaho. He was organist at St Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley, Idaho, from 1990-2011 and has also served that church as a vestry person and senior warden. He and his wife, Beau, have two children and four grandchildren. He plans to return to the west upon completion of seminary for his future ministry.
You are cordially invited to attend the Advent’s Arts & Letters reading and discussion group. We meet most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. We are beginning to read and discuss Dante’s Divine Comedy. The group has finished The Inferno and is in the midst of The Purgatorio. We will continue on through September until we have completed The Paradiso. Arts & Letters is a church community group open to all parishioners. We usually have lively and interesting discussions (more or less) based on the text at hand. Please contact
Attention singers! The choir season will begin shortly, with the first rehearsal of the Advent’s famed Parish Choir taking place Wednesday evening, September 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Choir Room. This ensemble provides music for the 9:00 Sung Mass on a regular basis and for several evening services throughout the year. The choir rehearses on most Sunday mornings from 8:00 to 8:45 AM, and has a once-a-month midweek rehearsal on a Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 PM. The schedule is flexible; if you can make the once monthly full rehearsal, you can sing for the following 4 Sundays to which it corresponds. And, there are occasional Sundays off. If you wish to join them to sing masterworks of the Renaissance and Anglican traditions, please contact Mark Dwyer or Ross Wood after Mass, or contact Mark Dwyer at 617-523-2377 extension 141 or
for more information.
Monday, September 29 - The Feast of St Michael & All Angels (Michaelmas) - Procession & Solemn Mass at 6:30 PM; The guest preacher will be the Rev’d Kevin O. Olds, Rector of St John’s Church, Saugus. A reception follows.
Blessing of the Animals - Feast of St Francis // Donations for Animal Rescue League // Sunday, October 5. “Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission—to be of service to them whenever they require it . . . If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” - Saint Francis of Assisi
In honor of St Francis, and in conjunction with our annual Blessing of the Animals on October 5, we are collecting items for MSPCA Angell, established in 1868 to promote “kindness and care for animals.” Among the items needed for dogs, cats, and rabbits: towels, blankets, peanut butter, cat litter, dog or cat mattresses, cleaning supplies (bleach, hand sanitizer, dishwashing soap). A full list is available on their website: http://www.mspca.org/adoption/boston/donate/boston-adoption-wishlist.html. Contributions from pet owners and non-pet owners are welcome! Contact Deacon Daphne with questions.
MISSION & OUTREACH
Praying This Month: Erin & Ryan Bennett - The Advent supports a number of people involved in mission in Boston and around the world, and we’ve committed to supporting them not only financially, but in our prayers. One missionary family we support is Ryan and Erin Bennett, who have now been in France for a full calendar year preparing to help plant a church in Paris. This month the Bennetts have asked us to pray for their developing relationships with their neighbors, and for their internships with a French church that begin in September. For more information and prayer requests, visit http://www.bennettsofparis.blogspot.fr.
Get involved and stay informed about Advent mission projects:
• Follow @AdventInMission on Twitter • Contact
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• Remember our missionaries in your prayers!
Can You Help? The Tuesday Community Supper operates year-round, serving a meal to those in need weekly. The summer is a great time to volunteer if you’re interested in exploring this ministry, as our school and college groups are gone. We can use volunteer servers starting at 5:30, and we finish clean-up by 7:00. For more details, call Barbara Boles at (h) 617-625-1857 or (w) 617-496-1012, or just come on any Tuesday!
Urgent // Help Episcopal Relief & Development Fight Ebola in Liberia // Supplies & Support Needed “Ebola is heartless because it punishes the very best human tendencies for caring and for honoring the sick and dying. A simple act - wiping a fevered brow or kissing away a tear - can be deadly.” (The New York Times, 7 September 2014)
Healthcare workers in Liberia battling the worst ever outbreak of Ebola are in urgent need of medical supplies for clinics and hospitals: bleach wipes or spray, rubbing alcohol, plastic spray bottles, hand sanitizer, blankets, Tylenol, nutritional drinks (Boost, Ensure, Gatorade, etc.). A full list is available from Deacon Daphne. Financial support is also welcome; please note “Liberia Ebola donation” in the memo line.
Starlight Ministries Walkathon // Saturday, October 4 at 9 am // Blackstone Park in the South End Walk in the 6th Annual Walkathon to support Starlight Ministries. Operating out of the Emmanuel Gospel Center in the South End, Starlight Ministries trains and equips people to build life-changing relationships with those affected by homelessness. This family-friendly event gives all Advent parishioners a chance to help raise awareness and help care for our brothers and sisters living on the street. For more information or to make a pledge, email . Visit http://egc.org/starlight/2014walkathon-register to register to walk.
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 thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sunday, September 21. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or
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? .
This Week at the Advent
September 15-21, 2014
Monday, September 15
Tuesday, September 16 Ninian of Galloway
Wednesday, September 17 Hildegard of Bingen
Thursday, September 18 Edward Bouverie Pusey
Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, September 19 Theodore of Tarsus
Saturday, September 20 John Coleridge Patteson & Companions