Candlemas, 2 February 2014
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, or Candlemas,
is a principal feast on the Ashmont Calendar. It is one of four Prayer Book Holy Days that take
precedence over a Sunday.
We will celebrate Candlemas at the Low Mass at 8 o'clock in the morning and the Solemn Mass at 10 o'clock.
In the afternoon, at 4 o'clock, we welcome the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw as our preacher at a Solemn Evensong & Benediction. As is
our custom, we will make a procession to the Shrine of Our Lady of Dorchester.
The parish hospitality committee will host a festive reception in Amelia Peabody Hall after the service.
Ash Wednesday, 5 March 2014
There are eight Sundays of Epiphany this year, so Ash Wednesday occurs late, on 5 March.
All Saints' will observe this fast day at its regularly scheduled 10 a.m. Low Mass and at
a Solemn Mass at 7 p.m. Ashes will be imposed at both masses.
Sundays in Lent
To mark the penitential nature of Lent, the order of service at the Sunday Solemn Masses is altered.
On the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of Lent (9, 23 March and 6 April), the Great Litany is sung in procession
around the church.
On the 2rd and 4th Sundays, the Solemn Mass begins with the Prayer Book recitation of the Decalogue,
the Ten Commandments.
Wednesdays in Lent
In addition to the regularly scheduled Low Mass at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the parish comes
together on five Wednesday evenings in Lent (12, 19, & 26 March and 2 & 8 April) to walk the Stations
of the Cross and, during Benediction, to worship Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Immediately after Benediction each Wednesday, William Buckingham, long-time parishioner and current Junior Warden,
will off a series of brief meditations.
Palm Sunday, 13 April 2014
Palm Sunday is 13 April this year. Palms will be blessed and distributed at both the 8 o'clock Low Mass and 10 o'clock
The Maundy Thursday liturgy is observed at 7 p.m. on 17 April. The Maundy, or the Washing of the
Feet, is performed following the sermon. After the ablutions the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession
to a prepared Altar of Repose in the Lady Chapel. While the choir sings Psalm 22, the acolytes strip the high
altar and then hoist a great, black canvas cloth to veil the reredos and high altar. A watch is kept before
the Blessed Sacrament.
The Good Friday liturgy begins at 7 p.m. on the following day, 18 April. The sacred
ministers prostate themselves before the high altar, the Passion from St. John's Gospel is sung, followed
by the Solemn Collects. A relic of the True Cross is venerated and the Liturgy of the Presanctified is
celebrated. All depart in silence.
Easter Vigil, Saturday, 19 April 2014
The Easter Vigil begins in silence and darkness at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 19 April with the
lighting and blessing of the Paschal Fire and the singing of the Exultet before the Paschal Candle. Old Testament
prophesies are read. During the Litany of the Saints, the people are aspersed with holy water, the high altar is
unveiled. The first mass of the resurrection begins with the acclamation that Christ is Risen!
Easter Day, Sunday, 20 April 2014
On Sunday, 20 April, Easter is celebrated with a Low Mass at 8 a.m. and with a Procession
and Solemn Mass at 10 a.m.