To the Beloved in Christ at Ashmont
Dear Friends,

    Here we are late in Lent.  It is nearly time to stop and contemplate the conclusion of our Lenten pilgrimage:  the Triduum – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil, when we gather at church all three nights at 7.

    Our purpose in gathering on those three nights is to “survey the wondrous Cross on which the Prince of Glory died.”  To “survey” means to gaze - to focus – on the Cross. We put our normal busy lives on “pause” for these three nights.  We put the usual things aside and deliberately and consciously take the time to quiet down and contemplate the Cross, in order to focus our hearts and minds on the final hours of Jesus’ life.

The early Christians did not have crosses in their churches.  To them, the Cross represented the defeat of Jesus by the forces of evil.  Only gradually did they come to see the Cross as a symbol of victory.  They came to realize that when evil seemed to defeat Jesus, he did not retaliate or change: he continued quietly and steadfastly to love, to forgive (“they know not what they do”), to reassure (“Today,” he said to the penitent thief, “you will be with me in paradise”). Two thousand years later, the so-called powerful people of Jesus’ time are gone and forgotten, but the Cross continues “towering o’er the wrecks of time.”

On the Cross, we see God’s love as utterly defenseless and vulnerable, but, at the same time, as invincibly powerful through all of time.

In our three Triduum nights at the foot of the Cross, we stop to contemplate that love, to gaze upon it, to survey its defenseless vulnerability and its invincible power.  That is why we need to “be there.”  We need to hear Jesus cry aloud his final words: “It is finished.”  We need to focus on those final moments when what he came to do - to love, forgive, heal, even in the darkest hours - is completed before our eyes.

And when, at the foot of the Cross, we look upon that amazing love, when we contemplate what it means for us, we shall be moved to conclude:

    Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were an offering far too small,
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.


A columnist in the London Daily Telegraph recently quoted The Rev. Lucy Winkett, vicar of St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, as saying that the British look on church-going as they look on going to the bathroom: “It’s good manners not to say where they’ve been, and never mention what happened there.”  I sometimes feel that we at All Saints’ are like the British in that regard.  We keep our parish – and our faith – a secret.  The Triduum offers each of us the opportunity to bring someone with us to church. The Triduum invites us to share our faith.

    F.W.J.

 

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Service Times

Sundays

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education*
10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour

* during the academic year

Weekdays

Low Mass
Wednesday 10 a.m. *
Friday 7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.

* followed by coffee hour

 

Location and Parking

209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester MA 02124
(617) 436-6370

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All Saints is located in the south Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, just off Peabody Square, at 209 Ashmont St. and is a very short walk from the Ashmont T station on the Red Line. (Click icon for map.)

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The five principal levels of our buildings are handicap accessible, served by a five-stop elevator. Handicap access into both buildings is by a walkway and ADA-compliant ramp from the parking lot to the Ashmont Street door of the church.  There are handicap accessible bathrooms on four levels of the church and parish house.

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There is a private parking lot for 47 cars and on-street parking on both Ashmont Street and on the other streets surrounding the church.

Four of these spaces are reserved for Zipcars.

Parish of All Saints, Ashmont

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Our emphasis at the Parish of All Saints is on sacramental worship (the Mass or Holy Eucharist) celebrated in a traditional Anglo-Catholic style, with strong orthodox teaching and preaching, supportive pastoral care, a caring parish family, and responsibility to our community and the greater world.

 
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