We have hosted brunches in the past, but this one was set up differently. Rather than served sit-down style, this brunch was served buffet style, with two identical serving lines. There was a large variety of wonderful foods prepared by our committee members, including a huge dessert table. Mimosas, bloody Marys, assorted juices, sodas, and sparkling water with a twist were available at the beverage table.
The All Saints Brunch is just one of several occasions during the year when the parish lays out a groaning table for its guests and members. This brunch was a very special event and if you missed it, please keep an eye on this space for when we announce the Candlemas Evensong and Benediction. There is usually a big reception after that Sunday evening service
The Ashmont Choir of of Men & Boys traveled again this year to All Saints' Church in Worcester to sing a service of Choral Evensong with their choir on the afternoon of Sunday, 4 November 2012.
Our choirs complement each other and it is always a pleasure to worship in All Saints' grand space.
The souls of the righteous – Geraint Lewis
Responses – Phillip Radcliffe
Psalm 96 – Anglican Chant by Charles Villiers Stanford
The Second Service –Kenneth Leighton
The Beatitudes – Arvo Pärt
The Guild of All Souls gathered at Ashmont for its annual requiem mass on Saturday, 10 November 2012. A light lunch in Peabody Hall followed the solemn mass. This service was both the annual gathering of guild members and the opportunity for the parish family to remember the faithful departed at a solemn requiem.
Following the lunch, the well-known recitalist David Enslow played a recital.
The Guild of All Souls, founded in England in 1873, is a Prayer Guild within the worldwide Anglican Communion, which seeks to promote the Church's teaching in regard to the Faithful Departed through Intercessory prayer for the Dying and for the Repose of the Souls of the Departed; encouraging Christian customs at burials, especially the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and promoting two great doctrines of the Christian Creed: The Communion of Saints and The Resurrection from the Dead.
Requiem in Eb, opus 84 – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
Selig sind die Toten – Heinrich Schütz
Adagio (Sonata XV) – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
Phantasie (Sonata XV) – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
The parish also celebrated All Souls on the day, Friday, 2 November 2012, at two low mass requiems at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The Guild of All Souls sponsored an organ recital by David Enlow on Ashmont's C.B. Fisk, Opus 103, Centennial Organ after its annual requiem, 10 November 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
We were disappointed that our guest preacher for All Saints was unable to be with us. The recent hurricane Sandy made travel impossible for him. We hope to welcome Bp. Rumalshah to Ashmont another time.
The Rt. Rev'd Mano Rumalshah is retired Anglican Bishop of Peshawar in the Church of Pakistan. Bishop Rumalshah is currently teaching at Berkley Divinity School at Yale, having been bishop of his diocese from 1994 to 2009. For part of that time he was also the General Secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. Following a curacy in Karachi, he has served several English parishes in Leeds and Southhall as well as being Education Secretary for the British Council of Churches. He has also taught English at St. Edward's College in Pakistan. With his rich and varied experience, Bishop Rumalshah is someone who not only has a global perspective on the faith, but has the added credibility of having lived that faith as part of a small persecuted Christian minority.
Our All Saints' Day Solemn Mass with Procession was at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 1 November 2012.
Communion Service in a – Harold Darke
Psalm 149 – Anglican Chant by John Barnard
The Beatitudes – Arvo Pärt
Choral in E – César Franck
Litanies – Jehan Alain
At the annual Synod of the Society of the Holy Cross Fr. Godderz was installed as the Master of the Province of the Americas. The Synod and Installation were held at Grace and St. Peter's Parish in Baltimore, Wednesday, 19 September 2012,
The SSC (as it is commonly known, from its Latin initials) is the oldest catholic society in the Anglican Communion. It was founded in London in 1855 by a small group of Anglo-Catholic priests led by Father Charles Lowder. At a time when the Catholic Revival in the Church of England was threatened by persecution and misunderstanding, these priests came together for support, mutual prayer, and encouragement.
There are now over a thousand priests and bishops throughout the world who belong to the SSC. The Province of the Americas is the second largest of the four provinces with some two hundred brothers. While most are in the United States, members range from Canada through Central America, Peru, and the Carribean Islands.
SSC is not a devotional guild, but takes its stance upon a shared vision of "a disciplined priestly life fashioned after a definite spiritual rule." Its goal is the sanctification of priests' lives. Member of the Society can be recognized by the small gold lapel cross that they generally wear. On it is inscribed the motto of the Society—in hoc signo vinces—in this sign, conquer!
This is actually the second time that a priest from All Saints' has been called to lead the work of the SSC in this region. Fr. Titus Oates, twelfth rector, held the position of Provincial Vicar (as it was then called), even presiding over the meeting at which Fr. Godderz was elected to membership in the Society. This is a particular honor for All Saints', for no other church in this province can claim such a distinction.
While perusing it recently, your editors came across further evidence of the important link between fine organs and excellent musicians at Ashmont.
In 1902 the parish paid to install a distinguished chancel organ behind handsome new casework designed by Ralph Adams Cram. The organ was built by the Hutchings-Votey Company, who had just recently built the organ for Boston's new Symphony Hall.
On page 37, Tucci goes on to tell that, "The new organ, by the way, soon enough yielded a new organist and choirmaster, for in 1906, [the rector, Charles] Whittemore appointed to that post Dr. Archibald Davison, a native Dorchesterite who had earned both his bachelor's and graduate degrees at Harvard, and whose musicianship was such that he went on to become one of the most distinguished American musicians of his time in the field of choral music as the Director of the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Chorus. Davison was himself twice soloist with Koussevitksy, and M.A. DeWolfe Howe, the historian of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, credited Davison with having created in his glee club virtually an 'unexampled creation,' without which Koussevitsky's choral repertoire 'could scarcely have been achieved.'"
The photograph of Archibald Davison is from the Dorchester Historical Society's Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1747. An appreciation of Davison, written immediately after his death in 1961, can be seen in the Harvard Crimson's archives.
Sunday, 16 September 2012, following the Solemn Mass, the parish enjoyed its autumn potluck barbecue with plenty of food and fellowship. The All Saints' fall program kicked off that Sunday with the start of the Church School and the first Sunday of the Choir Term.
Together with First Baptist Church of Dorchester, First Parish Church in Dorchester, and St. Mark Parish, the chime sounded for one minute at 4:30 pm to commemorate historic naming on 7 September 1630, of the three towns of Dorchester, Boston, & Watertown.
As Thomas O'Connor, former professor of history at Boston College tells it, in his short history of Boston, Bibles, Brahmins, and Bosses:
In March of 1630, the first group of Puritan settlers set sail for the shores of the Massachusetts Bay, and were discovered to have carried the original copy of their Charter with them...In the past, not only had many stockholders of a colonizing company remained in England, but the government of the company (symbolized by the charter) always remained in England where the company meetings were regularly held. By taking "the whole government" and the original copy of this charter itself to America with them, the Puritans insured that all future meetings would be held in Boston instead of London and that the governance of the colony would be safely in their own hands.
Thomas H. O'Connor. Bibles, Brahmins, and Bosses: A Short History of Boston (City of Boston: Trustees of the Public Library, 1976), p. 10-11.
Church bells also rang out in downtown Boston and in Watertown for this 382nd anniversary.
Check out The Partnership of the Historic Bostons for information on the event.
Whether you call it the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, the Falling Asleep, the Dormition, or the Koimesis, you can be sure that the Feast of the Assumption is always marked with great enthusiasm at Ashmont .
This year was no different. On Wednesday, 15 August 2012, at 7 o'clock in the evening, we began our celebration with a candle-lit procession while we sang the Lourdes Hymn. At the station at the Shrine of Our Lady of Dorchester the entire congregation gathered around to sing the Regina Coeli. We then returned to the high altar for the solemn mass singing 'Ye who own the faith of Jesus.' We concluded our observance with a festive reception.
The mass setting was Missa Misericordias Domini by Josef Gabriel Rheinberger sung by the full Choir of Men & Boys. The anthem was Ave maris stella by Eleanor Daley and the psalm was by Edgar Day.
We we were privileged to have The Reverend Daphne B. Noyes, Deacon, as our preacher.
The Feast of the Assumption is one of the feasts of the year we share with our sister parish, The Church of the Advent. We were not disappointed as the pews were filled with many familiar faces from the Advent. We were equally pleased to see many priests and folk from other parishes in the diocese.
For the Ascension and Michaelmas, All Saints takes the Red Line from Ashmont to the Advent. For Candlemas and the Assumption, the Advent returns the favor by traveling to Ashmont.
The Bishop of Montréal, the Right Rev'd Barry B. Clarke presided. The Rev'd Edmund Pickup, Jr, preached. This final service of this year's choir course was broadcast live on Radio Ville-Marie.
The anthem at communion was Richard Dering's Ave verum corpus. The prelude was Ralph Vaughan William's 'Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (Bryn Calfaria).'
The postlude was new music written by the course director, Malcolm Archer, "A Festival Toccata." First performed in November on the new organ at St. John's, Boxmoor, the choir course members were privileged to hear the North American premier in Lennoxville and again in Montreal.
Ten of our choirboys attended the choir course this year, a program of the Royal School of Church Music, held at Bishop's College School in Next year we hope to send even more
Boys come from Boston, Massachusetts, Albany, DeWitt, Garden City, and Rye, New York, Lexington, Kentucky, Greenwich, Connecticut, Arlington, Franklin, and Williamsburg, Virginia, Elk River and St. Paul, Minnesota, Montréal and Saint-Lambert, Québec, Verona, Wisconsin, and Salem, Oregon.
The full choir of Men and Boys will begin the 2012/13 choral term on Sunday, 16 September.
If you know of a musically-inclined boy entering the 3rd to 5th grade, please contact the Choirmaster, Andrew Sheranian.
The Parish BBQ was held on the Church Lawn following the Sung Mass on Sunday, 10 June 2012. Parishioner, friends, and guests came to enjoy the food and the fellowship.
The All Saints' Choir of Men & Boys was joined by the Boston Boychoir of St. Paul's Church, Harvard Square, to lead Solemn Evensong and Procession in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
We were pleased to welcome folk from St. Paul's and their Pastor, the Rev. Michael E. Drea, and some of our Ashmont neighbors as we all gave voice to the church's praises of Our Lady.
Responses: Thomas Tomkins
Andrew Sheranian is the Organist and Master of Chorister at All Saints'. John Robinson is the Director of Music at St. Paul's.
After having been hosted by St. Paul's during Lent, we were delighted to return the favor. We look forward to future collaboration.
On Friday, the of 13th April, the Boys of Ashmont traveled the Red Line for a field trip to Harvard Square. All thirteen boys of the All Saints' Choir of Men & Boys, together with Choirmaster Andrew Sheranian and five parents, arrived at Harvard Square Station to be greeted by four members of the Harvard Glee Club.
After the successful and fun afternoon of socializing and a mini-concert at Ashmont with the Harvard Glee Club three weeks earlier, the boys were eager to don their Glee Club hoodies and see the men of Harvard on their own turf. The Harvard men met the boys and their chaperones inside the Red Line station and then took them on a tour of the Square, the Yard, John Harvard's statue, ending up in the Appleton Chapel of Memorial Church. There the boys saw where the Glee Club practices and they saw a portrait of former Ashmont choirmaster and founding director of the Glee Club, Archibald "Doc" Davison.
Dinner finished, the boy then walked to the narthex of Sander's Theatre where they sang Lux Aurumque and selections from Mozart's Spatzenmesse for the audience gathering for the Glee Club concert.
Finally came the climax of the field trip, sitting in the front row of the acoustically superb Sander's Theatre to enjoy the concert. The boys even got a shout-out when the men sang Doc Davison's arrangement of their signature Glee composition, Glorious Apollo. After the concert the boys were able to meet and greet with the men and women performers before their subway return to Ashmont.
The Feast of the Ascension, 40 days from Easter, occurred on 17 May this year. As is our custom, Ashmont joined with our sister parish, the Church of the Advent, to celebrate one the chief feasts of the Christian year with a Procession & Orchestral Mass.
The next jointly celebrated feast is the Feast of the Assumption at Ashmont, followed by Michaelmas at the Advent.
The Church of the Advent is located on the flat of Beacon Hill at 30 Brimmer Street, a convenient walk from the Charles/MGH stop on the Red Line.
Moses Kaser Htaw was ordained a Deacon on Easter morning by the Most Rev Stephen Than Myint Oo, Primate of Myanmar & Archbishop of Rangoon. While a student at Nashotah House, Moses did his summer internship at All Saints. We learned to value his gentle spirit and powerful proclamation of the Good News of God in Jesus Christ. We had the honor of having him preach from our pulpit on his last Sunday in this country before returning home. We offer our prayers for him and for the ministry to which he has been called.
We delighted to welcome the Rev. Craig Robinson back to our for Holy Week 2012. The Rev. Robinson led us from the pulpit through the Great Three Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil.
The Reverend Craig T. Robinson, Jr. is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. The Reverend Robinson holds a bachelor's degree in History from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School. The Reverend Robinson currently serves as a Pastoral Resident at Charles Street AME Church in Roxbury. He has previously served as an intern at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in New Haven, Connecticut, and on the clergy staffs of Bethel A.M.E. Church in New Haven and St. James A.M.E. Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
Parishioners will remember him from last year's Candlemas service. It was a delight to have him back with us again..
Detail of St. Stephen Window
Credit: Julie L. Sloan, 2011
Some of those unable to attend the Ashmont evening Liturgy on Good Friday took advantage of the mid-day Meditations on our Lord's Last Seven Words from the Cross at our sister parish, the Church of the Advent.
Fr. Godderz delivered the meditations this year.
They divide my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots—Ps. 22:18
On the Wednesdays in Lent, the folk at Ashmont walked the Stations of the Cross and then heard a meditation delivered by Ashmont parishioner Dr. John Boylan.
The title for John's series of five meditations was Lent is for Sinners: The Perfect Need Not Apply.
Director of the NMR Center at Boston College for 20 years, John teaches graduate courses in Magnetic Resonance and Molecular Structure Determination. He also teaches a course for undergraduate seniors called Capstone: Decisions for Life. It is based loosely on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, which John directed for the Jesuit community at Boston College for four years. John has taught Capstone every year since 1999.
The musical directors of the groups–Andrew Sheranian (Ashmont) and Andrew Clark (Harvard)– planned an evening of socializing between the Ashmont boys and the Harvard men that culminated in a joint concert of the ensembles.
Duruflé: Ubi Caritas
Harvard Glee Club & Ashmont Men and Boys
Both videos courtesy HGCFoundation
Upwards of 200 enthusiastic people filled the pews. News of the collaboration and concert had gone out to the network of Glee Club alumni, to the neighborhood through advertisements in local papers, and through the St. Mark's Area Main Street grapevine. Of course many parisioners and friends of the parish were there as well.
In introducing the concert selections, the directors and choristers from both ensembles described the life-long impact singing in these group have had on them. The Men & Boys of Ashmont began the evening with sacred pieces by Bairstow, Haydn, and Eric Whitacre. The men of Harvard then sang a Gregorian chant, followed by sacred and secular selections from Victoria, Poulenc, and Samuel Webbe, ending with a modern arrangement of the traditional American folk song Shenandoah. Finally, the two ensembles joined to sing three selections that the Men & Boys of Ashmont have been preparing for Holy Week.
This joint event with the Harvard Glee Club re-establishes an historical connection and is the beginning of an exciting new collaboration.
A bit of history: In 1910, Dr. Archibald T. Davison (a Dorchester native) left his position as Organist & Choirmaster at All Saints to take the post of University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard. In 1912, he began coaching Harvard Glee Club (HGC) members on vocal training and other aspects of choral music making. He became a beloved figure, and in 1919 he accepted the HGC's invitation to become the group's first conductor. Known as "Doc" Davison, he is credited with leading the HGC to the artistic heights and renown it continues to enjoy.
All Saints' choir is one of only about 30 such men and boys choirs in the United States today, and it follows the English cathedral choral tradition of training and repertoire. At All Saints and in similar choirs, boys sing the highest or "treble" line in the music, while the alto, tenor, and bass lines are sung by adult men and boys with changed voices. In addition to a rigorous musical training, the boys are supported in developing strong leadership and other skills that serve them well in other parts of their lives. The All Saints choir is especially known for the diversity of its members, which reflects the makeup of the Parish and its Dorchester neighborhood.
Here is a short history of the Harvard Glee Club.
27 March 2012
Let all mortal flesh keep silence - Edward Cuthbert Bairstow (1874-1926)
Kyrie and Agnus Dei from Missa Sancti Johannis de Deo "Kleine Orgelmesse"
- Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
Insanae et vanae curae - Haydn
Lux aurumque - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
Alma Redemptoris mater - mediaeval plainchant
O Regem coeli - Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
O Jesu and O proles from Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue (1959)
- Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Glorious Apollo - Samuel Webbe (1740-1816), arr. Archibald T. Davison
Shenandoah - tradition, arr. Marshall Bartholomew
Salvator Mundi - Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Ubi caritas - Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Steal away - traditional, arr. Nicholas White
On the Fifth Sunday of Lent, 25 March 2012, the choristers of Trinity Church in Asbury Park joined with our own choir of men and boys to sing the solemn mass at 10 a.m.
Diane Caruso, Trinity Church's Director of Music, takes children with little musical experience and fashions them into an impressive choir. We are most grateful that Trinity Church came to Ashmont to share with us the fruit of their hard work.
On Saturday the visiting choristers, together with parishioners of Ashmont, took a walking tour all over Boston, not missing the Augustus Saint-Gaudens memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment. Later on Sunday, Asbury sang the 6 p.m. Eucharist at Trinity Church, Copley Square.
Mass for Five Voices – William Byrd
Psalm 51:1-13 – Anglican Chant by Samuel Wesley
Remember not, Lord, our offences – Henry Purcell
Toccata and Fugue in D minor "The Dorian" (BWV 538)
Johann Sebastian Bach
A special preaching series graced our pulpit again this year at the 10 a.m. solemn mass during the five Sundays of Lent.
Five students from Berkeley Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, and Boston University School of Theology brought us the insights and fervor of the coming generation of the church's leaders.
Please see here to learn more about these young leaders.
On the afternoon of the Third Sunday of Lent, 11 March 2012, our choir boarded the Red Line to travel to St. Paul's Church, Harvard Square. There our choir joined forces with their Choir of Men and Boys for a service of Choral Vespers.
The music included pieces by Eleanor Daly (b. 1995), Colin Mawby (b. 1936), and Robert Parsons (c.1535-1572).
The two choirs are the only remaining choirs of their kind in the Boston area (ours being the only one in the City of Boston) and it is particularly fitting for the two choirs to collaborate. The St. Paul Choir, returning the favor, will come to Ashmont on May 6 to join forces with our choir in singing Evensong. Save the date!
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent in the Western Church. Ashmont marked this entry into Lent with a low mass at 10 a.m. and a Solemn Mass at 7 p.m. Ashes were imposed at both masses.
Mass for Four Voices - William Byrd
Psalm 103:8-14 - Anglican Chant by John Camidge II
Call to remembrance - Richard Farrant
O Mensch bewein dein' Sünde groß (BWV 622) - Johann Sebastian Bach
The All Saints' Choir of Men and Boys served the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper again this year in the lower hall of the parish house.
We are always gratified at how well attended this supper is and this year was no exception. Members of the parish as well as friends from the community turned out in large numbers to support the choir. The menu of this simple supper is pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, and orange juice.
The boys of the choir love this event. They provide table service, while the diners sit down, relax, and converse with their neighbors.
In between serving the meal, the boys entertained their guests by singing selections from their secular repertoire, including a piece attributed to Gioachino Rossini called, Duetto buffo di due gatti, consisting entirely of the word "Meow," and this old classic about pancakes, apple sauce, and sausages.
I can give you the pancakes
stacks unending for you
I can give you some syrup
dripping, shinning, and oozing.
I can give you some sausage
links all glistening with oil.
Call and I shall be
all you ask of me
Apple sauce fine
All these I bring to you!
Sung to the Ivor Novello tune "I can give you the starlight"
The Friends of Music did their part by laboring in the kitchen.
Proceeds of the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper support the choir.
All Saints' observed Candlemas on 5 February 2012 at 4 p.m. with a service of Solemn Evensong, Procession, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The chancel was packed with choristers, for the Choir of All Saints' Church, Worcester, joined the Ashmont Choir of Men & Boys to sing this special service. Ashmont traveled to Worcester in November 2011 to sing an evensong on All Saints' Sunday. We were delighted our friends from Worcester came to Ashmont to return the favor.
Even though Super Bowl XLVI was scheduled for that evening, Peabody Hall was full of people staying to share in the Hospitality Committee's fabulous reception.
Responses: Thomas Tomkins
Psalm 84 (Parry)
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Regale' - Herbert Howells
Ave Maria - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
We welcomed Alan H. Rimmer as our preacher at the Solemn Mass on the morning of 5 February 2012.
Mr. Rimmer grew up and received his schooling in Lancashire, England. He represented his school, Bishop Rawstorne Language College, in the national finals of the English Speaking Union public speaking competition, and played principal cornet in the brass band. With five As on five A Levels he was admitted to Christ Church, Oxford, and began Oxford's famous Literae Humaniores course (a particularly strong challenge to him because he had no formal training in the Classics). He won two college Collections prizes and received a distinguished 2-1 degree, and also pursued an extra qualification in Italian. He was elected president of the Junior Common Room at Christ Church, and was deeply involved in two university political societies and was a member of several jazz bands and orchestras. For the academic year 2011-2012, he is a member of St. Hilda's House, the international spiritual community in New Haven, and is working at St. Martin de Porres Academy, a school established on the same model as our own Epiphany School here in Dorchester. He intends to pursue Holy Orders in the Church of England upon his return to his homeland.
We offer many thanks to Lee Ridgway, Ashmont resident and longtime friend of the parish, for his invaluable assistance at the organ during this past Christmas season.
The preacher for the Feast of the Epiphany 2012 was Megan Holding, a student at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Mrs. Holding lives in Needham and is a member of Trinity Church, Copley Square, where she has served on many parish committees. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1993 and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She served as clerk for Boyce Martin, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals (Sixth Circuit), and then as a lawyer specializing in health care at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart here in Boston. She is married to Christopher Holding, a lawyer, and is the mother of two daughters, Katherine, 9, and Claire, 8. She is currently studying for her M.Div. at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
On the evening of the fourth Sunday in Advent, 18 December 2011, the full Choir of Men and Boys sang A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. This service is a part of the advent preparation for Christmas and is beloved by both the Ashmont parish family and the surrounding community. The church was full again this year.
Begun in 1918, one month after the Armistice that brought World War I to an end, Lessons & Carols has been sung at King's College, Cambridge ever since. All Saints' follows the form of the service used at King's.
After an organ voluntary is played on the C.B. Fisk organ, the congregation stood and a single boy's voice sang out the first verse of the carol Once in royal David's city.
There followed just over an hour of lessons and carols and congregational hymns. The lessons were read from the traditional Authorized, or King James version, of the bible. The carols sung by the choir were a mix of familiar and new. The hymns sung by the choir and congregation were the old favorites that have stood the test of time.
Together, these lessons, the carols, and the hymns proclaim the great arc of the human story from the mystery of the Fall to the greater mystery of the incarnation of the child Jesus, sheltered in a stable shed in Bethlehem.
Plan ahead to next year to make this beautiful service a continuing part of your Christmas tradition.
On Saturday, 17 December 2011, the All Saints Choir of Men & Boys sang the service of Lessons and Carol at the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Winthrop. The parish will put on a spaghetti and meatball dinner immediately after the service.
St. John the Evangelist has hosted the All Saints Choir for the last decade as annually these two parishes have joined in preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior in the prayerful offering of this service. It is a treasured favorite of the people of St. John's as much as it is for the folk at Ashmont.
See here for the music list.
The folk at Ashmont were delighted by a special preaching series for Advent 2011: New voices in the church. Four seminary students—from Yale Divinity, Westcott House, Berkeley Divinity, and Nashotah House—graced our pulpit, bringing to us the insight and fervor of the coming generation of the church's leaders.
Kathryn L. Novotny
Yale Divinity School, United Church of Christ
Thomas J. James
Westcott House, Church of England
Stephen D. Blackmer
Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Diocese of New Hampshire
Nashotah House, The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Anglican)
To celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the Night Song mixed ensemble Canticum Vespertinum sang works of Gibbons and Phillips on Sunday evening, 20 November 2011.
The Guest Conductor was Andrew Sheranian, the Ashmont Organist and Master of Choristers.
Night Song is hosted by the First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street. First Church is a short five-minute walk from the Harvard Square Red Line station. Easy parking on Sunday nights is usually to be had on Brattle Street, west of the Episcopal Divinity School near Longfellow Park.
On Sunday, 13 November 2011, internationally acclaimed organist Joan Lippincott performed a concert on the Ashmont Fisk, Opus 103. The concert was a joint presentation of All Saints' and the Boston chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Lippincott's program on the extraordinary Fisk included J. S. Bach's Passacaglia in C Minor and Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, Mozart's Fantasia in F Minor, and Fanfare and Fugue by American composer Ned Rorem. In addition she commemorated two composer birth anniversaries: the 200th of Franz Liszt with his ever-popular Präludium und Fuge über B.A.C.H., and the 100th anniversary of French composer Jehan Alain, with his expressive and evocative Trois Danses.
On Friday, 11 November 2011, The Dorchesters Speakers Forum presented "50 Years Later: Jane Jacob's The Death and Life of Great American Cities" in Peabody Hall.
The panel discussion featured former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, Glenna Lang, author of Genius of Common Sense, a book for young people about the life and work of Jane Jacobs, and architect David Lee, of Boston-based architectural firm Stull and Lee.
For more information about future Dorchester Speakers Forum events contact Joyce Linehan, 617-282-2510 x1, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of guests joined with our parish family for a Festive Buffet Luncheon in Peabody Hall on Sunday, 6 November following the Solemn Mass. There was food and fellowship aplenty.
On Sunday, 6 November 2011, the Ashmont Choir of Men and Boys traveled to All Saints' Church, Worcester to offer a service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints joining with the Choir of All Saints' Worcester. Music was by Harwood, Bairstow and Victoria. This was a particularly auspicious event, as the two "All Saints" choirs came together for a commemoration of their patronal feast.
On Sunday evening, 6 November 2011, in All Saints' Peabody Hall, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music presented the Praxis Quartet in a program that included works by David T. Little, Lisa Bielawa, Steve Reich, Keeril Makan, and Antonin Dvorak. A reception followed the concert.
A Sung Requiem with incense and choir was celebrated on the feast of All Souls, Wednesday, 2 November 2011, at 7 p.m. This is the day when we remember all our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, the faithful departed, who have fallen asleep in the Lord. We gather at the catafalque, we hear the lessons, we pray the parish necrology, and we celebrate the Eucharist.
A thirteen-voice choir sang Gabriel Fauré's Requiem in d minor and the Kievan Kontakion for the Dead. Lee Ridgway graciously assisted at the organ bench.
This service is one of the great under-appreciated gems of the catholic church year.
All we go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Our guest preacher and celebrant for the Feast of All Saints was the Rt. Rev'd William H. Love, Bishop of Albany.
The celebration opened with a procession to a station at the shrine of Our Lady of Dorchester and continued back to the high altar for a Solemn Pontifical Mass. The Litany of Saints was chanted for the prayers of the people. The parish family and many guests then gathered in the Peabody Hall for a simple reception.
Bishop Love is the bishop of the Diocese of Albany. He attended Southwest Texas State University and received the bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh. He earned the master of divinity from Nashotah House in 1991. Ordained deacon that year and priest the next, Bp. Love first served as curate at the Cathedral of All Saints before he was named rector at St. Mary's Church in Lake Luzerne, New York, where he served for 14 years before being elected as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Albany in 2006. Upon Bishop Daniel Herzog's retirement, Bp. Love became the diocesan bishop of Albany.
O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship in the
mystical body of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys which thou hast prepared
for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our lord, who with thee and
the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting.
Collect of the Day
A dear son of the parish, Fr. Walter Connelly, was instituted as Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Winthrop, Friday, 21 October 2011, at a special pontifical eucharist at 7 p.m. After the eucharist, St. John's hosted a wonderful reception in the parish house across the street from the church. A small band of Ashmonters made their way to Winthrop to join Fr. Walter and his parish for this wonderful occasion.
O Lord my God...Make me an instrument of your salvation for the people entrusted to my care, and grant that I may faithfully administer your holy Sacraments, and by my life and teaching set forth your true and living word... From the prayer of self-dedication, BCP p. 562.
Mr. Jack Melvin, AIA, made a special address on Sunday, 16 October 2011, in place of the sermon at the 10 o'clock Sung Mass. After the mass in the lower Peabody Hall, Mr. Melvin made a another presentation with pictures from Honduras describing his work.
Mr. Melvin has a mission to build affordable, quality housing for qualified low-income Honduran families. Having visited Honduras in 2010 to provide construction consultation to the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras, Mr. Melvin has been approved as a missionary by Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders-USA and is currently seeking funds to continue his work there. He lives under a Franciscan rule of prayer and service and is a postulant in the Anglican Order of Secular Franciscans.
Honduras is the third poorest country in the Americas. The lack of quality housing substantially increases the risks of many physical illnesses, such as lung problems, hook worm, dengue fever, and other tropical diseases.
For many years, once a month, a small band of volunteers from All Saints' has prepared and served supper to the students of the Epiphany School in Dorchester. Epiphany School is "an independent, tuition-free middle school for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods." As a "full-service school," Epiphany provides three meals per day for its students through partnership with a number of small groups of volunteers.
If you would like to help with this important ministry, come to mass on Sunday and ask around afterward at coffee hour to be put in contact with this committed band of volunteers. They guarantee you'll have a good time: "It's always fun!"
Contact the Epiphany School if you would like to participate in one of its other volunteer programs.
All Saints' supported the efforts of Cradles to Crayons again this year by collecting new and gently used clothing for those in need. Contributions, gathered in on 9 October 2011, included clothing in children's sizes 0-18/20 and adult sizes S, M, and L.
"Our vision is that one day, every child in need will have
to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued."
On Sunday, 2 October 2011, the Ashmont Choir of Men and Boys traveled to S. Stephen's Church in Providence to sing the services of Solemn Evensong & Benediction for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels.
The music was:
Preces & Responses, Thomas Tompkins
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (St. Paul's), Herbert Howells
Duo seraphim, Jacob Handl
The Rector of All Saints', Ashmont, Fr. Michael Godderz, was the preacher. The choir was under the direction of Mr. Andrew Sheranian.
The Feast of Michael and All Angels was Thursday this year, 29 September. It is our long-standing custom to share the celebration of this feast with the Church of the Advent. A Procession & Solemn Mass was offered at 6:30 p.m. and there were a number of familiar Ashmont faces present at the mass and at the reception afterward. The superb preacher was the Rev'd Beth Maynard, Chaplain at the Mill Street House Community in Beverly.
The parish potluck followed the Solemn Mass on Sunday, 18 September 2011. The parish and guests enjoyed food and the fellowship as the All Saints' fall program kicked off with the start of the Church School and the first Sunday of the Choir Term.
The Requiem Masses on 11 September at 8 & 10 a.m. were offered for the repose of the souls of those who died ten years ago in the attacks on our nation at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvannia–as well as for all those who have died in the subsequent hostilities.
The symbol that appears on the black frontal for the high altar is of ancient Christian origin. Around a plain cross is the inscription, IC XC NIKA, the Greek abbreviation for "Jesus Christ" (IC XC) together with the word "conquer" (NIKA). The cross proclaims the good news of the Christian faith: "Jesus Christ conquers!"
The music at the ten o'clock Solemn Requiem was:
Voluntary Requiem, Opus 182, no. 4 Charles V. Stanford
Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena Healey Willan
Motet Pie Jesu (from Requiem in d minor, Opus 48) Gabriel Fauré
Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem, sempiternam requiem.
Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them rest, everlasting rest.
Voluntary Adagio for Strings Samuel Barber
Together with other churches in Boston, Ashmont tolled the large bell in its tower chime for five minutes at 1 p.m., Sunday, 11 September.
The inscription on this, the second largest bell proclaims about the tower chime:
To the glory of
God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,
we are hung in this tower
by Christian people to declare the glories of the Catholic religion,
to call the faithful, to comfort the sick and afflicted,
to turn and soften the wicked,
to rouse the careless,
to awaken the penitent,
to warn the lapsed.
The inscription on the eleventh and smallest bell of the chime offers this prayer:
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercies of God, rest in peace.
On Wednesday, 24 August 2011, our own Andrew Sheranian offered an organ recital at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall as part of the 2011 Recital Series. Works were by Bach, Duruflé, Maroney, and Rheinberger.
We welcomed the boys of the choir back to the chancel for our celebration of the Feast of the Assumption on Sunday, 14 August.
A week of music making and fun activities was concluded with a magnificent Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, which featured The Great Service by William Byrd, as well as music by Thomas Tomkins, Adrian Batten, and William Boyce. (Find the order of service for the 7 August 2011 service here.)
The full choir of Men and Boys will resume singing services on Sunday, 18 September 2011.
If you know of a musically-inclined boy entering the 3rd to 5th grade, please contact the Choirmaster, Andrew Sheranian.