8 a.m. Low Mass
10 a.m. Solemn Mass
Music at All Saints
Music - Fall 2018
Boys, join the choir!
C.B. Fisk, Opus 103
Skinner Organ Co., Opus 708
The McShane Tower Chime
The Organist and Master of Choristers
Music from Candlemas (2017)
Music from Evensong, Oct 2016
Music of Eastertide 2016
Lessons and Carols 2018
Music from Evensong, Oct 2015
Lessons and Carols 2014
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)
Saturday Low Mass 9:00 a.m.
Saturday May 5 at 10:30 am
My Dear Folk,
As our program year draws to a close, I want to update you all on some building matters since I last addressed this subject in the fall.
Most immediately obvious to all was the water leak onto the Fisk organ in January. Those arriving for Sunday’s Masses on the fourteenth found the organ at the back of the church once again encased in protective plastic, just as it had been during the building renovations.
When I was in grade school, I learned how to play the clarinet. My older sister had played one, ultimately in the University of Minnesota marching band. So the instrument was there to be handed down. When the chance for musical instruction in my school became available, my parents thought it would be a good idea for me as well. I have to admit that I was an indifferent musician. I didn’t like to practice, and therefore seldom did. My progress reflected that fact.
Recently I stumbled on something written by Fr. Darwin Kirby. His name is probably not recognized by many today, but he was a major figure in the American Anglo-Catholic movement. I am sharing that column which Fr. Kirby wrote. In it you catch a glimpse of the passionate, vigorous faith which he proclaimed – the faith which is the true hope of the world. As we begin this Lent, we would all do well to attend to his words.
My dear folk, I don’t know why it should, but I’m always surprised at how often people tell me of their memories of Christmas Eve Mass. If asked for a particularly precious memory of something in our Christian life, I suspect that for many of us it would involve that beautiful and time- honored service. There’s no criticism in that. Indeed, I have to plead guilty myself: one of the most vivid memories of my first year in Holy Orders is of preparing the altar at the Midnight Mass while the congregation lifted their voices singing “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
My dear folk,
Enclosed with this letter you will find All Saints’ Christmas schedule. Let me offer a few words about what is to come in the next few weeks.
My dear folk, “Remember, O man, that thou art dust, and unto dust shalt thou return.” I can’t help but think that those words, so familiar to us from their use at the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday as we begin the season of Lent, might be equally the call to our observation of Advent. Who are we; what shall we be, but for God’s saving grace. We see this emphasis reflected in the four traditional themes of Advent:
My dear folk,This Michaelmas marks the nineteenth anniversary of my installation as Rector. That’s rather a sobering reflection for me. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Ruth and I were feverishly working to complete our move into the Rectory and get the house ready for the institution guests. Indeed, Fr. Mead and Nancy arrived at the house as I was on the third floor replacing a broken light socket in a bedroom sconce. Yet on the other hand, I must confess that I begin to feel as though I have been here indefinitely as year follows year..
To the Beloved in Christ at Ashmont
“At the Episcopal Church you get something to eat.” So spoke a visiting fellow Boy Scout after attending mass at my boyhood parish, St. James’ Church in Painesville, Ohio, in the 1950's. My friend was a Presbyterian, and they had “The Lord’s Supper” only four times a year.
In simple ter
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 “s
To the Beloved in Christ at Ashmont
My beloved mother was forever announcing dates when she would once again begin some project of self-improvement: “After the Fourth of July, I shall....” After Labor Day, I shall....” After Christmas (New year’s resolution), I shall....” And, of course, most of all: “When Lent comes, I shall...
To the Beloved in Christ at AshmontDear Friends,There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, tis not to come. If it not be now, yet it will come – the readiness is all.
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2
To the Beloved in Christ at AshmontDear Friends,Advent is about judgment. “Repent!” shouts John the Baptist. “You brood of vipers. Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”Unfortunately, some parishes today are offering a false-Christianity that is judgment-free.
We are in Processiontide – that series of feasts and festivals many of which also have processions associated with them. Soon it will be over as will be another academic year. The choir will go on its well-deserved break for the summer and things will become quieter. As I have written in previous editions of this particular Chronicle in years pas
One of the favorite topics of conversation as Spring comes in full bloom is where people will take their vacation. That is a trip to somewhere away where ones physical and emotional batteries can be recharged. “You going down the Cape? We hope to go back to the Islands.” and other such conversations seem to be in the air in Peabody Hall during the
Right now, as we sit in this church that is warmed by a finicky but functional heating plant we might take a moment to think of a group of men who have taken St. Paul’s admonition in today’s New Testament lesson to heart in their daily lives. Up in a secluded valley in Vermont lies a structure that is made of rough-hewn blocks of Vermont granite. T
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,We all remember the Nativity story by heart. Joseph and Mary travel by donkey to Bethlehem to be counted in the census that the Emperor commanded in order to lay out the tax burden for the coming years. But why Bethlehem? Again the narrative puts a simple case, that it was the hometown of Joseph’s family. Jose
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,When I was a high school student I was involved with a contemporary play by Samuel Beckett called “Waiting for Godot” which was about two men who are waiting and waiting and waiting for this important person called Godot to arrive. They speak about Godot, interact with a couple of strange characters and spend
Recently I was asked to comment on something about our parish that I find noteworthy... what I find most special about All Saints is one word: silence.
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer8:00 a.m. Low Mass9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education*10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour
* during the academic year
Low MassWednesday 10 a.m. *Friday 7 a.m.Saturday 9 a.m.
* followed by coffee hour
209 Ashmont StreetDorchester MA 02124(617) 436-6370
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.)
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.
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.
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.