A brief overview of my sabbatical experiences in the U.K.

I'm writing this from my rooms at St. John's College, Cambridge, where I have spent the past three, blissful days. Today was Ascension Day, but I'm getting ahead of myself.


Nearly three weeks ago, I arrived in London. During my first week, I attended rehearsals and evensongs at St. Bride's Church (London), Rochester Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. I then spent the weekend in Paris, where I attended High Mass and the Organ Recital following at the church of St. Sulpice. (The choir is not to be commended, although the organ playing is superb!)

During my second week, I spent one day in Windsor, and attended a rehearsal and Evensong at St. George's Chapel, and got a chance to spend some time over a gin with the choirmaster, James Vivian. The next day I traveled to Oxford, where I stayed in a room at Magdalen College. While there, I heard the choirs of Magdalen College, New College, and Christ Church Cathedral. I also got the chance to play the new organ at Merton College (which was installed by the Dobson Organ Co, the builder of the new organ for St. Thomas Church, 5th Ave). Later that weekend, I returned to London to perform an organ recital at an 11th century Norman parish church in the Diocese of St Alban's.

This last week in the U.K. has perhaps been the most moving and incredible. Staying in rooms at St. John's College has been a rare treat, as has simply wandering around this place, which is simply bursting at the seams with choirs and organs. King's College and St. John's College are less than a 10 minute walk from each other, and, because King's Evensong is at 5:30, and St. John's is at 6:30, it's possible to hear two of the world's best choirs in worship, back to back. This I took advantage of on Tuesday and Thursday. What a thrilling experience to hear these spectacular ensembles at home. Thursday was Ascension Day, so I was able to attend mass at both colleges. At King's, the choir sang Herbert Howells "Collegium Regale" Communion Service (which was written for and dedicated to that choir), including the choral setting of the Nicene Creed. The King's organ has just been restored, and it was the dream of a lifetime to worship there.

Next week I travel to Germany to follow in the footsteps of J.S. Bach. I'll be in Berlin, Dresden, and Leipzig, where I will attend the Sunday mass at Bach's Church, St. Thomas.

I have been praying for our parish family in each chapel and cathedral that I have entered. Please pray for my continued safety and know of my gratitude. A big thank you to Mike Raleigh, Sister Christine, Lee Ridgway, and Daryl Bichel.

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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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