Benefit Recital, Memorial Church
William Porter will play a recital at Harvard University's Memorial Church to benefit All Saints' Skinner Organ restoration project. The recital will be Sunday, September 21 at 4:00 pm.
The program on the Skinner Organ (Opus 793) will be:
Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie in E-flat major
Mr. Porter will also play Charles-Marie Widor's Symphonie Romane on the C.B. Fisk Organ (Opus 139).
All donations will directly benefit the ongoing restoration and installation of Skinner Organ, Opus 708, at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont.
When the restoration of Opus 708 is completed in 2015, All Saints' will join Memorial Church in having an instrument from both E. M. Skinner's workshop as well as from C.B. Fisk (Opus 103).
William Porter, Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the Eastman School of Music from 2001 to 2013, teaches in the organ department at McGill University in Montreal. From 1985 to 2002 he taught organ, music history, and music theory at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and from 2001 until 2005 he taught improvisation at Yale University. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, where he also taught harpsichord and organ from 1974 to 1986, and from Yale University, where he was director of music at Yale Divinity School from 1971 to 1973.
Widely known as a performer and teacher in the United States and in Europe, he has achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern.
He has taught and performed at major international festivals and academies, including the North German Organ Academy, the Italian Academy of Music for the Organ, the Smarano Organ and Clavichord Academy, Organfestival Holland, the Göteborg International Organ Academy, the Dollart Festival, the Lausanne Improvisation Festival, the Festival Toulouse les Orgues, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the McGill International Organ Academy, Eastman's Improvfest, and the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.
From 1985 to 1997 he was director of music at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Boston, and was Artist in Residence at Boston's First Lutheran Church from 1999 until 2002. He is organ consultant for the Constellation Center, a new performing arts center to be built in the Boston area, which will house several organs in different styles. He has recorded on historic instruments, old and new, for the Gasparo, Proprius, BMG, and Loft labels.
Capital Campaign Update
Having reached our minimum Capital Campaign goal of $500,000 in pledges and gifts just about a year ago, the Campaign has shifted into the "maintenance" phase, during which we continue to collect and log payments made by pledgers. On the one hand, this is rather mechanical and dry accounting work. On the other, it is heartening to witness on a daily basis the touching testaments of love and support for our Parish as pledgers faithfully continue to pay down their pledges, many in small increments and in weekly or monthly payments.
We have reported in the past that, in the end, the Campaign exceeded its goal, raising about $534,000 in gifts and pledges from 180 donors. As of this writing, we have collected just under $370,000 toward this total, or about 69.3%. This is a healthy pace, and we are optimistic that we will have fully collected the remaining $164,000 in pledges by the end of 2015, which is the formal end of the Campaign.
You should also note that the new permanent capital repairs endowment that the Campaign proceeds are helping to fund has been established and that we have received the $1,500,000 matching grant from our major donor. The Campaign proceeds combined with our donor's match are already carefully invested and earning income that will help us and those who follow us keep our beautiful and historic buildings in excellent condition in the decades and centuries to come.
Finally, on behalf of the Capital Campaign Committee, we wish to thank everyone who has given or pledged for your generosity of spirit, for your hard work, and for your faithful and sacrificial giving which have combined to make the Capital Campaign such a success for All Saints'.
Jeffrey Gonyeau, Capital Campaign Manager
All Saints' was privileged to be able to celebrate the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels
twice this year: once at Ashmont in the morning and a second time that evening hosted by
S. Stephen's, Providence.
The feast was observed at the usual Ashmont Sunday masses, 29 September 2013, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The All Saints' Choir of Men & Boys sang the Solemn Mass at 10 o'clock. The mass setting was Josef Gabriel Rheinberger's Missa Brevis 'Misericordias Domini' and the anthem was his Angelis suis (Ps. 91:11-12).
St. Michael peers past scaffolding erected adjacent to the high altar reredos.
The choir then traveled to Providence to sing a service of Evensong and Benediction at S. Stephen's Church, followed by a reception in S. Stephen's newly renovated Great Hall.
All Saints' celebrated the Feast of the Assumption Thursday evening 15 August 2013, amidst the scaffolding with a Procession and Solemn Mass sung by the Choir of Men and Boys. The setting was Philip Stopford's Keble Missa Brevis. There was a reception following the mass.
See the Building Restoration photo blog to learn about the temporary relocation of Our Lady of Dorchester and Our Lady of Walsingham.
The Feast of the Ascension fell on 9 May, this year.
As we usually do, the folk from All Saints will took the Red Line from Ashmont to Beacon Hill to celebrate this great feast of the year with our sister Parish, the Church of the Advent, with a procession and orchestral mass. The preacher was the Rev'd Mark Edington, priest-in-charge at St. John's Church, Newtonville, Massachusetts.
The choir of St. Paul's Church,, Harvard Square, came to Ashmont Sunday afternoon, 12 May 2013, for a 4 pm Solemn Evensong & Procession for the Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension.
Earlier in 2013 the All Saints' Men and Boys Choir traveled to Harvard Square to sing with the St. Paul's Choir. We were happy to return the hospitality.
The music for this service was:
Responses – Philip Radcliffe
Psalm 19 – Anglican Chant: Herbert Howells
St. Paul's Service – Herbert Howells
God is gone up – Gerald Finzi
Ave maris stella – Edvard Grieg
L'Ascension – Olivier Messiaen
The organ voluntaries were played by Dr. Jonathan Wessler, Assistant Organist at St. Paul's, Harvard Square.
Many people in Dorchester go to bed hungry every night. Our parish does its small part to address this problem by contributing food to two local food pantries.
Please help by bringing the following items: canned goods, pasta, and peanut butter to the church by the second Sunday of each month. Items can be left in the baskets at the front entrance to the church or in the hallway at the top of the handicap ramp.
The All Saints' Choir of Men & Boys has been in the news twice in 2013.
Read the full article here.
The Winthrop Sun Transcript, in their Thursday, 20 December 2012 edition, featured a picture of the All Saints' Men & Boys Choir singing the 11th annual Lessons and Carols at St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop, Massachusetts. After the jump there was three-quarters of a page of photographs of the choir, the clergy, and the reception.
The Rt. Rev'd Lindsay, OGS, the Administrator of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, was in the country to address this meeting.
Friday at 6 pm he presented an address on "One Faith, Two Shrine," with panelists the Rev'd Henry Bohah, Catholic Chaplain, Brown University, and the Rev'd Dr. Arnold Klukas, Professor of Ascetical & Liturgical Theology, Nashotah House, Wisconsin.
Vespers of Our Lady were served at 7 pm that evening. Bp. Irwin preached the Solemn Mass at 11 am the next day.
There was a lunch after the mass. See this link for a poster describing the event.
The Rt Rev'd Lindsay Urwin OGS, Administrator of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham preached at All Saints' on the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 5 May 2013.
This was the second visit to Ashmont in recent memory of the administrator of "England's Nazareth," for Fr. Philip North, Bp. Irwin's predecessor, has also graced the pulpit at Ashmont.
Together with President Obama, Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino requested a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. on Monday, 22 April 2013 for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings a week earlier.
After a minute of silence in Peabody Square the stopped clock was restarted at 2:51.
The large bell in the All Saints' tower chime tolled three times for the death of our neighbor, the child Martin, and then it tolled eight more times, once for each year of his short life.
Please pray for the repose of Martin's soul. Pray also for strength and healing for Bill, Denise, and Jane. And, for the others who have died, and for all those affected by last week's terrible events.
Give rest, O Christ to thy servants with thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.
Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of humankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth,
and unto earth shall we return. For so thou didst ordain when thou createdst me, saying,
"Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." All we go down to the dust; yet even at the grave
we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Give rest, O Christ to thy servants with thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.
[See the coverage at the Dorchester Reporter.]
Participating choirs included our own All Saints' Choir of Men and Boys, the Boston City Singers, the Junior Choristers from St. Paul's, Harvard Square, and Nick Page, Song Leader of the Mystic Chorale.
Dorchester Reporter tells the story of Richards Family, the Ashmont clock winder, and the stopped clock in Peabody Square.
Visit RichardFamilyFund.org to see how you can help this devastated family in their time of grief.
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
— W. H. Auden
[A hat tip to UniversalHub for this story.]
The Rev. Carl Scovel was our Guest Preacher for the Sacred Triduum this year. These Great Three Days celebrate the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and at Ashmont are comprised of the services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Morning.
The Rev. Scovel was born and grew up in North China where his parents were medical missionaries. They were interned by the Japanese during part of World War II. He is a graduate of the Shanghai American School, Oberlin College and Harvard Divinity School.
He has served two churches, The First Parish of Sudbury for ten years and King's Chapel in Boston for thirty-two. During that time he travelled some, preaching at various churches, frequently trying to interpret Bible passages and Christian teachings to mainstream Unitarian Universalist churches.
Rev. Scovel and his wife share a house in Jamaica Plain with their eldest and her family. A son and his family live a mile away. Their youngest and her family live in Toronto. Now retired, he continues to do some counseling and spiritual direction and occasionally teaches classes in parishes.
While studying at Harvard, Rev. Scovel and Fr. Purnell were roommates. Over the years he has graced our pulpit a number of times. We are delighted and honored to continue that tradition.
Our Lord's last sayings from the cross have held a special place in the devotion and spirituality of Christians throughout the ages. Source of countless sermons and meditations, they have even been the inspiration for musical composition. Taken from all the Gospels, these seven 'words' powerfully focus our attention on the sacrifice which Jesus is at that moment offering and the redemption which he is procuring for those who turn to him in faith.
The series began on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the traditional Quinquigesima.
As many in the parish are aware, All Saints' has been challenged to raise $500,000 to support the restoration and preservation of our church buildings. This money will be matched 3-to-1 by the generous donor funding the restoration project.
The resulting $2 million will be used to create the Parish Preservation Fund, which will help pay for future capital repairs to the building. To lead the Parish through the fundraising, a Capital Campaign Committee has been formed, which is co-chaired by Bob Godfrey and Tim Van Dyck.
To kick off the Capital Campaign, the Committee is hosted a lunch directly after Mass on Sunday, 24 February 2013, in Peabody Hall. During the meal, Committee members provided a brief update on the status of the building restoration project, and explained in detail how the Capital Campaign will work.
Then, members of the Parish were asked to consider what kind of gift they would be able to make toward this important Campaign, which will help ensure a healthy future for All Saints.
Tim suggested that parishioners consider their contribution in terms of a multiple of their current annual giving to the parish: one times, two times, three times their annual pledge to the parish. Tim also urged every parishioner to contribute. It is essential that we demonstrate our donor our own commitment to the health of the parish.
On Sunday, 10 March 2013, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, Andrew Sheranian offered an organ recital at St. Paul's Church, Harvard Square.
The program was:
Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott (BWV 721)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in A minor (BWV 543)
Tempore Quadragesimali (from the Tabulatura Nova)
Hymnus: "Christe, qui lux es et dies"
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1653)
Choral (from Deuxième Symphonie, Opus 20)
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
The afternoon of the Third Sunday in Lent, 3 March 2013, at 4 o'clock, the All Saints Choir of Men & Boys joined the Men and boys of the Choir of St. Paul's Church, Harvard Square in a Vespers service at St. Paul's Church, Harvard Square.
The music was:
Super flumina Babylonis – Palestrina
Pater Noster – Stanford
Magnificat for St. Paul's Cathedral – Howells
Salvator mundi – Tallis
Last year the St. Paul's choir came to Ashmont for a special Marian Solemn Evensong & Procession. And, last year, also on the Third Sunday in Lent, All Saints' went to Harvard Square, to sing a Vespers service with the St. Paul's choir.
We are delighted to continue this Red Line tradition between our two choirs of men and boys.
Our celebrant and preacher for the Third Sunday of Lent was Fr. Sam Keyes.
Fr. Keyes is a priest of the Diocese of Dallas. He has studied at Nashotah House, and is currently a graduate student at Boston College in historical theology, with particular interest in the medieval period.
Fr. Keyes covered the masses last July during the Rector's vacation. We are delighted to have welcomed him back to All Saints' again.
Despite snow banks and crowed roads, the faithful came out to support the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the lower hall of the Parish House. Proceeds of the supper benefited the Choir Fund.
The Friends of the Choir prepared the meal and the trebles of the choir provided table service.
Several times during the meal the teens took a break from serving food to serenade our guests. Our nascent Ashmont acapella group borrowed a page from the Harvard Glee Club and performed "Good Old Acapella" and a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Beat It."
Peter Johnson was the guest preacher for All Saints' at the Sunday 10 a.m. mass on 3 February 2013.
Mr. Johnson is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Connecticut. He is a graduate of Hinsdale High School in Illinois and of Yale College where he received honors in Humanities. At Yale he was chairman of the Tory Party of the Yale Political Union (Yale's debating society), president of Choose Life at Yale, and a member of the Yale Baseball Club. He is currently a second year student at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He is the holder of a full merit scholarship from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to attending Berkeley he served as administrator of Christ Church, New Haven, the great Anglo-Catholic parish in that city. He currently serves as seminarian intern at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven. He is an ensign in the U.S. Navy and part of the Chaplain Candidate Program.