Kick-off Sunday 2014
Sunday, 21 September, is Kick-off Sunday this year.
Kick-off Sunday is the first meeting of the Sunday School.
Children attend the solemn mass until just after the gospel, when they process out of the church and
to their classes in the Parish House. They then come back to the church for Communion, returning to the
Parish House until after the mass.
The Choir of Men & Boys begins its season with a mass by Franz Josef Haydn and a motet by William Byrd
(I have longed for thy saving help). The organ voluntaries before and after mass will be by
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. For the Fall Music List see here.
We will continue to rely on the Estey reed
organ until we are able to unwrap and re-tune the C.B. Fisk organ at the end of the year.
The Hospitality Committee is hosting the potluck Fall Barbecue
immediately after the Solemn Mass. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be grilled by volunteers; please bring
a side dish to share. If you can tell us ahead of time what you will bring,
sign-up sheets are available after mass on Sunday, 14 September.
Our multi-year restoration project is rapidly drawing to a conclusion. Be sure to come to mass on Kick-Off
Sunday to see the great progress our construction manager has made over the summer.
Kick-off Sunday will give you one last chance to see great towers of scaffolding in the church. Shortly after,
the scaffolding in the church will come down as the facade brick goes up on the new entrance to the Parish House.
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 is 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
Charles Tournemire: Epiphania Domini (Prélude à l'Introit, Offertoire, Élévation, Communion, Postlude)
Marcel Dupré: Prélude and Fugue in g minor
Prof. 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 and will be matched
one-to-one by the Joseph G. Bradley Foundation, up to a total of $35,000.
The Parish of All Saints is deeply grateful to Prof. Porter for proposing this recital and for
giving of his time and talent in bringing it about. Long a friend of the Parish, he is often seen at festival
services, and he is further linked to All Saints as a teacher of current Organist and Choirmaster, Andrew
Sheranian. All Saints also extends thanks to our friends at The Memorial Church for their support and gracious
hospitality in hosting this recital.
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).
See here for more information on the Skinner restoration project.
Here is a stop list for the
C.B. Fisk, Op. 103 and for the
E.M. Skinner, Op. 708.
William Porter is recently retired Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the Eastman
School of Music in Rochester, New York, and he also teaches in the organ department at McGill
University in Montreal, where he lives. 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 organ and harpsichord
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 in the United States and in Europe, he has also achieved international
recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern. He has
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.
He is organ consultant for the ConstellationCenter, 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.
St. Gabriel's Conference
St. Gabriel's is a annual conference in the Anglican tradition welcoming adults
of all Christian Communions, aged 21 and above.
This year, the conference will be held Friday evening through Sunday morning, 17-19 October 2014
at the Espousal Center in Lexington, Massachusetts. The total cost, including registration,
is $250.00. Limited financial aid is available for those who cannot pay the entire cost.
The courses presented this year are:
Angels, Devil and Demons,
The Passion Narratives,
Hymns of the Christian Year,
Some Women of the Bible,
The Psalms in the Christian Tradition,
and The Epistle to Philemon.
St. Gabriel's Conference, founded in 1999 by a group
of New England Episcopal clergy, seeks to present the full Gospel
of Christ in the context of the historical tradition
of the Catholic and Evangelical Faith, as received and
lived out by Anglican Christians.
With teaching on the
doctrine, worship, and morality of the historic
Christian Tradition, the conference seeks to proclaim the full
Gospel of Jesus Christ through the power and indwelling
of the Holy Spirit, for the upbuilding of His Church,
and the equipping of adult Christians for their mission
in the modern world.
The photograph shows the statue of a winged Gabriel carved in the Caen stone reredos at All Saints'.
His pallium bears the interpretation of his name, God is My Strength.
He bears a lilly in his left right hand, while he gestures with his right.
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
Boy Choir Camp in Essex, NY
Again this year, our boys of the choir traveled with their chaperones to beautiful Essex, New York, on the
western edge of Lake Champlain, for a week-long choir camp, hosted by our good friends of
St. John's Episcopal Church.
For a week, the boys participated in choir rehearsals each morning to prepare them for the
up-coming Montréal Choir Course. Then in the afternoons, they swam, hiked, and did crafts, before
retiring in the evening for a meal and bed at their hosts' homes.
On Sunday, 27 July 2014, they sang the Sunday eucharist service.
We are grateful to our friends at St. John's for hosting our boys again this year. Many of our
choristers are inner-city residents with limited opportunities for travel. The land around
Essex, against the great Lake Champlain is good for their souls and bodies.
If you know of a boy in the 2nd through 4th grade, who might like to investigate joining this professional
choir, please contact the Master of Choristers, Mr. Sheranian, at 617-436-6370 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Construction Tours
Our close neighbors and the wider preservation and architectural community have not failed to take
notice of the stem-to-stern restoration now underway at All Saints.
In addition to the numerous "up-the-scaffold" tours conducted for the parish, members of the building
committee have conducted at least a dozen tours for our neighbors and the wider community.
Of the most recent tours, on Saturday, 3 May 2014, Jeff Gonyeau brought thirty people from our neighbors,
the St. Mark's Area Main Street,
on a detailed tour of our buildings, covering both the work completed to date, as well as the work in progress.
The evening of Thursday, 8 May saw twenty people from the
Boston Preservation Alliance, begin a tour
Lyn Hovey Studio
in Codman Square, where they saw master craftsmen working on the badly damaged window Ralph Adams Cram
gave to the parish. This window, at the head of the St. Stephen aisle, sits beneath some particularly tricky
and formerly ill-maintained roofing. They also saw a few restored lancets from the Risen Christ window in the clerestory.
After forty-five minutes with Mr. Hovey, the tour moved to the church, where Andrew St. John lead a tour of the
restoration and construction, assisted by Mr. Gonyeau.
Afterward, the tour assembled in the Guild Hall of the parish house for a gracious reception hosted by the firm of
Smith + St. John,
the parish's owner's representative for the project.
Both of these tours were featured in
Buildings & Grounds [12MB PDF],
a booklet compiling many activities promoted by the
Boston Landmarks Commission in honor of
National Preservation Month.
The Men & Boys in Lenox, Mass.
The Choir of Men & Boys traveled by bus to Lenox, Massachusetts, to sing a service of
evensong at the parish of Trinity Church, Lenox,
on Sunday, 11 May 2014. The music was:
Preces and Responses – Philip Radcliffe
Psalm 103 – Anglican Chant by H. Walford Davies
Evening Service in G major – Francis Jackson
Jubilate "Collegium Regale" – Herbert Howells
This is one of the many opportunities the All Saints' choir has had to share the choral tradition
it preserves and lives out Sunday by Sunday. Other churches at which the choir has sung recently are
St. Paul's, Harvard Square, S. Stephen's, Providence, and
All Saints', Worcester. The choir also sang the mass for Corpus Christi 2014 at the Church of the Advent, Boston.
Sixteenth Bishop of Massachusetts Elected
The Rev. Alan M. Gates, Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was elected to succeed the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE as Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts. The election at a special meeting of the Diocesan Convention on 5 April was the culmination of a fifteen month process. Seven candidates were considered by the convention, their names proposed by the nominating committee or petition by convention delegates.
Since 2004, Fr. Gates has served as Rector at St. Paul's, a large congregation on Cleveland's east side. Previously he served in the Dioceses of Chicago, Western Massachusetts, and Massachusetts. He was ordained priest in 1988 at the Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham, MA, having been ordained deacon at the Washington Cathedral.
A graduate of Middlebury College, he worked as a Russian linguist and Soviet analyst at the U.S. Departments of Defense and State before enrolling in seminary at Episcopal Divinity School. He is vice-chair of the Board of Bexley Hall Seabury-Western Seminary Federation. Prior involvements have included board service with the Teleios Foundation for US/Russian church relations, and St. Leonard's House ministry for ex-offenders; faculty for the Episcopal Preaching Foundation; and mentoring numerous candidates for parish ministry. In the Diocese of Ohio he has chaired the Commission on Ministry and is currently on the Standing Committee.
Fr. Gates is passionate about collegial parish ministry and community involvements. He has been married since 1980 to Patricia Harvey. They have two grown sons, Philip and Ethan.
The consecration has been scheduled for 13 September at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. See
for more information.
Sam Rodman, Holy Week Preacher
The Rev. Sam Rodman was our Guest Preacher this year for the Triduum. He has served
as Project Manager for the Campaign Initiatives in the Diocese of Massachusetts since
2010, engaging congregations, clergy, and laity, in collaborative local and global
mission through the Together Now campaign. For 23 years he served as a parish priest
in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, mostly recently as Rector of St. Michael's in Milton
for 16 years from 1994-2010.
While in Milton, St. Michael's expanded their mission through partnerships and completed
a seven-year plan that included a capital campaign for a major renovation of the church
school building. From 1989-1994 Fr. Rodman served as the Assistant Rector at Church of
the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill. He began his service in the Church as an Assistant in the
Office of Evangelism and Congregational Development at the Episcopal Church Center in
New York. In Massachusetts, he also served on the Commission on Ministry from 1995-2004
and was co-chair from 2001-2004.
Fr. Rodman has been associated with Bethany House of Prayer for the past four years
serving as a retreat leader and chaplain with groups, congregations, and dioceses. He is
a graduate of Bates College and Virginia Theological Seminary. Sam is married and he and
his wife have two adult daughters.
A wise and gifted
parish priest, he will guide us on our journey through these profound days of our
Lord's sacrifice and victory.
Wednesday Evenings in Lent
Lenten Wednesday evenings at Ashmont were observed this past Lent with Stations
of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, followed
by a Lenten meditation by William Buckingham.
Bill is an architect, principal of the firm Sullivan Buckingham Architects, has been a parishioner at All Saints'
for over forty years, and is currently the parish's Junior Warden. He designed the oak west
gallery for the C. B. Fisk Opus 103 and the wrought iron votive light
stand at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (both 1995).
Bill's meditations in five parts discussed the spiritual and liturgical significance of the space and adorning art of the nave,
the chapels and shrines, the rood, the choir, and the sanctuary.
Fr. Nuzzo's first mass
At the Solemn Mass on the first Sunday of Lent, Fr. James Nuzzo celebrated the first mass after his
ordination the previous week.
The parish softened its Lenten observances somewhat to celebrate this joyous
occasion. Fr. Nuzzo celebrated the three daily masses the following week.
St. Paul's at Ashmont
The Choir of St. Paul's, Harvard Square, joined the Ashmont Choir of Men & Boys
to sing the service of evensong on the third Sunday of Lent, 23 March 2014.
We were happy to welcome back the Choir of St. Paul's, along with
Fr. Michael Drea, the Pastor of St. Paul's, John Robinson, the Director of Music,
and Jonathan Wessler, the Assistant Organist.
This is one of an occasional series of shared services where St. Paul's and All Saints'
travel the Red Line to sing at each other's parish. We have been sharing these evening
services since 2011 and are delighted to continue this collaboration between the two
remaining liturgical boy choirs in the Boston area.
Please see here for the music for
Bp Shaw preaches Candlemas
The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, diocesan bishop of Massachusetts, preached at All Saints' at its Candlemas service of
Solemn Evensong & Benediction on 2 Februrary.
Bp. Shaw last visited All Saints' at the deanery confirmation in 2009. We were very grateful that
he was been able to squeeze us into his busy schedule as he nears his retirement.
for more information about Bp. Shaw.
James Nuzzo ordained priest
Father James Nuzzo was ordained priest in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, on Sunday, 2 March 2014,
at the Catheral Church of St. Andrew, by Bishop William Anderson of the Diocese of
Caledonia in the Anglican Church of Canada.
A dear friend of the parish, Fr. Nuzzo had been serving as deacon of the mass and occasional
preacher since Easter 2013. It is with great affection and thankgiving that we congratulate him.
See here for Fr. Nuzzo's biography.
All Saints' at St. Paul's, Harvard Square
The afternoon of the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, 19 January 2014, 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:
Gaude Virgo – Josquin des Prez
Psalm 115 Anglican Chant: Gerald Knight
Magnificat in C – Charles Villiers Stanford
Sicut cervus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Fugue in G minor BWV 542 – Johann Sebastian Bach
For several years now these two boychoirs have been singing at each other's parish
once or twice during the year.
We are delighted to continue this ecumenical Red Line tradition.
All Saints' Boys sing at inaugural service
Ashmont Boy Choir processes in at the start of the service
The All Saints' Boy Choir were invited to sing at the interfaith inaugural service
for the Mayor-elect of Boston, Marty Walsh. The service was held Sunday afternoon,
5 January 2014, at the Old South Church
and was hosted by Reverend Jeffrey Brown.
They boys were excited to travel into Back Bay and participate in with other choirs in this
city-wide service. They beamed as they greeted the mayor-elect and shook his hand.
Men & boys pose with Mayor-elect Walsh
Ralph Adams Cram's 150th
Portrait of a young Ralph Adams Cram
December 2013 saw the 150th anniversary of Ralph Adam Cram's birth. A small committee
organized a weekend celebration of this seminal figure of 20th century architecture,
Friday & Saturday, 13 & 14 December 2013.
On Friday, informal tours took place at the Church of the Advent, Ruggles Street Church, and Boston University.
The day finished with a reception and dinner at the MIT Media Lab, and featured an address by
Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor and Chair of Architectural History, University of Virginia.
Saturday opened with an organized bus tour of the conventual church at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, Cambridge,
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Chapel, Sudbury (the Cram family chapel at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church), and Cram's Federal-style
house in Sudbury, "Whitehall".
The day ended with an Advent Service
of Nine Lessons and Carols sung by the Choir of Men & Boys at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont. A reception
followed this hour-long lessons and carols service, with a brief presentation by John G. Waite,
Senior Principal, John G. Waite Associates, Architects, PLLC.
Gracious God, we offer thanks for the vision of Ralph Adams Cram, John LaFarge and Richard Upjohn, whose harmonious revival of the Gothic enriched our churches with a sacramental understanding of reality in the face of secular materialism; and we pray that we may honor thy gifts of the beauty of holiness given through them, for the glory of Jesus Christ; who livest and reignest with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.
Building Proposal Rendering of All Saints Church, Ashmont
Feasts of All Saints & All Souls
George Hallowell's triptych altarpiece, "The Virgin
Enthroned," 'strengthens considerably the significance and comprehensiveness' of the theme of the chancel program:
all the company of heaven. The triptych contributes seventeen saints to the total of over 125 figures depicted in the reredos,
the plate, and the chancel carving.
The parish celebrated All Saints Day, its feast of title, on Friday, 1 November 2013, with
with a low mass in the morning and again in the evening with a procession to
the shrine of Our Lady of Dorchester and a solemn mass.
We were delighted to hear the Rev'd Truman Welch, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Waban,
preach at the solemn mass. See
to read more about Fr. Welch.
The mass was sung by the All Saints Choir of Men & Boys.
Missa 'O quam gloriosum est regnum' by Tomàs Luis de Victoria was the setting. His motet of the same name
was the communion anthem. The organ voluntaries were
Andante sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique) by Charles-Marie Widor and Prelude in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.
This black high altar frontal is used at requiems.
Around a plain cross is the inscription, IC XC NIKA, the Greek abbreviation for "Jesus Christ Conquers," proclaiming
the good news that by his cross and resurrection Jesus Christ conquers.
All the Faithful Departed were commemorated on Sunday, 3 November, at both the 8 and 10 o'clock
The mass setting at the 10 o'clock mass was Josef Gabriel Rheinberger's Requiem in E-flat major.
Later that day, the choir travelled to
All Saints', Worcester,
to sing a service of Choral Evensong within the Octave
of All Saints with the
Worcester All Saints'. See here for the service music.
Michaelmas at Ashmont & Providence
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.
Feast of the Assumption
Relocated shrines of Our Lady of Dorchester and Our Lady of Walsingham
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.
Ashmont at the Advent for the Ascension
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.
Ascension detail from Ashmont chancel frieze by Johannes Kirchmayer
Photo credit: John G. Waite Assoc. 2011
Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension
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.
Hunger in Dorchester
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
In 2013, we have given food donations to the
food pantry at St. Mary's
Episcopal Church in Uphams
Corner and the food pantry at the
Codman Square Health
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.
Ashmont in the News
The All Saints' Choir of Men & Boys has been in the news twice in 2013.
Most prominently, the Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis visited Ashmont
to see a rehearsal of the Boy Choir and to chat with Damone and Devin Clark.
See the video here
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.
Society of Mary Annual Meeting
The Annual Mass & Meeting of the
American Region of the Society of Mary
took place on Friday & Saturday, 3 & 4 May 2013, at
S. Stephen's Church,
114 George Street,
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,
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.
Walsingham Shrine Administrator to Preach
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.
Three Tailors Plus Eight for Martin
Together with President Obama, Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino requested
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
Children Sing for Peace
A benefit concert entitled, "Children Sing for Peace," was held on Saturday,
27 April at 7 p.m. at
Saint Mark Church,
1725 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, to directly benefit
the Richards Family.
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.
Stopping the Clock in Peabody Square
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,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
— W. H. Auden
[A hat tip to
for this story.]
Carl Scovel Preaches the Triduum
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.
Lenten Preaching Series
Seven Last Words — Preached by the Rector
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
The series began on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the traditional Quinquigesima.
Capital Campaign Kick-off Lunch
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.
Andrew Sheranian at St. Paul's
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)
All Saints' at St. Paul's, Harvard Square
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.
Fr. Sam Keyes, Preacher and Celebrant
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.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
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 Preaches
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.
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