8 a.m. Low Mass
10 a.m. Solemn Mass
Music at All Saints
Current Music List
Boys, join the choir!
Bach Project Sept 2019
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,
We now enter upon the most holy time of the year; we now hold before ourselves the most central events in our Lord’s life. As God brought to completion His plan for our salvation, our Lord Jesus literally walked the way of the cross. Like the Palm Sunday crowd, it is so easy to cheer on the Messiah at His triumphal entry to the Holy City. That costs us very little. But it is a very different thing to stand with Him when He is betrayed in the Garden, as He is falsely accused before the Sanhedrin and again before Pilate, while He is mocked and beaten by the Roman soldiers, while He bears the judgement of all mankind upon the cross. Dying with Christ is precisely what every Christian is called to do. Yet as St. Paul encoura
All Saints’ Day, the first of November, proclaims and demonstrates the grace of God manifested in individual lives which have been given over to him. Some years ago I suggested in a sermon that there was a “scandal of particularity” in our faith. That is to say, it is not just about vague religious ideas in general, a nebulous spirituality. Rather our faith is about particular things (incarnation, death, and resurrection) which happened to a particular individual named Jesus, born of a particular woman named Mary, in a specific place at a specific time in our human history. He did not exist in some mythical pre-history, but rather in first century A.D. He was born in Bethlehem and died in Jerusalem. I would suggest that All Saints’ Day
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.
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.
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.
I used to keep this such a secret,” says Mary Beth Alger, the artistic director of Dorchester’s Ashmont Hill Chamber Music. “I’m increasingly honest, the older I get.”
The long-running Ashmont Hill series under Alger’s leadership has adopted the dual priorities of putting local musicians in the spotlight and bringing touring performers to the ne
The choir had a very short, but very eventful summer. The choirboys normally sing through the first or second week of June: not this year! The choir stayed in session through July 2 to sing for a very special event: Evensong for the Association of Anglican Musicians, which was in Boston holding its annual conference that week. The church was fill
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.