One of the riches of our Anglo-Catholic heritage is the fact that we get to chant the Great Litany in procession, not once or twice a year, but five times: twice in Advent and thrice in Lent. I must confess that in previous years, the Litany has been challenging for me. From time to time I have fallen prey to impatience at its length; at other times the number of repetitions. However, this past Advent I found the Litany to be very spiritually enriching - perhaps because of the state of our nation and the world at this moment, and I suddenly felt myself praying the words of the Litany with an intensity I had never felt before: each of the responses “We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord!” was infused with new power. This Lent, when we chant the Great Litany, don’t let the prayers wash over you - rather, breathe deeply and let them saturate you. Make them your own.

 

When the choir is singing something during the mass, pray the text the choir is singing, while they are singing it. For example, when the choir is singing the Kyrie eleison, don’t just listen to the choir. Pray the words in your heart. “Lord, have mercy upon us!” Some people even make it a practice to silently mouth the words the choir is singing to make them more physical and personal. Feel the prayers, don’t just read them or let them be read or sung in your presence. Make them yours. When the choir is singing the motet after communion, be sure to read the text beforehand. If the text is in Latin or another language, be sure to read the translation and meditate on the text - as the choir is singing it. Make the choir’s prayer your prayer. Be fully present in each action during the mass and be highly alert to all your senses. This will help quiet the mind and make space for inspiration.

Lastly, a note about hymn introductions. Technically, the hymn introduction exists to allow the congregation enough time to find the hymnal, stand up, and turn to the right hymn number. I know many cradle Episcopalians who have the Hymnal open before the hymn begins. Allow me to commend this practice to you. If you have the Hymnal open and ready before the hymn introduction begins, it will give you more time to prepare. As I begin to play the hymn introduction, feel free to hum along with the organ to help warm up your voice: the choir does it! Look at the notes of music, and even if you “don’t read music”, watch the contour of the notes as they rise and fall. Breathe. Then join the choir in singing the hymn. Sing in whatever octave is comfortable, and don’t simply sing the hymn. Feel the words and make the prayer yours.

This Lent, let’s go deeper into our faith. No one can do it for you. The time is now.

Upcoming

Candlemas - Choral Evensong and Benediction
February 4 with the Choir of All Saints Worcester 4pm

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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