Several times during the year, the Choir of Men & Boys sings the service of Solemn Evensong at 4 pm, frequently followed by Benediction. Some of these services are sung at sister parishes; some are sung at All Saints'.

Evensong is a much-loved part of the English cathedral tradition and is the sung evening counterpart to the service of morning prayer or Mattins. The psalms and canticles are sung by the choir. Two scriptures lessons are read. The priest sings his part with the people and choir responding in kind.

Occasionally a sermon is preached between evensong and benediction.

Benediction is a brief service of adoration of God in the most holy sacrament of the altar. It is an intensely quiet meditative opportunity for worship. The priest takes a consecrated Host from the tabernacle and places it in a monstrance so the whole congregation can gaze on the Bread of Life during a long period of silence. The priest blesses the people with the Host. The priest and people conclude the service by reciting the Divine Praises and a brief psalm and antiphon.

Benediction may be solemn, conducted before the congregation with priest, two vested assistants, acolytes, choir, and congregation. Or, it may be simple, with only priest, server, and congregation.

Together, Evensong and Benediction take less than an hour.

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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