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Join us as we begin our extended Advent season.
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Thursday, Nov 7, 2019
On Tuesday this week, we welcomed a group of pilgrims from Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas, led by their
Sub-Dean, Russell Snapp.
I loved sharing with them some of the history and the current ministry of our cathedral and giving them a tour. And I also loved the fact that several members of the cathedral staff took time out of their day to join us and share their own enthusiasm for our space and our ministry. And, finally, I loved that Jill Silverstein, the President of Central Reform Temple, was serving as a docent for the Abraham exhibit when we all showed up there, and she joined in the welcoming, too.

Every cathedral is different, but each has a particular vocation of welcome. And each cathedral's space offers a different, important window into sacred welcome and beloved community. It is my deep prayer that all who enter our space experience something of the holy hospitality of the Divine One, and that people leave with at least a measure of healing from the alienation and loneliness in which we are deformed in our society.

Here is an excerpt from Jan Richardson's "Welcoming Blessing," the whole text of which we include in newcomer packets we offer on Sunday mornings:

It will come
as a surprise,
what arrives
to welcome you
through the door,
making a place for you
at the table
and calling you
by your name. 

Let what comes,

Let the glass
be filled.
Let the light
be tended.
Let the hands
lay before you
what will meet 
your hunger.

May it be so at our cathedral and all the places we stop to seek God.

Our Cathedral at a Glance...
This Sunday, November 10

This Sunday we begin our journey into an extended season of Advent
10 AM service - Sanctuary

11:45 FaithMatters - Being "economically irrational": What giving does to us, led by Louis Tsien

12:40 - Social Justice Committee - We will be discerning next steps in our creation care work
The preacher this Sunday is:

The Very Rev. Amy E. McCreath
Dean of the Cathedral

Missed the latest Sermon?
Here you go!

About this week's music...
It is the season of Advent, and this year we will inaugurate a seven-week observance. What does that mean for music? In our liturgy there will be three recurring musical parts.

  • ​At the end of communion each week we will sing one stanza of the "O" antiphons, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." This week is O Wisdom.
  • As we approach the chancel after the offertory we will sing a chant by Ruth Cunningham called "Come, light of lights". We will learn the chant before the service, so come early to sing! We'll keep it simple this week, but add voices over the coming Sundays.
  • The Schola and choir will sing a stanza of "Savior of the Nations, come" as an introit each week. Each week will be a unique arrangement of voices. This week the men of the choir will sing.

One interesting piece of information about the communion anthem, "Justorum animae" (The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God). The English composer William Byrd wrote this piece while Elizabeth I was on the throne in the 17th century.  Byrd was sympathetic to the Catholics but the Queen was a Protestant (a tricky situation). What we will sing so freely today was not the case in Byrd's time. He published the piece, but then had to withdraw it when there was protest against Catholics. When things settled down about ten years later he distributed it again.

Louise Mundinger
Director of Music

Click here for list of upcoming anthems.
We are in need of a new grand piano in the sanctuary. If you, or someone you know is willing to donate one please contact Louise Mundinger.
Upcoming Events...
ABRAHAM Out of One, Many is Here!
Abraham: Out of One, Many - An exhibit of art by acclaimed Jewish, Christian, and Muslim artists presented by CARAVAN , has arrived at the cathedral and will be on view until December 7 . Learn more about the exhibit at the cathedral here .
On Nov 23rd The acclaimed musical ensemble et al . will present an interactive concert called “Sacred Service” incorporating Jewish, Christian, and Muslim music. Doors open at 7 pm, Concert at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20, student with ID enter for free.
Interreligious Book Study : Although the art exhibit we are hosting this fall focuses on Abraham, the Boston planning team seeks to lift up the stories of Sarah and Hagar, who are also central to our shared spiritual lineage as Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

All are welcome to a book study of  Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives , co-sponsored by the Bishops' Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, which will gather at the cathedral on the afternoons of 
Nov. 10 and 17 and Dec. 1 and 8 .

Commission co-chair Jane Redmont will host, along with with a female leader from a different Abrahamic tradition. For details and to sign up, click here
November 17, 5 - 8 pm

The Cathedral will be hosting this Transgender Day of Remembrance and invites the people of the trans community and their allies .The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) memorializes individuals who have died throughout the world in the previous year because of anti-transgender hatred. Each November, the worldwide transgender community turns its attention to family, friends and loved ones lost to violence and prejudice. A tradition inspired by the Allston, MA vigil for Rita Hester, a trans woman murdered in 1998, this day has become the worldwide rallying point for a community long under siege.
Thanksgiving Service
Thursday, November 28th, 11 am
Feast - noon

Please join us and the MANNA community for a day of thanksgiving. The meal is being served by the Muslim community. Those who wish to make something to bring along are encouraged to let us know on the sign-up sheet found in the Marble Hallway on the bulletin board.
Darkness Into Light:
A Contemplative Service of Lament Into Hope
Monday, December 16 th at 6 pm in the Sanctuary
The burst of festive lights and Christmas music can feel overwhelming at the holidays if we can’t locate joy in our hearts or in our spirits. Naming and claiming our true feelings in community, through a contemplative candle-lit service of lament and hope, is one way of connecting to the inner well-spring of God’s love for us. Please join us for this quiet meditative service if making space for grief and loss, fear and uncertainty, and finding a glimmer of hope and light in your life, all feel right for you during this holiday season.

Messiah Sing - Wednesday , December 18, 2019 - The Cathedral Schola will lead us in a Messiah Sing and the audience will sing the chorus. Join us at 5:15 pm at the cathedral. Scores will be provided.

Come and sing, come and listen, come and enjoy!

Louise Mundinger, Director
Fred MacAuthur, Organist
Advent Lessons & Carols, Sunday, Dec. 22 at the 10 am service
Christmas Eve Service,
December 24, 2019

Christmas Carols and Anthems, followed by Candlelight Mass - 6:30 pm,
Bishop Alan Gates preaching;
Dean Amy McCreath, presiding
Prayer Circle . Fridays at noon: Prayer Circle with Deacon Cynthia in St. John’s Chapel. Come and pray, or be silent, sit and talk awhile! Everyone is invited.
Volunteer opportunities...
Climate Justice ministry: The Sunday congregation of the cathedral is embarking on a focused season of ministry around climate justice. Want to be part of this effort? Contact Life Together Intern Joyce Chae at the cathedral to be in the loop.

Cathedral Corps : Part of our core ministry as a cathedral is hosting diocesan events like ordinations, confirmations, and special programs. To exercise this role well, we need a corps of people who have a call to hospitality, enjoy large events, are reliable, and want to help our diocese thrive. The dean is now recruiting such folks from parishes, chaplaincies, and the cathedral congregations for a “Cathedral Corps.” Corps members will:
  • Be oriented to the space and safety procedures at the cathedral.
  • Be trained to serve as greeters, vergers, crucifers, or subdeacons at diocesan events.
  • Be invited to take roles at large events well ahead of time, so they can plan ahead for it.
  • Enjoy dinner with the dean once a year to celebrate and reflect on their experience.

Interested? Please contact Cathedral Administrator Kevin Vetiac ( kvetiac@diomass.org )
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These are the things I know. . .
The sounds of your honor. . .
The power of your courage. . .
The blood that everyone has shed. . .
The depth of your strength. . 
The terror that binds you. . . 
The dread that remains in your dignity, and your valor. . .
For ALL these things, we pray for the sound of your laughter you had . . .
The power that was in your voice. . . 
The blood your yearn. . .
The depth of your healing. . .
The joy that had and need again. . . 
The hope that still remains in you. . . 
And that You know you are the wholeness and you are LOVE. . .
For ALL that you've done for Our Country. . .

Wilma Parham
When bold October, with his leaves ablaze,
Instructs us in the limits of our days
And brash north winds kick up the trodden dust
(Mortality broadcast by every gust),
When eyes adapt themselves to shrinking light
And golden suns go pale at autumn’s blight,
I marinate my bones in the deep chill,
and my heart-weary heart begins to thrill.

Thomas DeFreitas

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Diocesan Events ...
Our Cathedral serves as administrative, event and liturgical host to the  Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts  (DioMass).

To stay up-to-date on what's happening in DioMass:

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

This week we pray for

Parishes of the Taunton River Deanery

All Saints’ Church , Attleboro
Trinity Church , Bridgewater
Grace Chapel , Brockton

Commission on Ministry
Leadership Development Initiative

Our Sunday congregation welcomes you to beautiful worship and life-giving fellowship. Our motto is
“When in doubt, we choose love.”

Join us Sundays at 10 a.m.!
The Crossing is our grassroots, justice-focused, do-it-yourself church community of hipsters, heretics, homeless, and other unlikely pilgrims. In August we do house church. Visit the Crossing website, or check their newsletter each week for more information.
MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) is a ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston. We need each other. And this is why we gather each week to serve, to pray, and to create together. Join MANNA throughout the week for any number of our programs!
Our Episcopal Boston Chinese Ministry (EBCM) serves the Chinese-speaking community in Downtown Boston, hosting both traditional and contemporary worship services in Mandarin and Cantonese. We invite you to join us Sundays at 12:30pm.