This Week at the Advent

 October 14-20 , 2018


In This Issue
About this Sunday's Collect
Coming Up: Ghost Stories
Anglo-Catholic Roots II Conference
All Souls Day
Entr'acte this Sunday
This Sunday at Entr'acte, our adult education series, Father Warren continues a two-part look at what he calls Classical Christianity. Today, as a companion piece to his discussion of the Teaching of Classical Christianity, he will address the question of the Practice of Classical Christianity.

Following that, our resident Biblical scholar, Rick Stone, will lead a three part study of the 2nd chapter of the Book of Genesis, a crucial and fascinating text. This will take place on Sundays, October 21 and 28, and November 4.

To conclude Entr'acte for the year, Fr. Warren will lead a three-part examination of various sects within what is called Christianity: what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity. Sundays, November 18 and 25, December 9.

Compline will be sung this Sunday evening at 8 pm by members of the Advent Choir , including chant and motets by Parsons and Sheppard & Wood. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. 
About this Sunday's Collect
Thomas Cranmer
The Collect for this Sunday (Proper 23) is one of the Prayer Book's classics, and a lesson in the evolution of the English language. For 400 years, this Collect was prayed on the 17th Sunday after Trinity (as the calendar was then reckoned):

"Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."

This is Archbishop Thomas Cranmer's original translation from the Gregorian Sacramentary for the first Book of Common Prayer. The word "prevent" had come into the English language about 100 years earlier as a literal translation of the Latin praevenire, "to go before" - i.e., in the modern sense, "to precede." But "precede", which entered the language at about the same time, meant essentially the same thing. Further confusing matters, already in Cranmer's day "precede" and "prevent" - in its modern meaning of "hinder" - were beginning to change places, and by the 20th century the original meaning of "prevent" was a quaint antique, surviving only in this Collect and in the theological term "prevenient grace" (the subject of the Collect). And so the 1979 Prayer Book changed "prevent" to "precede," leaving the traditional version of the prayer otherwise untouched.

Coming Up: Ghost Stories
M. R. James
Ghost Stories for an Autumn's Night-Friday, October 26, at 7:30 pm. Ghost Stories returns again to the Advent this year. Two tales of terror by medievalist and master writer M. R. James will be told by candlelight in the library. Several haunting medieval songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves. Ports and cheeses will be on hand for nibbling and sipping for this night of a most pleasing terror. Tickets are $15.00 through Eventbrite or $20.00 at the door. All proceeds go to help Mission and Outreach ministries at the Parish.

Anglo-Catholic Roots II Conference
Anglo-Catholic Roots II Conference: Is Christ Divided? Full Visible Unity - November 1 - 2 at the Church of the Advent. The Catholic tradition specializes in this field, with a rich store of resources worth remembering and retrieving. Speakers at this second conference on Anglo-Catholic Roots will take up scriptural, sacramental, ascetical, and dogmatic resources to describe and vindicate a fully Catholic understanding of the one Church, as Christ's body across time and space. They will also offer perspectives on the Anglican Communion as a family of churches called to holiness and apostolicity in service of the Whole.

Keynote Speaker: the Rt Rev'd John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee

Derek Olsen, PhD, former member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music
The Rev'd Dr. Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary
The Rev'd Dr Matthew Burdette, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dallas, Texas
Christopher Wells, PhD, Editor, The Living Church

Optional banquet on the night of November 2 after Solemn Requiem Mass of All Souls, to be held at the Club of Odd Volumes. Advance registration is required. Registration: $75 for employed persons, $50 for students and retirees, Banquet: $75. Sign up at

All Souls Day

All Souls Day will be observed on Friday, November 2, with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.   Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses  may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish  or at the rear of the Church.
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Parish Office
Church of the Advent
Sunday's Collect
Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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