The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, April 9, 2017 - Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Orb

Weekley Announcements of

Church of the Advent of Christ the King

An inclusive parish of the Episcopal Church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition

261 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 431-0454

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - Saturday, April 15, 2017

Palm Sunday: Sunday of the Passion

Welcome to all our visitors & newcomers.
Please sign our guest book and join us after Mass for refreshments in Lathrop Hall and Hardcastle Garden. If you are new, please make yourself known to the clergy and the greeters.


Sunday, 9 April

  Low Mass at 8:30am (Episcopal Sanctuary)

  Low Mass with Blessing of Palms, 9:00am

  Liturgy of the Palms, Procession & High Mass, 11am


Holy Monday, 10 April

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Holy Tuesday, 11 April

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Holy Wednesday, 12 April

  Low Mass at 8am

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Choral Tenebrae, 6:30pm


Maundy Thursday, 13 April

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & High Mass, Procession &   

  Stripping of the Altar, 6:30pm

  Midnight Vigil before the Blessed Sacrament, 8pm


Good Friday, 14 April, Day of Fasting

  The Three Hours: Meditation of the Passion of

  Our Lord, 12pm

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Solemn Liturgy

  & Mass of the Presanctified, 6:30pm


Holy Saturday, 15 April, Paschal Feria

  Holy Saturday Liturgy at 9am

  The Great Vigil & First Mass of Easter, 10:30pm


Looking to the First Week of Eastertide:


Easter Sunday, 16 April

  Low Mass at 8:30am (Episcopal Sanctuary) & 9am

  & Procession & High Mass, 11am


Friday, 21 April, Paschal Feria 

  Low Mass at 12pm

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Stations of the

  Resurrection and Benediction of the Blessed  

  Sacrament 6:30pm

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

9 Apr…Lizette Larson-Miller + & Steve Miller (marriage)

9 Apr…Lee Ryan (confirmation)

10 Apr…Cheryl Parker (birthday)

12 Apr…Michael Barlowe + (birthday)

12 Apr…Donald Cooper (birthday)

12 Apr…Peter Weltner (confirmation)

13 Apr…Claire Dodds (baptism)

13 Apr…John Klopacz (reception)

13 Apr…Philip Watson (birthday)

14 Apr…Mark Eriksson (baptism)

15 Apr…Lenda Taylor (baptism)

Volunteer Opportunities

Today is the last Sunday during Lent to donate white socks, underwear, and toiletries for the homeless with the money you save from Lenten fasting. Please place any items in the basket in the back of the church.


For the vigil before the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday, sign up today in the back of the Church or Lathrop Hall after High Mass. The vigil begins immediately after the Stripping of the Altar and continues until midnight. Two people should be on watch at all times.


Do bring delectables and potables for the festive receptions following the Easter Vigil and Easter Day Masses. All contributions to the fellowship table will be greatly appreciated -- sweets, savories, or beverages.


If you wish to offer Easter flowers in memory of someone or in thanksgiving and wish that intention recorded in the Easter Bulletin, please pick up an “Offering for Flowers” envelope found at the back of the church, appropriately fill it out, and place it in the offer at Mass or return it to the Office by Holy Tuesday, April 11. Offerings received after that date will be acknowledged in later bulletin notices. Thank you for your generosity.

Last Sunday's Offering
Plate Offering: $115.00; Pledge Offering: $465.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Hospitality for Reception after High Mass:

Hosted by James Hamilton, John Porter & Tom Veitch


Today's readings will be

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; The Passion According to Matthew.

General Announcements

A Little Humility Goes a Long Way By Fr. Paul Allick Jesus could have had it all. He could have ridden into Jerusalem with an army behind him. His admirers were ready to make him king. He could have had others fight the battle for him and then place him on the throne. He could have led a protracted war to drive out the occupying Roman government. His side may have lost but he would be a hero; a savior for the here and now. But this is not how Jesus works. He does not come to be served but to serve. God in Christ humbled himself by becoming a human. He arrived as we all do: a baby who couldn’t speak or walk completely dependent on his mother for feeding and hygiene. God in Christ humbled himself by dying on the cross. Jesus humbled himself so that we could be exalted with him. This is the paradoxical news Jesus brings: you cannot be great until you learn how to love others sacrificially. Humility is not about timidity. It is about being grounded. We have just come through a season of repentance. We have spent time examining our lives. We have confessed, asked for forgiveness, accepted that forgiveness, and now we move on. As we move on our repentance has made us more self-aware. We are more grounded in the truth of our own brokenness. It doesn’t hold us back. It holds us down close to the earth where we can stand in truth and in compassion for others.


This being Holy Week, all holy days are superseded.


Sunday Confession: Heard by Br. Jude Hill this Sunday, April 9 at 10:30am and Fr. John Porter next Sunday, April 16 at 10:30am.


Additional Confession during Holy Week: Heard by Fr. John Porter for Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 6:00pm, Fr. Alex Martin for Good Friday, April 14 at 6:00pm, and Fr. Paul Allick for Holy Saturday, April 15 at 9:30am.


Today, High Mass will begin with the Blessing of the Palms in the Hardcastle Garden -- weather permitting.


Holy Week Evening Low Masses with Evening Prayer: Will be celebrated at 6:30pm with Evening Prayer at 6pm to mark Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week. All are Welcome! Do invite your friends and neighbors for these half-hour liturgies.



Tenebrae service will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30pm. This service is perhaps the purest of worship experiences, for the faithful community gathers simply to abide with Jesus in the gathering darkness as candles are gradually extinguished and we are left with only the Light of Christ to guide us. Thus are our souls prepared to enter more deeply into the mysteries of Holy Week.


Maundy Thursday, following High Mass will be a procession to the Altar of Repose, Stripping of the High Altar, & Vigil before the Altar of Repose until midnight.


The Tabernacle will be empty on Holy Wed and again following High Mass on Maundy Thurs until after the First Mass of Easter. It is accordingly appropriate at those times to bow towards the Altar rather than genuflect towards the Tabernacle, unless the Blessed Sacrament is on the Altar.


The Three Hours: Meditation of the Passion of Our Lord: Friday, April 14 at 12pm. We will start with Stations of the Cross. This will be followed by the Exposition of the Relic of the True Cross, hymns, meditations from early Church Fathers, and plenty of silent prayer.


Late Saturday night, remember to bring bells for the joyous peal during the “Gloria in Excelsis” opening the First Mass of Easter.


Stations of the Resurrection will follow Evening Prayer on Easter Friday, April 22 6:30pm. Also known as Via Lucis or Way of Light, this devotion was born in the summer of 1988 by Father Sabino Palumbieri and the Salesian Family Movement Witnesses of the Risen Lord. This new set of stations are a celebration centered upon and emphasizing the joyful and hopeful aspect of the Christian story which is the promise of the Resurrection and the triumph of the Risen Lord. The Via lucis was first celebrated in April of 1990 in Rome and thereafter spread quickly around the globe. This devotion appears in Common Worship materials from the Church of England and in the revised St. Augustine's Prayer Book.


The Preliminary work on our Capital Campaign at Advent continues. On April 23 after both Masses in Lathrop Hall we will conduct a short survey with members. Your participation is critical and it is a good way to get us all to Mass on Low Sunday! Questions can be directed either to our Chair, Pamela Vaughn or to Father Paul.


A Parish Meeting has been Called on Sunday, May 14 after the 11am High Mass. This Parish Meeting will be an informational meeting updating the parish on the status of our budget. Your participation is strongly encouraged.


The office will be closed on Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday.


Next Sunday's readings will be

Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18.


Reflection Corner

As we are reduced to silence before the Cross, the Divine is allowed to break through and empower us to show compassion. Howsoever much Jesus loves us in His Passion, we are to love others.