Parish of the Messiah is proud to serve our community by hosting local artists and musicians. The beautiful accoustics of our church make Messiah a favorite place for vocal and instrumental musicans. In addition to our Artist-in-Residence program, we have hosted a diverse range of artists including Convivium Musicum, a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and a number of organ and piano recitals. Messiah has also exhibited works by local visual artists and even fashion designers from neighboring Lasell College.
Excerpts from "The Messiah Miracle"
J. Foster Ober was commissioned to draw up plans of a church building located to the North and West of the Chapel [built in 1881] .... The congregation went to work with a will to raise the necessary funds with fairs, suppers, and other activities on which goodly sums were realized. The cornerstone of the church [seen below] was laid by Bishop Phillips Brooks on October 3, 1892. The tune "Auburndale" in the 1918 Hymnal was composed by Horatio Parker for this occasion.
On November 15, 1943, tragedy came to our beloved church, when the entire plant was completely gutted and destroyed by a fire of unknown origin. It was indeed a heart-rending sight when many stood in the ruins the next day .... But there amid the ashes and rubble was born the determination to rebuild as soon as possible.
Help came from unexpected sources: friend and foes, Jew and Gentile, [Black and White], members, former members, from the neighborhood, from sailors in the Pacific ... from a stranger in Chicago, from our sister churches, and from community offerings ... Services were held at the Auburndale Club. The stage serving as sanctuary ... and the lounge was used as a side chapel for early communion celebrations and baptisms.
Permission to rebuild was granted us by the War Production Board in May 1944 ... On Sunday, October 15, 1944, in impressive ceremonies, the cornerstone was re-laid by Bishop Sherrill assisted by Mr. McClintock ... The church was dedicated on September 30, 1945, by Bishop Sherrill and the service was attended by many ministers of the city ... Following the service the 500 people present were invited to meet the mayor, bishop, and rector in the living room of the new rectory. It was a great day for the parish and the crowning climax to a long up-hill struggle.
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2013 Please check again soon. New material is always being added.
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan, visits Messiah
Making Easter Baskets for The Second Step
Snow Elves Shovel Roof
Three Kings Come To Messiah
Helping Heros - Veteran's Day
Saying Goodbye to Rev. Suzanne Colburn
Summer Yard Sale
Blessing of the Animals
Messiah's 140th Anniversary
Lessons and Carols
The church is located at 1900 Commonwealth Avenue in the Auburndale section of Newton, Massachusetts near the Massachusetts Turnpike at the Commonwealth Avenue and Auburn Street intersection traffic light; just one block from Lasell College. A large lawn sets the church back from Commonwealth Avenue with the main entrance to the sanctuary on Auburn Street.
The sanctuary is handicap accessible via a sidewalk and ramp to the left of the main entrance on Auburn Street.
Parking is available in the church driveway which is one-way. The entrance to the driveway is accessible from Commonwealth Avenue. Additional parking is available along Commonwealth Avenue and Auburn Street and on the one-way carriage road parallel to Commonwealth Avenue.
For local directions from Google, click here.
Here at Parish of the Messiah, we take seriously the guidance found in the Catechism (Book of Common Prayer , page 855):
“The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.” from Book of Common Prayer.
We believe that a strong part of formulating ministry as members of the Episcopal Church lies in continuing Christian education as part of a lifetime process. We will continue in the future to organize and participate in programs tailored to studying the Bible and cultivating our knowledge of our Episcopal faith.
During the course of the four Sundays in Advent 2012, the Parish of the Messiah organized an Inquirer’s Class for anyone interested in confirmation and reception. The classes were part of Messiah’s Adult Christian Formation, our education and outreach program, and were open to the public and the Messiah congregation, especially anyone curious about the Episcopal Church’s history, theology, and liturgy. In addition, this class serves as preparation for baptism, confirmation or reception into the Episcopal church for any adult member. This year the book, What is Anglicanism? by Urban T. Holmes, was read and discussed. As of result of last year’s Inquirer’s Class, seven members of the congregation were confirmed or received at the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts’s Rite of Confirmation service held in May 2012 at Trinity Church, Copley Square.
For the four Sundays in Advent 2011, those members of Messiah who were interested in confirmation and reception participated in an Inquirer’s Class. We read various sources, including the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church and items from the Parish of the Messiah archives.
In Lent 2012, we offered an adult study group, A Journey Through Lent. The group studied the Book of Common Prayer and Show Me the Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent by Henri Nouwen.
In Lent 2011, we participated in a Mediation series sponsored by the Charles River Deanery. Parishioners within the deanery drafted meditations that we studied during a course of Wednesday evenings. We began with evening prayer that followed with conversation over a light supper. We will continue this tradition this Lent. Click for details.
To use the Charles River Deanery Lenten Meditations 2012 for your personal devotions, please click here.
To use the Charles River Deanery Lenten Meditations 2013 for your personal devotions, please click www.trinitynewton.org/LentenMeditations.html. Both parts 1 and 2 are now available.
Those interested in participating in any of the Parish of the Messiah's adult education should contact contact Bernie Jones, Coordinator of Adult Christian Formation, at 617/527-8505.
Messiah's Search for a New Rector
We are pleased to welcome the Reverend James R. La Macchia as the new rector at Parish of the Messiah. For the past 14 years, Father James served as Associate Chaplain & Religious Studies teacher at Saint Mark’s School, an independent, coeducational boarding and day school located in
He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Episcopal Divinity School in
Father James is the author of The Riches of the Word of God: Homilies of an American Priest and is working on another book. He spent nine summers living and studying in Israel/Palestine, and much of his ordained life has been involved with ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, especially among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He is particularly interested in Holocaust studies and was invited to speak this summer at the 2012 biennial International Conference on Holocaust Education in
Click here to see a pdf copy of the 2011 Annual Meeting Reports.
Messiah's prayer for new ministry:
Click here to see a copy of the 2012 Messiah trifold brochure that presents a brief summary of what make our parish special and what we were seeking in a new rector.
We are pleased to announce that Cappella Clausura, a period instrument and vocal ensemble which specializes in music written through the centuries by women in clausurae, that is, in cloisters, continues as Artist-in-Residence for the 2012 - 2013 season.This collaboration, which began in 2005, is part of Messiah's ongoing Artist-in-Residence program.
The ensemble of female voices is accompanied by instrumentalists playing the harpsichord, lute, and other period instruments. Cappella Clausura brings to light works of composers who have struggled to compose and perform despite considerable social taboos. The music that was written in clausurae was extraordinary in its inventiveness as well as its musicality. Nuns who penned this music wrote to express their deepest spirituality at a time when musical expression by women was not only frowned upon but frequently forbidden by the church. The group's goal is to place this music into the the standard repertoire.
For tickets, directions or more information go to www.clausura.org .
The Momus Trombone Quartet, a chamber music ensemble dedicated to advancing brass chamber music in the community, was artist-in-residence at the Parish of the Messiah for the 2004 - 2005 season.
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