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  • May 02, 2018 12:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you poke your head into the Dewart Room (the room net to the Chapel), you will see on the far wall a friendly shepherd waving to you as he guides his sheep. This picture is one of a series of photographs that were taken during our visit to the Holy Land in 2015. Along with 36 other pilgrims, we spent nearly two weeks walking, learning and praying where Jesus walked, taught and prayed. The photographs, along with their accompanying descriptions and Bible quotations, attempt to reflect some of the beauty, history and spiritual power of that amazing, holy region.

    This exhibit was sponsored by Epiphany's Gifts and Memorials committee, thanks to a bequest from Margaret Hemmingsen. Margaret's gift also funded the renovation and refurnishing of the Dewart Room.

    We hope you enjoy the exhibit!
    Scott and Mary Street



  • January 30, 2018 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here to read Thomas J. Brown's annual address to the Parish.  The address was given on the occasion of the Parish's Annual Meeting on 28 January 2018.  To hear his address click here.


  • January 12, 2018 4:45 PM | Anonymous

    Wider in Welcome: a reflection from Thomas J. Brown

    The Parish of the Epiphany has long been a community committed to welcoming all. In celebrating the Eucharist we have widened our welcome in two ways. First, several years ago, we began administering communion in front of the pulpit. We did this both to support the number of people for whom the chancel steps were a barrier, and also to expedite that part of the worship service. Second, in the last few years we have responded to people with celiac disease by consecrating rice or bean wafers. 

    Effective Sunday, 7 January 2018, we will use non-alcoholic wine or grape juice at the pulpit station. Holy Communion with sherry or port will continue to be administered at the rail near the high altar.

    What follows are my theological and pastoral thoughts about this change. Basically, we are widening our welcome to people who are recovering from addiction, or who refrain from alcohol for other health reasons, or for parents who would prefer their children not receive wine. This decision is rooted not only in our desire to respond pastorally, but also in our theology: it is God who feeds us with the spiritual food of the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood, and God who welcomes us home. 

    Historically the Episcopal Church has suggested that “quality bread and wine should be used for the Holy Eucharist.” However, in some parts of the Anglican Communion, the 38 independent churches around the globe with historic ties to the Church of England, concerns abound regarding what can be used to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. These questions and concerns are subjects of lively debate here in our diocese, too. 

    In some Islamic nations where alcohol is carefully controlled or even banned, Anglicans make do with quite remarkable products, including Coca-Cola! In other contexts bread and wine carry different cultural meanings, or they are prohibitively expensive, leading Anglicans to use rice or corn products for their eucharistic feasts. 

    Consider our relatively recent addition of gluten-free wafers, made from beans or rice, as a species for consecration. Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church does not suggest that gluten-free wafers are unacceptable. Given our local context, I can’t imagine we, the Parish of the Epiphany, would say to somebody with celiac disease, “sorry, only a wheat wafer contains the Real Presence of Jesus Christ.”   

    What is bread and what is wine? One wouldn't typically think of an overly crisp wafer (stored in an electric brisker in our sacristy) as bread, but wafers have been used since the 9th century. For some of us they represent “communion” because they are what we’ve always had. Others would much prefer to see and to taste actual bread. Yet for most of us, I think, whether we receive a piece of bread or a wafer doesn’t matter because each not only symbolizes Holy Communion, but also contains the Real Presence. 

    When a gathered community gives their consent to a priest to lead them in prayer, as you do every Sunday to me and Miriam and any other priest who is with you, we rely, together, on the Holy Spirit to bless whatever gifts we offer, sanctifying them to be for us the Body and Blood, “the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him” (from Eucharistic Prayer A in the Prayer Book).

    Please contact me if you have additional questions, concerns, or comments. I welcome your thoughts. 

  • November 01, 2017 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever been unable to get to Epiphany and yet wanted to receive the blessings of the sacraments? Did you know that there is a dedicated group of Epiphany Parishioners ready and willing to visit with you and bring God’s word and gifts? We are the Lay Eucharistic Visitors and we are available to visit everyone, not only just those who are sick, or grieving, or disabled.

    We are a close-knit team working with Thomas and Miriam in support of Epiphany’s pastoral ministry. We are all trained by the Diocese and regularly visit Parishioners in their homes, apartments, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and wherever we are a needed.

    Aside from illness or a prolonged rehab stay, we are available to bring the quiet comfort of the Eucharist into your home. Have your travels kept you from attending church? Have your children’s athletic events made Sunday morning attendance impossible? Please consider inviting us for a visit at any time, night or day, convenient for you.

    Simply contact Sarah Twiss in the Parish Office at 781.729.1922 and she will contact us. Soon after you will hear from one of us to set up a time to visit you.

    We sincerely hope that you take us up on our open invitation and look forward to visiting you and being with you in God’s presence.

    Your Lay Eucharistic Visitors Team




  • October 11, 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plans are well underway for Epiphany’s 2018 mission to Haiti that is scheduled for March 3–10, 2018. Would you like to participate in the next Haiti Mission by sewing cloth bags? A generous supply of fabric and sample sewing directions are available on the lower level, Higgins Formation Wing, in room 4. The directions are provided as a guide, not as rigid instructions. Take the stairs in the Hadley Hall entrance way. You will soon reach Room 4 in the lower hallway.

    Over the past five years, the many Haiti bag sewers have created  approximately 3,000 bags for the patients that have been seen by Epiphany's mission teams.  We like to sew bags with colorful prints, plaids, or graphic designs. The bags are used to hold the medicines and vitamins that are given to families. These bags are appreciated for their immediate usefulness and are cherished as an attractive item that can be used over and over again.

    For more information and any questions, contact Jan Conrod at 617.489.1247.


  • September 21, 2017 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Meetings are Friday mornings from 9:30-11:00am.

    Epiphany's parent/child playgroup is a place for parents to learn, share, and grow together as parents while their children play.

    We meet most Friday mornings 9:30 am - 11:00 am in the childcare room on the lower level. All parents, soon-to-be parents, grandparents, or anyone who enjoys a little chaos are welcome to drop by. For more information contact Carolyn Hughes.



  • September 21, 2017 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Every Thursday at 9:00am Contemplative Prayer will be offered in the Chapel. This a half hour service with candlelight and a good bit of silence. Celtic prayers will be used to center us and reflect upon. All are welcome.





  • September 21, 2017 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We worship every Wednesday at 7:30am in the Chapel. Preachers are lay members as well as clergy. The service runs 30 minutes and is followed by a light breakfast.


  • June 23, 2017 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    One of life's lessons is to tell our story, not to tell others’ stories. It’s an essential way to live. But there’s an exception to this rule, at least for me at this moment, and it has to do with our treasurer, Rick Marks. Rick was diagnosed with ALS last October, and he’s currently hiking the Appalachian Trail (along with several others from the Parish of the Epiphany). Rick is humble, and he really wants the people around him to remain positive. His story, at least as I’ve heard it, inspires my faith, and makes me want to share it with everybody I meet. Rick has created a blog about his hike. In addition to Rick’s hike, there are several others in our Parish bicycling from Boston College to New Haven, Connecticut, to raise money for ALS research; they’re doing this because of our friend Rick. There are many ways to be a Christian community, and Jesus himself never gave us a play-by-play book. What he said was, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” You can read Rick’s blog and see the photographs here: 


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