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 past 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.
Messiah Celebrates St. Francis of Assisi and Blessing of the Animals
"Welcome Back to Messiah" Ice Cream Sundae Party
Messiah Women Meet For Tea
The Outreach Committee Donates Book of Common Prayer to Newton Wellesley Hospital Chaplaincy
Tinka Perry Brings the Mission of Episcopal Relief and Development to Messiah
Alexis York Lumbard Reads Her Book The Conference of Birds
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.
Save the Date
Join us for these coming events
On December 8, the children of
Messiah hold their 2nd Annual Bake
Sale to benefit Hildebrand Center.
Beginning Sunday, December 1 from
9 to 10 AM, Reverend James La
Macchia, rector at Messiah, is
offering a new program from the
Shalom Hartman Institute in
The course will meet for twelve
sessions and is entirely free and open
to the public. For more information,
click on the title link above.
Service of Advent
Lessons and Carols
Three Newton Episcopal churches
join together Sunday, December 15 at
5:30 PM at St. John's, Newtonville
to celebrate the Advent season.
Please join us!
Regular worship schedule
Sunday services and Sunday School
begins at 10:30 AM every Sunday.
Please join us for worship!
and be sure to check out
our monthly Messiah Calendar below.