This Advent season, we are offering weekly reflections prepared by Campus Minister for Liturgical Arts at Boston College Meyer J. Chambers. Bookmark this page and check back for new reflections each Sunday during Advent.

Second Sunday of Advent

“I love this reading from the herald John the Baptist. It reminds me of the Mardi Gras season where I grew up in New Orleans. Prior to the parade’s arrival, people would mill around on the street, catching up on the latest gossip, meeting new people, and making friends. Then, all of a sudden, the sirens blare, heralding the approach of the parade. The crowds part, and the streets are cleared in anticipation of good things to come."


 

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First Sunday of Advent

“Remember this: the name ‘Emmanuel’ as translated from the Hebrew means ‘God is with us.’ Whether you live alone, have been left alone, feel lonely, or are without the one you love, allow the season of Advent to be Emmanuel for you. Let Emmanuel be on your heart, on your lips, and in your actions.”

Boston College C21 Advent Calendar

The Church in the 21st Century Center is celebrating Advent with an exciting, interactive calendar. A different surprise will be unlocked each day of the season, so bookmark the page and visit daily as we count down to Christmas.

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Meyer J. Chambers

Meyer J. Chambers
Campus Minister for Liturgical Arts

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Meyer moved to the Northeast in August 1983 to teach music at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York.  In New Orleans, Mr. Chambers was educated in Catholic schools from kindergarten through graduate school. He earned an undergraduate degree in music education and a graduate degree in secondary education from Xavier University of Louisiana, the only Black Catholic University in the United States.  In 1993, Mr. Chambers earned a Master of Liturgical Music Degree from The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America.  He pursued additional studies at Loyola University of the South and the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Chambers moved to the Boston area in August of 1987 to join the faculty of St. Sebastian's Country Day School in Needham, serving as chair of the fine arts department from 1988-1995.  He has served as a presenter at various archdiocesan, regional, and national conferences connected to liturgy and music.  In addition, he served as music director at St. John-St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church in the Grove Hall neighborhood of Dorchester, Massachusetts from June 1988 through May 2005 when the church was closed and reopened as St. Katharine Drexel Parish.  Meyer continues to serves as music director.  Also, Mr. Chambers served as the liturgical music director for the Archdiocese of Boston’s two Jubilee Masses at Foxboro Stadium in September 1999 (20,000 participants) and Fenway Park in April 2000 (19,000 participants).  Mr. Chambers served as director of the Office for Black Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston from October 1991 to June 2003, founding the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir in 1992.  On July 1, 2003, Mr. Chambers was appointed campus minister for liturgical arts at Boston College.  As part of Boston College’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, Mr. Chambers co-directed the music for the mass at Fenway Park on September 15, 2012, that featured a combined 500 voice choir and a congregation of 20, 000.

Mr. Chambers is married to Beth Chambers, director of Catholic Charities South.  They have two sons, Severin (Mobile, Alabama) and Zachary (Harvard University ’18), and reside in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.