The Advent is part of the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Massachusetts, and the world-wide Anglican Communion. We celebrate the Eucharist daily, base our worship on the Book of Common Prayer, and invite all baptized Christians to join us for Communion. Sunday services are at 8 AM (Said Mass, Anglican Missal), 9 AM (Sung Mass, Rite II), and 11:15 AM (Solemn Mass, Rite I). Nothing would make us happier than to have a chance to worship with you!
Our parish is very diverse, and we strive to be open and welcoming to everyone in our community. Whether you're liberal or conservative, young or old, gay or straight, rich or poor, just visiting or a Boston native -- we hope you'll feel at home at the Advent. If you join us for Sunday Mass, please also join us for coffee hour immediately afterwards (downstairs in Moseley Hall). Smaller community groups meet throughout the week, and we encourage all members of the parish to be involved in some form of Christian formation.
From our founding back in 1844, the Advent has been committed to ministry and outreach. We march in Project Bread's annual Walk For Hunger, and every Tuesday evening, members of the parish serve a nourishing meal to people in need. We have also sponsored relief efforts in Haiti, have participated in our diocese's B-SAFE summer program, and have an active Care and Prayer team. We are always looking for more ways to help do God's work in the world, so please check back often to see current service opportunities.
Welcome from the Rector
The Church of the Advent is a Christian community, a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, which gathers together day by day and week by week to know and make known the grace of God which comes to believers through Jesus Christ. All that we are and all that we do is empowered by the grace of God which is given to us through the Sacraments instituted by Christ, particularly the Sacrament of the Altar. And by means of this abundant grace we enjoy a diverse, vital, and close-knit parish family - young, old, rich, poor, of various ethnic origins and differing backgrounds. From our extraordinary music program to a growing church school, our guilds of bell ringers, gardeners and acolytes, to those who serve our long-standing Tuesday Night Community Dinner for the needy, the Advent is a community of faith which tries to keep the Gospel close to her heart and to live by Jesus' teaching.
The mission of the Parish, as defined by its charter in 1844, is "to bring to a portion of the city of Boston the ministrations of the holy Catholic Church; and more especially to secure the same to the poor and needy in a manner free from unnecessary expense and all ungracious circumstances." To that end, the Advent was founded as the first church in Boston without compulsory pew rent. Over the years we have welcomed into our fellowship worshippers not only from the city and suburbs, but also from all New England. An appreciation of the importance of prayer and the ancient traditions of Christian worship inspires all our services, from a quiet weekday Mass in the Lady Chapel to the full splendor of Solemn High Mass on a Sunday morning. We are committed to preaching the Word of God and ministering His Sacraments to all who desire them, and we hope to have you join us in this mission.
Organist & Choirmaster Mark Dwyer, Playing St. Patrick’s Breastplate on the Advent’s Aeolian-Skinner Organ
Associate Organist and Choirmaster Ross Wood, Playing Widor’s Symphonie Romane
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Dr Jeffrey Hanson at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, July 24, 2016, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
In today’s reading from Luke’s gospel, we encounter the one and only time in the entire New Testament that anyone asks Jesus for instruction in prayer. “Lord, teach us to pray.” I am glad that our reading contains all the verses that it does, because this entire section from the gospel of Luke is in
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth
If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we will have a record of your visit here and can keep in touch. All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Daphne B. Noyes at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, July 17, 2016, the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Are you ever confused by Jesus? I am. And if not by Jesus himself, certainly by some of the stories told about him. And if not by the stories themselves, certainly by the variety of interpretations they inspire. So, today: Mary and Martha. Is this a tale about sibling rivalry? Or is it a story
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in honor of the Tuesday Night Supper guests. If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we will have a record of your
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, July 10, 2016, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
When I was a child my family and I did all our traveling together by car; we were too poor for plane tickets, so our family vacations when I was a kid were all done by road trip. I still love this way to travel, and I have a lot of fondness for the open