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
O Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for God’s many blessings. 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
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, June 19, 2016, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Most human beings will do almost anything they can to gain acceptance and enhance their status. Nowadays, we call this “self-esteem” – feeling good about oneself and then, as one’s status is enhanced, feeling better about oneself. People like that. And, of course, there is the all-important matter of the acceptance and esteem others may
O Lord, we beseech thee, make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name, for thou never failest to help and govern those whom thou hast set upon the sure foundation of thy loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary of Carolyn and Tom McDermott, the 55th wedding anniversary of Philip and Lois Pfatteicher and Lois Pfatteicher’s 80th birthday. If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel
Preached at a Healing Mass with Litany for Victims of Gun Violence. The psalm appointed for this evening, Psalm 31, is a full-fledged Psalm of Lament: the plaintive, passionate voice of humanity crying out to divinity. Yet, for some reason, the creators of the Lectionary chose to include only the final five verses. As poetic
Please join us tomorrow night for our weekly Wednesday Healing Mass at 6.00 p.m. in the Lady Chapel. We will pray a special Litany for all victims of gun violence, especially for those in Orlando. Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy. Read Bishop Gates’ letter to the Diocese: http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/hard-work-be-done-letter-bishop-gates-following-orlando-shootings