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 Katelyn Emerson, Playing Tournemire’s Choral-Improvisation sur le Victimae Paschali
One Warm Coat is a nationwide organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for people in need by providing outerwear so that the recipients have adequate protection from cold weather. For several years, the Church of the Advent has run an autumn drive to benefit local affiliates of One Warm Coat. For
Christopher’s Haven is a Boston organization that provides housing and services to the families of pediatric-cancer patients who have traveled to Boston to seek medical treatment. The Advent has had a long-running relationship with Christopher’s Haven, supporting it both spiritually and materially, and even providing sweat equity for the apartments near Massachusetts General Hospital. For
Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy, forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Lizzy Bloom. The Flowers in the All Saints Chapel and at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for, and appreciation of, the dedication and service of Ross Wood and Jonathan Ortloff.
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, Thursday, September 29, 2016, The Feast of St Michael & All Angels (Michaelmas)
From the book of the Prophet Isaiah: In the year that King Uzziah died, I also saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up: and his train filled the Temple. Above it stood the seraphim; each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, September 25, 2016, the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This morning we heard a story known as the parable of Dives and Lazarus, from the Gospel of Luke. Dives, in fact, is not a name given in the parable. It simply means “rich man” in Latin, but because this parable was very often depicted in medieval art, the term for the unnamed rich man
O God, who declarest thy almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running to obtain thy promises, may be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever