Friday, September 28, 2018 -- Eve of the Feast of St Michael & All Angels (Michaelmas)
6:30 pm: Procession, Solemn Mass, & Te Deum in the Presence of the Bishop of Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates. Bishop Gates will preach at the Mass. A gala reception honoring the Bishop and the Rector follows in Moseley Hall.
Sunday, October 7, 2018 -- Blessing of the Animals
3:00 pm: Bring your furred, feathered, scaled, 2-, 4-, or no-footed friends to Church for a brief service and blessing in honor of St Francis!
Sunday, October 21, 2018 -- Solemnity of the Feast of St Luke the Evangelist
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction
Thursday, November 1-Friday, November 2 -- Conference: Anglo-Catholic Roots II: Is Christ Divided? Full Visible Unity
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
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.
And may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Church Cat Welcomes You!
Simon is the latest in a series of felines who have called the Advent home over the years.
A Brief History
The Church of the Advent was born in 1844 from the inspiration of a group of Bostonians who desired to establish a new parish that would put into practice the ideals of the then-11-year-old Oxford Movement.
The Advent Choir on SoundCloud
Grant us, O Lord, not to mind earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to cleave to those that shall abide; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Joseph Hudak. 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
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, September 16, 2018, the Solemnity of the Feast of the Holy Cross
The church calls us this day to set our minds on the Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, and I believe there is a practical point in doing so, a point that is summed up in the opening words of our passage from Philippians: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” I
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Louise Olney Baker. The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of the Rev’d Thomas H. Lehman. If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Daphne Noyes at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, September 9, 2018, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
What do you do when you are in pain? I suspect that for most of us the inclination is to isolate, to withdraw. This is, of course, understandable but dangerous. Understandable because we really don’t like others to see us when we’re not at our best — feeling weak, vulnerable, or even ashamed. Dangerous because
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Jay C. James at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, September 2, 2018, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. We think of the heart as more than just a vital organ. It is one of the vital organs, but like many ancient cultures, including ancient Hebrew culture, our culture thinks of the heart as the governing center of our lives.