Sunday, February 18, 2018 - the First Sunday in Lent:
4:30 pm: Organ Recital by Clara Gerdes - music of Ravel, Whitlock, and Reubke
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction - music of Dowland, Howells, Tomkins, and Tallis
Our corporate Lenten discipline for 2018: A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Advent (PDF)
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
Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through
TODAY! 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
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, February 14, 2018, Ash Wednesday
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That familiar aphorism is taken from a letter written by Benjamin Franklin to a friend in 1789. Franklin got lots and lots of things right, but this he got wrong. Or shall we say half wrong. There is nothing certain about
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Jay C. James at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, February 11, 2018, the Last Sunday after the Epiphany
…and a voice came out of the cloud, “this is my beloved son; listen to him.” Our goal is to see Christ in His glory. We are given the gift of having that vision with us now so we can be prepared for heaven and inspired on the way. There are many of us who,
O God, who before the passion of thy only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth
TODAY! The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Dr. Frederick L. Haupert. 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
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, February 4, 2018, the Solemnity of the Feast of the Presentation
I realize this is not going to sound very priestly of me, but one of my favorite films of all time is Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction; I saw the first show on opening day in 1994 and I don’t know how many times after that; it was a hugely important pop cultural moment in my