The Schedule of Services for Christmas

Sunday, December 17—The Third Sunday of Advent

8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Christmas Pageant & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

Sunday, December 24—The Fourth Sunday of Advent & Vigil of Christmas

8:00 am: Low Mass
11:15 am: Low Mass with Hymns
4:30 pm: Family Mass & Procession to the Crèche
Tomás Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium
arr Craig Phillips: The Holly and the Ivy

10:15 pm: Musical Prelude

11:00 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass
George Malcolm: Missa ad Præsepe
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Gaudete omnes et lætamini
Roland de Lassus: Resonet in laudibus

Sunday, December 25—Christmas Day

11:00 am: Mass
Sung Mass with Hymns

The Parish Clergy are available for Confession as a preparation for the Feast.  You may call and make an appointment.

Sunday, December 31—The First Sunday of Christmas

5:00 pm: Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight
arr Andrew Carter: I wonder as I wander
Conrad Susa: Adam lay in bondage
Richard Rodney Bennett: Lullay mine liking
Peter Warlock: Bethlehem Down
arr Philip Ledger: On Christmas Night
Roland de Lassus: Resonet in laudibus
Alexander L’Estrange: Lute-book Lullaby
arr Robert de Pearsall: In dulci jubilo
Felix Mendelssohn: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, op posth
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Gaudete omnes et lætamini

Monday, January 1—The Holy Name (Parish Office Closed)

11:00 am: Mass

Sunday, January  7—Solemnity of the Epiphany

7:30 am: Morning Prayer

8:00 am: Low Mass

9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
Tomás Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium
arr Craig Phillips: The Holly and the Ivy

11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass
Hans Leo Haßler: Missa “Dixit Maria”
Alexander L’Estrange: Epiphany Carol
Peter Warlock: Bethlehem Down

Father WarrenGreetings 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.

Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent,

I would like to announce here on our web site something I announced at the Masses on All Saints' Sunday. And that is, that I have called the Rev'd Jay Carleton James to come to the Advent and serve as Associate Rector. And . . . Deo gratias !! Father James has accepted my call. He is presently Rector of St. Timothy's Church in Raleigh, North Carolina and has served there for twenty-three years. Both he and his wife Betsy have roots in New England, and many of you know them from summer Sundays when they worshipped at the Advent or from the St. Michael's Conference with which Fr. James has been involved for any years. I noticed quite a few distinct smiles throughout the congregation when I made the announcement last Sunday. He is an old friend of mine - I was at his wedding ! - and I look forward to the honor of serving side by side with him.

Father Warren

Father Jay and Betsy James and their children Olivia and Sam
Fr. Jay and Betsy James and their children, Olivia and Sam.

Anglo-Catholic Worship
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!

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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.

More About 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.

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30 Brimmer Street, Boston, MA 02108

Office Hours:
 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4:30PM
Sunday Services:
8 AM -- Said Mass, Anglican Missal
9 AM -- Sung Mass, Rite II
11:15 AM -- Solemn Mass, Rite I

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Simon is the latest in a series of felines who have called the Advent home over the years.

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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.

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Recent Posts

  • Collect for the Third Sunday of Advent

    Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen. Collect for

  • This Week’s Announcements, December 17-23, 2017

    The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post.  The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Geoffrey B. Sayer. If you are visiting or new  to the Advent, we hope

  • Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, December 10, 2017, the Second Sunday of Advent

    John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem. (Mark 1:4-5) Why did they go out?  Why did they go out to see this wild man, this frankly scary man

  • Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent

    Merciful God, who didst send thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,

  • This Week’s Announcements, December 10-16, 2017

    The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post.  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 Margery Kennelly at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, December 3, 2017, The First Sunday of Advent

    The Rev’d Margery Kennelly is the Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard University. What a joy it is to be with you here today on your Feast ofTitle. I know your beautiful church – although not because I have been able to attend many of your Sunday services. I am familiar with your church- with its closets

  • Collect for the First Sunday of Advent

    Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his