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
Keep, O Lord, we beseech thee, thy household the Church in thy steadfast faith and love, that by the help of thy grace we may proclaim thy truth with boldness, and minister thy justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the wedding yesterday of Amanda Carow Roosevelt and Samuel Brewer. 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
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Jay C. James at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, June 10, 2018, the Third Sunday after Pentecost
Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother. We are now in those weeks of the Church’s calendar called “the season of Pentecost”. I prefer the name “Trinity season” and I’ll tell you why in a minute. Brace yourself. This season is long and it will not fly by. At
O God, from whom all good doth come: Grant that by thy inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. 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 Daphne B. Noyes at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, June 3, 2018, the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Maybe you remember this: In 1965, Hebrew National launched an ad campaign for their kosher hot dogs, touting their superior quality with the memorable tagline: “We answer to a higher authority.” Answering to a higher authority can lead to a convergence of disobedience and discipline—often in an unexpected, even counterintuitive way. It’s not disobedience that
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Patrick T. Gray at the Church of the Advent, May 31, 2018, The Feast of Corpus Christi
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. I ’d like to begin this evening by telling you a story, a story that was first told by Will Willimon, who I know is a friend of this parish. It’s actually a Christmas story, which granted is a