Sunday, May 20 - The Feast of Pentecost

Sunday, May 27 - Trinity Sunday: The Solemn Mass with Te Deum will conclude with the Te Deum of Ralph Vaughan Williams. 

Thursday, May 31 - The Feast of Corpus Christi: 6:30 pmProcession-Around-the-Neighborhood and Benediction, on Thursday, May 31, with music by William Byrd and a brass quartet playing for the Procession.  The guest preacher will be the Rev’d Patrick T. Gray, Rector of Christ Church, South Hamilton. 

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.

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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
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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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

  • Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Jay C. James at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, May 20, 2018, the Feast of Pentecost

    …..We hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.    The letter “R” provides an alliterative device that will, with God’s help, give aid to you and me this morning.  It will help me make three points and keep the sermon organized.  I will then stop after the three points.  That

  • Collect for the Feast of Pentecost

    Almighty God, who on this day didst open the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of thy Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who

  • This Week’s Announcements, May 20-26, 2018

    The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Peter J. McNeff. 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

  • Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, May 13, 2018, the Seventh Sunday of Easter

    From the Gospel this morning: .   .   .   that they may be one, even as we are one. This morning I intend to preach a very theological sermon. Now don’t worry. It’s going to be brief.  Not lengthy, not even lofty.  But it is going to be very theological, and so – if only for

  • Collect for the Sunday after Ascension Day

    O God, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven: We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless, but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Savior Christ is gone before; who liveth

  • This Week’s Announcements, May 13-19, 2018

    The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the Church of Advent and its ministries.  The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Werner Suter. If you are visiting or new  to the Advent, we hope that

  • Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Marc Eames at the Church of the Advent, Thursday, May 10, 2018, Ascension Day

    Fr. Eames is Rector of the Church of the Advent, Medfield, MA. “Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;