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!
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.
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.
Welcome from the Rector
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.
Organist & Choirmaster Mark Dwyer, Playing St. Patrick’s Breastplate on the Advent’s Aeolian-Skinner Organ
Associate Organist and Choirmaster Katelyn Emerson, Playing Tournemire’s Choral-Improvisation sur le Victimae Paschali
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, January 15, 2017, The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
From St. John’s Gospel, the word of John the Baptist: “I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.” And from St. Matthew’s Gospel, the voice from Heaven: “Thou art my Son, my beloved.” This morning for the sermon I want to do a bit of Bible study. Last week we
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that thy people, illumined by thy Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Cindy Nelson. 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
The First Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A) “Prisms” // A Sermon by Fr. Sammy Wood Isaiah 41.1-9 Psalm 89 Acts 10.34-38 Matthew 3.13-17 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Look around — All the decorations are down; the Advent is back to looking like she
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson at the Church of the Advent, Christmas Eve 2016 (Solemn Mass)
The gospel reading for Christmas from St. Luke combines the extraordinary with the ordinary, the heavenly with the earthly. It tells an astonishing story but one that is also everyday. For St. Luke, who God is/becomes clear to us in the most mundane human events, the birth of a baby, lying in an animal’s feed
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2017
This evening we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the commemoration of the visit of the wise men to the Infant Christ. We just heard the story from St. Matthew’s Gospel, and like all the stories of Christmas, it is a touching one. How often has it captured the imaginations of poets and painters. And
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan didst proclaim him thy beloved Son and anoint him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with thee and the