Welcome from the Rector


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.

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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Community

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.

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Mission

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

The Church Cat Welcomes You!

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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