Introduction to the Liturgies of Holy Week

Sunday, March 25 – Palm Sunday
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass with Blessing & Distribution of Palms
9:00 am: Blessing and Distribution of Palms, Procession, and Sung Mass with the Passion according to St Mark
11:15 am: Blessing and Distribution of Palms, Procession, and Solemn Mass with the Passion according to St Matthew

Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week, March 26-28
7:30 am, 12:15 pm, 6:00 pm - Low Mass

Wednesday of Holy Week, March 28
7:00 pm: Service of Tenebrae

The Triduum (The Great Three Days)
Our guest preacher for the Triduum and Easter Sunday will be the Rev’d Arnold Klukas, Professor of Ascetical and Sacramental Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary (retired).

Thursday, March 29 – Maundy Thursday
6:30 pm: Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with Foot Washing, Solemn Procession of the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, Stripping of the Altars. Watch before the Sacrament until midnight.

Friday, March 30 – Good Friday
12:00 pm: The Three Hours, preached by the Parish Clergy
6:30 pm: The Liturgy of Good Friday with the Passion according to St John
Confessions will be heard following both of the Friday services in the confessionals at the rear of the Church.

Saturday, March 31 – Holy Saturday
9:00 am: Morning Prayer
6:30 pm: The Great Vigil & First Mass of Easter

Sunday, April 1 – Easter Day
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
1:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass

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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

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.

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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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 by the Rev’d Jay C. James at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, March 18, 2018, the Fifth Sunday in Lent

    Sir, we wish to see Jesus. (John 12:21) Seeing Jesus will only happen through serving him. We see and experience nature all around us. In these observations and experiences we learn that there are certain patterns in the natural world and these are developed into principles. The patterns of days turning into nights, seasons following

  • Collect for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

    O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found;

  • This Week’s Announcements, March 18-24, 2018

    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 here and can keep in touch. All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and

  • Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, March 11, 2018, the Fourth Sunday in Lent

    When I was in Australia, prior to my ordination, I was in the seminary’s Ministry Formation program, taking classes and training for practical matters in church work. Part of the program included a series of guest speakers, who would come in and address us ordinands on some topic relevant to our upcoming ministries. One such

  • Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

    Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which giveth life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Collect

  • This Week’s Announcements, March 11-17, 2018

    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 here and can keep in touch. All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and

  • Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent

    Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ