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
Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Geoffrey B. Sayer. The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post. If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, December 4, 2016, The Second Sunday of Advent
It is a horrible thing to be exiled: to be thrown out and forced to leave the place which is your home . . . and to be sent to a place which you do not know and which does not know you. It is horrible, and most of us cannot imagine it. We’re lucky,
Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post. 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
The Schedule of Services for Christmas Saturday, December 24—The Vigil of Christmas 4:30 pm: Family Mass & Procession to the Crèche Music: Arr. Near: My Dancing Day Warlock: The Sycamore Tree 10:15 pm: Musical Prelude 11:00 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass Music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa “Hodie Christus natus est” Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina:
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson at the Church of the Advent, November 27, 2016, The First Sunday of Advent
As many of you know, I grew up in Dallas, Texas, which is very much the buckle of the Bible belt. I spent a lot of time in the coolest downtown neighborhood, holding talks in the back room of a hip bar on Tuesday nights, much like the Theology on Tap events we sponsor at