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.
Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent,
I would like to announce here on our web site something I announced at the Masses on All Saints' Sunday. And that is, that I have called the Rev'd Jay Carleton James to come to the Advent and serve as Associate Rector. And . . . Deo gratias !! Father James has accepted my call. He is presently Rector of St. Timothy's Church in Raleigh, North Carolina and has served there for twenty-three years. Both he and his wife Betsy have roots in New England, and many of you know them from summer Sundays when they worshipped at the Advent or from the St. Michael's Conference with which Fr. James has been involved for any years. I noticed quite a few distinct smiles throughout the congregation when I made the announcement last Sunday. He is an old friend of mine - I was at his wedding ! - and I look forward to the honor of serving side by side with him.
The Church Cat Welcomes You!
Simon is the latest in a series of felines who have called the Advent home over the years.
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.
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Dr. Andrew McGowan at the Church of the Advent, Thursday, November 16, 2017
Dr. McGowan is the Dean and President of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. This sermon was preached at the Solemn Mass concluding the conference, “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots,” held at the Church of the Advent, November 15 – 16, 2017.
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the greater Glory of God from a family thankful for many blessings. The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of a long time member of the Parish, Esther B. Folts (June 28, 1933 – October 22, 2017).
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, November 12, 2017, the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
This morning I want us to look briefly at a verse taken from the Epistle reading we just heard: Paul’s first letter to the Church at Thessalonika. In it he addresses a problem which was of concern to members of the Church there: what should they believe about those in the Church who had died
O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Melvin Lipscomb. 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
Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Allan B. Warren III at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, November 5, 2017, the Solemnity of the Feast of All Saints
From St. Paul, writing to the Colossians: “For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (3:3) And from St. Paul writing to the Galatians: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (2:20) Outside of Easter, of course, today