This Week at the Advent, August 4-10, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

Child care is offered during the 9 am and 11:15 am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.

Welcome cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we can keep in touch.

The flowers in the Lady Chapel are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Chuck Sunergren.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Barbara Boles and Robb Scholten. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email,, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Sponsoring today are Dustin Henderson and Nick Dials, and hosting is Frederick Ou. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, Roxy Hanson ( or Betsy James (

A message from the Interim Rector:

It comes as no surprise to read that this July has been the hottest month in Boston since weather records began to be kept in 1872. Because of the extreme heat I’ve made some slight adjustments in the liturgy for the 11:15 Solemn Mass which will continue through August. The purpose is to shorten the service without subtracting any of the essential elements. We will return to our accustomed forms in early September or sooner if the weather moderates.

I’m sure everyone has been uncomfortable but on each of the last two Sundays either Deacon Noyes or I have had to leave the church because of heat related illness. Doubtless most of this is due to my advanced age but it does distress me when I can’t make it through the mass.

There are obvious solutions to this problem. Either air condition the church (spare change, anyone?) or get a younger, smarter, tougher, much improved rector. The good news is that there is a committee working on that! In the meantime, I ask your indulgence and understanding.   — Fr. Welch


On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Wednesday, August 15, at 7:00 pm, a Procession and Solemn Mass will be celebrated at All Saints’, Ashmont here in Boston. The Choir of Men and Boys will sing the Mass and the Rev’d Nathan Humphrey of St. John the Evangelist, Newport, will preach. An outdoor (weather permitting) reception follows the mass at the rectory.

The Church of the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada Wednesday, August 21 to Sunday, August 25 for the North American Guild of Change Ringers’ Annual Meeting.

The “mini-ring”

The ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork where the ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal, the bell ringing equivalent of running a marathon, which consists of over 5000 unique permutations). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s
Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.

Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School and Advent Choirs return from summer recess

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Entr’acte and Evensong & Benediction resume

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information will, of course, be forthcoming. Stay tuned.


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles ( for details.


An occasional offering of little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

An article in the Boston Globe of October 8, 1900, is headlined “Blessing of the Chimes – Special Services at the Church of the Advent, Brimmer Street – Names of the Bells.”

The piece continues, “Special services were held yesterday morning at the Church of the Advent, Brimmer St., in connection with the blessing of a set of chimes of eight bells.

The service took place at 10.15, in order to permit the bells to be pealed, not chimed, in time for the regular service at 10.30.

The service of the blessing was very short, conducted by Fr. W. B. Frisby, consisting of the Lord’s prayer, versicles and responses, the 150th psalm, and a prayer.

This was followed by the pealing by the Old Colony guild of bell ringers, represented by Henry Astor, master, with Miss Margaret Nichols, Dr. Nichols, Wm. Shipp, Joseph Mallian, Frank Staples, Frank Skinner, and S. F. Baldwin.

Following this the vested choir of 40 male voices sang Havergal’s ‘Raised Between Earth and Heaven.’  [See below.]

The bells are inscribed as follows:

No. 1 – “Glory be to God on High; on Earth Peace, Goodwill to men.”
No. 2 – “We Praise Thee.”
No. 3 – “We Bless Thee.”
No. 4 – “We Worship Thee.”
No. 5 – “We Glorify Thee.”
No. 6 – “We Give Thanks to Thee.”
No. 7 – “Day by Day We Magnify Thee.”
No. 8 – “Lift Up Your Hearts”

Following this service, but in connection with the blessing of the bells, was the service of holy eucharist in C. by Tours. The celebrant was Fr. Joseph W. Hill of Trinity church, New York. Fr. Frisby was the preacher.”

The hymn “Raised between the Earth and Heaven”, from the 1892 Hymnal, sung at the service of dedication for the bells on October 7, 1900.

August 5-11, 2019

Monday, August 5

Tuesday, August 6
The Transfiguration of Our Lord
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 7
John Mason Neale
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, August 8

Friday, August 9
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 10
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, August 11
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass