This Week at the Advent, September 1-7, 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.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Barbara Boles and Cassie & Jack Gurnon. 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: Hosting this morning are Frederick Ou with Steve Sayers & Ross Wood. 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 (

Today is Fr Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff’s last Sunday as our summer visiting curate. We look forward to more visits from him in the future, but you might want take a moment to wish him well before his return home.


The Church office will be closed Monday, September 2, for Labor Day.

Katelyn Emerson (former associate organist) and David Brown happily share that their wedding nuptials will take place at the Church of the Advent this Saturday, September 7 at 2 pm and hope that all will feel welcome to attend and witness their union!


Commissioning of Church School Teachers: It is a special calling to teach, care for, and support our Church School children. Next Sunday, following the Post-Communion Prayer at the 9:00 Mass, we will commission all the church school teachers, caregivers, and volunteers for our 2019-2020 Church School year.

Backpack Blessing: It’s exciting for our students of all ages, and for their parents, to begin another school year — new possibilities, new teachers, new friends, and new ways Jesus will show Himself to them and guide them. To mark this new year, at the conclusion of the 9:00 Mass on September 8, we will be blessing our students’ backpacks, lunch boxes, pencil boxes, or anything our students need daily. All students, from preschool through graduate school, are welcome to come forward to the crossing to have their backpacks blessed and begin the school year reassured of the Blessing of God over all their efforts in school, and to know that the prayers of their parish family are with them.

Church School Registration: We hope to get all of the pre-school children, grade-school children, and middle-school and high-school students registered for the Church School. Please see Meg Nelson, our Coordinator for Ministry to Children, in Moseley Hall so a registration can be completed for your child or children, and watch for more information coming very soon! We’re are looking forward to a full, exciting and active year in our Church School.

Compline at the Advent: Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline, the service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.


Film Watch Party Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Paul (138 Tremont St, Boston). Come view “The Last Dream,” a short documentary about families living under the threat of deportation, and learn more about how to defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and work for permanent residency for TPS holders. Light snacks will be served. Co-sponsored by Episcopal City Mission. For more information, visit the Diocesan website:


We give high praise and hearty thanksgiving for the birth of Georgiana Elaine Richard on August 9 to Paul and Samantha Richard. O eternal God, thou hast promised to be a father to a thousand generations of those who love and fear Thee: Bless this child and preserve her life; receive her and enable her to receive you, that through the Sacrament of Baptism she may become the child of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Little-know facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

Charles Chapman Grafton (1830-1912), rector, 1872-1888, and Bishop of Fond du Lac, is commemorated in the calendar on August 30. After being elected bishop, his consent process was difficult, as many thought him too ritualistic, but he soon became known not only as an Anglo-Catholic but also as an ecumenist, deeply committed to improving relations with the Orthodox and Old Catholics.

He invited the Russian Orthodox bishop Tikhon and the Old Catholic Bishop Anthony Kozlowski to participate in the ordination of his eventual successor as bishop co-adjutor in 1900. The service stirred up a furor across the country with the publication of this photograph (called derisively “The Fond du Lac Circus”) showing all eight Episcopal bishops and the two visiting bishops in cope and mitre.

The “Fond du Lac Circus”

The following year, Bishop Grafton made headlines again. From the Boston Globe, April 18, 1891:

Too High For Them
Opposition to Bishop of Fond du Lac
His People in Wisconsin Object to His Burning Incense
Grafton was Once a Well-Known Boston Clergyman.

The Church of the Advent has a marble bust of Bishop Grafton. Can you find it?

September 2-8, 2019

Monday, September 2
The Martyrs of New Guinea
Labor Day – Parish Office Closed – no Morning Prayer

Tuesday, September 3
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 4
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, September 5
6:00 pm: Advent School Welcome Event

Friday, September 6
11:30 am: Rosary
4:00 pm: Wedding Rehearsal

Saturday, September 7
9:00 am: Mass in All Souls’ Chapel (Columbarium)
2:00 pm: Wedding – Katelyn Emerson & David Brown

Sunday, September 8
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass, Commissioning of Church School Teachers & Blessing of Backpacks
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline