Collect for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22)

Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy, forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Week at the Advent, October 6-12, 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 at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Lizzie Bloom.

The flowers in the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Paul Van Ocken.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and David Russo & Matt McNeff. 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 Jason Grant, Jeff & Roxy Hanson, and Tyson Miller. 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 (

From 10:15 to 11:15 this morning, children can enjoy a petting zoo in the garden off Moseley Hall. Just as Saint Francis gave thanks for all God’s creatures and truly appreciated how creation returns thanksgiving to God, so we will have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy many of God’s creatures.

Entr’acte Series: Christ and Culture Today continues today. Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today. These Entr’acte presentations are intended to be a conversation between the three leaders but with ample opportunities for others to join in. It should be fun and illuminating, so please join us. Copies of Christ and Culture are available in the Advent Bookstore; it is not required reading for these sessions, but some might find it helpful.

The Blessing of the Animals in honor of St Francis of Assisi will take place today at 3:00 pm. Bring your fine-feathered, -furred, or -finned; two-, four- or more-footed friends to the Church for a short service and blessing. 


Compline at the Advent: Join us next Sunday, October 13, 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.

Evensong Resumes! On Sunday, October 20 there will be an organ recital at 4:30 pm by Mitchell Crawford, followed at 5:00 with a service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction. Music will include works by Radcliffe, Walton, Mundy, and Purcell. Following this one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6:00 pm and we begin a series of talks focusing on our Anglo-Catholic heritage in conjunction with the Advent 175 celebration. This first talk will be “Manton Eastburn: Man of Sorrows.”


It brings us great sadness to report that Jeanette Wood, wife of our former parish administrator Jim Wood, died October 3 after a long illness. Funeral arrangements at their parish in Concord are pending and will be announced.

The Rev. Dr. Ben King, who was a curate at the Advent from 2000 to 2005, will be participating in events associated with the canonization of John Henry Newman in Rome next weekend. Fr King is now on the faculty at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.


One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need, supporting individuals, groups, companies, and organizations across the country by providing tools and resources to hold successful coat drives. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, and since its inception in 1992 the organization has given away more than six million coats. We would like to host a coat drive here at the Advent as we did last year, but we need someone to take the lead and organize and direct our drive. If you’re able and willing to take on this good work, please call the parish office or speak to one of the clergy. To learn more about One Warm Coat, please go to



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

Sometimes a few hours spent in the archives leads to stories one never could have imagined. Such is this week’s installment, which began with the aim of focusing on Robert Turner Walker, but changed direction.

Robert Turner Walker (1867-1931), an MIT-trained architect and faithful parishioner, instituted the Order of St Vincent in the parish. As head of the St Vincent Guild, he trained servers and made assignments for each liturgy, a daunting task that could involve more than 20 servers for three Sunday Masses. A meticulous record-keeper, he recorded the names of 48 members of the Guild and 35 candidates in a log book that covers 1909 to 1913.

Turner also served as the Guild’s treasurer for many years, dutifully recording expenses: 50 postcards for a penny each; St Vincent pins for $2.75; train fare for meetings. Income came from members’ dues, mite boxes, and minstrel shows, which were held intermittently from 1897 to 1915. During this time, the shows were one of the most significant sources of income, yielding as much as $96.50 for one show held in May 1908.

A separate page lists “Memorial Censer Fund”; donations range from $35 (for an incense boat) to several of $1. The censer referred to is the silver thurible which is used at special liturgies from time to time. A close examination of the thurible shows a faint inscription: Cecil Moreton Barlow. The boat carries the personal colophon of Robert Turner Walker, who designed it. The set is in fact a memorial to a young member of the Guild of St Vincent.

Who was this Cecil Barlow? He was born in 1890, lived in Somerville, and served regularly at the altar. However a stark notation by his name on the membership roll states in uppercase letters, “Died.” The City of Boston death certificate tells the story: in 1912, he was employed as a “meter tester,” and on August 7 was killed by an “accidental shock of electricity.” Guild funds were used for a “Cross of Asters in Memoriam Cecil M. Barlow” at his funeral. His gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetery is an elaborately carved Celtic cross.

Both Robert Turner Walker and Cecil Moreton Barlow rest from their labors now, and through faith have left us with treasures seen and unseen: a gleaming thurible whence “prayers arise like incense” and fragile record books containing infinite stories. In the words of St. John, “if every one of them were written down, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”

October 7-13, 2019

Monday, October 7
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, October 8
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 9
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, October 10
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 11
St Philip
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, October 12
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, October 13
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline