Collect for All Saints

Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

This Week at the Advent, November 3-9, 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 George and Frances Lee McCormick.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson, and Megan & Michael Zadig host today. Next week’s hosts are Barbara Boles and Lily Roberts. 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 Ciarán Anthony DellaFera, Chrissy Glover, and Robb Scholten. 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 (

We give high praise and hearty thanksgiving this day for the Baptism of Luke Edward Worsham. Luke is the son of Christopher Worsham and Emily Huth. We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

There is no Entr’acte today; it will return next week with the first of a three-part series in conjunction with Advent 175. See “Coming Up!” section for details.


Dear Members of the Church of the Advent:

We would like to begin this update for All Saints’ Day with a note of joy and gratitude for the service of our Associate Rector, the Rev’d Jay James. Fr. James has sent a letter to the Parish via email—printed copies are available—announcing his intent to retire effective next July 1, 2020.

We have been so blessed that Jay, Betsy, and their family have been a part of our Advent family, and that Jay was willing to accept the call to make the Advent his final place of active priestly service. In particular, we are thankful that Jay so happily took on the challenge of serving at a time of transition for the Parish, and has done so with great grace and pastoral sensitivity. There will be much time for celebration of Jay and his family, and for the challenging task of saying farewell. But for now, next summer still seems a long way off. So let us be the first to say a hearty “thank you” and to send good wishes for a restful and well-earned retirement.

The Search Committee is now well into its work of visiting and interviewing candidates to be our Sixteenth Rector. Finalists will also meet with the Vestry and the Bishop. Once the Search Committee has completed its work, it will report and make a recommendation to the Vestry. Please keep the committee members, the candidates, and their families in your prayers as they discern God’s will, empowered by the Spirit.

We are excited for the celebrations of our Parish’s 175th Anniversary, this coming Advent Sunday, December 1, 2019. Bishop Gates will visit the Advent on that day, preaching and celebrating at both 9 o’clock and 11:15. In addition to meeting with the Vestry, he will also attend coffee hours and our traditional Advent Wreath-making event. That evening there will also be our traditional service of Lessons and Carols for Advent, with a festive reception to follow. This will be a busy and full day! Later in the week, the Anglo-Catholic Roots Conference, organized by Fr. Hanson, will convene for its third year. Please consult the bulletin and website for a full list of speakers and topics. On the Second Sunday of Advent, the Rev’d Professor Sarah Coakley, one of the conference’s featured speakers, will be our guest preacher. And on the Third Sunday of Advent, our annual Christmas Pageant will take place at the 9 o’clock Mass.

May God continue to bless the Church of the Advent.

Faithfully yours,
Thomas Brown & Paul Roberts,


This year’s All Souls Solemn Requiem will be sung this Saturday, November 9, at 11:00 am in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Guild of All Souls, hosted by the Advent this year. The mission of the Guild of All Souls is to promote the Church’s teaching about the faithful departed through prayers for the departed and prayers for the repose of the souls of the departed. More about the duties of The Guild’s membership is on the website of the American Branch at If you are interested and feel moved to membership, please see Father James.


From the Stewardship Committee:

Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:

The late fall season in New England marks the time of year at the Advent for preparation of our Stewardship Campaign for 2020. Let us first thank everyone for their support of our campaign 2019, themed “Ten Percent for The Advent”, which made our campaign a success by achieving our pledge target of $570,000. With 2019 as a transition year, this level of pledging was a strong commitment by everyone of who we are as parishioners at the Advent. Thanks again.

Now we are launching this year’s Stewardship Campaign 2020 embracing a theme of both “Sustaining a vibrant community of worship” at the Advent, plus extending our outreach to be inclusive of all parishioners by asking for your Time & Talent” in support of the various worship activities which define our commitment to serve the Lord beyond our monetary contributions. Both are equally important, and why this year the Wardens and Vestry thought the timing was right to step beyond just the necessary dollars and cents of our pledge contributions to extend our pledging to include your support for those worship activities that are the essence of our parish life at The Advent. 

Our Stewardship Campaign 2020 has a pledge target of $600,000 in contributions which represents a modest 5.3% increase over 2019. The Vestry recognizes that not everyone is able or willing to increase their pledge over last year and all that is asked is that you give what you can to help sustain this vibrant community of worship at The Advent; plus, give full consideration to your preferred worship activities beyond your attendance at the celebration of mass by committing to be an active participant in the activities of worship which we define as our “Time & Talent” contributions.

Both forms of our pledge contributions are important as a community of worship at this sacred place of our beloved Church of the Advent. Your monetary pledge contributions support the necessary financial well being as guided by the Wardens and Vestry; your “Time & Talent” pledge contributions fulfill the necessities for a meaningful relationship to worship which you choose to celebrate in the service of the Lord.

We have initiated our Stewardship Campaign 2020 with the mailing of our pledge cards on November 1, and we ask you to complete and send them in to the Parish office in the envelopes provided by the First Sunday in Advent, December 1; plus, please include in your return response your selection(s) of worship activities in support of “Time & Talent.” We will of course again this year provide the option for pledging online which you can do by simply going to our website,

On behalf of the Wardens and Vestry we take this opportunity to thank each of our fellow Advent parishioners in advance for both your monetary and worship pledge contributions which will define our Stewardship Campaign 2020 success.

Yours in the service of our Savior Jesus Christ,
Francesco Piscitelli and Thatcher Gearhart
Stewardship Committee Campaign 2020 Co-Chairmen


Advent Coat Drive — Donations needed for One Warm Coat!

As in previous years, the Advent is holding a coat drive to help keep those in need warm this winter. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. The drive will end on Friday, November 29. You can help by:

  • Donating Coats: Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to 30 Brimmer Street, Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. The collection bin is located in the library. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted.
  • Donating Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, but put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston MA 02108.

If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty ( or Harmony Witte (


Advent 175 Entr’acte Series: November 10-24. In honor of Advent 175, three upcoming Entr’acte sessions will focus on various aspects of the parish’s history. On November 10, David Russo will will profile John Sturgis, the architect of the Advent. On November 17, longtime parishioners Melissa Fox and Hal Langell will share little-known stories from earlier days in a conversation facilitated by Will Joyner. The series concludes on November 24 with Tom Sopko and Deacon Noyes, who will present an up-close look at some of the Advent’s liturgical accoutrements, and detail some of the history behind them.

Anglo-Catholic Roots III: “Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Years of Anglo-Catholicism in America” will take place December 5-6, 2019 at the Advent. Find more information and register here


Housing Needed. A friend and former student of Fr. Hanson’s is coming to do a visiting fellowship at Harvard in the spring and needs a place to stay. He is flexible on timing but will be in the area for no more than three months, roughly between February and May, and he does have a modest budget for housing costs. If anyone knows of a potential sublet, roommate, house-sitting, or any other temporary housing arrangement for part or all of the time he will be in Boston please get in touch with Fr. Hanson at

Discount parking vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne or Nola Sheffer. You can find them between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email:


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

The rarely seen back of the newly gilded cross in the All Saints Chapel has its own story to tell. It carries the names of each person who has re-gilded the cross, together with date. The earliest of these is Thomas D. Morris (1813-1881), whose name is included in a list of those attending the first organizational meeting held in Grace Church on Temple Street, January 19, 1844. (The Church of the Advent, First Years. John T. Maltsberger, 1986)

Morris’s name appears on the back of the cross with the dates 1845, 1864, 1874, and 1879. An original member of the Church of the Advent, he was received on Advent Sunday, December 1, 1844, by the Rev. William Croswell. Perhaps curiously, Morris was born in Sumterville, South Carolina, but by the age of 21 was on Nantucket, where he married an 18-year-old island girl, Elizabeth C. Bunker. They moved to Boston where he is variously listed in city directories as a house, sign, and fancy painter (1859); fresco painter (1864); color manufacturer (1870); and paint manufacturer (1880). Elizabeth, 44, died in Boston of consumption February 10, 1860.

On “a rainy morning” in November 1862, Morris married Harriet (Ferrin) Prentiss, a 42-year-old widow, officiated by the Rev. Moses Stickney.

But the record of Morris’s 1844 reception to the Advent carries a mystery: In the Roll of Communicants, directly under his name, is written “Mrs. Harriet Prentiss,” who was received with him. At the time, she was married to Henry Prentiss (1801-1860). “Mr. Prentiss, in 1852, kept the well-known musical instrument store in Court Street, Boston,” according to the Prentiss genealogy. How did they know each other? Why were they admitted together?

Thomas D. Morris, then living at 16 Bulfinch with his family, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on June 22, 1881. This is his obituary from Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association:

Thomas D Morris was admitted, as a painter, in 1854. He was an old and prominent citizen of the West End of Boston. He was a native of Sumterville, S. C., but early came to Boston, where he long had the favor of leading architects and mechanics. In later years he went into the manufacture of paints, and for a while did well, but, failing to protect his specialty by a patent, larger manufacturers supplanted him, and seriously crippled his income. He was a quarter-century member of the Handel and Haydn Society, and of the Church of the Advent, and had served two terms in the Legislature. He was a pronounced anti-slavery man, with strong convictions of right and duty, and of sterling integrity. He died at the age of 69.

Sarah Luckom brings light to the gradine:
Mirabilis Deus in Sanctis Suis (God is wonderful in his Saints – Ps 67:36, Vulgate)

Timothy Neill works on St.
Vincent’s gridiron, the instrument of his martyrdom. The statue
honors the parish’s Guild of St. Vincent.

The reredos, designed by Ralph Adams Cram, won
an award in the 1907 Boston Arts and Crafts Exhibition.

November 4-November 10, 2019

Monday, November 4

Tuesday, November 5
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Wednesday, November 6
William Temple
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, November 7
Willibrord of Utrecht
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 8
11:30 am: Rosary
5:00 pm: Guild of All Souls Annual Meeting

Saturday, November 9
11:00 am: All Souls Requiem Mass
1:00 pm: Flower Guild

Sunday, November 10
Twenty-second 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