Schedule of Events
Sunday, Dec 1 — 175th Anniversary of the Church of the Advent
Please note: Ingathering of pledges will take place Sunday, December 8; healing will be offered that day as well.
9:00 am: Sung Mass with Procession, Bishop Alan M. Gates will celebrate and preach.
10:15 am: Make an Advent wreath in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Father Welch will comment on the tradition, and the Bishop will join church school families and others to create wreaths. He will also bless the Advent 175 Time Capsule being assembled by the Church School. Coffee Hour in Moseley Hall with special treats!
11:15 am: Solemn High Mass with Reception of the Bishop and Procession. Bishop Gates will celebrate and preach.
1:00 – 3:00 pm: Gala Anniversary Reception in Moseley Hall.
The Advent Bellringers will ring a celebratory quarter peal in the afternoon.
4:30 pm: Organ Recital by David Baskeyfield.
5:00 pm: Lessons & Carols for Advent, followed by a gala reception in Moseley Hall. Childcare is offered during this service.
Our celebration continues after Advent Sunday:
Thursday December 5, and Friday December 6: Third Annual Anglo-Catholic Conference “175 Years of Anglo-Catholic Roots”
Sunday, December 8: The Rev’d Sarah Coakley, Assisting Priest and Theologian-in-Residence at the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in Washington, will preach at 9:00 am and 11:15 am.
Celebrating 175 Years
The story of the church of the Advent has been well and truly told in a series of official histories, starting with A Sketch of the Parish of the Advent published in 1894, when the parish was 50 years old, and proceeding to A History of the Church of the Advent, published in 1995. These volumes typically break down the parish’s history into periods congruent with the tenure of each rector. This collection, now, is different: it comprises an attempt to reveal snippets of the lives of those who came to church, said their prayers, lived their lives, married and were given in marriage, had dreams and disappointments, and who now are on another shore and, we hope, in a brighter light. They are rich and poor, black and white, men and women who form part of the intricate and intimate history of this intriguing place and the city it serves. Most of them are not memorialized in gleaming brass plaques or engraved on vessels crafted of precious metal. In other words, they are very much like you and like me. Their lives, what is known and what is unknown, form the beginnings of A People's History of the Advent.
Birthday Wish List
Join the celebration of our 175th anniversary on December 1, 2019 by making a gift that will preserve our history for generations to come.
Books & Documents
Help preserve precious historical records and documents that need conservation, and books that require new bindings.
- Church records and registers from 1844 to mid-1900s.
- Constitution of Order of St. Vincent: Original leather-bound volume with illumination and calligraphy by OSV founder Robert Turner Walker, 1910. $2,600.
- Plans for lectern from Cram, Wentworth & Goodhue, c. 1890. Six drawings, $700-$900 each.
- Announcement of opening of Brimmer Street Church, 1883. $1,200
- Certificate of Consecration of Brimmer Street building, signed by Bishop William Lawrence, with his seal, 1894. $1,500.
- Three watercolors depicting Advent liturgies by Robert Turner Walker, ca. 1910: archival matting and framing. $300.
Textiles & Furnishings
Support the Advent’s tradition of worshiping in the beauty of holiness.
- High Altar frontal to match recently restored 1944 Anniversary Set, using original embroidery. $7,500
- Hand-embroidered banner featuring Advent seal, to coordinate with new blue Advent vestments. $10,000
- Restoration of embroidered silk banner showing St. Vincent with thurible, in memory of 18-year-old acolyte Walter James Smith, dating to early 1900s. $11,000-$15,000
- Re-gilding of the wooden cross in All Saints Chapel, a relic of the Advent's earliest days. $1,250
- Vestment restoration and repair. Price varies.
Donations of any amount can be applied to the project of your choice. Undesignated gifts will be applied to the Advent 175 Conservation Fund and used where most needed.
To make a gift, or to learn more, contact a member of the Advent 175 team:
Daphne B. Noyes
617-523-2377 x 135