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.
*A newer history is scheduled to be printed in conjunction with the parish’s 175th anniversary in 2019.