This Week at the Advent, August 18-24, 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: Hosting this morning are Carolyn & Tom McDermott with Nola Sheffer. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Ellie Dixon and Meg Mill. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


THIS WEEK


The “mini-ring”

The Church of the Advent welcomes the North American Guild of Change Ringers for their annual meeting. Expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada will be here and at other sites around Massachusetts this Wednesday through Sunday.

For those who aren’t familiar, the ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork; ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.


COMING UP


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School resumes; Advent Choirs return

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas; Entr’acte resumes

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Evensong & Benediction resumes

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary; Advent Lessons & Carols

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information to come; stay tuned!


ODDS & ENDS


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com) for details.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
August 19-25, 2019

Monday, August 19

Tuesday, August 20
Bernard of Clairvaux
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 21
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers set-up

Thursday, August 22
9:30 am: Changeringers Guild
10:00 am: Mini-ring Open House

Friday, August 23
9:30 am: Changeringers Guild
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 24
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

Sunday, August 25
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass (Mini-ring Open House follows)
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, August 11-17, 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 in the Lady Chapel are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Chuck Sunergren.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and Mary & Paul Roberts host today. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Sponsoring today are Stephanie Brown & Julius Krein, Charles Dale, and Xander Mojarrab. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


A message from the Interim Rector:

It comes as no surprise to read that this July has been the hottest month in Boston since weather records began to be kept in 1872. Because of the extreme heat I’ve made some slight adjustments in the liturgy for the 11:15 Solemn Mass which will continue through August. The purpose is to shorten the service without subtracting any of the essential elements. We will return to our accustomed forms in early September or sooner if the weather moderates.

I’m sure everyone has been uncomfortable but on each of the last two Sundays either Deacon Noyes or I have had to leave the church because of heat related illness. Doubtless most of this is due to my advanced age but it does distress me when I can’t make it through the mass.

There are obvious solutions to this problem. Either air condition the church (spare change, anyone?) or get a younger, smarter, tougher, much improved rector. The good news is that there is a committee working on that! In the meantime, I ask your indulgence and understanding.   — Fr. Welch


THIS WEEK


On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thursday, August 15, at 7:00 pm, a Procession and Solemn Mass will be celebrated at All Saints’, Ashmont. The Choir of Men and Boys will sing the Mass and the Rev’d Nathan Humphrey of St. John the Evangelist, Newport, will preach. An outdoor (weather permitting) reception follows the mass at the rectory.


COMING UP


The Church of the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada Wednesday, August 21 to Sunday, August 25 for the North American Guild of Change Ringers’ Annual Meeting.

The “mini-ring”

The ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork where the ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal, the bell ringing equivalent of running a marathon, which consists of over 5000 unique permutations). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s
Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School and Advent Choirs return from summer recess

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Entr’acte and Evensong & Benediction resume

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information will, of course, be forthcoming. Stay tuned.


ODDS & ENDS


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com) for details.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


An occasional offering of little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

The bells in the Church of the Advent tower made news at their installation and blessing in October 1900, and again just over six months later, when this piece appeared in The Boston Globe, May 14, 1901:

Complain of the Bells — Neighbors of the Church of the Advent Say They Are Annoyed by Their Ringing

A formal petition against the ringing of the bells in the tower of the church of the Advent, corner of Brimmer and Mt. Vernon sts., is being circulated in the neighborhood. The bells are eight in number. The remonstrants claim that they are hung too low, and the the sound strikes the sides of the houses, with a disagreeable effect on sensitive nerves…

Who knows what behind-the-scenes negotiations took place that resulted in this announcement in the Globe of February 12, 1902:

Bells of the Advent — They Will be Heard Again As a Full Peal; Had Ceased to Ring, With One Exception, Because of Protest

photo of "Joyous Easter Bells" article from Boston Globe, 1902
Boston Globe article from Easter 1902.

That the music of bells does not affect all persons alike has been demonstrated by the brief career of the chimes that were hung in the belfry of the church of the Advent a little more than a year ago. For a short time these bells rang out their sounds with a vigor that was startling to ears untrained to the clamor of church chimes. Then, suddenly, the bells ceased to ring, all save one, whose clear tones continued to call the congregation to divine worship on Sunday mornings.

The piece describes how 20 minutes before the Sunday service, “the bells sent forth on the quiet air the notes of the stirring hymn, ‘The Church has One Foundation [sic].’ The tune is a familiar one to Episcopalians. Its brisk measure sounded mellow and clear as the bells pealed its cadence.” Additional hymns followed: “Oft is Danger, Oft is Woe,” and “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” in the morning; “Lead, Kindly Light” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers” were among the evening’s offerings.

For Easter 1902 (March 30), The Globe reported that the bells will ring out a program that Isaac P. Griffies (or Griffiths), Sexton and Chime Ringer of the Advent, “has prepared with considerable care.”

The bell brouhaha took place during the rectorship of the Rev. William Barroll Frisby (1888-1902); sadly the same bells soon would toll at his funeral on June 10, 1902.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
August 12-18, 2019

Monday, August 12
Florence Nightingale

Tuesday, August 13
Jeremy Taylor
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 14
Jonathan Myrick Daniels
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, August 15
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
7:00 pm: Solemn Mass and Procession at All Saints, Ashmont

Friday, August 16
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 17

Sunday, August 18
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, August 4-10, 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 in the Lady Chapel are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Chuck Sunergren.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Barbara Boles and Robb Scholten. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Sponsoring today are Dustin Henderson and Nick Dials, and hosting is Frederick Ou. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


A message from the Interim Rector:

It comes as no surprise to read that this July has been the hottest month in Boston since weather records began to be kept in 1872. Because of the extreme heat I’ve made some slight adjustments in the liturgy for the 11:15 Solemn Mass which will continue through August. The purpose is to shorten the service without subtracting any of the essential elements. We will return to our accustomed forms in early September or sooner if the weather moderates.

I’m sure everyone has been uncomfortable but on each of the last two Sundays either Deacon Noyes or I have had to leave the church because of heat related illness. Doubtless most of this is due to my advanced age but it does distress me when I can’t make it through the mass.

There are obvious solutions to this problem. Either air condition the church (spare change, anyone?) or get a younger, smarter, tougher, much improved rector. The good news is that there is a committee working on that! In the meantime, I ask your indulgence and understanding.   — Fr. Welch


COMING UP


On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Wednesday, August 15, at 7:00 pm, a Procession and Solemn Mass will be celebrated at All Saints’, Ashmont here in Boston. The Choir of Men and Boys will sing the Mass and the Rev’d Nathan Humphrey of St. John the Evangelist, Newport, will preach. An outdoor (weather permitting) reception follows the mass at the rectory.


The Church of the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada Wednesday, August 21 to Sunday, August 25 for the North American Guild of Change Ringers’ Annual Meeting.

The “mini-ring”

The ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork where the ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal, the bell ringing equivalent of running a marathon, which consists of over 5000 unique permutations). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s
Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School and Advent Choirs return from summer recess

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Entr’acte and Evensong & Benediction resume

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information will, of course, be forthcoming. Stay tuned.


ODDS & ENDS


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com) for details.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


An occasional offering of little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

An article in the Boston Globe of October 8, 1900, is headlined “Blessing of the Chimes – Special Services at the Church of the Advent, Brimmer Street – Names of the Bells.”

The piece continues, “Special services were held yesterday morning at the Church of the Advent, Brimmer St., in connection with the blessing of a set of chimes of eight bells.

The service took place at 10.15, in order to permit the bells to be pealed, not chimed, in time for the regular service at 10.30.

The service of the blessing was very short, conducted by Fr. W. B. Frisby, consisting of the Lord’s prayer, versicles and responses, the 150th psalm, and a prayer.

This was followed by the pealing by the Old Colony guild of bell ringers, represented by Henry Astor, master, with Miss Margaret Nichols, Dr. Nichols, Wm. Shipp, Joseph Mallian, Frank Staples, Frank Skinner, and S. F. Baldwin.

Following this the vested choir of 40 male voices sang Havergal’s ‘Raised Between Earth and Heaven.’  [See below.]

The bells are inscribed as follows:

No. 1 – “Glory be to God on High; on Earth Peace, Goodwill to men.”
No. 2 – “We Praise Thee.”
No. 3 – “We Bless Thee.”
No. 4 – “We Worship Thee.”
No. 5 – “We Glorify Thee.”
No. 6 – “We Give Thanks to Thee.”
No. 7 – “Day by Day We Magnify Thee.”
No. 8 – “Lift Up Your Hearts”

Following this service, but in connection with the blessing of the bells, was the service of holy eucharist in C. by Tours. The celebrant was Fr. Joseph W. Hill of Trinity church, New York. Fr. Frisby was the preacher.”

The hymn “Raised between the Earth and Heaven”, from the 1892 Hymnal, sung at the service of dedication for the bells on October 7, 1900.

THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
August 5-11, 2019

Monday, August 5

Tuesday, August 6
The Transfiguration of Our Lord
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 7
John Mason Neale
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, August 8
Dominic

Friday, August 9
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 10
Laurence
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, August 11
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, July 28-August 3, 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: Hosting this morning are John Boyd and Matt McNeff & David Russo. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Meg & Brent Nelson, Frank Olney, 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).

Also at the 11:15 Coffee Hour, we have the opportunity to bid farewell to Brian Sirman and in absentia, Thiago Rego, who has already left for a new position. Brian will begin three years of law school at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. We will miss him and Thiago but are praying that they will return often. They have been a special part of our parish family and we will miss their friendship and their dedication and devotion to The Advent.

Saint Michael’s Conference begins this afternoon; Harriet Lewis-Bowen, Penelope Pulsone, and Emily Zadig from our parish will be attending. The mission of this week-long educational conference for high school and college students from across the United States is to strengthen and deepen the lives of young people through the grace given by Jesus Christ and His Church. They form a community where worship, fellowship, teaching, and prayer build up their spiritual resources to win the fight against anything the world has to offer. Please pray for the Conference, for our young people attending the Conference, and for Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, and Father James, all serving on the Conference Staff. To learn more, visit saintmichaelsconference.com.


COMING UP


Over the weekend of August 23–25, the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada for a weekend-long demonstration of change ringing, including a special 9:00 coffee hour on Sunday and participation of the ringers during Mass. Some events are still being finalized, but we expect more details next week.


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School and Advent Choirs return from summer recess

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Entr’acte and Evensong & Benediction resume

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information will, of course, be forthcoming. Stay tuned. 


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


An occasional offering of little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

August 21, 1902: The successful ringers. Miss Margaret Nichols, front; her father, Dr. Arthur H. Nichols, right rear. From Lively Days: Some Memories of Margaret Homer Shurcliff.

“Bell ringing is the poetry of steeples,” said Ben Jonson. The poetry that emanates from the Advent’s steeple on Sundays and for funerals (for the traditional Tolling of the Tailors) and festivities (such as the Fourth of July) dates to 1900, when Robert Codman (1823–1901) gave a ring of eight bells in memory of his wife, Catherine Hurd Codman (1829–1892). Gifts from Dr. Arthur Nichols and others secured the hanging apparatus.

Dr. Nichols taught his intrepid daughter, Margaret, to ring, and on a visit to the Whitechapel Foundry she witnessed the casting of the bells for the Church of the Advent. Margaret— now Mrs. Shurcliff—was one of the ringers at the installation and blessing of the bells in 1900.

Practice had been only with the clappers tied, because bells should not sound until after the blessing. The original sounds that day, therefore, were a clash of “sweet bells jangling,” for the ringers had never heard the voice of their own bells. Parenthetically, Mrs. Shurcliff, while still Miss Nichols, in 1902, rang in four full peals in four days, the first citizen of the United States to ring a peal, the second woman to do so; and her first peal on handbells was the difficult Stedman Triples method.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 29-August 4, 2019

Monday, July 29
Mary & Martha of Bethany

Tuesday, July 30
William Wilberforce
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 31
Joseph of Arimathaea
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, August 1

Friday, August 2
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 3
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, August 4
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, July 21-27, 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 Phyllis Peacock Hinchman.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Betsy Ridge Madsen and Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Jason Grant, Roxy Hanson, and Karen Harrington. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


COMING UP


At the Coffee Hour following next Sunday’s 11:15 Mass, we will have the opportunity to bid farewell to Brian Sirman and, in absentia, Thiago Rego, who has already left for a new position. Brian will begin three years of law school at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. We will miss him and Thiago but are praying that they will return often. They have been a special part of our parish family and we will miss their dedication and devotion to The Advent.


Pray for Saint Michael’s Conference: Harriet Lewis-Bowen, Penelope Pulsone, and Emily Zadig from our parish will be attending Saint Michael’s Conference beginning next Sunday, July 28. The mission of this week-long educational conference for high school and college students from across the United States is to strengthen and deepen the lives of young people through the grace given by Jesus Christ and His Church. They form a community where worship, fellowship, teaching, and prayer build up their spiritual resources to win the fight against anything the world has to offer. Please pray for the Conference, for our young people attending the Conference, and for Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, and Father James who serve on the Conference Staff. To learn more about the Conference go to www.saintmichaelsconference.com.


Over the weekend of August 23-25, the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada for a weekend-long demonstration of change ringing. More details coming soon!


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

A plaque on the first column nearest the pulpit honors Jonathan Myrick Daniels (1939–1965), martyr of the Civil Rights movement. At the time of his murder in Selma, Alabama, Jonathan was a seminarian at the Episcopal Theological School, preparing for ordination as a priest. In advance of his feast day—August 14—we offer this look at Jonathan (back row, second from left) as a young camper, together with a poem (see below) written after Jonathan’s death in 1965 by his counselor at Camp Takodah, Jack Whitcomb.Jonathan Daniels and other campers at Camp Takodah, undated

Jonathan Daniels

Knobby knees, grimy nails, ears that show
Sneakers knotted instead of a bow
A kid with a notion in perpetual motion
That is the Jonathan I know 

Through day’s travail to evensong
Hard right bettered easy wrong
Untried youth learned the truth
That differences make us strong 

To climb a mountain and watch the dawn
Leading the pack would likely be Jon
He led the way that shameful day
Human rights were trampled on 

Though he lived and died
For a cause that bigotry denied
His chippy face
Has a special place
The darkness cannot hide.

 – Jack Whitcomb


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 22-28, 2019

Monday, July 22
St Mary Magdalene

Tuesday, July 23
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 24
Thomas a Kempis
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, July 25
St James
6:15 pm: Vestry

Friday, July 26
Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, July 27
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, July 28
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, July 14-20, 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 William Malcolm Mill, Alexina Wilkins Talmadge, and Robert Mill.

The flowers at the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Pearl Pfeffer.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Maggie Dunbar and Carolyn & Tom McDermott. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Br. Ciaran Anthony DellaFera, Alfred Duhamel and Michael Gnozzio. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


Compline will be said at 8:00 p.m. this evening in the chancel.  Please join us for this contemplative office.


UPDATE FROM THE WARDENS


Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

As the calendar moves out of “procession-tide” into high summer, we write to provide a brief update on activities at the Advent. 

Now that the Parish Profile has been published, the Search Committee has begun accepting applications from potential candidates to be our next Rector.  You can find the profile, along with the instructions and initial questions to all applicants, on the “Rector Search” page of the website.  The deadline for initial submissions is in mid-August.  At that point, the Search Committee will begin its review of applications and discussion of the candidates.  Encourage any priest you may know who is a potential candidate to visit the website and review the profile and application instructions.  You may also feel free to provide any comments or suggestions to the Search Committee by sending an email to AdventSearchCommittee@gmail.com; or by writing to the attention of Lynda Blair, Chair of the Advent Search Committee, Charles Street Station, P.O. Box 306, Boston MA 02114.  Please note that the Committee and its members will not be in a position to respond to any specific communication.

At its June meeting, the Vestry heard the report of the Administration Committee and had an extensive discussion with members of that group about their analysis and recommendations for improving a number of aspects of our operations and administration.  Next comes the task of considering these ideas in more detail.  The Vestry will devote a good deal of time to this over the next several months.  We are enormously grateful to David Lapin, the committee chair, and all of the members who devoted time and talent to the effort of this substantial project.  While much remains to be done, we have made a great start of things.  As a point of reference, we believe that this is the first time that the Advent’s Vestry has ever considered anything like a “strategic planning” proposal.  So in addition to giving the Vestry much to consider in carrying out its responsibility for the proper care of the Parish’s secular affairs, the Administration Committee’s work has been a great opportunity for the Advent to learn how to draw more effectively on the enormous well of talent among our parishioners.

The status of our search process and administrative review are in fact quite remarkable:  just six months into a transition period, we have done a parish-wide questionnaire and conducted open forums, completed a profile, opened up an application period, and delved deeply into a major review of our Parish operations.  All the while, the worship, ministries, and community life of the Advent have continued apace.  For maintaining and guiding that momentum we are particularly thankful to Father Welch, and to the Parish clergy and staff.  We wish them all some well-deserved rest time in the summer.  We also welcome, and are thankful for, the work of Father Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, who will provide (as he has in past years) some additional clerical support over the summer while others are away.

Finally, we note a few things in advance of the fall to mark on your calendars.  This coming Advent Sunday is the Parish’s 175th anniversary.  Bishop Gates will visit us that day, and there will be a number of special events associated with the occasion.  Please keep an eye out for further announcements from the Advent 175 Committee.  Meanwhile, we thank Deacon Noyes in particular for the work she has done and will do supporting the Advent 175 celebrations.  Also, on Saturday, November 9, the Advent will host the Annual Requiem and Meeting of the Guild of All Souls, as we last did in 2014.  (Father Warren is a long-time member of the Guild’s Council; and you can find the Guild’s Intercessory Paper on the leaflet-table outside the parish office.)  Devotional societies such as the Guild of All Souls provide us with excellent opportunities to share fellowship with other Anglo-Catholic Parishes in the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion.  So please mark your calendar and join the Guild to commemorate and pray for the faithful departed.

We wish you all a relaxing and restful summer, in advance of a busy and exciting church year ahead of us.

Faithfully your brothers in Christ,

Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts,
Churchwardens.


THIS WEEK


“Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” The Advent Swingers, our up-and-coming softball team, play their next game this Saturday, July 20th at 9:00 a.m. at the Boston Common Softball Field.  Please come and cheer them to victory.


COMING UP


August 23-25, the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada for a weekend-long demonstration of change ringing. More details coming soon!


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

From Fr. van Allen’s weekly notes:

Repeating here what I said last Sunday about the Orphelinat des Armées, we have the splendid opportunity of coming to the aid of glorious France at once, in a way effective, gracious, and gratifying to ourselves. There will be three hundred thousand little half-orphans, children of French soldiers killed in the war for freedom, whose mothers must be helped to support them. Under the patronage of the President of France, local committees will supervise the education of these children, and assure them the training for careers to which they show most aptitude. To this end, we are asked to assume a certain responsibility for individual children. Ten cents a day for two years, $74 in all, measures that responsibility in money; and those guaranteeing this sum are brought into relations with the children, learn their names and addresses, can have their photographs, and are informed as to their progress. Above all, we shall feel that we are helping France to build up the next generation as a worthy successor to this which is serving civilization and the very principle of freedom by its incalculable sacrifices. Those who are willing to undertake the “adoption” of one or more children on this basis will please communicate direct with me. I hope that our parish societies may also take each one or two orphans. So far, thirty have been “adopted.” Vive la France!

World War I poster advertising help for French war orphans
1778-1783. America owes France the most unalterable gratitude
1917: French Comrade your children shall be as our children.

1918 poster by Lucien Jonas (1880–1947). University of North Texas digital collection

THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 15-21, 2019

Monday, July 15

Tuesday, July 16
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 17
William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania
10:00 am: Bible Study
5:00 pm: Beacon Hill Civic Association
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, July 18
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry

Friday, July 19
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, July 20
9:00 am: Softball Game
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, July 21
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, July 7-13, 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 David Eugene McClure.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Melissa Fox and Barbara Boles host. Next Sunday’s hosts are Maggie Dunbar and Carolyn & Tom McDermott. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Betsy James, Olivia James, and Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


We welcome the Reverend Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff back to our parish and into our pulpit this morning. Father Macdonald-Radcliff will be with us through the months of July and August, assisting with all the preaching, sacramental, and pastoral areas of our parish life. He is Director General of the World Dialogue Council, which promotes better relations between the many worlds of Islam and the West. He was formerly Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral in Cairo where he has also served as advisor to the Anglican Bishop of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa–the Most Rev’d Dr. Mounir Anis, who is currently Primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Father Macdonald-Radcliff is a long-time friend of our parish and we are delighted to have him with us once again. Please welcome him at the coffee hours following the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses.


This morning, the Advent Choir begins their well-earned summer break. A soloist from the choir will sing at the 11:15 mass for the Sundays of July. Beginning on the first Sunday in August, our smaller Summer Choir will sing for the 11:15 Mass, offering motets and mass settings, until Sunday September 22, when the full choirs return at both masses.

Our repertoire list may always be found here: https://www.theadventboston.org/1115-music-schedule/

Many, many thanks to our nine o’clock Parish Choir for their choral work this year. Their contribution to our worship is immeasurable. They have begun their summer break, but please express your thanks to choir members personally when you spy them in the pews or at coffee hour!


THIS WEEK


“Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” The Advent Swingers, our softball team, is well into the season and is doing a great job during this “building year.” If you want to attend the next game and cheer on The Swingers please come to the Boston Common field this Saturday, July 13 at 11 am. The Swingers will be taking on Citylife Church.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

Born in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, in 1869, Ann Maria Mitchell graduated from Wellesley College in 1890. She wrote articles on such varied topics as “A Novel Garden Party” (Good Housekeeping, 1896), “Old Days and New in Northfield” (New England Magazine, 1897), and “The White Blackberry” (Rhodora, 1899).

Her article, “The Advent Parish, Boston — Pioneer of the Catholic Revival” (a portion of which appears in Sunday’s leaflets), was published in The Living Church in December 1935, by which time she was serving as parish historian. The Advent Archives have typescripts of her notes on Charles Chapman Grafton; Martha Sever, the Civil War nurse whose bequest made possible the South Porch (Mt. Vernon Street entrance); and an unfinished work, “Annals of the Advent Parish, Boston.”

By the 1930s, she was living at Morville House, 273 Clarendon Street, a “home for aged women” owned by the Diocese of Massachusetts. She died in April 1942; the Rev. Whitney Hale presided at her funeral.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 8-14, 2019

Monday, July 8

Tuesday, July 9
6:00 pm: Community Supper

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

Thursday, July 11
Benedict of Nursia

Friday, July 12
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, July 13
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:30 am: Search Committee

Sunday, July 14
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, June 30 – July 6, 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 Lois Sharpless Pfatteicher.

The flowers at the screen and elsewhere in the church are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the wedding of Kelsey McDermott & Zachary Kinsella.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson join with Betsy Ridge Madsen in hosting today. Next Sunday, Melissa Fox and Barbara Boles host. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

v  11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Mike & Janell Sauer, with additional anonymous support. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


THIS WEEK


TOMORROW is the registration deadline for SAINT MICHAEL’S CONFERENCE. This week-long educational conference for high school and college students is held in West Hartford, CT from July 28 to August 3. Please see Fr James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending or need more info.


TOMORROW, July 1, at 6 pm:

The full Advent Choir will sing EVENSONG WITH A SOLEMN PROCESSION in observance of the Feast of SS Peter and Paul. The Rt Rev’d Alan Gates, our Bishop, will preach. The choir will offer the Second Service of Kenneth Leighton, with Palestrina’s Tu es Petrus, and Quodcunque ligaveris by Byrd. Organ music will be by Franck and Dupré.

This is a special observance for the national conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Those who attended the Evensong which we offered in the summer of 2014 for the American Guild of Organists’ national convention will remember the raise-the-roof hymn-singing; and this Evensong, jam-packed with musicians, promises to be equally thrilling. So do attend if you are able as you will truly hear Bishop Gates “preach to the choir” at this festal gathering of church musicians.


ODDS & ENDS


The Parish Profile is now available. To read it, please visit the website and click on the “Rector Search” tab at the top of the main page.


Discount 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. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email: nsheffer@newview.org.


A Note about the Parish Directory. Contact information for members and friends of the Advent is constantly changing, so copies of the latest version are available on request. If you would like one, just send a message to office@theadventboston.org and specify if you would like pick up a printed copy or prefer to have an electronic (pdf) version emailed to you.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

In his Weekly Message of late June 1911, the Rev. William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902–1929 and seen below ca. 1913) included this cautionary note:

Once again, a word of warning about neglecting religious duties during the summer. All the Commandments of God, the Fourth included, hold all through the year; and we are as much bound in August as in Lent to be in the Lord’s House, at the Lord’s Service on the Lord’s Day. Do not choose for your vacation a place where there is no church, nor say, with the little girl, “Good-bye, God, we’re going into the country”! But in hot weather you are free to come to an early service, if you prefer, and then go into the country or down to the beach later, so long as you remember that Sunday is to be hallowed, wherever you are. Remember, too, to keep up your church pledges, even though out of town: the expenses of the Parish go on always. And, whether at home or traveling, pray daily for the blessed Advent, for its clergy, and for all your brethren of the Household of Faith, that we may walk worthy of our vocation and be kept from all things that may hurt us.

Father van Allen, circa 1913

Also – there is a new exhibit in the foyer display case focusing on our musical heritage. Stop by and take a look!


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 1-7, 2019

Monday, July 1
6:00 pm: Evensong & Solemn Procession

Tuesday, July 2
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 3
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, July 4
Church Office closed for Independence Day

Friday, July 5
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, July 6
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, July 7
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, June 23-29, 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 Harold D. Walter.

The flowers in the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Robert M. & Alice B. Griffin.


PARISH PICNIC TODAY!

Please join us downstairs in the garden following the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses.

Coffee Hours resume next Sunday. If you would like to sign up to host the 9:00 (or have questions), please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com.

To host the 11:15 Coffee Hour, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. For questions, contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


THIS WEEK


The Wednesday Bible Study will begin a study of the epistles of John, Jude, and the book of Revelation. All are invited and encouraged to join in at 10:00 am in the library.


COMING UP


On Monday, July 1, at 6 pm, the full Advent Choir will sing Evensong with a Solemn Procession in observance of the Feast of SS Peter and Paul. The Rt Rev’d Alan Gates, our Bishop, will preach. The choir will offer the Second Service of Kenneth Leighton, with Palestrina’s Tu es Petrus, and Quodcunque ligaveris by Byrd. Organ music will be by Franck and Dupré. This is a special observance for the national conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Those who attended the Evensong which we offered in the summer of 2014 for the American Guild of Organists’ national convention will remember the raise-the-roof hymn-singing; and this Evensong, jam-packed with musicians, promises to be equally thrilling. So do attend if you are able as you will truly hear Bishop Gates “preach to the choir” at this festal gathering of church musicians.


SAINT MICHAEL’S CONFERENCE: A Conference in the Anglican Tradition for Young Adults of All Christian Communions.

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending. The registration deadline is July 1.


ODDS & ENDS


The Parish Profile is now available. To read it, please visit the website and click on the “Rector Search” tab at the top of the main page.


Discount 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. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email: nsheffer@newview.org.


A Note about the Parish Directory. Contact information for members and friends of the Advent is constantly changing, so copies of the latest version are available on request. If you would like one, just send a message to office@theadventboston.org and specify if you would like pick up a printed copy or prefer to have an electronic (pdf) version emailed to you.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

 

On June 18, 1911, the first Sunday after Trinity, the Advent held a Solemn High Eucharist to mark the upcoming coronation of George V. The rector, William Harman van Allen, wrote, “It is a joy this morning to unite ourselves with our brethren of the British Empire in their solemn national festival of the King’s Coronation. Republicans as we are, loving our own political institution, we recognize under the British flag the same ideals of freedom and order which our fathers cherished; and we are conscious of a spiritual and intellectual unity with all who speak the English tongue and guard the common traditions. Wherefore we do no dishonour to the Great Republic when we say from full hearts, ‘God save King George.’”


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
June 24-30, 2019

Monday, June 24
Nativity of St John the Baptist

Tuesday, June 25
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, June 26
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, June 27
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, June 28
Irenaeus of Lyon
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, June 29
St Peter & St Paul
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
4:00 pm: Wedding

Sunday, June 30
The Third Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, June 16-22, 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 in praise of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, and in loving memory of Vance Hosford.


We give praise and thanksgiving for the Baptism of Katherine Cherie Haynes. Katherine received the Sacrament of Baptism on June 5 and was made a child of God, a member of Christ’s Body, the Church, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of God.

We offer prayers of thanksgiving for those members of our parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation or were received into this Communion yesterday morning at our Cathedral Church of Saint Paul. Those being confirmed were: Melissa Baldwin, Quin Cousineau, Christopher Doty, Maggie Eggert, Katherine Haynes, Carolina Stafford-Jones, Kat Meyers, Penelope Montaldi-Pulsone, Matthew Murphy, Nick Westberg, and Emily Zadig. Those being received were: Mark Aparece, Daniel Orsen, Brian Sirman, and Ellen Swendrowski-Evett.

“Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom every family in heaven and earth is named, grant you to be strengthened with might by His Holy Spirit, that, Christ dwelling in your hearts by faith, you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Amen.”

Confirmands


9:00 Coffee Hour: Cassie & Jack Gurnon and Betsy Ridge Madsen host today. Next Sunday, Ray Porter joins Mary & Paul Roberts to host. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are the Advent Choir. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Monthly Sunday Evensong and Benediction is on break until October. See below for info about a special Evensong opportunity on July 1.


THIS WEEK


The Corpus Christi Mass, with Procession-Around-the-Neighborhood and Benediction, is this Thursday, June 20. The music is by Monteverdi, Mawby and Isaac, and a brass quartet will play for the procession. Fr. Welch will preach. We hope to see you here!


COMING UP


PICNIC! Next Sunday, June 23, we will have a summertime picnic in the Garden following the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses. The Advent will provide hot dogs with all the trimmings and drinks of various kinds. We ask members of the Parish to bring hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts. Pray for good weather and feel free to dress appropriately.


On Monday, July 1, at 6 pm, the full Advent Choir will sing Evensong with a Solemn Procession in observance of the Feast of SS Peter and Paul. The Rt Rev’d Alan Gates, our Bishop, will preach. The choir will offer the Second Service of Kenneth Leighton, with Palestrina’s Tu es Petrus, and Quodcunque ligaveris by Byrd. Organ music will be by Franck and Dupré. This is a special observance for the national conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Those who attended the Evensong which we offered in the summer of 2014 for the American Guild of Organists’ national convention will remember the raise-the-roof hymn-singing; and this Evensong, jam-packed with musicians, promises to be equally thrilling. So do attend if you are able as you will truly hear Bishop Gates “preach to the choir” at this festal gathering of church musicians.


SAINT MICHAEL’S CONFERENCE: A Conference in the Anglican Tradition for Young Adults of All Christian Communions.

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending. The registration deadline is July 1.


ODDS & ENDS


The Parish Profile is now available. To read it, please visit the website and click on the “Rector Search” tab at the top of the main page.


Discount 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. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email: nsheffer@newview.org.


A Note about the Parish Directory. Contact information for members and friends of the Advent is constantly changing, so copies of the latest version are available on request. If you would like one, just send a message to office@theadventboston.org and specify if you would like pick up a printed copy or prefer to have an electronic (pdf) version emailed to you.


FROM THE ADVENT ARCHIVES


An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

The term Anglo-Catholic, commonly used to describe the Church of the Advent and popularly used to denote the “smells and bells” style of worship, is said to have come into use circa 1830-1840. However, in the Advent’s earliest histories, the phrase is not used. The Reverend William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902-1929) regularly and emphatically identified the church as American Catholic. The description below, or a variation of it, appeared frequently in various printed materials.

“May I say something to our friends, especially among the students, who are just commencing to know the Advent, about our ideals? This church is free; i.e., it is the House of God, open freely to all God’s children, not parcelled out into rented or owned pews set apart for persons specially favored. (This does not mean, of course, that worshippers are denied the opportunity of paying their debt to God through regular offerings at all services and in the poor-boxes. It is Catholic: it derives its Priesthood, the Sacraments they minister and the doctrines they preach, from the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, which our Lord founded upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets. But is it also American, and is subject to the American Episcopate, acknowledging no alien authority whatever in things spiritual. Its worship is according to Catholic tradition as received through the Church of England. No law of the Prayer-book is violated, and all laws of the Prayer-book are observed here. If you see anything unfamiliar, come to the clergy, who will gladly explain it to you.”


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
June 17-23, 2019

Monday, June 17

Tuesday, June 18
Bernard Mizeki
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, June 19
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, June 20
Corpus Christi
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass & Procession & Benediction

Friday, June 21
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, June 22
Alban

Sunday, June 23
The Second Sunday after Pentecost
Parish Picnic after the 9 & 11:15 Masses
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass