As much as we are a community bound together by our common worship, so too are we a community that strives to answer our Lord's calling to love and serve God through service to others.

When a group of Bostonians came together to form the Advent back in 1844, they created in her charter a clear objective:  "to secure to a portion of the City of Boston the ministrations of the Holy Catholic Church, and more especially to secure the same to the poor and needy, in a manner free from unnecessary expense and all ungracious circumstances."  That objective remains core to who we are as a parish.

Please read on to learn more about both our standing ministries and current service opportunities.

Prayer and Care

Abandonment is the gravest “sickness” of the elderly, and also the greatest injustice they can suffer: those who have helped us grow must not be abandoned when they are in need of our help. -- Pope Francis

The Advent has many faithful parishioners who are no longer able to attend services, or who have specific needs -- spiritual, emotional, physical -- that members of the parish can assist in meeting. The Advent’s Prayer & Care Team members serve as living connections to the parish. Since its inception in early 2014, the Prayer & Care team has provided post-operative support, accompanied a parishioner to a family reunion, provided transportation to medical appointments, and rides to those needing assistance to get to church, as well as friendly visits.

As we complete our first year of service, we look forward to a growing ministry serving God and each other.

The Advent Prayer and Care Team

Now and at the Hour of Our Death — Medical Decision-Making in the 21st Century

Designed for people of any age, in any state of health, this interactive seminar provides knowledge and resources to help in navigating today’s complex healthcare system and prepare for the future.  [Learn More]

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  (James 2:15-17)

The Tuesday Night Supper Program

Each Tuesday evening for more than thirty years, a nourishing meal has been served by members of the Advent and friends to needy people. Often their need is as much for companionship as it is for something to eat, and so a friendly and safe environment is provided for our guests.

Volunteers for this important ministry of the Advent are always welcome to help with set up, serving and cleanup. If you can help please speak to Barbara Boles or one of the clergy.

“Anglo-Catholic Roots II: Is Christ Divided? Full Visible Unity”

November 1-2, 2018

We are glad to announce and invite you to our second annual conference, co-sponsored by The Living Church Institute.

“Anglo-Catholic Roots II: Is Christ Divided? Full Visible Unity”     
As the Anglican Communion prepares for Lambeth in 2020, leaders are asking about Church unity with renewed urgency but often with little understanding. Are divisions between churches defensible? Can they be repaired? And where, exactly, may unity be found? “Is Christ divided?” (1 Cor. 1:13). 
Join us at our second Anglo-Catholic Roots conference, at which we will take up scriptural, sacramental, ascetical, and historical resources for a Catholic understanding of the one Church as Christ’s body across time and space. Special attention paid to the Anglican Communion, as we prepare for the Lambeth Conference in 2020.

$75 for employed persons
$50 for students and retirees
Optional Banquet: $75

To buy tickets online please use Eventbrite:  Remember that tickets are limited, and last year we had a complete sell-out. Please consider registering for the celebratory banquet after the conference as well.

Banquet attendees should please bear in mind that the venue’s dress code calls for coat and tie (or clerical collar) for gentlemen and equivalent attire for ladies. Jeans, sneakers, as well as cellular phones and all other electronic devices (including for picture-taking) are strictly forbidden by the banquet venue.

Questions about the conference? Please contact Fr. Jeffrey Hanson at Please mention in your message if you would like your email address to be added to the mailing list of the conference.

Keynote speaker

The Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee

Other speakers

Derek Olsen, PhD, Former Member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

The Rev. Dr. Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Burdette, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dallas, TX

Dr. Christopher Wells, Editor, The Living Church

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

3:30 p.m. Moseley Hall — Check-in
4:00 p.m. Moseley Hall — Keynote / J. Bauerschmidt: “Heresy and Orthodoxy Revisited”
5:30 p.m. Chancel — Evening Prayer
6:00 p.m. Library — Reception 

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

9:00 a.m. Chancel — Morning Prayer
10:00 a.m. Moseley Hall — D. Olsen: “Oxford Movement 2.0”
11:00 a.m. Moseley Hall — M. Burdette: “Ut Unum Sint across Time and Space”
2:00 p.m. Moseley Hall— K. Sonderegger: “Catholic Visibility”
3:00 p.m. Moseley Hall — C. Wells: “Anglican Augustinianisms”
6:30 p.m. Main Nave — Solemn Requiem Mass
8:30 p.m. Club of Odd Volumes — Banquet


Contact the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Hanson (


(Coming soon)

In partnership with The Living Church

The Advent in Mission: One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat is a nationwide organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for people in need by providing outerwear so that the recipients have adequate protection from cold weather.

For several years, the Church of the Advent has run an autumn drive to benefit local affiliates of One Warm Coat. For 2016, our coat drive will run from October 2 to November 27 (Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication). Please take a look in your closet for that rarely worn or outgrown coat. Donate clean, wearable coats to our coat drive to benefit Friends of the Children, Boston. Tax receipts are available. Questions? See Deacon Daphne, or visit One Warm Coat’s website.


The Advent in Mission: Christopher’s Haven

Christopher’s Haven is a Boston organization that provides housing and services to the families of pediatric-cancer patients who have traveled to Boston to seek medical treatment. The Advent has had a long-running relationship with Christopher’s Haven, supporting it both spiritually and materially, and even providing sweat equity for the apartments near Massachusetts General Hospital.

For more information about Christopher’s Haven, visit their website.

Wednesday, June 15: Special Healing Mass with Litany for Victims of Gun Violence

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Please join us tomorrow night for our weekly Wednesday Healing Mass at 6.00 p.m. in the Lady Chapel. We will pray a special Litany for all victims of gun violence, especially for those in Orlando.

Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Read Bishop Gates’ letter to the Diocese:

The Walk for Hunger

Spring is here and the Walk for Hunger is beckoning!!  Please join us on Sunday, May 7th. The Advent has been participating in the Walk for over 30 years!

This year, Team Advent’s goal is $10,000. Please help us reach our fundraising goal by joining our group as a walker and by donating to Team Advent. See the links below.

Project Bread financial grant supports The Church of the Advent’s Tuesday Community Dinners which is a vital part of the Advent’s community outreach program.

Register to walk or volunteer yourself at (Hit the purple button on the right-hand side of the page and add yourself as a no fee “walker”.)

Join our team and donate by clicking on links on our Team Advent webpage.

Photos from the 2017 Walk for Hunger:

Support the Advent in Mission – Buy a Print!

Boston Print for Sale to Support the Advent in Mission—Our friends at Old Try ( have created a limited edition vintage letterpress print now on sale in our bookstall to support the Advent in Mission.  The beautiful print reads “In Boston as it is in Heaven” (a prayer we pray implicitly every time we say the Our Father), and depicts the skyline as it appears in our city seal.  The limited edition prints are $39 and supplies are limited—so buy one (or three!) soon as a prayer for our city and to raise funds for missions at the Advent.


TONIGHT @ 7p // Special Theology on Tap: “The Syrian Refugee Crisis”

Join us tonight for a very special Theology on Tap!

Isis rises.
Syria: 12 million displaced persons.
In America, Facebook pages erupt.
What is an appropriate response from the church?

syria-refugee-crisisIn today’s worldwide refugee crisis — in which 4.1 million Syrians are displaced by civil war and the rise of ISIS — Heather Salfrank Joseph joins us to provide some historical context and suggestions about response strategies and durable solutions, including third country resettlement. In the current political climate, and with efforts to restrict the resettlement of Syrians, Iraqis, and Muslims in the U.S., what is our role in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called “the world’s worst refugee crisis since WWII”?

Heather Salfrank Joseph (B.A., International Studies, Univ. of Washington) has worked with refugees and immigrants since she first started teaching English to Mexican migrant workers’ children in the Democratic Republic of Georgia in 1998. Since then, she’s worked with refugees and immigrants in Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan), and New York, NY. Heather worked with the International Organization for Migration in Vienna, Austria and Almaty, Kazakhstan, and managed a refugee and migrant rights’ project in Central Asia in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Danish Refugee Council, conducting research on internally displaced persons in the region. After moving back to the States, Heather worked with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, one of nine national agencies that resettle refugees in the U.S. in collaboration with the Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement under the Health and Human Services Department. In 2011, she moved to Brooklyn, NY to take a job with Episcopal Migration Ministries, another national refugee resettlement service provider.

Join us (and bring a friend!) @ the Rattlesnake on Boylston to give Heather a huge Theology on Tap welcome on December 8 @ 7p!

Follow @adventboston for more info.

Simon says: Honor the Animals on the Feast of St. Francis

On Sunday, October 4, we celebrated the feast of St. Francis and had a lot of fun at the Blessing of the Animals (check out some pictures in the Photo Gallery!).  At that service, we gathered donations for Angell Memorial Hospital, but there is still time for you to make a contribute.  

Angell helps the more than 5,000 animals annually and donations of pet food, kitty littler, old towels and blankets are always appreciated.  Please have a look at their wish list for more information.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”


Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

Honor our baptismal covenant by joining the Missions & Outreach Committee in supporting the millions of men, women, and children displaced by violence and conflict in Syria and other crisis areas. Through the International Rescue Committee, with your help, tens of thousands of people can journey “from harm to home.”

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

Questions? See Fr. Warren, Fr. Wood, or Deacon Noyes.