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.

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 on the High Altar this morning are giving to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for Noelia Constanza Hernández Corbet on her third birthday.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Fran Piscitelli & Judy Bell join Barbara Boles as hosts this morning. Next Sunday Matt McNeff & David Russo join with John Boyd to host. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Lynn Eustis, Thatcher Gearhart, Robin Landrith, and Kyriell Paleologue. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. 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).

The Entr’acte series of adult courses resumes today. Rick Stone begins a two-part series on “The Parables of Mark,” looking at these parables and their meaning in Jesus’ time as well as our own. The series will begin in the library immediately after the 9:00 Mass. Note that the second part of the series takes place on May 12.


THEOLOGY ON TAP returns this TUESDAY, APRIL 30 at 7:00 pm in the Lower Bar at MAST Restaurant and Drinkery, 45 Province Street, Boston. Tyler VanderWeele will speak on “Religious Communities and Human Flourishing.” Dr VanderWeele is director of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard, which among other things studies how religious communities affect health, happiness, meaning and purpose, and close social relationships. Theology on Tap is preceded by Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm at the Advent. For more information, contact Fr Hanson.

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES begin THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. We will meet in the library and for the first session begin with a light supper. Here is the list of topics:

  • May 1 – The Existence of God
  • May 8 – The Bible and Anglicans
  • May 15 – The Sacraments
  • May 22 – Prayer Life: Public and Private
  • May 29 – The Practice of Christianity, The Christian Duties
  • June 5 – The History of The Episcopal Church
  • June 12 – A Rule of Life

Please know that these classes are not limited to those seeking Confirmation. They are intended for those who have been confirmed in other communions and wish to be “received” into this Communion, and for those who would simply like to review some basic knowledge and information about The Episcopal Church. The Confirmation will be held Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 am at the Diocesan Cathedral.


The Walk for Hunger is next Sunday, May 5! Please consider joining us on this epic 20-mile walk. But if you cannot, please show your support with a donation! Our goal is to raise $10K that will go to support Project Bread. Their financial support to The Church of the Advent’s Community Dinners is critical to the success of those Tuesday dinners. Go to the Advent website (www.theadventboston.org) for a Walk for Hunger web link to join our team and/or donate. And please reach out to us in person over the next weeks, too. We are excited to be team captains again – and know it will be a fun and rewarding day!

— The Briggs Kiernan Family, (Bruce + Suzi; Ellie + Emma)

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

By the end of the week, I was sad to be leaving all the new friends I had made at the Conference. I couldn’t believe that the week had gone by so fast. I had learned so many new things at the Conference that I knew would be valuable life lessons, but most of all I had learned to never judge something without knowing what it is like. This is what Harriet Lewis-Bowen told us about her time spent last summer at Saint Michael’s Conference. 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 flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sundays, May 19 and 26, as well as for Ascension Day, May 30 (with flowers to remain through Sunday, June 2). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).

A Note from Fr. Andrew Mead

Fr. Mead prefaced his sermons on Easter Day with the following remarks:

“It was a great honor to have been the 14th Rector of the Church of the Advent between 1985 and 1996. But what a great joy to be here now in this holiest of weeks preaching for these great liturgies. What I mean by that is to see (there’s no other word for it) to see the health, the health, of The Advent: to see such excellent clergy leadership, to see Maestro and the musical Levites, to see the lay volunteers from top to bottom, and to see your parish leaders and to get to know them a little bit; in other words, to see the whole vigorous Body of Christ here—old friends, old faces, but so many new ones.

I want to tell you that you are very much—have been, and are, and shall be—in my love, affections and prayers; especially at this time of important searching and discerning for a successor to beloved Father Warren. As we say in Manhattan, Long may you wave!

One extra thing. If you are a visitor here today and are searching for a church where Jesus is at the heart of everything and where he is worshipped in the beauty of holiness, here’s your place!”

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 5, 1911, The Alexandria Gazette and Virginia Advertiser published this article about the chalice that is used on Christmas and Easter, made from gold and jewels contributed by the congregation:

Gave Sham Gems for Chalice

That fashionable women of the Church of the Advent, Back Bay, Mass., in contributing ornaments and gems toward the casting of a chalice had parted with ornaments “merely plated with gold or of brass and supposedly precious stones consisting of glass and paste” was the charge made by Rev. William Harman Van Allen, rector of the church, in a sermon this morning. Although the rector did not accuse the women of having made the contributions with the intention of deceiving him, the intimation that they had been displaying at grand operas and social functions sham gems cruised a visible flutter of excitement among the congregation.

Is this an example of “fake news”? Here is Father Van Allen’s response, from his Weekly Message of June 18:

We have recently had an example of the absurd unreliability of some newspaper reports. At Pentecost, preaching about  “the Touchstone of Truth,” I used … the illustration of the expert who determined what was gold and what gold-plate, what were jewels and what paste, in the collection of ornaments, etc., given here … for the great gold chalice. Whereupon, a reporter, ignoring all else, published a flaming account of how I “accused the congregation” of having offered imitation jewels to God; and the Associated Press represented me as having declared that  “the larger part of the offering” were base! Reading these articles, one would suppose that my sermon was only a reproach to ungenerous or deceitful people: but nothing could be farther from the truth. In those gifts of jewels, a certain small proportion (offered in all good faith) was imitation, as is always the case. But the generosity and devotion of the congregation, in making their oblations with great gladness, were beyond all praise; and that is characteristic of you.

April 29-May 5, 2019

Monday, April 29
St Mark the Evangelist

Tuesday, April 30
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap (at MAST)

Wednesday, May 1
Saints Philip & James
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
                  Adult Confirmation Class follows
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, May 2
St Athanasius
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 3
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, May 4
Monnica of Hippo
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 5
The Third Sunday of Easter / Walk for Hunger
7:00 am: Mass & Breakfast for Walkers
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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