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.

Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

We are writing today with a special note of thanks to our Deacon, the Rev’d Daphne Noyes.  After almost a decade and a half of service to the Advent, Daphne will retire from her pastoral and liturgical duties on Sunday, January 26, 2020.  We will plan appropriate festivities to celebrate Daphne and wish her well in retirement. 

While we are sad that the time for her departure has come, it is really a well-deserved and hard-earned retirement.  Daphne’s official canonical retirement date was almost a year ago.  But with no small amount of urging from us, and in the spirit of love for and service to the Advent community that Daphne exemplifies, she sought a year’s extension.  Our bishops consented.  And that has had an immeasurable effect on our transition.  As the longest-tenured member of our clerical staff, Daphne has been a source of calm and hope as we have studied, searched, and waited—all while continuing to carry out the mission of worshiping God and preaching the Gospel of the Risen Christ to this community and to the world.  This time has also reminded us of the grace and quiet confidence with which Daphne has carried out her office as our Deacon, including the challenges inherent in being the first and only woman on the Advent’s clerical staff.

Daphne’s love for the Advent has also been on full display in the highly successful Advent 175 festivities.  It was her work, her energy, and her devotion that brought things together.  The whole Advent family is thankful for the great gift that all of the presentations, histories, and events connected to Advent 175 have been to our community.  Daphne will continue to work on the archival and organization end of Advent 175 for several more months to ensure that project—her labor of love for this place—comes to a successful conclusion.

Daphne: thank you for presence among us, and for your faithful service to the Advent.  You have our deepest gratitude, and will always remain a beloved member of our Advent family.

Faithfully your brothers in Christ,
Thomas Brown, Senior Warden
Paul J. Roberts, Junior Warden

Printed copies of Deacon Noyes’s letter to the parish are available in the parish house.

The flowers in the Parish House are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Ellen Brockman.

The Advent wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Nola Sheffer and Betsy Ridge Madsen. 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: Hosting this morning are Michael Oliveri & Eric Aho, and Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.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).

For those attending the 11:15 Coffee Hour, if you have a few minutes to spare, the Flower Guild could use some help carrying all the Christmas material out of storage and up into the church. Making one or two trips before you leave would be a big help.

For those who have requested them, pledge envelopes are available for pick-up in the back of the church.


The parish Flower Guild needs your help! Decorating the church for Christmas is a lot of work, and the Flower Guild can’t do it alone. We need volunteers on the following days; floral design skills are not required ‑ if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you can spare an hour or two, but not come for the entire block, that’s perfectly OK.

  • Today, around 1:00 pm. After the 11:15 coffee hour we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of storage and up into the church. Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help.
  • Monday, December 23, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Christmas Eve, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Every year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve. Donations go to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy.

Christmas Service Schedule


Parish Office Nominations: At the Annual Meeting, there will be elections for four Vestry seats, Clerk, Treasurer, and two Diocesan Convention Delegates. This year’s nominating committee includes the Wardens (Tom Brown and Paul Roberts), Maria Denslow, and Dustin Henderson. Please submit any proposed names to one of them before Epiphany.

As we near the end of 2019, please remember that annual reports are due in the office at the beginning of January.

What Is Saint Michael’s Conference?: On Sunday, January 19, we will have the opportunity to find out. At 10:15 Father James will lead a presentation about the Conference with the help of parishioners who have attended the Conference, served as counselors, or are senior staff members. Every young person who is between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one ought to attend this presentation, but more importantly, the parents ought to attend too. This week-long conference for teaching, learning, worship, and recreation has been offered each year since 1960 and has been a force in the spiritual lives of thousands of high school and college-aged students. Come and find out why.


Thanks to all those from whom we have recently received pledges. As of this past Thursday we have received 163 pledges, pledging a total of $460,227. 60 have increased their pledges by an average of over 15.5%, and there are 22 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have still to hear from 68 parishioners who pledged a total of $137,366 last year. You can pledge online by going to the parish website, www.theadventboston.org, and clicking the “Pledge Online” button, or pick up a pledge packet in the church.


Book Store News. In celebration of Advent 175, all Advent Choir CDs are on sale for $10.00 each throughout the month of December. Advent Calendars, Christmas cards and music, 2020 “Churchman’s Ordo Kalendars” and Christian Pocket Diaries are now available at our Parish Book Store, which is open after each Mass on Sundays in Moseley Hall.

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


The centennial of the Oxford Movement was celebrated in the Diocese of Massachusetts from October 15 to 22, 1933. The opening service was held at the Church of the Advent, with the Right Rev. Henry B. Washburn, Dean of the Episcopal Theological School, preaching. The following week, the Rev. Julian D. Hamlin, rector of the Church of the Advent, preached at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Rev. C. Winfred Davis, Mus. D., Hon. Canon of Fond du Lac, gave the sermon at the Advent. Hamlin wrote, “It is deeply significant that the Diocese of Massachusetts, which for many years has been known as the center of liberalism in the Church, should be officially commemorating the Centenary of the Oxford Movement. The party divisions of twenty-five years ago do not fit into the picture of the Church to-day. It is time that we all began to absorb the lasting contributions which various groups have made to the life of the Church.”

At the close of the centennial observations, he wrote, “What shall we do in the next hundred years? To me the Anglican Communion has one reason for its existence apart from Rome. That reason is the ideal of a liberal Catholicism, speaking to every age with the voice of authority in the name of Christ, and with a social conscience enabling it to interpret historical Christianity to the great social movements which in these latter days are sweeping though the world. The fulfillment of this vocation implies a free Church in a free State.”

December 23-29, 2019

Monday, December 23
10:00 am: Church Decorating
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Tuesday, December 24
Vigil of the Nativity
10:00 am: Church Decorating
4:30 pm: Sung Mass and Procession to the Crèche
6:00 pm: Community Supper
10:00 pm: Musical Prelude
11:00 pm: Procession and Solemn Mass

Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Day (Parish Office Closed)
11:00 am: Mass

Thursday, December 26
St Stephen (Parish Office Closed)

Friday, December 27
St John the Evangelist
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, December 28
The Holy Innocents
11:00 am: Richard Baptism
2:00 pm: German-Domingues Baptism

Sunday, December 29
The First Sunday after Christmas
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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