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


Ingathering of Pledges: at both the 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses Stewardship pledge cards for 2020 will be presented and blessed. This will take place just before the Great Thanksgiving (Consecratory Prayer) of the Liturgy.

Today’s guest preacher, the Rev’d Prof. Sarah Coakley, has retired from the Norris-Hulse Professorship at Cambridge University, in which role she served from 2007 to 2018. From 2018 to 2020 she is an Honorary Professor at the Logos Institute, St Andrews University, and from 2019 she is Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne and Rome). She is also Assisting Priest and Theologian-in-Residence at the parish of Ascension and St Agnes, Washington, DC.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are John Boyd, Darcy Mondaldi & Tony Pulsone. 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 Nicholas Dials & Dustin Henderson, and Jeff & Roxy Hanson. 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).

Longtime member David Lapin has recently authored an autobiography entitled The Education of Brainiac: A New Yorker’s Quest for the Good Life in the Hub of the Universe. Vignettes about the Advent abound! Here is a review from former parishioner Nathan Cleveland: “One of my favorite reads of 2019. Seriously. [A] witty, at times piercingly self-aware and entirely delightful reminiscence. Filled as it is with friendship and loss and all the stuff that make [living] worth it, The Education of Brainiac is but a portion of the gift David is. You’ll be edified by journeying with him.” Copies of Brainiac will be available for $20 in Moseley Hall at the coffee hours after the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses today and David will be on hand to autograph them. Consider adding one to your Christmas stocking!

Advent Coat Drive concludes today

We have extended the coat drive to today, but if you did not have a chance to donate a coat, consider a financial contribution. Checks should be made payable to the Church of the Advent, but please put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston 02108. If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com). All collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless.

Compline at the Advent: Join us at 8:00 pm this evening for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline, the service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, on the second Sunday of every month.


Welcome, Penelope May! We give praise and thanksgiving for the birth of Penelope May Link. Penelope — daughter of Montgomery and Kelly Link — arrived November 29. Heavenly Father, Thou hast sent Thine own Son into the world. We thank you for the life of Penelope May entrusted to Montgomery and Kelly. Help us to remember that we are all Thy children, and so to love and nurture her, that she may attain to that full stature intended for her in Thine eternal Kingdom; for the sake of Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saturday, December 14 at 9 am — Christmas Pageant Rehearsal. We will gather in Moseley Hall to sort out costumes and we will rehearse in the Sanctuary. The Pageant will take place during the 9:00 Mass on December 15. If you are interested in having your child participate, please email Meg Nelson for more information.

A Mass of the Resurrection for Nancy Santeusanio Nickolds will be offered on Saturday, December 14, at 3:00 pm in the church, with interment in the Columbarium to follow. 


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.

  • Sunday December 22, 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

Christmas Service Schedule


Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:

This is a short update on Stewardship as we approach some key dates for our Campaign 2020. We know there are many events either just concluded or ongoing which demand everyone’s time and attention during the beginning of this Advent Season and the important time for our pledging commitments.

First, we hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving enjoyed with family, friends and all loved ones. We also want to extend our thanks for all who participated in last Sunday’s 175th Anniversary Celebration, joining our Bishop Alan M. Gates whose time and energy, plus spiritual presence, was appreciated throughout the day. And with all of that, our first major snowstorm welcomed in the winter season and beginning of the busy holidays with a reminder of New England weather. Needless to say, a busy time!

Our Campaign 2020 is off to a good start. Thank you to all parishioners who have already sent in their monetary and “Time & Talent” pledges. Your early responses represent 111 fellow parishioners, which is slightly more than 50% of the total number of pledges we received in 2019. Of this year’s pledges so far received, we have 47 increases, which is an excellent increase of 15.4% over last year; plus, a continuing same-level commitment from 52 pledges, which gives us a strong base to maintain the high contribution level established in 2019. We have seen a decrease in pledge commitments from 12 parishioners, which so far is being offset by the increases mentioned earlier.

Overall not a bad start to the Campaign 2020, but we still need to hear from 100 parishioners who pledged over $220,000 in 2019. This represents a significant contribution level that we have yet to hear from, so please give some thoughtful consideration in the next days to both your monetary and “Time & Talent” pledge commitments, especially during this blessed Advent Season and all that is represented by our worship and spiritual life here at the Advent. Every pledge is important and we know our fellow parishioners have always given what they are able/willing to contribute to sustain this sacred place.

This Sunday we will celebrate the In-Gathering of Pledges. Please be reminded to send in your pledge cards and “Time & Talent” selections either by mail or by going online to our pledge section, which is easy to use, or simply place your pledge card in Sunday’s offering plate. Thanks again for your thoughtful consideration as we prepare for the important Budget 2020 meeting in mid-December with the Wardens and Vestry. Our campaign will continue through this Advent Season, and the earlier we receive your pledge commitments the better able we are to assist the Wardens and Vestry with the important preparation and planning for 2020.

Thank you in advance.

We are yours in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Francesco Piscitelli & Thatcher Gearhart
Stewardship Campaign 2020, Co-Chairmen

As of this past Thursday we have received 118 pledges, pledging a total of $383,097. 50 have increased their pledges by an average of over 14%, and there are 3 new pledges. We have still to hear from 95 parishioners who pledged a total of $195,646.94 last year. You can pledge online by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.


Community Outreach Opportunity. As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner on December 17, will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin’ Donuts as their Christmas gift from the Advent. This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter.  If you wish to make a donation—and we hope you do—send it in marked “Donuts.”


Book Store News. 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.

Christmas Flower Memorials & Thanksgivings: The greens and flowers that adorn the Church at Christmas are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. All memorials and thanksgivings will be listed in the service leaflets during the twelve days of Christmas. A form for donations is found on the back page of Sunday’s service leaflet. Completed forms and payment must be received in the Parish Office no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, December 20. Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent and write “Christmas Flowers” on the check. 

Advent Compline at SSJE: On Thursdays during Advent (December 5, 12, and 19), the monks of the Society of St John the Evangelist will offer a contemplative Compline service that is open to all. The service begins at 8:00 pm and is preceded and followed by 30 minutes of quiet meditation by candlelight. The monastery is located at 980 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, a short walk from the Harvard Square T stop.

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.


What goes into the Advent archives? Some documents, books, and artifacts may languish for decades or longer before being uncovered, or discovered, and added to the historical files of the parish. Then there are documents on which the ink is barely dry before they are duly catalogued to be treasured by future parishioners, historians, or researchers. For example, the certificate of congratulations from our bishop, the Right Rev. Alan M. Gates, on the occasion of the parish’s 175th anniversary, which was proclaimed on December 1, 2019, and is reproduced here (click image to enlarge):

December 9-15, 2019

Monday, December 9
6:00 pm: Beacon Hill Village Holiday Party
7:00 pm: Boston Cecilia Rehearsal

Tuesday, December 10
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 11
10:00 am: Bible Study
1:00 pm: Advent School Rehearsal
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, December 12
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 13
8:15 am: Advent School Share Event
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, December 14
John of the Cross

9:00 am: Pageant Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
11:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
3:00 pm: Funeral for Nancy Santeusanio Nickolds

Sunday, December 15
The Third Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Christmas Pageant & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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