The flowers at the high altar and the crossing are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Nancy Macmillan.

If you are visiting or new  to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home.  Please fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we will have a record of your visit here and can keep in touch.

All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are invited to the Altar to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you wish to receive a blessing, come to the Altar and cross your arms over your chest.

9:00 am—Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office.  The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.

11:15 am—Infants and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Meg Nelson 856-217-0847 or

9:00 Coffee Hour: Melissa Fox and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone, and Barbara Boles host. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Karen Chaney, Alfred Duhamel, and Janell & Michael Saur host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week Susan Fugliese, Brent & Meg Nelson, and Frank Olney host.  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  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, Roxy Hanson ( or Kyle Pilares ( or Betsy James (  


The Search Committee is hosting a forum today in Moseley Hall during the coffee hour following the 9:00 Mass, which will be repeated next Sunday during the later coffee hour. The purpose of these discussions is to present an overview of the responses to the Parish Questionnaire, to update the Parish on the search process, and to allow members of the Parish to share their thoughts with members of the Search Committee as they work on preparing the Parish Profile. Today’s forum is  moderated by Lynda Blair (chair), Meg Nelson, and Jack Gurnon. Next week’s forum–following the 11:15 Mass–will be moderated by Lynda Blair and John Boyd. Members of the Search Committee will be present at both sessions, along with the Wardens.

Entr’acte will not take place today; it will resume next Sunday with Father Welch continuing his series Bare Ruined Choirs: A Personal Reflection on the State of the Church in America.

Compline at the Advent — Tonight at 8:00 pm. Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.


Upcoming Concert: On Friday, February 15 at 7:30 pm, In Stile Moderno, the ensemble founded by choir member Agnes Coakley Cox, performs at Cambridge Friends Meeting House in its second concert of the 2018-2019 season. Members of the Church of the Advent are very warmly invited! The concert is titled The Lily and the Rose: France and England Entwined and features English and French lute songs of the 17th century, inspired by the union of Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France. With songs of both love and betrayal, the concert makes a great post-Valentine’s Day date or anti-Valentine’s Day treat!

For more information please visit and follow the link to buy tickets online. We’re offering two tickets for the price of one with discount code churchoftheadvent. Feel free to contact Agnes at with any questions! 

LET’S RISE AGAINST HUNGER!  Next Saturday, February 16, from 10:00 am to noon we will host a Rise Against Hunger event in Moseley Hall. We will be hosting parishioners and clergy from the other parishes in the Boston Harbor Deanery and attempt to pack 10,000 meals in less than two hours! It sounds impossible, but it can be done, and we can have fun while packing.  These nutritious meals will be shipped to other parts of the world where many are going to bed hungry. We need five or six volunteers from the parish and we are also taking donations to help offset the $3,500.00 it takes to buy the materials for the event. Volunteers are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 and it would be really helpful if there are two or three volunteers to help unload the truck at 8:30 that morning. 


Next Sunday, February 17, The Advent Choir will sing Choral Evensong at 5:00 pm, featuring music of Willan, Stanford and Jackson. Our series of Evensong & Benediction Talks continues immediately following the service in Moseley Hall when a light supper will be offered and Mark Dwyer will speak briefly about the great Anglican liturgical musician and colorful character, Healey Willan, entitled: “I am Irish by extraction, English by birth, Canadian by adoption, and Scotch, by absorption!” E&B Talks are open to everyone, especially younger parishioners and guests who may not be as familiar with our rich Anglican liturgical heritage. Each evening will comprise a short talk followed by a period for Q&A. 

A SPECIAL PREACHER AND A SPECIAL SPEAKER: Two Sundays from now, on Epiphany VII, February 24, we will welcome The Reverend Canon Spencer Reece to our pulpit and Nancy Mead to speak at our coffee hours. Canon Reece currently serves as a priest at The Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. The Cathedral is the center for The Anglican Church in Spain. Canon Reece is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and received masters degrees from The University of York, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale-Berkeley Divinity School. He is not only a priest but a poet as well, receiving numerous awards for his published writings.

At both coffee hours that day we will have the pleasure of hearing talks by Nancy Mead. Nancy is known to many of us from her eleven years as part of our Advent family while her husband, Father Andrew Mead, was serving as our fourteenth Rector. Her talks will focus on her extensive pilgrimages and her recent efforts with The Pilgrimage Centre Project. Nancy has walked five different routes of the Camino de Santiago, the Via Fancigina from Canterbury to Rome, and the Camino del Sud from Rome to the very end of Italy (the heel of the boot). She’s been on other pilgrimages in Europe, England, and Scotland totaling seven thousand miles. She currently serves as Vice President of the Friends of the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago and has just recently been made a Lay Canon of the Episcopal Cathedral in Madrid. Nancy is the mother of two and the grandmother of four. 


Election Results.  At the Annual Meeting of January 27, the following persons were elected to serve on the Parish Vestry:  Lynda Blair, Dustin Henderson, David Lapin, and Francesco Piscitelli were elected to three-year terms.

Frederic Ou was elected to a one-year term as Clerk of the Vestry.  Adam Rutledge was elected to a one-year term as Treasurer

Betsy Madsen and Julianne Turé were elected Delegates to Diocesan Convention and the Deanery; Robb Scholten was elected Alternate Delegate. 

Congratulations to the above persons and our gratitude, as well, for their willingness to serve the Parish.

Palms for Ashes:  There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday.  They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 6 this year.

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

The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is an opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sunday, March 3. If you are interested, please call the church office. 

Directory Updates: Due to a technical glitch, the recently published version of the parish directory contained some extraneous information. A revision will be published in the next few weeks, but if any of your contact information has changed recently, please contact the church office ( so that we can be as up-to-date as possible.  

Advent Candles for home use: Please help yourself to some partially used candles; the box is in the rear of the nave. Note that most have oddly sized bases so they may not fit into standard candlesticks, but certainly can be adapted with a little imagination. These are top-quality candles designed for liturgical use, so they have high beeswax content. Light up your life with candles that have been used in this sacred space! Questions, see Deacon Daphne. 

Blessing of Homes in Epiphanytide

Saint Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found Him and His mother in a house. This is a cue that in Epiphanytide our celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses in the Epiphany season. This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes. There is blessed chalk in the west end of the Church, near the main doors, for each of us to use at our homes. Please take some and use it to mark your homes on the lintel above the front door with the first initials of each of the Wisemen framed by the current year. Like this:
20 + G + M + B + 19

Then offer the following prayer:

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And with thy spirit.

Leader: Let us pray. O Lord, holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech Thee to hear us and vouchsafe to send Thy holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, protect and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this home. I call upon Thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family, friends and all who enter here from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a reminder to us that my home is truly a house where the Lord dwells. O God, make the door of my house the gateway to Thy eternal Kingdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

February 11-17, 2019

Monday, February 11

Tuesday, February 12
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 13
Absalom Jones
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, February 14
Cyril & Methodius
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 15
Thomas Bray

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 16
10:00 am: Rise Against Hunger
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, February 17
The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
Approx. 1:00 pm:  Search Committee Forum
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction

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