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.

Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses.

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—Infant 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 Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or sarahwconnor@gmail.com.


 9:00 Coffee Hour. The hosts of the Coffee Hour this morning are Carolyn & Tom McDermott and Barbara Boles.  The hosts next week hosts will be Betsy & Peter Madsen and Melissa Fox.  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. Michael Gnozzio hosts the coffee hour this morning. There are no hosts for next week’s 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 Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

Ent’racte continues this morning when Adam Rutledge concludes his presentation of T. S. Eliot and Anglo-Catholicism.  That’s at approximately 10:20 am in the Library.  Please try not to be late.  Subsequent Entr’acte presentations will be:  February 28—Br Robert L’Esperance, SSJE will speak on spirituality;   March 6—Fr Warren will continue his discussion of Ritualism and also address the revival of Monasticism as a result of the Anglo-Catholic movement;  March 13—Dr Philip Pfatteicher will talk about movements in the Lutheran Churches comparable to Anglo-Catholicism.

Lent: Traditionally, Lent—the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter—was a period of preparation for those about to be baptized, and over time it became a period of penitence, self-examination and special devotion by all Christians as they prepared to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Lent was more than just an individual discipline, however. It was something in which the whole community would engage together. This year we at the Advent will again recapture the corporate nature of Lenten practice, and we call on every member of the Parish to consider joining others in the following common discipline. Each week, those who wish will fast together from a particular pleasure, whether it’s sweets, coffee, entertainment, technology, etc., and we will all read the same scriptural passages and meditate upon the same theme each day.

A common devotional Guide, The Shape of Lent at the Church of the Advent, is available at the rear of the nave and online, and it lists the suggested fast for each week along with daily scripture readings organized around the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. The Guide contains a statement expressing your intention to take upon yourself this corporate discipline with others in the Parish. It can be included with the collection at the Masses today, during which your intention will be offered and blessed at the Offertory of the Liturgy.

Engaging in communal fasts and corporate devotional practices will deepen our sense of community, as well as provide support and accountability for each of us in this rich liturgical season. If you have questions, please get in touch with one of the clergy who will be happy to discuss it with you.

Please note that this corporate discipline does not replace the public devotions which will be prayed here during Lent. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are prayed on Thursdays at 6:00 pm, beginning Thursday, February 18.

If you find the incense this morning disagreeable, don’t be too distressed.  It’s supposed to be that way.  In Lent we use Myrrh at Mass.  Myrrh, you will remember, was one of the mystic gifts presented by the Magi to the infant Jesus.  It is sharp and acrid and its “bitter perfume” evokes tears and signifies death.  Indeed, in the Middle East, where it is called “the incense of tears,” it is often used at funerals to mask the odor of decomposition.

In Lent we are directed to meditate upon the passion, suffering, and death which Jesus endured for us.  Myrrh is an olfactory stimulus to focus our attention towards that end.

This afternoon, the Parish Choir will present a service of Choral Evensong and Solemn Benediction at 5:00 pm. At 4:30 pm an organ recital will be offered by Simon Jacobs, Music Director & Organist at St Thomas Church, New Haven, Connecticut.

About the Lenten High Mass Set. The Frontal on the High Altar is an exact replica of our first Lenten Frontal. It displays the colors of the season: violet and rose. The Vestment were made to match the Frontal and are embroidered with the Instruments of the Passion of Jesus: his betrayal, his crucifixion, and his death. On the Cope are the Five Wounds: nail prints in his hands and feet, the slash of the centurion’s lance in his side, pictured as his heart. On the Chasuble: the nails and the crown of thorns. On the Dalmatic: the hammer and tongs, the lance and the pole bearing a sponge soaked in vinegar. On the Tunicle: the scourge with which Jesus was whipped, Pilate’s basin and pitcher with which he washed his hands, disavowing his guilt, and delivered Jesus to be crucified.

The Frontal and Vestments were given in memory of John Henry Diehl III, a priest in the Church, by members of his family.

The new Lenten Frontal and Low Mass set for the Lady Chapel were given in memory of Dr Robert Roth, devoted, longtime, and much loved member of the Advent, by members of his family.

At the meeting of the Vestry this past Tuesday, the Rector named C. Thomas Brown as Rector’s Warden, and the Vestry elected Paul Roberts as People’s Warden.


Pray the Rosary—Thursdays & Fridays at 11:30 am in the Lady Chapel: The word “rosary” is from the Latin rosarium, meaning “crown of roses,” the rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Blessed Virgin Mary. The term conjures images of the old woman fingering her beads, the oversized Rosary hanging from the waist of the wimpled nun, even the decoration cheekily hanging from a rearview mirror. While the Rosary is a particularly Roman Catholic devotional practice, it also has a long history of use in Anglo-Catholic parishes by people interested in enriching their individual prayer lives. Curious? Join a small group of Advent parishioners who pray the Rosary every Thursday and Friday at 11:30 am in the Lady Chapel before the mid-day Mass. All are welcome—no experience necessary!

Confirmation Classes: Wednesdays in Lent: The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation service is on Saturday, May 21, at our sister parish, All Saints Ashmont, so we are organizing a confirmation class for Wednesday nights in Lent. Adults and teens who are interested should email frwood@theadventboston.org for more information or to sign up


We are very pleased to announce that our preacher for the Sacred Triduum and Easter Day this year is the Rev’d Dr Benjamin King. Father King was the Curate here at the Church of the Advent from 2001 until 2005. He left the Advent to become the Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard and is now an Associate Professor of Church History at the School of Theology of the University of the South and the Director of its Advanced Degrees Program. It will be real treat to have Fr / Dr King back with during Holy Week and we all look forward to it.


Welcome to the World, Theodore Edwin Thomas Slater! Baby Theodore was born to Ariel and Nathanael on February 7. The little guy was just 5 pounds, 5 ounces, but he’s in perfect health! The family is doing well, and if you would like to prepare a meal for them to pick up at the Advent, contact Ariel at ariel.y.kennedy@gmail.com to confirm they’ll be in Boston soon for pickup.

Volunteers Needed—Missions Opportunity in Dorchester—Fr Edwin Johnson (friend of the parish and a guest preacher for us last year) contacted Peter Madsen for help with a project at St Mary’s church in Dorchester.  They need to rework the former fellowship hall, located below the main church, to make it suitable for a new tenant, and the first step is to insulate the windows. Peter has ordered 29 interior storm windows to be delivered in February, and the Advent donated a portion of the purchase price.  The vendor’s website suggests that anyone who is handy can install them, so now we’re looking for some volunteers.  If you’re interested in joining a team one Saturday this winter, please contact Fr Wood.


Can you help the Parish Flower Guild? The Flower Guild consists of nine people, so preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without additional help. Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:

  • Maundy Thursday, March 24, 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Holy Saturday, March 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

You do not have to come for the whole day; even an hour or two is helpful, and you do not need to have any flower arranging skills. If you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, use a broom, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you like flowers but have never made an arrangement, this is a great chance to learn some basic techniques.

A schedule of Holy Week services at the Advent is on the antepenultimate page of the bulletin.

A form for gifts of flowers for memorials or thanksgivings for Easter can be found on the last page of the bulletin.

Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer.  You can find her 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.


February 22 – 28, 2016

Monday, February 22

5:15 pm      Girl Scouts

Tuesday, February 23
(Polycarp of Smyrna)

5:30 pm      Community Supper
6:00 pm      Advent Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 24
St Matthias the Apostle

10:00 am     Bible Study
6:00 pm       Healing Mass
7:00 pm      Bell Ringing

Thursday, February 25

10:00 am     Play Group
6:00 pm       Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm       Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 26

10:00 am      Play Group
6:00 pm        Girl Scout Dance

Saturday, February 27
(George Herbert)

10:00 am     Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm      AA Meeting

Sunday, February 28
The Third Sunday in Lent

7:30 am      Morning Prayer
8:00 am      Low Mass
9:00 am      Sung Mass
10:15 am     Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am      Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass

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