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 flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Samuel Alger Madsen.


9:00 Coffee Hour: 9:00 Coffee Hour: the Advent Guild of Bellringers hosts today. 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.

1:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Betsy James with Catherine Birdwell & Nicholas Edwards. 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).

Entr’acte. The conclusion of the series “New Testament Perspectives on Old Testament Law” led by Rick Stone. Today’s topic is “Hebrews and the Priesthood of Christ.” Entr’acte follows 9:00 am and the 11:15 am Masses in the Hunnewell Room (Library).

Church School Farewell to the Alleluias. Please come to the crypt chapel today at 10:30 am, where we will meet with the Rector for a brief lesson and burying of our Alleluia banners. The banners will be “resurrected” on Easter Day. We have extra banners if your child was not at Sunday School for the past two weeks. Following this, we will join coffee hour. Questions, or need directions? Please speak to Meg Nelson.

Name Tags. If you have a nametag, please wear it at coffee hour. This helps us know each other better – and helps Fr. Anderson learn all our names. If you are a pledging member of the Advent, and do not have a nametag, please contact the church office.

At 3:00 pm today, our own Jeremy Bruns will perform Widor’s Symphony No. 6 and works by Preston, Howells, Lang, Dupré, Alain, and Franck at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (1400 Washington St, Boston) in celebration of the 144th anniversary of the dedication of the 101-rank E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings, Opus 801. Admission is free; donations go towards the Cathedral Organ restoration fund. For more info, visit https://holycrossboston.com/concert-series/.

The Parish Lenten Guide for 2020, A Lenten Journey, is available at the back of the church, on the parish website, and in Moseley Hall at coffee hour. This booklet allows all of us to keep a Lenten discipline, together with weekly Scripture readings, acts of self-discipline, and meditations we can all take on as a community.


Ash Wednesday is this week, February 26. 

Service schedule:
7:30 am: Low Mass with the Imposition of Ashes
12:15 pm: Low Mass with the Imposition of Ashes
6:30 pm: Solemn High Mass with the Imposition of Ashes

Lenten offerings and observances:

A women’s Lent group will be meeting on Mondays in Lent to read and discuss the book A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, to get to know one another better by sharing our own experiences. Women of all ages are very warmly invited to join. We will be meeting on Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the church. Please contact Agnes Coakley Cox (agnes.coakley@gmail.com) for more information.

Wednesdays in Lent: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00  pm Healing Mass.
Thursdays in Lent: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 6:00 pm

All beginning the first week of March

Beginning next Monday and continuing through Lent, Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am to encourage attendance at the Offices. The Wednesday Bible Study will also move forward one hour, to 9:00 am, during this time.


The next Entr’acte series. On the first Sunday in Lent, Robin Landrith will begin a study of  “In the Beginning…’: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall.” This series of homilies was delivered by Pope Benedict XVI, then Joseph Ratzinger, during the Lenten season of 1981, and Lent remains a fitting time to renew reflections on the first principles of our world. Benedict’s homilies focus on Israel’s experience of God as Creator in the unfolding testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures, together with the ethical implications of belief in creation as recounted by the Bible as a whole—that is, in light of the fulfillment of creation revealed in Christ. This lens frames Benedict’s effort to render the creation account reasonable in light of the scientific and technological advances of our time, while also preserving the story’s strangeness and corrective force in the midst of challenges posed—in light of these advances—to the substance of Christian faith. The aim of this study, then, is to help us reflect, in preparation for our celebration of the Resurrection, on what it might mean to be a “new creation” by looking, in the words of Wendell Berry, “far backward as through clearer eyes / to what unsighted hope believes: / The blessed conviviality that sang Creation’s seventh sunrise.”


20s–30s of the Advent are invited to an information/listening session with the clergy on Sunday, March 8 in the Library following the 11:15 Mass. Please mark your calendars, and help to get the word out to those who might be interested.


The Vestry met on Thursday, February 20. Maria Denslow submitted her resignation due to work-related conflicts. The Vestry elected Thomas Brown to fill her one-year unexpired term. The Rector subsequently appointed Mr. Brown as Rector’s Warden for 2020. Paul Roberts was elected as People’s Warden.

Another Success with ‘Rise Against Hunger’! Preparing over 10,000 meals in well under two hours seems impossible but we did it! The Deanery-wide event we hosted for Rise Against Hunger on February 15 allowed us to do the impossible! Volunteers from around our Boston Harbor Deanery gathered in Moseley Hall and prepared meals of rice, soy, and vegetables that will be received by children and families who are lacking adequate amounts of food or do not take in an adequate amount of nutrients in the course of the day. 50 volunteers were needed to meet our goal of 10,000 meals in two hours. We exceeded that number in that we had 57 volunteers from St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain, the Episcopal-Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northeastern University, Emmanuel Church in Boston, St. Augustine’s and St. Martin’s Church in Boston, and the 15 members of our parish family who were there to help and to whom we owe a special “Thank You”: Stephanie Brown, Cheryl Dwyer, Douglas Dwyer, Caredwen Foley, Matthew Groves, Julius Krein, Jason Lewis, Selma Lewis, Anastasia O’Melveny, Frank Olney, James Oldfield, Bud Scheffy, Carolyn Shadid-Lewis, Julianne Ture, and Carolyn Walden.

In addition to volunteers, $3,500.00 was needed to offset the cost of hosting the event and thus far we have received $670.00. We are still open to receive donations by writing a check to the Church of the Advent and marking “Rise Against Hunger” on the memo line of the check.


An introductory course in Biblical Greek will be offered at 6:45 pm on Thursdays at 43 South Russell Street. Corey Rouse will lead a 1.5 hour course using Clayton Croy’s Primer of Biblical Greek. Registration not required! Email carignanrouse@gmail.com for more information.

Discount parking vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer or are also available at the Bookstore. 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.

First Holy Communion Class for students in the 2nd to 4th grades will be offered on Sundays in Eastertide during the Christian education hour. If your child is interested in participating, please speak to Meg Nelson or Fr Jeff.

Attendance last Sunday (Masses along with Evensong & Benediction): 331


Thus far we have received 199 pledges, amounting to a total of $544,957. 71 have increased their pledges by an average of 17.5%, and there are 28 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have yet to hear from 38 parishioners who pledged a total of $48,475 last year.


The bookplate of Dr Darlington (Louis Rhead, 1902), shows two women (Theology and Science) shaking hands under the symbol of the Holy Spirit.

How did the Church of the Advent usher in the holy season of Lent more than a century ago? In the “Rector’s Weekly Message” of February 7, 1915 (Sexagesima), the Rev. William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902-1929) wrote:

Here is a little rule of life, turned into verse by the dear Bishop of Harrisburg, Dr. [James Henry] Darlington, which I wish all knew by heart, — and practiced:

Patient with others, but strict with myself;
Loving to give, and refusing all pelf;
Doing the right, though it brings me no fame;
Honoring Christ, because signed with His Name;
Helping the downcast, and cheering the sad;
Living our creed till it makes the world glad;
Fond of our work, of our friends, of our land;
Walking by faith, daily led by God’s hand;
This is the pathway the saints all have trod
This is the life hid with Christ’s life in God.

James Otis Sargent Huntington, OHC

In the “Rector’s Weekly Message” for Quinquagesima 1915, Father van Allen encouraged parishioners to attend a parochial quiet day. The offering of a quiet day devoted to prayer and reflection is a tradition which has continued at the Church of the Advent over the years.

“On the first Friday of Lent, …Fr. Huntington is to conduct a Parochial Quiet Day, to which any church-people will be welcome. The order will be: Mass, 7:30; Matins, 9; Mass, 9:30; First address, 10; Second address, 11:30; Intermission, for lunch, 12:30; Third address, 3; Choral Litany and concluding address, 5; consultations or confessions during the intervals. I hope a great many will plan to profit by this opportunity of beginning their Lent well. Fr. Huntington is dear to all of us, and for a generation, his life has been a sermon, even more eloquent than his words.” [Father James O. S. Huntington (1854–1935) was founder of the Order of the Holy Cross.]


February 24-March 1, 2020

Monday, February 24
St Matthias the Apostle

Tuesday, February 25
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 26
Ash Wednesday

7:30 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Bible Study
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass

Thursday, February 27

Friday, February 28
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, February 29

Sunday, March 1
The First Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte/Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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