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 William Malcolm Mill, Alexina Wilkins Talmadge, and Robert Mill.

The flowers at the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Pearl Pfeffer.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Maggie Dunbar and Carolyn & Tom McDermott. 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: Today’s hosts are Br. Ciaran Anthony DellaFera, Alfred Duhamel and Michael Gnozzio. We are always in need of more volunteers; 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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).

Compline will be said at 8:00 p.m. this evening in the chancel.  Please join us for this contemplative office.


Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

As the calendar moves out of “procession-tide” into high summer, we write to provide a brief update on activities at the Advent. 

Now that the Parish Profile has been published, the Search Committee has begun accepting applications from potential candidates to be our next Rector.  You can find the profile, along with the instructions and initial questions to all applicants, on the “Rector Search” page of the website.  The deadline for initial submissions is in mid-August.  At that point, the Search Committee will begin its review of applications and discussion of the candidates.  Encourage any priest you may know who is a potential candidate to visit the website and review the profile and application instructions.  You may also feel free to provide any comments or suggestions to the Search Committee by sending an email to AdventSearchCommittee@gmail.com; or by writing to the attention of Lynda Blair, Chair of the Advent Search Committee, Charles Street Station, P.O. Box 306, Boston MA 02114.  Please note that the Committee and its members will not be in a position to respond to any specific communication.

At its June meeting, the Vestry heard the report of the Administration Committee and had an extensive discussion with members of that group about their analysis and recommendations for improving a number of aspects of our operations and administration.  Next comes the task of considering these ideas in more detail.  The Vestry will devote a good deal of time to this over the next several months.  We are enormously grateful to David Lapin, the committee chair, and all of the members who devoted time and talent to the effort of this substantial project.  While much remains to be done, we have made a great start of things.  As a point of reference, we believe that this is the first time that the Advent’s Vestry has ever considered anything like a “strategic planning” proposal.  So in addition to giving the Vestry much to consider in carrying out its responsibility for the proper care of the Parish’s secular affairs, the Administration Committee’s work has been a great opportunity for the Advent to learn how to draw more effectively on the enormous well of talent among our parishioners.

The status of our search process and administrative review are in fact quite remarkable:  just six months into a transition period, we have done a parish-wide questionnaire and conducted open forums, completed a profile, opened up an application period, and delved deeply into a major review of our Parish operations.  All the while, the worship, ministries, and community life of the Advent have continued apace.  For maintaining and guiding that momentum we are particularly thankful to Father Welch, and to the Parish clergy and staff.  We wish them all some well-deserved rest time in the summer.  We also welcome, and are thankful for, the work of Father Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, who will provide (as he has in past years) some additional clerical support over the summer while others are away.

Finally, we note a few things in advance of the fall to mark on your calendars.  This coming Advent Sunday is the Parish’s 175th anniversary.  Bishop Gates will visit us that day, and there will be a number of special events associated with the occasion.  Please keep an eye out for further announcements from the Advent 175 Committee.  Meanwhile, we thank Deacon Noyes in particular for the work she has done and will do supporting the Advent 175 celebrations.  Also, on Saturday, November 9, the Advent will host the Annual Requiem and Meeting of the Guild of All Souls, as we last did in 2014.  (Father Warren is a long-time member of the Guild’s Council; and you can find the Guild’s Intercessory Paper on the leaflet-table outside the parish office.)  Devotional societies such as the Guild of All Souls provide us with excellent opportunities to share fellowship with other Anglo-Catholic Parishes in the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion.  So please mark your calendar and join the Guild to commemorate and pray for the faithful departed.

We wish you all a relaxing and restful summer, in advance of a busy and exciting church year ahead of us.

Faithfully your brothers in Christ,

Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts,


“Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” The Advent Swingers, our up-and-coming softball team, play their next game this Saturday, July 20th at 9:00 a.m. at the Boston Common Softball Field.  Please come and cheer them to victory.


August 23-25, the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada for a weekend-long demonstration of change ringing. More details coming soon!


An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

From Fr. van Allen’s weekly notes:

Repeating here what I said last Sunday about the Orphelinat des Armées, we have the splendid opportunity of coming to the aid of glorious France at once, in a way effective, gracious, and gratifying to ourselves. There will be three hundred thousand little half-orphans, children of French soldiers killed in the war for freedom, whose mothers must be helped to support them. Under the patronage of the President of France, local committees will supervise the education of these children, and assure them the training for careers to which they show most aptitude. To this end, we are asked to assume a certain responsibility for individual children. Ten cents a day for two years, $74 in all, measures that responsibility in money; and those guaranteeing this sum are brought into relations with the children, learn their names and addresses, can have their photographs, and are informed as to their progress. Above all, we shall feel that we are helping France to build up the next generation as a worthy successor to this which is serving civilization and the very principle of freedom by its incalculable sacrifices. Those who are willing to undertake the “adoption” of one or more children on this basis will please communicate direct with me. I hope that our parish societies may also take each one or two orphans. So far, thirty have been “adopted.” Vive la France!

World War I poster advertising help for French war orphans
1778-1783. America owes France the most unalterable gratitude
1917: French Comrade your children shall be as our children.

1918 poster by Lucien Jonas (1880–1947). University of North Texas digital collection

July 15-21, 2019

Monday, July 15

Tuesday, July 16
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 17
William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania
10:00 am: Bible Study
5:00 pm: Beacon Hill Civic Association
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, July 18
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry

Friday, July 19
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, July 20
9:00 am: Softball Game
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, July 21
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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