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.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are John Boyd and Matt McNeff & David Russo. 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 Meg & Brent Nelson, Frank Olney, and Robb Scholten. 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).

Also at the 11:15 Coffee Hour, we have the opportunity to bid farewell to Brian Sirman and in absentia, Thiago Rego, who has already left for a new position. Brian will begin three years of law school at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. We will miss him and Thiago but are praying that they will return often. They have been a special part of our parish family and we will miss their friendship and their dedication and devotion to The Advent.

Saint Michael’s Conference begins this afternoon; Harriet Lewis-Bowen, Penelope Pulsone, and Emily Zadig from our parish will be attending. The mission of this week-long educational conference for high school and college students from across the United States is to strengthen and deepen the lives of young people through the grace given by Jesus Christ and His Church. They form a community where worship, fellowship, teaching, and prayer build up their spiritual resources to win the fight against anything the world has to offer. Please pray for the Conference, for our young people attending the Conference, and for Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, and Father James, all serving on the Conference Staff. To learn more, visit saintmichaelsconference.com.


Over the weekend of 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, including a special 9:00 coffee hour on Sunday and participation of the ringers during Mass. Some events are still being finalized, but we expect more details next week.

Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School and Advent Choirs return from summer recess

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Entr’acte and Evensong & Benediction resume

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information will, of course, be forthcoming. Stay tuned. 


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

August 21, 1902: The successful ringers. Miss Margaret Nichols, front; her father, Dr. Arthur H. Nichols, right rear. From Lively Days: Some Memories of Margaret Homer Shurcliff.

“Bell ringing is the poetry of steeples,” said Ben Jonson. The poetry that emanates from the Advent’s steeple on Sundays and for funerals (for the traditional Tolling of the Tailors) and festivities (such as the Fourth of July) dates to 1900, when Robert Codman (1823–1901) gave a ring of eight bells in memory of his wife, Catherine Hurd Codman (1829–1892). Gifts from Dr. Arthur Nichols and others secured the hanging apparatus.

Dr. Nichols taught his intrepid daughter, Margaret, to ring, and on a visit to the Whitechapel Foundry she witnessed the casting of the bells for the Church of the Advent. Margaret— now Mrs. Shurcliff—was one of the ringers at the installation and blessing of the bells in 1900.

Practice had been only with the clappers tied, because bells should not sound until after the blessing. The original sounds that day, therefore, were a clash of “sweet bells jangling,” for the ringers had never heard the voice of their own bells. Parenthetically, Mrs. Shurcliff, while still Miss Nichols, in 1902, rang in four full peals in four days, the first citizen of the United States to ring a peal, the second woman to do so; and her first peal on handbells was the difficult Stedman Triples method.

July 29-August 4, 2019

Monday, July 29
Mary & Martha of Bethany

Tuesday, July 30
William Wilberforce
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 31
Joseph of Arimathaea
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, August 1

Friday, August 2
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 3
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, August 4
The Eighth 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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