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 David Eugene McClure.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Melissa Fox and Barbara Boles host. Next Sunday’s hosts 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 Betsy James, Olivia James, and Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues. 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).

We welcome the Reverend Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff back to our parish and into our pulpit this morning. Father Macdonald-Radcliff will be with us through the months of July and August, assisting with all the preaching, sacramental, and pastoral areas of our parish life. He is Director General of the World Dialogue Council, which promotes better relations between the many worlds of Islam and the West. He was formerly Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral in Cairo where he has also served as advisor to the Anglican Bishop of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa–the Most Rev’d Dr. Mounir Anis, who is currently Primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Father Macdonald-Radcliff is a long-time friend of our parish and we are delighted to have him with us once again. Please welcome him at the coffee hours following the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses.

This morning, the Advent Choir begins their well-earned summer break. A soloist from the choir will sing at the 11:15 mass for the Sundays of July. Beginning on the first Sunday in August, our smaller Summer Choir will sing for the 11:15 Mass, offering motets and mass settings, until Sunday September 22, when the full choirs return at both masses.

Our repertoire list may always be found here: https://www.theadventboston.org/1115-music-schedule/

Many, many thanks to our nine o’clock Parish Choir for their choral work this year. Their contribution to our worship is immeasurable. They have begun their summer break, but please express your thanks to choir members personally when you spy them in the pews or at coffee hour!


“Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” The Advent Swingers, our softball team, is well into the season and is doing a great job during this “building year.” If you want to attend the next game and cheer on The Swingers please come to the Boston Common field this Saturday, July 13 at 11 am. The Swingers will be taking on Citylife Church.


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

Born in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, in 1869, Ann Maria Mitchell graduated from Wellesley College in 1890. She wrote articles on such varied topics as “A Novel Garden Party” (Good Housekeeping, 1896), “Old Days and New in Northfield” (New England Magazine, 1897), and “The White Blackberry” (Rhodora, 1899).

Her article, “The Advent Parish, Boston — Pioneer of the Catholic Revival” (a portion of which appears in Sunday’s leaflets), was published in The Living Church in December 1935, by which time she was serving as parish historian. The Advent Archives have typescripts of her notes on Charles Chapman Grafton; Martha Sever, the Civil War nurse whose bequest made possible the South Porch (Mt. Vernon Street entrance); and an unfinished work, “Annals of the Advent Parish, Boston.”

By the 1930s, she was living at Morville House, 273 Clarendon Street, a “home for aged women” owned by the Diocese of Massachusetts. She died in April 1942; the Rev. Whitney Hale presided at her funeral.

July 8-14, 2019

Monday, July 8

Tuesday, July 9
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 10
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, July 11
Benedict of Nursia

Friday, July 12
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, July 13
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:30 am: Search Committee

Sunday, July 14
The Fifth 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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