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 in praise of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, and in loving memory of Vance Hosford.

We give praise and thanksgiving for the Baptism of Katherine Cherie Haynes. Katherine received the Sacrament of Baptism on June 5 and was made a child of God, a member of Christ’s Body, the Church, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of God.

We offer prayers of thanksgiving for those members of our parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation or were received into this Communion yesterday morning at our Cathedral Church of Saint Paul. Those being confirmed were: Melissa Baldwin, Quin Cousineau, Christopher Doty, Maggie Eggert, Katherine Haynes, Carolina Stafford-Jones, Kat Meyers, Penelope Montaldi-Pulsone, Matthew Murphy, Nick Westberg, and Emily Zadig. Those being received were: Mark Aparece, Daniel Orsen, Brian Sirman, and Ellen Swendrowski-Evett.

“Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom every family in heaven and earth is named, grant you to be strengthened with might by His Holy Spirit, that, Christ dwelling in your hearts by faith, you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Amen.”


9:00 Coffee Hour: Cassie & Jack Gurnon and Betsy Ridge Madsen host today. Next Sunday, Ray Porter joins Mary & Paul Roberts to host. 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 the Advent Choir. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).

Monthly Sunday Evensong and Benediction is on break until October. See below for info about a special Evensong opportunity on July 1.


The Corpus Christi Mass, with Procession-Around-the-Neighborhood and Benediction, is this Thursday, June 20. The music is by Monteverdi, Mawby and Isaac, and a brass quartet will play for the procession. Fr. Welch will preach. We hope to see you here!


PICNIC! Next Sunday, June 23, we will have a summertime picnic in the Garden following the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses. The Advent will provide hot dogs with all the trimmings and drinks of various kinds. We ask members of the Parish to bring hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts. Pray for good weather and feel free to dress appropriately.

On Monday, July 1, at 6 pm, the full Advent Choir will sing Evensong with a Solemn Procession in observance of the Feast of SS Peter and Paul. The Rt Rev’d Alan Gates, our Bishop, will preach. The choir will offer the Second Service of Kenneth Leighton, with Palestrina’s Tu es Petrus, and Quodcunque ligaveris by Byrd. Organ music will be by Franck and Dupré. This is a special observance for the national conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Those who attended the Evensong which we offered in the summer of 2014 for the American Guild of Organists’ national convention will remember the raise-the-roof hymn-singing; and this Evensong, jam-packed with musicians, promises to be equally thrilling. So do attend if you are able as you will truly hear Bishop Gates “preach to the choir” at this festal gathering of church musicians.

SAINT MICHAEL’S CONFERENCE: A Conference in the Anglican Tradition for Young Adults of All Christian Communions.

This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending. The registration deadline is July 1.


The Parish Profile is now available. To read it, please visit the website and click on the “Rector Search” tab at the top of the main page.

Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne or Nola Sheffer. You can find them between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email: nsheffer@newview.org.

A Note about the Parish Directory. Contact information for members and friends of the Advent is constantly changing, so copies of the latest version are available on request. If you would like one, just send a message to office@theadventboston.org and specify if you would like pick up a printed copy or prefer to have an electronic (pdf) version emailed to you.


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

The term Anglo-Catholic, commonly used to describe the Church of the Advent and popularly used to denote the “smells and bells” style of worship, is said to have come into use circa 1830-1840. However, in the Advent’s earliest histories, the phrase is not used. The Reverend William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902-1929) regularly and emphatically identified the church as American Catholic. The description below, or a variation of it, appeared frequently in various printed materials.

“May I say something to our friends, especially among the students, who are just commencing to know the Advent, about our ideals? This church is free; i.e., it is the House of God, open freely to all God’s children, not parcelled out into rented or owned pews set apart for persons specially favored. (This does not mean, of course, that worshippers are denied the opportunity of paying their debt to God through regular offerings at all services and in the poor-boxes. It is Catholic: it derives its Priesthood, the Sacraments they minister and the doctrines they preach, from the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, which our Lord founded upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets. But is it also American, and is subject to the American Episcopate, acknowledging no alien authority whatever in things spiritual. Its worship is according to Catholic tradition as received through the Church of England. No law of the Prayer-book is violated, and all laws of the Prayer-book are observed here. If you see anything unfamiliar, come to the clergy, who will gladly explain it to you.”

June 17-23, 2019

Monday, June 17

Tuesday, June 18
Bernard Mizeki
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, June 19
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, June 20
Corpus Christi
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass & Procession & Benediction

Friday, June 21
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, June 22

Sunday, June 23
The Second Sunday after Pentecost
Parish Picnic after the 9 & 11:15 Masses
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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