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 Lois Sharpless Pfatteicher.

The flowers at the screen and elsewhere in the church are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the wedding of Kelsey McDermott & Zachary Kinsella.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson join with Betsy Ridge Madsen in hosting today. Next Sunday, Melissa Fox and Barbara Boles 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.

v  11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Mike & Janell Sauer, with additional anonymous support. 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).


TOMORROW is the registration deadline for SAINT MICHAEL’S CONFERENCE. This week-long educational conference for high school and college students is held in West Hartford, CT from July 28 to August 3. Please see Fr James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending or need more info.

TOMORROW, 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.


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.

In his Weekly Message of late June 1911, the Rev. William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902–1929 and seen below ca. 1913) included this cautionary note:

Once again, a word of warning about neglecting religious duties during the summer. All the Commandments of God, the Fourth included, hold all through the year; and we are as much bound in August as in Lent to be in the Lord’s House, at the Lord’s Service on the Lord’s Day. Do not choose for your vacation a place where there is no church, nor say, with the little girl, “Good-bye, God, we’re going into the country”! But in hot weather you are free to come to an early service, if you prefer, and then go into the country or down to the beach later, so long as you remember that Sunday is to be hallowed, wherever you are. Remember, too, to keep up your church pledges, even though out of town: the expenses of the Parish go on always. And, whether at home or traveling, pray daily for the blessed Advent, for its clergy, and for all your brethren of the Household of Faith, that we may walk worthy of our vocation and be kept from all things that may hurt us.

Father van Allen, circa 1913

Also – there is a new exhibit in the foyer display case focusing on our musical heritage. Stop by and take a look!

July 1-7, 2019

Monday, July 1
6:00 pm: Evensong & Solemn Procession

Tuesday, July 2
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 3
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, July 4
Church Office closed for Independence Day

Friday, July 5
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, July 6
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, July 7
The Fourth 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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