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 honour of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, and in loving memory of Michael Dawson.

The flowers in the crossing are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the 53rd wedding anniversary of Leonard and Suzann Buckle and the renewal of their vows.

We give praise and thanksgiving this morning for the Baptism of Elisabeth Lucille Rutledge. Lucy is the daughter of Adam and Lea Rutledge.  “We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim His resurrection, and share with us in His eternal priesthood.”

9:00 Coffee Hour: Will Joyner & Linda Jones join Megan & Mike Zadig to host this morning. Next Sunday Betsy Ridge Madsen joins Cassie & Jack Gurnon in hosting.  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, Maria Denslow, Gabriel Ellsworth, and Ginny McMackin. 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).

Join us this evening at 8pm for COMPLINE at the Advent.


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES concludes this Wednesday in Moseley Hall with a light supper following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. This week’s topic is “A Rule of Life.” Confirmations take place this Saturday, June 15, at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

This Thursday, June 13 at 2:00 pm in Moseley Hall, In Stile Moderno (Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano; Nathaniel Cox, cornetto and theorbo; and Ben Katz, harpsichord) presents “Un Concerto per Barberini,” as part of the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe. The concert will feature works by Girolamo Frescobaldi and Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, two virtuoso performers and composers who in the 1620s were in the employ of Cardinal Francesco Barberini in Rome. In addition to solo music for harpsichord and theorbo, this program features instrumental canzone, sacred motets, and secular monody. Admission is by suggested donation of $10 reduced / $20 regular. We hope to see you there!


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. We have openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sunday, June 16 and especially for Corpus Christi (June 20). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).

PICNIC! On 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.

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.

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.


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.

From the Advent Archives —

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

The church on Bowdoin Street was home to the Church of the Advent from 1863 to 1883.

The Parish Profile published on June 4, 2019, describes the length of parishioners’ commutes — ranging from 20 minutes to 90 minutes or more. While we cannot provide the amount of time parishioners spent getting to church in the late nineteenth century, it is clear from the available data that the Church of the Advent has long attracted people from near and far, as shown by their places of residence recorded in the  Communicants Roll, 1879:

Auburndale Everett
Belmont Jamaica Plain
Boston including South Boston, East Boston Revere
Brookline Roxbury
Cambridge including Cambridgeport Rutland
Charlestown Somerville including West Somerville
Chelsea Watertown
Canton Wellesley including Wellesley Hills
Dorchester including Fields Corner Winthrop

In addition to demographic information, also included are editorial notes, such as “drinks – suspended,” “Popish recusant,” and “left for Yokohama Japan 1880.”)

Also notable are the number of people who listed hospitals, hotels, institutional homes, and schools as their home:

Cambridge Theological School Hotel Falmouth
City Hospital Hotel Lafayette
Coolidge House Hotel Pembroke
Fort Independence McLean Asylum
Good Samaritan House Mission House (SSJE)
Massachusetts General Hospital New Haven Hospital
Home for Colored Women Parker House
Hotel Anderson St. John’s School
Hotel Berkeley St. Luke’s Home
Hotel Comfort St. Margaret’s School

June 10-16, 2019

Monday, June 10
Ephrem of Edessa
4:00 pm: River House Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 11
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, June 12
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:30 pm:  Adult Confirmation Class 
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, June 13
2:00 pm: In Stile Moderno Concert
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, June 14
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, June 15
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:30 am: Confirmation (at the Cathedral)

Sunday, June 16
Trinity Sunday
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass & Te Deum

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