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.

A Note about Cold, Flu, and Virus Season

  • Please use the hand sanitizer available at the doors to the church.
  • You may wish to replace handshakes with a bow of greeting at the Peace and other times.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from receiving from the Chalice.
  • If you are feeling really unwell, please give yourself the gift of rest at home.
  • If you are immuno-compromised, or otherwise susceptible to viruses, you might consider not receiving from the Chalice, neither by intinction or by drinking therefrom. Please receive only the Host, into your hand.

It is perfectly acceptable to receive Holy Communion in one kind only. Holy Tradition teaches concomitance, the belief that the whole Christ is present in each Sacred Species. That is to say both the Body and Blood of Christ are present in the Host, and likewise both the Body and Blood in the Chalice. The Prayer Book affirms this tradition: if a person “cannot receive either the consecrated Bread or the Wine, it is suitable to administer the Sacrament in one kind only” (BCP, p. 457).


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Matt McNeff & David Russo with John Boyd. 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.

1:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Janell & Michael Saur with Robb Scholten. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.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).

Name Tags. If you have a nametag, please wear it at coffee hour. This helps us know each other better – and helps Fr. Anderson learn all our names. If you are a pledging member of the Advent, and do not have a nametag, please contact the church office.

Entr’acte. Robin Landrith begins a study of  “In the Beginning…: A Catholic Under-standing of the Story of Creation and the Fall.” This series of homilies was delivered by Pope Benedict XVI, then Joseph Ratzinger, during the Lenten season of 1981, and Lent remains a fitting time to renew reflections on the first principles of our world. Benedict’s homilies focus on Israel’s experience of God as Creator in the unfolding testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures, together with the ethical implications of belief in creation as recounted by the Bible as a whole—that is, in light of the fulfillment of creation revealed in Christ. Entr’acte follows the 9:00 am Mass in the Hunnewell Room (Library).

The Parish Lenten Guide for 2020, A Lenten Journey, is available at the back of the church, on the parish website, and in Moseley Hall at coffee hour. This booklet allows all of us to keep a Lenten discipline, together with weekly Scripture readings, acts of self-discipline, and meditations we can all take on as a community.


Lenten reminders:

  • Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am.
  • Wednesday Morning Bible Study moves forward one hour, to 9:00 am.
  • A women’s reading group meets Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (through March 30) to read and discuss the book A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, and to get to know one another better theough sharing. Women of all ages are very warmly invited to join; please contact Agnes Coakley Cox (coakley@gmail.com) for more information. The first meeting, on March 2, will take place in the Frisby Room.
  • Wednesdays: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass, in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Light refreshments will be served.
  • Thursdays: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 6:00 pm

Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 8. Remember to set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR.


See the Rectory. Next Sunday, March 8, following both the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses, Advent parishioners are invited to walk through the newly renovated Rectory.

20s–30s of the Advent are invited to an information/listening session with the clergy on Sunday, March 8 in the Library following the 11:15 Mass. Please mark your calendars, and help to get the word out to those who might be interested.

Compline at the Advent: Join us next Sunday, March 8, for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline, the service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.


An introductory course in Biblical Greek will be offered at 6:45 pm on Thursdays at 43 South Russell Street. Corey Rouse will lead a 1.5 hour course using Clayton Croy’s Primer of Biblical Greek. Registration not required! Email carignanrouse@gmail.com for more information.

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

First Holy Communion Class for students in the 2nd to 4th grades will be offered on Sundays in Eastertide during the Christian education hour. If your child is interested in participating, please speak to Meg Nelson or Fr Jeff.

Reminder: Suspicious Messages. It seems that a number of Advent parishioners have received bogus email (and text) messages purporting to be from Father Anderson. Please note that his email is rector@theadventboston.org (preferred) or douglas.evan.anderson@gmail.com. If you receive a suspicious message, please double-check sender e-mail addresses for authenticity; disregard and delete messages from any other address. Remember also that Clergy and church leaders will never ask for emergency aid or donations. If you have doubts about authenticity, phone the requester to confirm. Find more information about phishing scams, including how to report them, at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing.

Report of Sunday, February 23 — Attendance (all Masses): 248; Collection: $28,485 
Ash Wednesday Attendance: 190


To the Parishioners of the Church of the Advent, Boston,

My Very Dear Friends:

This year, when the whole world echoes with the groans and lamentations of such anguish as has seldom been known before, I bid you undertake even more earnestly than your wont the fruitful labor of intercession.

Fr. van Allen, c. 1915

“. . . More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.”*

Men are ready enough to join in material benevolences; surely they are needed, in these days of wicked and wanton destruction, when Belgium, Poland, and Northern France are laid waste and people starve except for the bounty of others less afflicted. You have responded splendidly to appeals for them. But their cause is with the Most High, and our intercessions for those who suffer accomplish far more than our gifts, if they accompany the giving. All the other needs of mankind call to use for succour; and though we may be unable to help much in what are called “practical” ways by those who do not remember the power of prayer, we can intercede with the Giver of every good and perfect gift, confident that He will hear and answer. […]

Let us have then, a Lent of Intercession, with our self-denial turned into helpful channels. The Belgian flag flying above the alms-chest will remind you of those who are in greatest need and whose silent appeal for help is most eloquent; but we must remember the others who hunger and freeze and wander desolate. Give up altogether for the holy season such luxuries as you may perhaps lawfully use at other times, and turn over what you save to God’s Cause and God’s Poor. Find your way daily to the habitation of God’s House; and come at least once a week to the Table of the Lord.

Above all, love much: love God, love your friends, love your enemies; love God’s Church and all that pertains to her; love the Truth and Peace. And the very God of Peace be with you through the forty days and ever.

Your loving friend and Rector,

William Harman van Allen,
Ash Wednesday, 1915

*Alfred, Lord Tennyson — King Arthur to Sir Bedivere, in “The Passing of Arthur” from Idylls of the King.


March 2-8, 2020

Monday, March 2
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts
6:00 pm: Women’s Lenten Reading Group

Tuesday, March 3
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 4
9:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass followed by Lenten Bible Study

Thursday, March 5
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 6
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 7

Sunday, March 8
The Second Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte/Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

Holy Week Schedule

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