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.

Child care is offered during the 9 am and 11:15 am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

Welcome Cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we can keep in touch.

All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are invited to the Altar to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you wish to receive a blessing, come to the Altar and cross your arms over your chest.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Tom & Carolyn McDermott and Ray Porter host this morning!  Next week’s hosts are Carolyn Shadid, Jason Lewis, and Melissa & Eric Baldwin.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, bbolesster@gmail.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Philip Clark, Nick Dials, and Dustin Henderson host today.  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 Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com). 

Today the Mass begins with the Great Litany sung in Procession. The Litany, which is the grandfather, so to speak, of all intercessory prayers, is quite an ancient form, dating as far back as the fourth century. It is also much loved in the Anglican Church, and perhaps this is because it was the first act of public worship composed and translated into English by Thomas Cranmer for the Church of England.

Singing a litany in procession is an action as ancient as the litanic form itself. Since litanies were often prayed for a specific purpose, the congregation would process from the church to the place where that purpose manifested itself. For example, if the intention was for God’s blessing upon the harvest, the procession would move from the church to the fields and back again. In this way movement became associated with this particular form of prayer, and at present when the Litany is prayed it is usually done in procession. Since the Litany is itself an intercession, the Prayers of the People are omitted.

If you find the incense this morning disagreeable, don’t be too distressed. It’s supposed to be that way. In Lent we use Myrrh at Mass. Myrrh, you will remember, was one of the mystic gifts presented by the Magi to the infant Jesus. It is sharp and acrid and its “bitter perfume” evokes tears and signifies death. Indeed, in the Middle East, where it is called “the incense of tears,” it is often used at funerals to mask the odor of decomposition. In Lent we are directed to meditate upon the passion, suffering, and death which Jesus endured for us. Myrrh is an olfactory stimulus to focus our attention towards that end.

Compline at the Advent — Tonight at 8:00 pm. Sung by members of The Advent Choir, the service will include chant and music of Wood and Sheppard. Compline takes place the second Sunday of each month.

A Note from Fr. Welch:

Two changes you may have noticed on recent Sundays, both of them suggested by me. One has to do with what might be called liturgical choreography. Because of a knee injury I can no longer accomplish a full genuflection. I can go down but I can’t get back up! So when I am the celebrant at mass, the Sacred Ministers have been doing a Solemn Bow, which is an ancient, perhaps the most ancient, expression of reverence. At other times a full genuflection remains the norm.

The other change I’ve made is incorporating the lectionary texts in the Sunday bulletin. There are two reasons for this. The first is that some people take things in more easily by hearing, some by reading. The other is that I want newcomers and visitors to have access to the written texts of the scripture lessons, both so they can reference them while listening to the sermon and also so they can take them home and think and pray about them.


LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy. 
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library

Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at efialho@eds.edu.


Next Sunday, March 17, at 4:30 pm, organist Nathan Skinner of the Park Street Church will offer a half-hour organ recital. A service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction will follow at 5:00 pm, featuring the Tallis Latin Evening Service with motets by Purcell and Byrd. Following the one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6:00 pm during which our own Dr Philip Pfatteicher will discuss St Patrick through the marvelous and colorful hymn, “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” which will be sung at Evensong. Dr Pfatteicher taught at East Stroudsburg University and Duquesne University, both in Pennsylvania. A frequent lecturer on liturgical topics, Dr Pfatteicher is also a widely respected author with more than a dozen books in print.

Parish Work Day Saturday, March 23, 9:30 am–1:00 pm

Ora et labora: Join your fellow parishioners in a session of cleaning and tidying as we get our beloved building ready for Easter. No special skill is required; cleaning supplies and lunch are provided. Wear comfortable work clothes. Please let Deacon Daphne know if you are coming so we can plan accordingly!

Save the Date: Lenten Quiet Day Saturday, April 6, 9:30 am-3 pm

Attending a Lenten Quiet Day can lead to a sense of calm and feeling of centeredness. The Rev’d Canon Willam Parnell, Canon to the Ordinary, will offer seasonal reflections interspersed with time for prayer and quiet contemplation. Lunch will be provided; a $10 donation is requested. Please register by March 27. Questions? See Deacon Noyes.

Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. It is expected that all adult members of this Church, after appropriate instruction, will have made a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and will have been confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church or by a Bishop of a Church in full communion with this Church. In keeping with the National Canons of The Episcopal Church, we are offering Confirmation Classes beginning after Easter. Classes have been scheduled for any adults (16 years and older) who are desirous of Confirmation or Reception into The Episcopal Church. The classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.

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

By the end of the week, I was sad to be leaving all the new friends I had made at the Conference. I couldn’t believe that the week had gone by so fast. I had learned so many new things at the Conference that I knew would be valuable life lessons, but most of all I had learned to never judge something without knowing what it is like. This is what Harriet Lewis-Bowen told us about her time spent last summer at Saint Michael’s Conference. 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.


BOOKS: There are two bookcases of books in the southeast corner of the Library that were part of the Parish library, now long out of service. They are mostly books on theology and history of the Oxford Movement that are somewhat dated. Many of them are in fair to poor condition. You are welcome to inspect these books and take home ones that interest you. We do not need them back. We have retained books that were deemed to be of historic importance, but if you spot something you think we should keep, please bring it to the office.

Current sermon audio and selected texts are always available at:
It is possible to both listen to the preacher as well as print the text, as you wish!

Current music recordings from the Advent Choir are always available at:
Anthem and motet texts may also be found posted with these recordings on the Soundcloud platform.

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 or Entr’acte. 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.

“…There is probably no single parish in our whole country which has exerted a greater influence upon other parts of the church in raising the standard of churchmanship; nor one which has shared or does now share more largely in the sympathies and affections of bishops, clergy and laity. For these reasons I am especially anxious that we shall be loyal and true, as well as to our own Diocese as to the church at large; that the American Book of Common Prayer shall be our standard; that all our services shall be conducted in accordance with the spirit of this standard, and the simplest-hearted churchman would understand its directions in the most distant Parish of the West; and thus that our influence may not be lost, and that our example may be everywhere felt, and everywhere respected and safely followed.” — “A Salutatory Sermon,” First Sunday in Advent, 1859. The Rev. James A. Bolles, DD, Rector, Church of the Advent, 1859-1870

Holy Week Service Schedule

Childcare will be available at all Holy Week services. Caregivers arrive by 6:15 pm and will be in nursery space adjacent to the parish office. Contact Meg Nelson at megwnelson@gmail.com with questions or concerns.

March 11-17, 2019

Monday, March 11

Tuesday, March 12
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 13
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Lenten Theology Study
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, March 14
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 15
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 16
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, March 17
The Second Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare
11:15 am: Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction

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