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.

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


No Entr’acte or Church School until after Easter.

Coffee Hours are suspended until after Easter.

No Advent Tours today. Building tours with verger Ray Porter, usually offered on the third Sunday of each month, have been cancelled for March. We hope to have them resume in April. 

The Evensong & Benediction scheduled for this evening has been cancelled.

The Advent’s full COVID-19 response, including any updates to the service schedule, has been added to the parish website and will be posted on our Facebook page as well. Please check these regularly, as the situation is constantly changing.


Lenten reminders:

  • Morning Prayer will be said at 8:00 am.
  • The women’s reading group that has been meeting on Mondays is transitioning to a virtual meeting; please contact Agnes Coakley Cox (agnes.coakley@gmail.com) for information on participating.
  • Wednesdays: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass, in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Light refreshments are served.


Can you help the parish Flower Guild? Preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without reinforcements from outside the guild. Please join us if you can on either or both of the following days:

  • Maundy Thursday, April 9, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Holy Saturday, April 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm — please try to arrive by 11:00 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful.

No flower arranging skills are required — if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, use a broom, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you like flowers but have never made an arrangement, this is a great chance to learn some basic techniques. Help is especially needed on Saturday, April 11.

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.

Report of Sunday, March 8 — Attendance (all Masses): 219; Collection: $4296


Bishop William Stevens Parry (18321898) wrote The History of the American Episcopal Church, 15871883, published in 1885 by J. R. Osgood in Boston. Volume II of this magnum opus includes a monograph by the Rev. Phillips Brooks (18351893), then rector of Trinity Church, entitled “A Century of Church Growth in Boston.” Speaking of the founding of the Church of the Advent, Brooks writes,

“This great movement — this Catholic revival, as its earnest disciples love to call it — was most natural. It was the protest and self-assertion of a partly neglected side of religious life; it was a re-action against some of the dominant forms of religious thought which had become narrow and exclusive; it was the effort of the Church to complete the whole sphere of her life; it was the expression of certain perpetual and ineradicable tendencies of the human soul.”

Brooks is quoted at length in King’s Handbook of Notable Episcopal Churches in the United States, by the Rev. George Wolfe Shinn (18391910), rector of Grace Church, Newton, published by Moses King Corporation, Boston, 1889. Shinn notes that with 600 communicants, the Church “has a congregation that tests its seating capacity.” He describes its design in great detail:

“The Church edifice is built of brick, with brown-stone trimmings. It is not yet entirely completed; but when the tower and other additions are made, it will be one of the most beautiful structures in the country…Upon entering the building, two things attract the attention of the visitor: the first is the great height of the nave, some ninety feet, and the great size of the chancel. The latter is thirty feet wide and forty-eight feet deep, divided into choir and sanctuary, and is separated from the nave by a rood-screen of gilded iron-work. All the interior walls are of brick, with occasional spaces of brown-stone, some of which are elaborately carved, while others await their final decoration. Their [sic] are some good specimens of stained glass already in position, but other windows will be filled later on with bright colors. The use of brick-work for the interior shows what wonderful solidity and beauty are possible by the judicious use of a material not yet well appreciated in this country.”


March 16-22, 2020

Monday, March 16

Tuesday, March 17
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 18
6:00 pm: Healing Mass followed by Lenten Bible Study
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, March 19
Saint Joseph

Friday, March 20
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 21

Sunday, March 22
The Fourth Sunday in Lent (“Laetare”)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

Holy Week Schedule

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