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.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Carolyn Shadid, Jason Lewis, and Melissa & Eric Baldwin host today. Next week’s hosts are Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay. 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. DJ Hatfield and Steve Kies & Jonathan Maldonaldo 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). 

Entr’acte (following the 9 am Mass, in the library): Starting today and running through April 7, Fr. Hanson and parishioner John Ferrillo will present a four-week study of Fleming Rutledge’s magisterial work The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. Our discussions will focus on not just why our Lord had to die but why he had to die in the way he did. Mrs. Rutledge’s work is a careful and sensitive study of this question that lies at the heart of our faith. With scholarly rigor and pastoral concern she explicates the various controversial issues surrounding the crucifixion, arguing powerfully that the crucifixion of Christ is the central act in the drama of salvation undertaken by the undivided Holy Trinity that atones for sin, sets right the injustice of the world, and secures the final eschatological victory of God over all. This topic is particularly appropriate for Lent, as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday, the meaning of which is bound to become much clearer and more deeply felt as a result of a study of Mrs. Rutledge’s book.

Today 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 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 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.


Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent:

We would like to thank all members of the Parish who participated in the Search Committee’s forums last month. Along with the questionnaire, these forums provided a critical opportunity to continue our conversation as we search for our next Rector. As this process moves forward over the coming months, we would like to remind everyone of our responsibility to each other as a Parish family to continue in the same mode that marked the discussions in the forums: respectful of the views and the good faith of our fellow Parishioners, and mindful that our task is first and foremost one of discernment of that particular priest who will be the Rector of our particular Parish. 

The questionnaire and the forums also provided valuable insight to the Search Committee in its work, including preparation of the Parish profile and design of the application contents and procedures. The Vestry has now reviewed and approved a draft of the Parish profile. The next step is for our regional canon, the Rt. Rev’d Carol Gallagher, and for Bishop Gates himself to review and comment on the profile. Once their comments are received and addressed, we will then have a final version of the profile to post as part of the materials used to solicit applications. The process with the diocese could take another month or so. That is the point at which the Profile will be final and public. We know that everyone is eager to see the final Profile, and appreciate your continued patience. Don’t worry: it’s coming soon! In the interim, the Search Committee is working on the design of the application packet and its process for reviewing submissions.

In the coming weeks the Vestry will also consider a proposal for renovation of the Rectory. This work is long overdue. The building has not received serious attention for several generations now. This will be a significant cost for the Parish, but one that is necessary and important. We will provide further details once the Vestry has had an opportunity to deliberate on the proper path. Many thanks to Tom and Carolyn McDermott and the property committee for the many hours of work they have put into developing the plans and proposals the Vestry will consider.

We remain enormously grateful to Father Welch for his presence among us and his pastoral leadership in our transition. His service as our Interim is a great blessing to the Advent. Thanks also to the Parish clergy and staff for their continued hard work. Please take the opportunity to thank and support each and every one of them whenever you can: they deserve it.

In addition to our corporate and private devotions for Lent, please do make time for the Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday April 6, to be led by the Rev’d Canon Bill Parnell, Canon to the Ordinary. And also remember that our fourteenth rector, the Rev’d Andrew C. Mead, will preach from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. May our Lenten fasting and preparation bring us to a joyous Easter feast. 

Faithfully your brothers in Christ,
Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts,


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.

On Thursdays during Lent, at 6 pm, the devotions of The Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in the church. The Stations of the Cross is a series of meditations on the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Death of Jesus leading to His burial in the tomb. Many Christians through the ages have found The Stations an aid in focussing their Lenten prayers. Some take on this form of devotion as a part of their Lenten disciplines. At Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, we meditate on Our Lord’s Risen Presence with us in the Blessed Sacrament, which flows from his atoning and sacrificial death. He had to die in order that we might live with and in Him. That is a truth we think and pray about during the holy season. Stations and Benediction are helpful means to that end. Consider making it a part of your week.

Parish Work Day this Saturday, March 23. Discover “the joy of tidying up” with your fellow parishioners as we prepare our beautiful church for the Easter festivities to come. Attend the morning Mass if you like, then dust, organize, arrange, wipe down, and pick up. We’ll provide lunch and cleaning supplies; wear comfortable work clothes. Please let Deacon Noyes know that you’re coming so we can plan accordingly.

Remember to sign up for the Lenten Quiet Day, April 6. The Rev’d Canon William Parnell, Canon to the Ordinary, will offer seasonal reflections interspersed with time for prayer and contemplation in silence. A light lunch will be served. Please see Deacon Noyes by March 27 to reserve your space; a donation of $10 is suggested. Or register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lenten-quiet-day-tickets-58574234111


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.

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.

In 1911, the parish published “Parish of the Advent — Gifts and Memorials”, a slim booklet available for 25 cents. From the Preface: “The ground [for the Brimmer Street church] was broken March 21, 1878, sufficient money being in hand for driving the piles for the whole contemplated structure and for building the chancel…[which was] completed and walled off temporarily so that it could be used as a chapel until the completion of the rest of the church. The first service held therein was on Easter morning, 1879.”

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 18-25, 2019

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19
St Joseph
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 20
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Lenten Theology Study
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, March 21
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 22
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 23
9:30 am: Parish Work Day
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am: Search Committee

Sunday, March 24
The Third Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass

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