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.

The flowers at the High Altar and in the crossing are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of John Kocyk (brother and best friend of Freddie Zartarian).

9:00 Coffee Hour: Maggie Dunbar and Angie Corbet host this morning!  Next week Heather & John Sears, and Tom & Carolyn McDermott host.  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. Ellie Dixon, Corey Rouse, and Philip & Anh Sawyer host this morning. 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).  

Introducing ADVENT 175

December 1, 2019, marks the 175th anniversary of the Church of the Advent, an occasion that will be observed by various celebratory events over the coming months. Today at Entr’acte, Thatcher Gearhart and Maria Denslow, co-chairs of the Advent 175 Committee, will introduce Advent 175 and give an overview of some of the plans for the celebration. Archivist David Russo and Deacon Daphne B. Noyes will present and discuss two special objects with longtime connections to the Advent. Also, starting today, be on the lookout for amusing anecdotes, startling stories, and fun facts drawn from the parish’s copious files. These will appear in the bulletin and the weekly e-newsletter.

The anniversary itself – just 275 days away as you read this – will feature an Episcopal Visitation from our diocesan bishop, The Right Rev’d Alan M. Gates. And don’t forget Lessons and Carols that evening!


LUNDI GRAS: Monday, March 4th at 6:00 pm. The season of Lent is fast approaching, but before this time of fasting, we set aside time to celebrate and indulge! This typically takes place on Mardi Gras; however, our Community Dinner takes place on Tuesday, so here at the Advent, we celebrate Lundi Gras! Please join us for a potluck dinner and bring your favorite entree or dessert to share. This is a wonderful opportunity for people from all three services to come together for fellowship and celebration. Sign-Up sheets will be available during Coffee Hour following the 9:00 and 11:15 services, as well as on the bulletin board by the elevator. If you have any questions, please contact Betsy James, ejames4@nc.rr.com.


This Wednesday, we begin the solemn season of Lent. The Church has given us these forty days to prepare for the holiest times of Holy Week and Easter. We are to spend these days preparing our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies by prayer, worship, and really living through the central events of our Christian Faith. We will relive and re-enter these events from the time Our Lord entered Jerusalem, gave us the commandment on how to love one another, instituted the Eucharist, gave himself over to suffering and death on the Cross, and gloriously rose three days later.

To be truly prepared for this holy time we need to read, study, fast, pray, repent, and take on works of mercy. Traditionally, Christians have taken on disciplines that aid them in focusing their prayer, intensifying their devotion, and enlightening their minds and hearts through reading Holy Scripture and other Christian writings. Acts of self-denial can be designed for each of us and if you would like assistance in preparing Lenten disciplines for yourself, you should contact one of the clergy.

For the past few years here at the Advent, we have been given the opportunity to keep a holy Lent as a community. You should have received A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Advent 2019 as you entered. This Lenten program will allow us to keep a holy Lent together. Many have found it helpful to know that fellow parishioners are keeping Lent with them and this allows us to support one another as we walk through these forty days. A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Advent 2019 is also available to pick up at the tables near the Mt. Vernon Street door or the main doors.

Please note that this corporate discipline does not replace the public devotions that will be prayed here during Lent. Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are prayed on Thursdays at 6:00 pm, beginning Thursday, March 14th.

Ash Wednesday Masses are at 7:30 am, 12:15 pm, and 6:30 pm. The Imposition of Ashes and Communion are available at each Mass.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated next Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 pm for Blenda Jeffry. Mrs. Jeffry was a stalwart leader — active member of many guilds and committees in the parish — and made a faithful witness of following her Lord and Savior.
May she rest in peace. Amen.

The interment will immediately follow the Mass in our Memorial Garden. The usual 9:00 am Mass will not be celebrated that day.


Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 10.
Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

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.

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.

From the Advent Archives

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

The original address for the Advent’s web site was http://www.chebucto.ne.ca/~ai072. From the 1997 Annual Report: “Initially set up on a volunteer basis, the site became official after being given the formal blessing of the Vestry in 1996. Access to the site has steadily increased. At the beginning of 1997, about 400 accesses per month were recorded to the main page, the months of November and December 1997 saw 624 and 629 access respectively.” In 2018, the site averaged 9,000 views per month.


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.

March 4-11, 2019

Monday, March 4
6:00 pm: Lundi Gras

Tuesday, March 5
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 6
Ash Wednesday
7:30 am: Low Mass & Imposition of Ashes
10:00 am: Bible Study
12:15 pm: Low Mass & Imposition of Ashes
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass & Imposition of Ashes

Thursday, March 7
(Perpetua & her Companions)

Friday, March 8
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 9
(Gregory of Nyssa)
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
2:00 pm: Funeral Mass for Blenda Jeffry

Sunday, March 10
The First Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Litany in Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare
11:15 am: Litany in Procession & Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

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