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.


See the Rectory. Following both the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses, Advent parishioners are invited to walk through the newly renovated Rectory. Please come to the front door, at 135 Mt. Vernon Street, and be prepared to remove your shoes upon entering.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen with Barbara Boles. 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 Stephanie Brown & Julius Krein, Meg Mill, and Philip Sawyer. 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 continues a study of  “In the Beginning…: A Catholic Understanding 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).

20s–30s of the Advent are invited to an information/listening session with the clergy in the Library following the 11:15 Mass.

Compline at the Advent: Join us at 8:00 pm in the nave 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.


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) in the Frisby Room 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. 
  • Wednesdays: Readings in John study immediately following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass, in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Light refreshments are served.
  • Thursdays: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 6:00 pm

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.


Evensong & Benediction. March 15, at 5 pm, the Advent Choir will sing for Evensong & Benediction, featuring Renaissance polyphony of Victoria, Palestrina and Blitheman. The 4:30 Organ Prelude Recital will be played by James Kealey of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Following the Evensong, our parishioner and friend Dr Brian Sirman will present a particularly interesting talk during the light supper which follows at 6:00 pm in Moseley Hall. The presentation is entitled: “Jesus Christ, Cornerstone: Faith, Worship, and Unity in Anglo-Catholic Architecture.” The Church of the Advent was built during a period of consequential and controversial changes in church architecture. Despite criticism from without as well as within, Anglo-Catholicism’s architects sought to use church buildings as outward tokens of essential spiritual and liturgical principles. At its core, this architecture was grounded in both the solemnity of worship and an understanding of Anglican union with the Church universal, both past and present. As we explore broader trends in Anglo-Catholic architecture during the mid to late 19th century, we’ll consider how these motivations find cogent and powerful expression at the corner of Brimmer and Mount Vernon Streets. Currently studying law at the College of William and Mary, Dr. Sirman taught at Boston University, where his scholarship focused on twentieth-century American politics, architecture, and urbanism. His book, Concrete Changes: Architecture, Politics, and the Design of Boston City Hall, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2018.


Another missing coat! Last Sunday, March 1, after the 11:15 Solemn Mass, one of our parishioners discovered his navy blue overcoat missing from the coatroom by Moseley Hall. A similar dark brown overcoat was left in the coatroom on the same day. Has someone taken the wrong overcoat? If you discover you have the wrong coat please contact the Parish Office at 617-523-2377.

A contribution has been made from the Rector’s Ministry Fund to St Bartholomew’s Church, Nashville (where Fr Sammy Wood is rector), for tornado relief in the area.

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.

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, March 1 — Attendance (all Masses): 242; Collection: $12,278


Thanks to those from whom we have recently received pledges. Thus far we have received 202 pledges, amounting to a total of $550,777. 71 have increased their pledges by an average of 17.5%, and there are 31 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have yet to hear from 38 parishioners who pledged a total of $48,475 last year.


“For the Whole State of Christ’s Church and the World”

The Rev. William Harman van Allen (rector, 1902-1929) regularly concluded his weekly message with detailed, dignified requests for intercession. A sampling of these provides a richly detailed picture of parish life in the early 20th century, and of his devotion to the people of the Church of the Advent, and beyond.

I ask your prayers for…several who are in affliction; for a sick child; for the perseverance of all new members of the congregation; for the return to her duty of a Christian girl who has lapsed into Eddyism.

I ask your prayers for a woman gravely ill; for a wayward young girl; for a college student, that he may be faithful; for our fellow-Christians of the Papal Obedience, that they may be led to reform the Latin Church from within, purging it of tyranny, superstition, and political activities; and for all who are in isolation or poverty.

Your prayers are asked for Fr. Tovey, SSJE, who is on the ocean, bound for England and India; for a couple to be married on Saturday; for several in doubt who are turning Church- ward; for all who are lonely; in thanksgiving for several recovering from illness; and for many vocations to the Priesthood.

I ask for your prayers in thanksgiving for a girl’s recovery from appendicitis; for a man ill in a foreign land; for a sick girl who has had two operations; that we all may have a repentant, pregressive [sic], and happy Lent…

I ask your prayers for the recovery from grave illness of one of our young girls and of a priest’s son; for the approaching missionary exhibition; for all who mourn, that they may be comforted; and for a blessing on our Lent.

I ask your prayers in thanksgiving for the preservation of several persons through surgical operations; or those who are seriously ill; that the Parish apportionment may be met in full, and that every member of the Parish may be enrolled as a supporter of the Church at home and abroad; for those who suffer from famine in China; and for industrial peace.

I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Florence C. Cottle, a communicant who fell asleep April 4; in thanksgiving for an answered prayer; for the preservation of E.B.G. on the high seas; and for a blessed Easter, on which all the faithful shall receive Holy Communion devoutly and worthily.


March 9-15, 2020

Monday, March 9
6:00 pm: Women’s Lenten Reading Group

Tuesday, March 10
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 11
9:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass followed by Lenten Bible Study
7:00 pm: Bellringers
7:00 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal

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

Friday, March 13
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 14

Sunday, March 15
The Third 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
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Evensong & Benediction, followed by supper & talk

Holy Week Schedule

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