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.

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

The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the 30th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Dr. Katharine C. Black at St. Michael’s Church, Marblehead, on May 11, 1989, which was celebrated by a successful bell peal rung here.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Robb Scholten and Nola Sheffer host this morning. Next Sunday Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar host. New coffee hour hosts are always needed, and many slots are available for the fall. Please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are DJ Hatfield, Frederick Ou, and Philip & Anh Sawyer. 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 Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).

Today’s Entr’acte is part two of a look at the parables found in Mark’s Gospel, led by Rick Stone. Next Sunday, Property Committee chairs Tom & Carolyn McDermott will present an update on the renovation of the rectory. Finance Committee chair Thatcher Gearhart will discuss the financial aspects of the project and Junior Warden Paul Roberts will be available for questions on behalf of the Wardens and the Vestry.

Compline will by sung by members of The Advent Choir at 8:00 pm this evening. Included will be chant and motets by Blitheman, Darke, Guerrero and Scheidt.


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES continue this Wednesday following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. This week’s topic is “The Sacraments.”

These classes are not limited to those seeking Confirmation. They are intended for those who have been confirmed in other communions and wish to be “received” into this Communion, and for those who would simply like to review some basic knowledge and information about The Episcopal Church. The Confirmation will be held Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul.


Next Sunday, May 19, at 4:30 pm, organist Jonathan Vaughn of Christ Church Greenwich will offer a half-hour organ recital. A brilliant performer, Jonny was the Associate Organist of Wells Cathedral for nearly a decade before coming to the States. He will play the Hollins: Concert Overture no 2 in C minor, Howells: Rhapsody no 1 in D flat and the rarely-performed Whitlock: Fantasie Chorale no 2 in F sharp minor.

A service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction will follow at 5:00 pm, sung by The Advent Choir. Music featured will be the Leighton: Second Evening Service and motets by Palestrina and Parry. Following the one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6:00 pm during which our own Eric Fialho will give a brief talk entitled “The Anglicanism of M. R. James—A Gently Revealed Suspicion.”

Montague Rhodes James was an early twentieth-century English author and medievalist scholar. He was provost of King’s College Cambridge as well as Eton College; he was also sometime Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. M. R. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors, and using more realistic, contemporary settings. However, James’s protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the “antiquarian ghost story.” Eric Fialho will focus on how James, the son of an evangelical Anglican clergyman and a devout Anglican himself, wrote his ghost stories as a way to showcase his curiosity of the dark side of nature and of the supernatural — something not always entirely celebrated, nor even recognized, in the Anglicanism of his day.

Ordination of Eric Fialho: We are pleased to announce that our Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul. All are most welcome to attend. Eric has accepted a call to serve as Curate at St. Paul’s Church in Riverside, CT, and will be starting there in June. Eric has served The Church of the Advent as Seminarian and subsequently as Pastoral Assistant for the past three years.

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

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.


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are IMMEDIATE openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on the next two Sundays, May 19 and 26, as well as for Ascension Day, May 30 (with flowers to remain through Sunday, June 2). If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).

A Word from the Walk for Hunger Team:

As of Friday morning, we were still short of our $10K goal. We hope celebrate  if more parishioners help us in this final push. We have managed to provide Project Bread with donations over $10K most years. We would love to deliver on this after this year’s great walk. So please help us close out the $700 gap with a donation large or small! We are so grateful to everyone who supports our Community Dinners with their donations to the Walk for Hunger. Thank you,

All of Team Advent 2019 (The Briggs-Kiernan  Family, Rob Braman, Lorraine Henderson, Tyson Miller , Nola Sheffer, The Lewis Bowen’s + the Farnan-Murphy Family.)

Walk for Hunger team

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.

Transportation woes are not new to the Advent and her parishioners, as evidenced by these excerpts from the Rev’d William Van Allen’s Weekly Message:

church in the 1930s
The church in the 1930s

“Wednesday, June 12, at 10:30 A.M., there will be a hearing at the office of the Massachusetts Railroad Commission on the question of an elevated station at the corner of Charles and Cambridge Streets. This would be a great convenience for all who worship here, or who live in this quarter of the city, so long deprived of adequate street-car service. I hope many of you will make a point of being present and speaking in favor of the station.” (1912)

“Who will assist us by lending carriages or motor-cars to the clergy for parish calling?” (1914)

And from the Rev’d Julian Hamlin:

“The new Charles Street Station should be a great help to parishioners living in Cambridge and beyond.
Already many people have told us how much shorter it has made their trip to the Church. It goes a long way toward the solution of the transportation difficulties of many of our people.” (1932)

May 13-19, 2019

Monday, May 13

Tuesday, May 14
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, May 15
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
                  Adult Confirmation Class follows
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, May 16
Beacon Hill Garden Club Tour
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 17
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, May 18
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 19
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Evensong & Benediction

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