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.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar host this morning. Next Sunday Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay 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 Karen Chaney, David Fisher, and Ignacio Gama. 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 a presentation about the renovation of the rectory now under way.  Property Committee chairs Tom & Carolyn McDermott will talk about the work being done. Finance Committee co-chair Thatcher Gearhart will discuss the financial aspects of the project and Junior Warden Paul Roberts will be available to answer questions on behalf of the Wardens and the Vestry.

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.” A master of the macabre, Montague Rhodes James was a medievalist and life-long academic famed for his ghost stories, which display the supernatural on the periphery. Join Eric as he unravels James’ style which always showcased his curiosity of the dark side of nature and of the supernatural— something not always entirely recognized in the Anglicanism of his day.


ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES continue this Wednesday in Moseley Hall with a light supper following the 6:00 pm Healing Mass. This week’s topic is “Prayer Life: Public and Private.”

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.


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 next Sunday, May 26 and Ascension Day, May 30 (Ascension Day flowers 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:

GOAL REACHED!!!  Many, many thanks to so many of our Advent parishioners that supported Team Advent and the Walk for Hunger this year. We made our goal this week and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Special thanks goes to those that
support this effort every year. We could not do this without you!

It has been particularly rewarding meeting so many of you at Coffee Hour and hearing your Walk for Hunger stories. From those who walked it for 20 years or more, to those who walked it when their families

were younger. Every story reminds me of how vital Project Bread is to helping those less fortunate in our community right here in Boston, and it has us inspired to take on the challenge again for next year, as so many of you have done before us !

Many thanks from the Briggs Kiernan Family and all of Team Advent 2019!

Walk for Hunger team

A message from Fr Welch:

As we prepare for the celebration of Advent 175, several parishioners have contributed to the Advent Archives through gifts of time, documents, and art. Look for displays featuring some of these items in the coming months.

  • Bob and Wilbur Kingston-Parrott: an original (circa 1926) watercolor by Robert Turner Walker, founder of the Order of St. Vincent
  • Tyson Miller: An order of service from Good Friday 1872
  • Barbara Moore (Mrs. Roger):The Oxford Movement: Twelve Years, 1833-1845 edited by R. W. Church
  • Adam Rutledge: printer’s block proofs from the Constitution of the Order of St. Vincent
  • Fr Allan Warren: an image of the church on Green Street
  • Ray Porter: vintage postcard; two color images of stained glass windows

In addition, Barbara Boles, Melissa Fox, Liz Hunter, and Frank Olney have brought their individual and considerable skills to the monumental task of inventorying, organizing, and otherwise bringing order to the archives. And finally, highest praise to David Russo, our Parish Archivist, and to Deacon Daphne B. Noyes, for their many hours of dusty work. They’ve come up with some real treasures. – Fr Welch

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.

From the Boston Globe, 6 April 1885:

At the Church of the Advent yesterday there was a very large attendance, filling the spacious building completely. The decorations were very beautiful and in fine taste. On the altar steps were two beautiful azaleas, in full bloom, at least eight feet high, while on the altar were a dozen vases filled with choice cut flowers. In front of the reredos were five tall vases of cut flowers and 200 to 300 pots of rare specimens of the floral world. The pulpit was very beautiful, being adorned with passion flowers and vines. The screen was decorated with Southern moss and laurel. The regular music was augmented by five stringed instruments. S. B. Whitney presided at the organ, and the soprano soloists were Masters Warren, Imling and Nichols.

Father Grafton was the preacher. He took for his text the words of our Lord when he met Mary at the tomb: “Touch me not, for I have not yet arisen.” The speaker then in very touching language showed that while Christ had not risen at the time He spoke with Mary He was risen today, and that all could draw near to Him and He would comfort and cheer them.

Undated Eastertide photograph of the high altar before 1891, when the reredos was installed.
This is the earliest image of the Brimmer Street church interior we have located thus far.

May 20-26, 2019

Monday, May 20

Tuesday, May 21
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, May 22
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
                  Adult Confirmation Class follows
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, May 23
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 24
Jackson Kemper
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, May 25
Bede the Venerable
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 26
The Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogation Sunday)
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

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