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.

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Melvin Lipscomb.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Barbara Boles and Lily Roberts host today. Next week’s hosts are Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar. 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.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Stephanie Brown, Julius Krein, and Frederick Ou. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).

Entr’acte this week: David Russo talks about John H. Sturgis, the architect of the Advent. We’re surrounded by his handiwork week after week. Learn about the man and his achievements.

Next week: Hal Langell and Melissa Fox have been coming to the Advent since….well, for a very long time, probably on the other side of a century if you combine their tenure. What’s changed? What’s the same? What historical tidbits and tales will be revealed? Will Joyner facilitates what is sure to be a fascinating conversation in this special Entr’acte session in Moseley Hall (note location) on November 17.

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


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.


Advent Tour: Next Sunday, November 17, our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a 10–15 minute tour of the church building following the 11:15 Mass. Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude and learn about our fascinating, complicated, historic building.

Next Sunday, November 17 at 5:00 pm, Evensong will be sung by The Advent Choir. It will be a particularly deluxe program, featuring motets by Parry, the B Minor Evening Service of Howells, and Benediction motets by Frenchmen Villette and Widor. The service lasts no more than one hour, and is followed by a light supper and libation in Moseley Hall to which all are invited.

Mark Dwyer will speak to us during supper about Music and the Anglo-Catholic Revival: “O Worship the Lord in the Holiness of Beauty.” Concurrent theological, artistic, architectural and musical movements came together during the mid-nineteenth century to produce an ongoing search for the ideal sacred music: that which is beautifully fitting, and fittingly beautiful. Not everyone had the same idea of what that might be. Come to Evensong and find out!

Stefan Griffin, our friend and neighbor from All Saints Brookline, will play a Prelude Organ Recital at 4:30 pm, featuring works of Buxtehude, Duruflé and Farrington. Mr Griffin holds a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, where his principal teachers were Drs Gerre and Judith Hancock. Mr Griffin also holds a degree in voice from Boston University and did additional vocal study at the Royal College of Music in London. When not working at All Saints, he can regularly be seen (and his fine baritone heard) deputizing in our choir stalls.

Advent 175: You’ve heard about it … you’ve read about it … and now it’s just around the corner, 20 days from Sunday! Here’s a quick look at celebratory events planned for the 175th anniversary of the Church of the Advent, Sunday, December 1:

  • 8 am: Mass in Lady Chapel (healing will be offered the following week)
  • 9 am: Sung Mass with Procession; Bishop Alan M. Gates will celebrate and preach
  • 10:15 am: Advent Wreath-Making and Blessing of Church School Time Capsule in Hunnewell Room (Library); Festive Coffee Hour in Moseley Hall
  • 11:15 am: Solemn High Mass, with Reception of the Bishop and Solemn Procession. The Bishop will celebrate and preach.
  • 1–3 pm: Gala Reception in Moseley Hall
  • 1 pm: Bellringers ring Celebratory Quarter Peal
  • 4:30 pm: Organ Recital by David Baskeyfield
  • 5 pm: Lessons and Carols for Advent
  • 6:30–8 pm: Gala Reception in Moseley Hall


Please be sure to submit your pledge by December 1, either in the collection plate or by going to www.theadventboston.org/pledging. If you did not receive pledging materials by mail, a packet is available in the church.


Advent Coat Drive Continues through Friday, November 29

As in previous years, the Advent is holding a coat drive to help keep those in need warm this winter. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. You can help by:

  • Donating Coats: Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to 30 Brimmer Street, Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. The collection bin is located in the library. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted.
  • Donating Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, but put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston MA 02108.

If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty (christopher.doty@pm.me) or Harmony Witte (harmony.witte@gmail.com).


Housing Needed. A friend and former student of Fr. Hanson’s is coming to do a visiting fellowship at Harvard in the spring and needs a place to stay. He is flexible on timing but will be in the area for no more than three months, roughly between February and May, and he does have a modest budget for housing costs. If anyone knows of a potential sublet, roommate, house-sitting, or any other temporary housing arrangement for part or all of the time he will be in Boston please get in touch with Fr. Hanson at frhanson@theadventboston.org.

Father Loring flanked by Bishops Gates and Harris.

Diocesan Convention. Our diocese held its annual convention last Saturday, November 2, in Boston, with Deacon Daphne Noyes, Betsy Madsen, and Julianne Ture representing the Advent. A highlight of the day was a salute to our own Fr. Richard Loring. Fr. Loring, who recently turned 90, was honored for his many decades of service to the diocese, including 18 — 18!! — interim assignments over the years since his 1995 “retirement” (Bishop Gates used extravagant air quotes) from St Luke’s Church in Chelsea, where he served as rector for 27 years. The salute included a spontaneous rendition of “Happy Birthday” and a well-deserved standing ovation, along with the gift of a map showing all 18 parishes where Fr. Loring has served, across the length and breadth of the diocese. We join in celebrating a good and faithful servant of Our Lord!

Anglo-Catholic Roots III: “Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Years of Anglo-Catholicism in America” will take place December 5-6, 2019 at the Advent. Find more information and register here

Discount parking 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.


Little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

The exquisite watercolors and drawings of Robert Turner Walker  (1867-1931) are the centerpiece of the display in the lobby. Founder of the Order of St. Vincent, Advent parishioner and member of the Corporation, Walker left evidence of his fine artistic talents throughout the Church of the Advent.

The grandson of a New Hampshire farmer, and the son of Augustus Chapman Walker, a Harvard-educated physician who served as an Army surgeon, and Maria Churchill Grant, Walker was the eldest of three sons. Born in rural Greenfield, Mass., two years after Dr. Walker mustered out of the military, he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1884 and MIT in 1890. He initially lived on Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square (in the building now occupied by H-Mart), then later on Frost Street, then Acacia Street.

In time, his parents joined him in Cambridge. His mother died at his home in August 1917, at the age of 78. His father, 84, died the following April. Both are buried in New Hampshire.

From perusing our own Archives and those of the Diocese (where some of the Advent’s materials are stored), it appears that Walker created an annual Christmas card. Two of these (from 1914 and 1916) have been reproduced as postcards – they are the actual size of his original artwork, which is petite and finely detailed, as shown in the display. In 1918, his theme was “Peace in Our Time,” showing a Christus Rex; in 1920, “Ave verum corpus” (pictured here); and in 1925, a nativity scene, “Ecce Agnus Dei.”

Robert Turner Walker died on Christmas Eve, 1931. His funeral was held at the Advent, with Father Hamlin presiding; he is buried, like his parents, in New Hampshire. Members of the Guild of St. Vincent gave the Madonna over the altar in the Lady Chapel in his honor.

New merchandise has arrived at the peddler’s cart, with proceeds benefiting the Conservation Fund: angelic porcelain ornaments, based on the “Eva” and “Ave” windows in the Lady Chapel; commemorative chocolate — dark or milk — and artwork by Robert Turner Walker and Morris Henry Hobbs. Support the Fund and take home treasures to keep or to share.

November 11-November 17, 2019

Monday, November 11
Martin of Tours
Parish Office closed for Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 12
Charles Simeon
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 13
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, November 14
Consecration of Samuel Seabury
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 15
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, November 16
Margaret of Scotland

10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Simple Things packaging event

Sunday, November 17
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
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 w/supper & talk

Print Friendly, PDF & Email