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

The poppy wreath at the shrine of Christ the King is given in memory of all who perished in the First World War, on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

If you are visiting or new  to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home.  Please fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we will have a record of your visit here and 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.

Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

9:00 am—Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office.  The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.

11:15 am—Infants and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Meg Nelson 856-217-0847 or

9:00 Coffee Hour. Emily & Jeff Vickers and Angie Corbet host the Coffee Hour this morning!  Next week the hosts will be Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone and Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Dustin Henderson, Nicholas Dials and Michael Gnozzio host the Coffee Hour today.  Next week the hosts will be Janell & Michael Sauer, Kate Roselyn and Robin Landrith. We are always in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, Roxy Hanson ( or Kyle Pilares ( or Betsy James ( 

Armistice Day—This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918.  The tenor bell will toll 100 times starting at 11:00 am to mark the hour.

Between 1914 and 1918 approximately 8 million soldiers were killed or went missing in action, and roughly 2 million more died from disease, accidents, or while prisoners of war; an additional 23 million were wounded.  There were also nearly 8 million civilian deaths due to military action, disease, and malnutrition.  New military technologies including machine guns, tanks, aerial combat, and chemical weapons were all used on a massive scale during the First World War.

A wreath of poppies has been placed at the shrine of Christ the King.  Red silk or paper poppies have been used since the 1920s to commemorate military personnel who have been killed in action.  The remembrance poppy was inspired by a poem written in 1915 by a Canadian physician, Lt Col John McCrae, after he had conducted the burial service of a friend and fellow soldier who died in action in Belgium:

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.  Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields….

May they rest in peace.

Don’t Forget:  Responses to the Parish Questionnaire are due in just over a week.  If you haven’t already, please be sure to complete the Parish Questionnaire, which was prepared by the Search Committee and approved by the Vestry.  Members of the Parish should have received a packet in the mail with instructions on completing the questionnaire, and an email link to the on-line survey.  If you have questions about completing the questionnaire or have any difficulties, please contact the Advent Questionnaire Administrator, Kyle Pilares, at or, if necessary, by phone at 860-977-3384.  We encourage everyone to complete the questionnaire in a thorough, thoughtful, and prayerful manner.  

Please note that responses to the questionnaire are due by Monday, November 19, 2018. 

C. Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.

If you do not wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament in your hand, but rather on your tongue, please open your mouth and extend your tongue.  If you do not extend your tongue, this risks the person administering the sacrament putting their fingers in your mouth.  The is something they do not want to do, nor should you wish to happen, and is considerably less decorous and pious than receiving in your hand.

Compline at the Advent—this evening at 8 pm—join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. Members of the Advent Choir will sing chant and contemplative music by all-English composers Byrd, Harris & Sheppard. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.

The Mount Vernon Street Doors:  Sometime in the next few weeks one of the two pairs of doors at the Mount Vernon Street entrance will be removed for much needed repairs and refinishing.  The space will be boarded up, but, of course, the entrance will be accessible through the other pair.  The process will be repeated for the second pair.  This should not take more than a couple of weeks.  All will then be just as before, except better!

You should have received your Stewardship packet for 2019 in the mail earlier this month. If you did not, please pick up one at the back of the church.


Veterans’ Day will be observed Monday, November 12.  The Parish Office will be closed.  The regular schedule will be in effect—Morning Prayer at 9:00 am; Low Mass at 12:15 pm; but Evening Prayer is cancelled.

The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. We are currently studying the epistles First and Second Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.

Advent 20s and 30s Group— Please come Wednesday, November 14, at 6 p.m. to Mass and stay afterwards for our traditional 20s & 30s martinis and pizza in the library, which will start with drinks and snacks at approximately 6:45 or 7 p.m. with pizza to follow shortly thereafter.

New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John:  Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Continuing this Wednesday, November 14, an in-depth five week course will be offered starting at 7:00 pm in Moseley Hall (this week only).  Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will again lead a thought-provoking Bible Study.  All attendees will receive scripture journals.  Each session will last roughly 90 minutes and cover various histories, key themes, and enduring theologies as expressed in the shortest Epistles of the New Testament. For more information please contact Eric at  

Prayer & Care Get-Together—All members of the Prayer & Care Team are invited to a casual fall gathering on Saturday, November 17, from 4 to 6 pm in Moseley Hall.  We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about what we do, as well.  Please join us!  Let Deacon Noyes know if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly.


Evensong & Benediction & Organ Recital—Next Sunday afternoon, November 18th: At 4:30 organist Caroline Robinson, doctoral candidate from the Eastman School of Music, offers a half-hour prelude recital of works by Max Reger, Leo Sowerby, Maurice Duruflé, and our own John Cook. At 5 PM, the Advent Choir will sing Evensong, featuring all-American composers: Davison, Hogan, Hoiby and Halley. Following the service, a light supper will be served, and Mark Dwyer will offer a brief talk entitled “The Americans” discussing the music and composers featured in the program.

Sunday, December 2 is Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication.  In the afternoon, Professor Damin Spritzer, of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, will offer a half-hour program of Advent organ music at 4:30 pm.  At 5:00 pm, the Advent Choir will sing the beloved service of Advent Lessons & Carols, including music by Byrd, Dove, Ferguson, Jackson, Lehman, Łukaszewski, McDowall, Moyer & Vaughan Williams. The evening concludes with a gala reception in Moseley Hall.

It’s that time again! As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin’ (Donuts) as their Christmas gift from the Advent. This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter. If you wish to make a donation – and we hope you do – send it in marked “Donuts.”


The Coat Drive Continues—Please help us reach our goal of 100 coats, or make a dollar donation. All tax deductible, of course.  Deacon Noyes has details.


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:

On Sunday, November 25 at 4:00 pm, The Bach Project at Ashmont Hill Chamber Music returns for its second season after a triumphant and sold-out debut last year.  The concert will be held at our sister parish, All Saints, Ashmont (209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester).  The Bach Project is a baroque ensemble of instrumentalists and singers, including several members of the Advent Choir, as well as the boys of All Saints’ Choir.  The program, consisting entirely of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, will include the Mass in A Major (BWV 234), the Violin Concerto in G minor (BWV 1056R), the motet “Ich lasse dich nicht” (BWV 159), as well as two pieces of organ repertoire.  Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by visiting the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music website:  Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for students, $3 for EBT card holders, and free for children under 13.

Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee, consisting of John Higgins, John Boyd, Maria Denslow, Kara Rodgers, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  

November 12-18, 2018

Monday, November 12
Charles Simeon (Veterans’ Day – Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, November 13
William Temple
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 14
Consecration of Samuel Seabury
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:30 pm: Administration Committee
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:00 pm: Bible Study

Thursday, November 15
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 16
Margaret of Scotland
8:15 am: Park Street School Event

Saturday, November 17
Hugh of Lincoln
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
4:00 pm: Prayer & Care Meeting

Sunday, November 18
The Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; E & B Talk

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