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 James V. McNeff and Peter J. McNeff.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar host today. Next week’s hosts are Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis, and David Russo & Matthew McNeff. 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 Catherine Birdwell & Nicholas Edwards, along with Betsy James. 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: Today in the Hunnewell Room (Library); please note change in location: “Ah Yes, I Remember it Well” with Will Joyner, Melissa Fox, and Hal Langell reflecting on their experiences over the decades. Next Sunday, Tom Sopko and Deacon Noyes reveal some rarely seen Advent treasures; see the Advent 175 Schedule of Events below for more info.  

Advent Tour: Today 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.

Evensong & Benediction, today at 5:00 pm, sung by The Advent Choir. This 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. During the supper, Mark Dwyer will speak 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!

Stephan 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.


Theology on Tap returns this Tuesday, November 19, at 7:00 pm at Silvertone Bar & Grill, 69 Bromfield Street in downtown Boston. Our own Fr. Jay James will discuss the Sacrament of Confession.

The nineteenth-century catholic renewal within Anglicanism saw a deepening of teaching and practice in the sacramental life of the Church. The use of auricular confession was one such practice and the catholic renewal movement has continued to teach and reclaim the great gift offered the Christian in confession, penance, and absolution. The assurance of the grace of forgiveness of sins in the Sacrament of Confession will be explained by following its historical practice. The evening’s presentation will include a description of how to make a sacramental confession, the benefits of Confession being part of one’s spiritual life, and how sacramental confession has been used at The Church of the Advent.

Fr. James served as Rector of Saint Timothy’s Church and School in Raleigh, N.C. for nearly 25 years before coming to the Advent in January 2018. Before serving St. Timothy’s, he was curate at All Saints’, Ashmont. Throughout his ministry he has been involved in the regular worship, outreach, and activities that mark life in a parish with definite catholic and evangelical history and practices, and concentrated among other things on Christian education. Father James is also the Director of St. Michael’s Conference for young people.


Schedule of Events

Sunday, Nov 17, 10:15 am: Entr’acte:: “Ah Yes, I Remember it Well” with Will Joyner, Melissa Fox, and Hal Langell reflecting on their experiences over the decades. Hunnewell Room (Library); please note change in location.

Sunday, Nov 24, 10:15 am: Entr’acte: “To the Blessed Advent: Treasures from the Vault” with Tom Sopko and Deacon Daphne B. Noyes. Rare treasures, rarely seen (up close at any rate), each with a tale to tell. Hunnewell Room.

Sunday, Dec 1 175th Anniversary of the Church of the Advent

Please note: Ingathering of pledges will take place Sunday, December 8; healing will be offered that day as well.

9:00 am: Sung Mass with Procession, Bishop Alan M. Gates will celebrate and preach.

10:15 am: Make an Advent wreath in the Hunnewell Room (Library). Father Welch will comment on the tradition, and the Bishop will join church school families and others to create wreaths. He will also bless the Advent 175 Time Capsule being assembled by the Church School. Coffee Hour in Moseley Hall with special treats! Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay will pour.

11:15 am: Solemn High Mass with Reception of the Bishop and Procession. Bishop Gates will celebrate and preach.

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Gala Anniversary Reception in Moseley Hall.

The Advent Bellringers will ring a celebratory quarter peal in the afternoon.

4:30 pm: Organ Recital by David Baskeyfield.

5:00 pm: Lessons & Carols for Advent, followed by a gala reception in Moseley Hall. Childcare is offered during this service.

Thursday December 5, and Friday December 6: Third Annual Anglo-Catholic Conference “175 Years of Anglo-Catholic Roots”

Sunday, December 8: The Rev’d Sarah Coakley, Assisting Priest and Theologian-in-Residence at the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in Washington, will preach at 9:00 am and 11:15 am.

Throughout all this activity, the Advent 175 team will continue to offer commemorative items during coffee hours. Just received: matted prints of “Veni, Veni Emmanuel!” watercolor by Robert Turner Walker (original is on display), and notecards with pencil sketch of the Advent by Morris Henry Hobbs.


Thanksgiving Potluck: Please join us for a Thanksgiving potluck on Thanksgiving Day in Moseley Hall beginning at 3:00 pm. Turkeys will be provided. Please see Meg Nelson or Betsy James to sign up to bring an item (or items) to share.


Returns for the 2020 Canvass are arriving! Thanks to everyone who have pledged so promptly! Thus far, 57 pledges have been received, totalling just shy of $176,600. 

If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon. The Committee encourages all parishioners to get their pledges submitted on or before December 8.

You can pledge online by going to the parish website, https://www.theadventboston.org/pledging.


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).


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: nsheffer@newview.org.

Erratum: In reporting last Sunday on Father Loring’s recognition at the Diocesan Convention, we incorrectly stated that Father Loring served for 27 years at St. John’s Church in Charlestown. Although he did serve there briefly, the church he served for 27 years was St Luke’s Church in Chelsea.

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.

No sooner was the restoration of the 1844 Parish Register completed, thanks to personal gifts from members of the Vestry, than a new generous donation to the Conservation Fund was received. In keeping with the donor’s wishes, these funds will be used to conserve the Parish’s Record of Baptisms, which stretches from 1844 to 1923.

Why is it important to preserve these record books? Here is one story to illustrate – a letter received in February 2006, slightly condensed, with initials used in lieu of full names to protect privacy.

  …As Executor for my Father’s estate, I have been progressively sorting through items in our parent’s home. My mother, C., passed away in 1983 and my father in 2004. Today, I discovered part of a letter written by my Grandmother, N., photocopied on the attached sheet. I have been able to transcribe most of what Grandma had written. She passed away in 1953.

I have very little knowledge of my Grandmother’s parents or her family. What is most remarkable is her reference to the Church of the Advent which adds another positive link to my search for family information. What I have been able to learn is that she had at least one brother, J., who may have been a few years younger. He died in an Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado, about 1904 as a result of serving in the Spanish American War in the Philippines.

I believe that my grandmother was born in 1874, I do not know where but her letter implies it may have been Fitchburg; she writes “my two brothers was at the same time…”; by this she may have meant that she and her brothers were baptized at the same time. She went on to write …all dead. She possibly implied that at the time of writing her letter that her brothers were dead.

Would it be possible for me to request a photocopy of my Grandmother’s October 24, 1886 Baptism record, and associated information if other members of her family were also baptized at that time? Enclosed is a donation for searching your historical records. I very much appreciate your kindness.

The record of baptism of grandmother and brothers was found and the information sent to the writer. Reading her letter — a copy and transcription are below; click on the image to see it full size — the importance of preserving and appreciating these old books becomes clear.

November 18-November 24, 2019

Monday, November 18
Hilda of Whitby

Tuesday, November 19
Elizabeth of Hungary
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap at Silvertone’s Bar & Grill

Wednesday, November 20
Edmund of East Anglia
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, November 21
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 22
Cecilia of Rome
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, November 23
Clement of Rome

10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, November 24
The First of Christ the King
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass & Te Deum

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