The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the marriage of Margaret Jeffry and Anthony Gallo.

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. Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone and Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be Melissa & Eric Baldwin and Carolyn & Tom McDermott. 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. Janell & Michael Sauer, Kate Roselyn and Robin Landrith host the Coffee Hour today. 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 ( 

Entr’acte:  Beginning this morning, Fr Warren will conclude Entr’acte for the year with a three-part examination of the various sects within what is called Christianity:  what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity.  That’s after the 9:00 Mass in the Library.  The sessions conclude on November 25 and December 9. 

Don’t Forget:  Responses to the Parish Questionnaire are due Monday, November 19!

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.

This Afternoon—Evensong & Benediction & Organ Recital—This afternoon 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 on “The Americans,” discussing the music and composers featured in the program. 


This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day.  There will be a celebration of the Mass with hymns at 10:00 am. 

The Parish Office will be closed this Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23.  On Friday, Morning Prayer is at 9:00 am; the Rosary will be prayed at 11:30 am; Low Mass is at 12:15 pm;  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.

New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John:  Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Continuing this Wednesday, November 21, an in-depth five week course will be offered starting at 7:00 pm in the Library.  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  


Sunday, December 2 is Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication.  We will celebrate this auspicious day with a joyful Procession to mark our founding and a Solemn Mass for the First Sunday of Advent.  We are very fortunate and we will be blessed by having the Rev’d Dr Fleming Rutledge with us as our preacher that morning.  She is a celebrated preacher, lecturer,   and the author of numerous books.

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, Lukaszewski, McDowall, Moyer & Vaughan Williams. The evening concludes with a gala reception in Moseley Hall.

Copies of Dr Rutledge’s most recent book, Advent:  The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ, a collection of sermons appropriate to and also about the Season, are available in the Book Store.  In a brief review of the book, Fr Warren wrote:  “For Fleming Rutledge, the proper celebration of Advent is crucial for the exposition of the faith of the church and the practice of the individual Christian.  She argues passionately for a return to the original twofold focus of the season—a looking back to the Incarnation and a looking forward to the second coming of Christ and the consummation of all things. . . . The sermons in this volume demand more than one reading.  They are born out of an intimate knowledge of Scripture, prodigious learning, and Rutledge’s own experience as a Christian believer, parish priest, and teacher.  They are written with clarity and conviction and, occasionally, as almost heartbreaking honesty.”

Copies of her magnum opus, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ are also available.  This is essential reading for anyone who wishes to delve deeply into the Mystery of our Salvation by the death and rising of Jesus.  It is lengthy but very accessible, written not for scholars but for people in the pews. 


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.

Enjoy great music and help our Tuesday night Supper!  Next Sunday, November 25, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra presents the music of Weber, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich in a concert at Symphony Hall beginning at 3:00 pm.

At this concert, the Boston Philharmonic is proud to be partnering once again with Music for Food.  Music for Food is a Boston-based nonprofit started in 2010 by violist Kim Kashkashian. Musicians donate their time and talent to create unique concert experiences through which 100% of proceeds directly support a local food pantry.

As guests enter or exit Symphony Hall during this BPYO performance, Music for Food will be collecting donations to support the Tuesday Night Supper Program at Boston’s Church of the Advent.  Every dollar donated becomes three meals for those in need.  We hope you will join us in supporting Music for Food and transforming the nourishment of music into food!  Tickets are available at their website


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:


Returns for the 2019 Canvass continue to arrive.  Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly! 

As of this past Thursday we have received 77 pledges, pledging a total of $236,122.  31 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 8 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 137 parishioners who pledged a total of $300,409 last year.

The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so farIf you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.  The Committee encourages all parishioners to get their pledges submitted on or before our Feast of Title & Dedication on December 2.

You can pledge on line by going to the parish website and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.

At the Advent Book Store!  Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2019 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.

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 19
Elisabeth of Hungary
7:00 pm: Girl Scout Leaders

Tuesday, November 20
Edmund the Martyr
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 21
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:00 pm: Bible Study

Thursday, November 22
Thanksgiving Day (Parish Office Closed)
10:00 am: Mass

Friday, November 23
Clement of Rome (Parish Office Closed)
9:00 am: Morning Prayer
11:30 am: Rosary
12:15 pm: Low Mass

Saturday, November 24
10:00 am: Flower Guild
4:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, November 25
The Feast 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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