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 thanksgiving for Advent intercessory prayers answered for Stephen Goranson.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay. 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 David Fisher, David Lapin, and Frank Olney. 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 Series: Christ and Culture Today continues today. Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today. These Entr’acte presentations are intended to be a conversation between the three leaders but with ample opportunities for others to join in. It should be fun and illuminating, so please join us. Copies of Christ and Culture are available in the Advent Bookstore; it is not required reading for these sessions, but some might find it helpful.

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.


Evensong Resumes! Next Sunday, October 20, there will be an organ recital at 4:30 pm by Mitchell Crawford, followed at 5:00 by a service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction. Music will include works by Radcliffe, Walton, Mundy, and Purcell. Following this one-hour service, a light supper will be offered at 6:00 pm and we begin a series of talks focusing on our Anglo-Catholic heritage in conjunction with the Advent 175 celebration. This first talk will be “Manton Eastburn: Man of Sorrows” by Deacon Noyes.


We were sad to learn of the death last month of long-time parishioner Nancy Santeusanio Nickolds at her retirement home in Florida. A memorial service will be held at the Advent at a date to be announced.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated for Jeanette Wood, wife of our former parish administrator Jim Wood, on October 19 at 10:00 am at Trinity Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, MA.

Two of our faithful parishioners will be Received into The Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 26 at 10:30 am at The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul. Ellen Swendrowdki-Evett and Ginny McMackin will be presented by Father Welch on that day so they can receive the laying-on-of-hands by the Bishop and be welcomed into full communion of The Episcopal Church. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for the deanery-wide celebration and know that you are welcomed and encouraged to support them by your presence.  


Volunteer Opportunity: Coat Drive. We would like to host a coat drive here at the Advent as we did last year, but we need someone to take the lead and organize it. One Warm Coat is a national non-profit that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need, supporting individuals and organizations by providing tools and resources to hold successful drives. If you’re able and willing to take on this good work, please call the parish office or speak to one of the clergy. To learn more, please go to OneWarmCoat.org.


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sunday, November 17. If you are interested, please contact the parish administrator (office@theadventboston.org).

Floral arrangements at the Advent have been provided by devoted volunteers in the parish Flower Arranging Guild since 1992, providing all of the arrangements in the church. In addition to an enthusiastic, eclectic team of dedicated amateur designers working under the direction of Tom Sopko, drivers who pick up the flowers at the wholesale market and bring them to the church and helpers who unpack and process the material are essential to the functioning of the flower ministry. Several designers and drivers have moved away in the last year, so the Guild is seeking volunteers for these and other tasks. For more information on what is involved, look for a brochure at the back of the church or talk to any of the following Guild members: Tom Sopko, Betsy James, Cassie Gurnon, or Betsy Madsen.

Music Notes: Live recordings of the Advent Choir’s most recent work may always be found at https://soundcloud.com/mark-dwyer-2/tracks. Likewise, repertoire lists are available at https://www.theadventboston.org/1115-music-schedule/, or in the choral music brochures, found in the rear of the church.

Birthday Wish List: As the 175th birthday of the Advent rapidly approaches, we are grateful to all who have given or pledged to the Birthday Wish List. Collectively, they have funded:

  • Restoration of the original Parish Register (1844)
  • Restoration of the original Certificate of Consecration (1894)
  • Framing of the Certificate of Consecration
  • Restoration of the Easter Collect calligraphy (1922)
  • Framing of three watercolors by Robert Turner Walker (1920s)
  • Re-gilding of the original cross in All Saints Chapel (1840)

Our thanks to John Dooley, David Lapin, Daphne B. Noyes, Julianne Ture, Francesco Piscatelli and Judy Bell, and individual members of the Vestry for their combined gift. Additional thanks to all who have supported our Advent 175 commemorative items — and please see the fresh new stock, including postcards, bookmarks, and aprons. Notecards and porcelain ornaments are coming soon.

For those interested in helping support Advent 175 conservation efforts, please consider making a gift towards conservation and restoration of our critically important parish record books, especially those from the 1800s. All gifts — large, small, in-between — help us achieve our goal of preserving these important pieces of the Advent’s past.

— Maria Denslow and Thatcher Gearhart, Co-chairs, Advent 175 Committee

And Speaking of Advent 175:

  • New merchandise: A limited number of votives handcrafted from remnants of candles used at the Church of the Advent are now available. Each votive includes some wax from a Paschal Candle. Suggested donation, to benefit the Conservation Fund, is $2 each.
  • Entr’acte series November 10, 17, 24. More info to come.


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

One of the best-known origin stories about The Church of the Advent concerns the gilded wooden cross that was used in the parish’s Green Street location. It was this very cross that, together with other ornaments, so infuriated Bishop Manton Eastburn that after his initial visit to the Advent in 1845, he vowed not to return until the chancel arrangement met with his approval. And so he stayed away for 11 years.

But there is another controversy, this one internal, that is less well known. This one concerns William Croswell, the first Rector, and the altar now in All Saints Chapel beneath the infamous cross. British-born architect Frank Wills designed the altar, which was crafted in England. On arrival in December 1850, the altar stones were found to be significantly damaged, “being split through from the face backwards.” Could the altar be accepted as is? After “expressing their own views, and comparing opinions in an informal manner,” the Vestry reached an impasse. Senior Warden Theron Metcalf stated his opposition to “both the reception and the erection of the stone Altar” and left the meeting.

After further discussion, the clerk, Henry Parker, submitted attempt at compromise, moving that the altar be accepted but not installed until repaired. In response, Richard Henry Dana (the notes do not indicate Sr. or Jr.) moved an adjournment to give the group “further time for reflection”; the motion was lost and Dana left the meeting. Parker’s amendment passed.

The altar was again the subject of discussion at the next meeting; no motion was made and the meeting adjourned. In early January 1851 a meeting was called “to consider farther the question of at once erecting the stone altar” which again sparked “a long and informal discussion.” Fitch Edward Oliver’s motion “That we do concur with the views of the Rector, and are of opinion that the Stone Altar should be immediately erected in this building” sparked more discussion; the motion was rejected.

Finally, in mid-February, Croswell called the Vestry together and offered a resolution that was adopted without debate: “That on the Rector’s request the Wardens & Vestry consent that the question of the erection of the stone altar be left entirely to his discretion.”

As part of the Advent 175 restoration efforts, the cross above the stone altar will be re-gilded thanks to a gift to the Conservation Fund. Also in need of regilding are the lettering on the altar and on the carved wooden saints, presenting another opportunity for a gift to the Conservation Fund.

October 14-20, 2019

Monday, October 14
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky
Holiday: Parish office closed; no morning prayer.

Tuesday, October 15
Teresa of Avila
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Wednesday, October 16
Hugh Latimer & Nicholas Ridley
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, October 17
Ignatius of Antioch
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 18
St Luke
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, October 19
Henry Martyn

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

Sunday, October 20
Nineteenth 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: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; Supper & Talk follow

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