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 Svend and Helga Norregaard.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Judy Bell & Fran Piscitelli with Melissa Fox. Next week’s hosts are Betsy Ridge Madsen and Nola Sheffer. 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 Roxy Hanson and Mike & Janelle Saur. 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 concludes 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.

Advent Tour: This morning 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.

Solemn Evensong and Benediction. There will be an organ recital by Mitchell Crawford today at 4:30 pm, 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.

Advent Coat Drive — Donations needed for One Warm Coat!

As in previous years, the Advent is holding a coat drive this October and November to help keep those in need warm this winter. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. The drive will run until Friday, November 29. 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).


Two of our faithful parishioners will be received into The Episcopal Church this Saturday, October 26 at 10:30 am at The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul. Ellen Swendrowski-Evett and Ginny McMackin will be presented by Father Welch so they can receive the laying-on-of-hands by the Bishop and be welcomed into the 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.


Entr’acte for next Sunday, Oct 27:Who Are We? What Are We Called? What Does It Matter?” Led by Fr Welch.

“I’ve encountered some confusion since I’ve been at the Advent about our identity as a parish. If we call ourselves Anglo-Catholic, then does that mean we aren’t part of the Episcopal Church? And if we are Episcopalian, who has authority over us? And if we are Anglo-Catholic, what does that really signify? Do Anglo-Catholics all share the same theology and ecclesiology? The same liturgical preferences? Identical ideas about women in Holy Orders? There won’t be time in one session to cover all these questions, but I’ll try my best.”  — Fr. Welch


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.

With phase one of the re-gilding of the All Saints cross and reredos completed, what better time to explore some of the history of the conflict that marked the parish’s earliest years.

Immediately after his first episcopal visitation to the Church of the Advent, then located in an “upper room” in a building on the corner of Lowell and Causeway Streets, Bishop Manton Eastburn issued a pastoral letter which was published in The Christian Witness of December 5, 1845. He wrote:

Manton Eastburn

“On Nov. 23, I visited the ch. of the Advent, for confirmation, and there observed, to my inexpressible grief and pain, various offensive innovations upon the ancient usage of our Church. In the form of the Communion Table; in the decorations of golden candlesticks, and of a large wooden cross, by which it is surmounted… I perceived with sorrow superstitious puerilities…Were these novelties nothing but childish, they would on that account be sufficiently objectionable to call forth my censure…but chiefly do I consider these innovations…because of their pointed and offensive resemblance to the usages of that Idolatrous Papal Communion against which our own Prayer Book so strongly protests.”

Thus began an exchange of letters between Bishop Eastburn and William Croswell, rector of the Church of the Advent, until Croswell’s death in 1851. The exchange continued with the Advent’s second rector, Horatio Southgate; the collection would eventually be published in a booklet of 123 pages.

In Trinity Church in the City of Boston, 17331833, Bishop William Lawrence said of Eastburn’s letters, “Such missives did not make for peace, and some of his closest friends, both clergy and lay, urged him to desist; but his sense of duty was clear and strong.”

It is interesting that despite the cross’s significance and history, neither its donor (if there was one) nor its maker is mentioned in any of the parish histories.

October 14-20, 2019

Monday, October 21

Tuesday, October 22
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 23
St James of Jerusalem
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, October 24
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 25
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, October 26
Alfred the Great

10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:30 am: Confirmation (at The Cathedral Church of St Paul)

Sunday, October 27
Twentieth 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

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