* “Bright Week” is the wonderfully appropriate name for Easter Week in the Orthodox Christian tradition. This year, with the Eastern and Western celebrations coinciding, it is more than usually fitting to adopt the usage.

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. There is a gala coffee hour this morning.   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. Jason, James & Jeannette Grant and Jeanine Brown host the Coffee Hour this morning. We are 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 Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues ( or, Frederick Ou (, or Kyle Pilares (

Easter Day—Petting Zoo and Easter Egg Hunt—Following the 9:00 Mass:  Everyone is invited to the Library after the 9:00 Mass on Easter Day for the annual Easter Petting Zoo (chicks, ducks, and bunnies—and, we hope, a goat!), and an Easter Egg Hunt follows for kids 8 and under!


The Parish Office is closed on Easter Monday, April 17.  The regular schedule will be observed:  Morning Prayer at 9:00 am; Low Mass will be at 12:15 pm; Evening Prayer is at 5:30.

A Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Sally Bradshaw will be celebrated at the Advent this Saturday, April 22, at 12:00 Noon.  Sally was a long time and much beloved member of the parish.  The 9:00 am Mass this Saturday is cancelled.

Bible Study Continues—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish?  Join us in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am. This week we continue our study of the Book of Revelation.   


Newcomers Dessert—Next Sunday April 23—1:00-2:30 pmSammy & Renee Wood’s Home!  New to the Advent?  Haven’t attended a Welcome event yet?  Join us at Sammy & Renee Wood’s home (43 South Russell St.) for dessert and coffee and get to know some folks.  Please RSVP to or 617.697.8528 by Thursday, April 20.

Next Entr’acte:  On Sunday, April 30, Advent’s seminarian, Eric Fialho, will lead an Entr’acte and discuss the Thirty-Nine Articles.  Often looked at with both great interest and great consternation, these early tenets of Anglican belief are curious to some and alarming to others!  Come hear about their history and their debated contents.  You’re invited to read through the Articles ahead of time from the “Historical Documents” section in the back of the Book of Common Prayer. 

First Communion Class—The next classes to prepare young people in the parish to make their First Communion will be Saturdays, May 20 and June 3, from 10:30 am to noon in the Rectory.  At least one parent should plan to attend the class alongside the child.  First Communions will be on Pentecost, June 4, this year.

For parents considering whether their child is ready for this step in faith development, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:  Your child must wish on his/her own to begin receiving Communion.  You must agree that this is appropriate, and you should feel that on some level your child understands the meaning of Holy Communion.  We’re not talking Thomas Aquinas here; rather that your child, through emotion or intuition or what has been learned in the Church School, has a grasp of the meaning of the mystery of the Sacrament of the Altar.  If you or your child have any questions, please speak to the clergy, who will be very happy to explain.  To sign up for the class, RSVP to frwood@theadventboston.orgEven if you have already expressed interest to Fr Wood, please confirm with him so you will be on the list to receive information when it goes out in the coming weeks.


Is your money a discipleship issue?  Are you curious about what the Bible has to say about wealth?  Maybe you’re uneasy with American consumer culture and its emphasis on immediate gratification, tolerance of vast inequalities, and promotion of anxiety.  What if there was an alternate vision of real prosperity?  If you’d be interested in a conversation about how to live more simply, gratefully, justly, and generously, contact Fr Wood (  And watch the Mission Corner in the months to come for details about a parish conversation on financial discipleship.

Upcoming Mission Opportunities with the Advent:

  • BostonServe Project at Christopher’s Haven (May 6)
  • Walk for Hunger (May 7)
  • Parish Work Day (May 20)
  • B-SAFE (July 31-August 3)
  • Common Cathedral (August 20)

Help the Advent love our city to life—Watch this space for details about how you can get involved with these and other projects.

Young Life Boston Leadership Training:  Young Life is an international ministry that reaches out to high school and middle school students with the Gospel.  The mission of Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ by providing them with caring adult role models, fun and life-giving ways to spend time and the basic information about the Christian faith.  Young Life will be offering a Leadership Training course on Tuesday nights (7 – 9 pm) starting on April 4 and ending on May 16 at the Emmanuel Gospel Center (2 San Juan Street, Boston.)

Anyone interested in learning more about working with students through the ministry of Young Life in the city of Boston is invited to participate.  For more information, please contact Bjorn Anderson at or 603.475.4324 or Fr Wood at


Softball this Summer—Interested in playing softball this summer with the Advent Swingers?  We’re looking for someone to manage the team, so please contact Fr Wood ( if you’re interested.

The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays, April 30 and May 7. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or email

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:


As of April 14, we have received 207 pledges, for a total amount pledged of $495,302. 

There are 20 new pledges, and 67 increased their pledge by an average of 18%!  Thanks to all who have pledged their support to the Parish, and pledged so generously! 

If you have not sent your pledge in, it’s not too late; there are pledge cards at the back of the church.

April 17-23, 2017

Monday, April 17
Monday in Bright Week (Patriots Day) (Parish Office Closed)
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, April 18
Tuesday in Bright Week
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, April 19
Wednesday in Bright Week
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, April 20
Thursday in Bright Week
10:00 am: Play Group

Friday, April 21
Friday in Bright Week
10:00 am: Play Group

Saturday, April 22
Saturday in Bright Week
9:00 am Mass is cancelled

12:00 pm: Solemn Requiem Mass

Sunday, April 23
The Second Sunday of Easter
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
1:00 pm: Newcomers’ Dessert

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