Madeline Wood, mother of Father Sammy and Renee, and beloved grandmother of Ellie, Patrick, and Flannery, died this past Wednesday at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Please keep her and the family in your prayers.

May her Soul and the Souls of all the Faithful Departed,
By the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace. Amen.

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. Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts are Carolyn & Tom McDermott and Cassie & Jack Gurnon. 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. Jeanine Brown hosts the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts are Ellie Dixon and Lynn Eustis. 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 Frederick Ou ( or Kyle Pilares (

Returning as our guest preacher this morning is the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, the vice president of the Prayer Book Society of the United States. Canon Macdonald-Radcliff first studied ancient history and philosophy before studying theology, being educated at the Universities of London and Oxford (St Peter’s) as well as at Yale where he was a Research Fellow in philosophical theology and took a degree with International Relations and Islam.  Before his current role with the Prayer Book Society of America he served as Director General of the World Dialogue Network and the Council of One Hundred Leaders West Islamic Dialogue (later the C1) of the World Economic Forum, co-chaired by Lord Carey, HRH Prince Turki Al Feisal Al Saud, HE Ali Gomaa Grand Mufti of Egypt, HE Cardinal McCarrick Archbishop of Washington, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, Richard Chartres, Bishop of London et al.  He has also advised a number of other bodies including the Caux Round Table and the King Abdullah Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) in Vienna.  In Egypt he served as Dean of All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Cairo, in London he is attached to St George’s Hanover Square and the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair.

Compline at the Advent – This evening at 8 PM – Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 PM in the nave.

There will be special music at the Compline service and a reception will follow.

There is particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr. Hanson ( or Fr Wood (

Can You Help? Volunteer Opportunity for Common Cathedral next Sunday, August 20. We need volunteers to serve lunch to our neighbors at Common Cathedral on August 20. Our parish has signed up to provide lunch for members of the Common Cathedral community that day. We still need Advent volunteers to serve lunch; the time commitment would only be a couple of hours. Please contact Ali White ( if you can help out. So many parishioners are on vacation now; your service would be a big help!


A project to clean and restore the woodwork in the Lady Chapel will begin tomorrow, Monday, August 14. Since this will require scaffolding, the Lady Chapel will be unavailable for worship from August 14 through August 29, including Sundays, August 20 and 27. Services that usually take place in the Lady Chapel will be held in the All Saints Chapel.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated at All Saints Ashmont on Tuesday, August 15, with a Solemn Mass & Procession at 7:00 pm. The preacher will be Sister Adele Marie, SSM, Sister Superior of the Society of St Margaret. The Mass will be sung by the Choir of Men and Boys. A festive reception follows at the Rectory. Parishioners and friends of the Advent are cordially invited.

Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans.


Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (

Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


The Advent in Mission: “This Space Available” – Noticed the empty Serving Our City bulletin board downstairs? We’ve designated it “This Space Available” because we want your ideas about how you would like to see your parish use its resources to serve Boston, the region, and the world. Have an idea for a mission project? Contact Eric Fialho, our Pastoral Assistant for Mission, at Want to be part of a small group of parishioners who shape our vision for mission? Come be part of our Mission & Outreach Team – our first meeting of the fall is on October 8 following the 11:15 Mass.

Drivers Needed: Rides to Mass – Some of our parishioners need assistance getting to and from Sunday Mass. If you have a car, and are willing to occasionally pick up or drop home a parishioner, please email Fr Wood (

Advent Community Supper:  we have a book table, which our guests really enjoy, but some of the past suppliers have dried up.  If you have paperback books or magazines you’d like to contribute, that would be a big help!  Most of our guests are men, and prefer things like Time, and suspense/mysteries, but all contributions gladly received.  And, if you’ve thought about trying out volunteering, summer is a good time, as we lose our MIT students and regulars to vacation time. Contact Barbara Boles,


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:

August 14-20, 2017

Monday, August 14
Jonathan Myrick Daniels

Tuesday, August 15
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Solemn Mass & Procession (All Saints Ashmont)

Wednesday, August 16
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, August 17

Friday, August 18
William Porcher DuBose

Saturday, August 19
1:00 pm: Preparations for Common Cathedral

Sunday, August 20
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
12:00 pm: Common Cathedral

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