The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post. 

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.

Church School News:  

Next Saturday, December 16—Christmas Pageant Rehearsal–at 9 am.  We will gather in Moseley Hall to sort out costumes and we will rehearse in the Sanctuary.  (Please let Meg Nelson know ASAP if you are able to help with getting the costumes sorted and ready to go for Saturday morning—you may contact Meg at 

If you are interested in having your child participate in the Pageant, please email Meg Nelson for more information. 

Sunday, December 17—Christmas Pageant—during the 9 am Mass.  This year, we will continue the tradition, started by the Woods, of making gingerbread houses following the Pageant (Please let Meg know if you are able to contribute extra candy supplies to this event.) 

Evening services (December 3, December 24 and December 31)—as a reminder, we always have childcare available for these evening services.  The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service.  

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. Betsy Ridge Madsen and John Boyd host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week will be Mary & Paul Roberts and Angie Corbet. 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. This week’s Coffee Hour is hosted by Kara Rodgers, Robb Scholten, Frederick Ou and Nick Westberg. 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 (

The Last Gospel for Advent. Here at the Advent, at the end of the Midnight Mass at Christmas and on Christmas Day, we hear the Last Gospel (John 1:1-16) read after the Dismissal of the Mass. Its proclamation of the reality of the Incarnation seems particularly appropriate at Christmas when we celebrate that saving action of God. We borrowed this practice, though restricting it to one day of the year, from the mediaeval Church when the Last Gospel was read at the end of every Mass.

The text itself is powerful and familiar, which is doubtless why it got attached to the Mass. In the past it was read over the sick to promote healing. We learn from Chaucer that in his day it was read by itinerant friars upon entering a house to invoke God’s blessing upon the household. (Chaucer’s particular, unscrupulous friar was quite eloquent and also quite happy to charge for his incantation!)

Fr Jay Weldon, Rector of my former parish, Good Shepherd, Waban, called my attention to the custom of a Last Gospel for Advent. The Last Gospel is read, but it is not completed. Like Advent, itself, it looks forward to its joyful completion at Christmas. There is the usual salutation, but the response, “Thanks be to God” is not said until the Gospel finds its fulfillment at Christmas.

Father Warren

The New Advent Frontal & Vestments – For those who did not get one last Sunday or who may wish to have another, copies of the description and explanation of the new Advent Frontal and Vestments, together with updated memorials and thanksgivings, are available on the tables at the main entrance and the Mt Vernon Street entrance to the Church.

Entr’acte TodayElizabeth Grady-Harper from the Boston Faith and Justice Network will be giving an introduction to the Lazarus at the Gate adult bible study curriculum.  Our Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will lead the eight week Bible study starting in January.  Ms Grady-Harper will go through the four principles of the Bible study—how to live simply, how to live justly, how to live generously, and how to live gratefully.  This is sure to be a thought provoking presentation with great meaningful reflection.  

Compline at the Advent – This Evening, at 8 p.m. – 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 p.m. in the nave. There will be special music at the Compline service and a reception will follow.

It’s that time again!  As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin’ Donuts as their Christmas gift from the Advent.  This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter.  If you wish to make a donation—and we hope you do—send it in marked “Donuts.”


Theology on Tap returns this Tuesday, December 12, with Yale historian and memoirist Carlos M. N. Eire.  Join us at Carrie Nation Cocktail Club’s Beacon Room at 7 pm to hear Prof. Eire’s remarks on “Reforming the Supernatural.”

One of the major changes brought about by the Protestant Reformation was a redefinition of the relation between the natural and supernatural realms, which amounted to a redefinition of religion itself.  How did this redefinition shape the various churches created in this era?  How did it affect the Church of England?  How does it affect us today?

Professor Eire is the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale University and the author of numerous books, including the magisterial Reformations:  The Early Modern World, which won the R. R. Hawkins Prize for Best Book of the Year from the American Publishers Association, as well as the award for Best Book in the Humanities.  He is also the author of the best-selling memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana:  Confessions of a Cuban Boy, which won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Attendees wishing to eat dinner first are strongly encouraged to arrive early and please inform the club that you are part of the Church of the Advent party for the evening. 

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

This Wednesday, December 13, at 6:00 pm, the Choir of St Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, returns to the Advent to present a Service of Lessons and Carols.  Advent parishioners are cordially invited.  The regular services of Evening Prayer and the Healing Mass are cancelled. 


The parish Flower Guild needs your help!   Decorating the church for Christmas is a lot of work, and the Flower Guild can’t do it alone.  We need volunteers on the following days; floral design skills are not required—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you!  And if you can come for an hour but not for the entire block, that’s perfectly OK.

  • Sunday December 17, circa 1:00 pm. After the 11:15 coffee hour we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of storage and up into the church.  Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help, but if you can stay one hour to help put up all the candles and assemble the crèche enclosure that would be even better.
  • Friday December 22, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
  • Saturday December 23, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  You don’t have to come for the entire day; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.    

Every year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve.  This year these donations will be given to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy.  They are especially in need of infant clothing and small stuffed animals to include in the more than 400 layettes that volunteer ladies involved in the organization assemble each year. 

A schedule of Christmas services at the Advent can be found here.

The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 28, 2018. Contributions to the 2017 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 5, 2018. All heads of committees or groups are expect to submit a report.

A Hopeful Path Forward:  A Christian Approach to Difficult Conversations, with Robert Bordone—Saturday, January 20—10 am to 2 pm—A renowned professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bordone specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations in corporate, nonprofit, educational, governmental, and cultural institutions.  His clients have included Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, the US Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

Bob is faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Harvard Negotiators, HLS LAMBDA and the Harvard Catholic Student Organization.  He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Center for Service at Dartmouth College, on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, and on the Board of Advisors for The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  His writings and commentary have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, CNN’s The Situation Room, WBUR’s Congnoscenti, and BBC Radio.

The four-hour seminar includes lunch; the fee is $10; space is limited so early registration is recommended.  For more information or to register, please email Deacon Daphne (


Returns for the 2018 Canvass continue to arrive.  

As of this past Wednesday we have received 148 pledges, pledging a total of $397,789.  47 have increased their pledges by 21%, and there are TEN new pledges.  We have still to hear from 77 parishioners who pledged a total of $125,606 last year.

The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far.  If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.  

If you did not receive a 2018 stewardship packet in the mail, there are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church.  And 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; 2018 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.

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 28, 2018.  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, Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Kara Rodgers, Father Warren, 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.  

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:

December 11-17, 2017

Monday, December 11
8:30 am: Advent School Community Share Event
10:00 am: Advent School Rehearsal
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, December 12
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 13
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: St Paul’s School Lessons & Carols
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, November 14
John of the Cross
6:00 pm: Beacon Hill Village Christmas Party
7:00 pm: Brimmer Street Garage Meeting
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 15
10:00 am: Advent School Concert

Saturday, December 16
9:00 am: Pageant Rehearsal
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, December 17
The Third Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Christmas Pageant & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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