The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Geoffrey B. Sayer.

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.

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. Judy Bell & Francis Piscitelli, Cassie & Jack Gurnon host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Mary & Paul Roberts and Cassie & Jack Gurnon.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Christopher Laconi, Kyle Pilares and David Fisher host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts are Jeff & Roxy Hanson. 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 or Kyle Pilares (

Entr’acte continues today;  Fr Hanson will continue a four part Entr’acte series on the Trinitarian Controversies which took place during the first four centuries of the Church’s history.

Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, is also known as Gaudete Sunday.  This is taken from the first line of the Latin introit for the day:  “Gaudete in Domino semper; iterum dico, gaudete”;  “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”

You will notice that there are flowers at the Altar today and that the vestments and hangings are rose rather than purple.  This is a sign—just as it is on the Fourth Sunday of Lent—that the fast of the season is relaxed on this one day.  We, therefore, rejoice in anticipation of the feast for which Advent is a preparation, Christmas and its twelve days of celebration.

In spite of the well-known partridge and the pear tree and the eight maids a-milkin’, most Christmas celebration nowadays takes place before rather than after the day itself.  Earlier ages were wiser that our own and understood the value of preparation, though they may not have enjoyed it.  Witness one Advent carol from the fifteenth century which goes:

Farewele, Advent, Cristemas is cum;
Farewele fro us both alle and same.

With paciens thou hast us feede
And made us go hungrie to bedde;
For lak of mete we were nyghe dedde
Farewele fro us both alle and same.

While thou haste to be within oure howse
We ete no puddings ne no sowce,
But stynking fisshe not worthe a lowse;
Farewele fro us both all and same.

Advent Tour:  This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building.  Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building.  Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets.  Meet him in the Baptistry.  The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude.

Community Dinner. As we did last year, 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.

Announcing Compline at the Advent—Second Sundays at 8 pm beginning tonight.  This evening, December 11, at 8:00 pm the Church of the Advent will begin celebrating the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting.  All are invited to attend this new service with ancient roots in Christian practice.  Going forward, we plan to pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.  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 (  This is a great opportunity to mark the Advent season with vigilance and reverence, and to become more familiar with the practice of daily prayer.


Caroling & Cocktails with Advent 20s & 30s—Monday, December 12 at 6:30 pm—Beacon Hill:  All Advent 20s & 30s are invited to our annual Caroling & Cocktails tomorrow night, Monday, December 12, at 6:30 pm.  Meet at the Church (in front of the Brimmer Street doors to get music sheets) at 6.30 pm.  We’ll proceed to Tatte, on the corner of Mt Vernon and Charles Streets, to sing carols under the Christmas Tree!  Afterward, head back to Maria Denslow’s (33 Hancock Street, Apartment 4) for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  Maria’s cell is 617-671-9239.  Please bring friends and help us serenade our neighbors on Beacon Hill!

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.  We are currently studying the first Epistle of John.

This Wednesday, December 14, 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 annual Christmas Pageant will be presented next Sunday, December 18 at the 9:00 am Mass by the Church School.  If you have a child who wishes to participate or if you can help serve as a volunteer, please contact Meg Nelson at


The schedule of Christmas services is below.

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.

The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 29, 2017.  Contributions to the 2016 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 6, 2017.  All heads of committees or groups are expected to submit a report.  Electronic submission is preferred.


Volunteers Needed—Help the Advent serve dinner at Epiphany School on Thursday, January 12.  One way the Advent loves our city is by volunteering to serve dinner at the Epiphany School, an independent, tuition-free middle school in Dorchester for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods.  The Advent will serve dinner to the kids at Epiphany on Thursday January 12, and we need 4-7 volunteers to be there from 3:45–6:00 pm.  Dinnertime at Epiphany is a wonderful opportunity for students, families, and volunteers to work together to create a nutritious meal.  Please contact Kara Rodgers ( if you can serve.


Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer. You can find her 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:

At the Advent Book Store!  Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2017 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.

Boston Print for Sale to Support the Advent in Mission—Our friends at Old Try ( have created a limited edition vintage letterpress print, now on sale in our bookstall to support the Advent in Mission.  The beautiful print reads “In Boston as it is in Heaven” (a prayer we pray implicitly every time we say the Our Father), and depicts the skyline as it appears in our city seal.  The limited edition prints are $39 and supplies are limited—so buy one (or three!) soon as a prayer for our city and to raise funds for missions at the Advent.

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 29, 2017.  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 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.

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 18, c1:00 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.
  • Thursday, December 22, 1:30-4:00 pm.
  • Friday, December 23, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Christmas Eve, Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. You don’t have to come for the entire day; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.

Saturday, January 7, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Epiphany is on a Friday this year, so we only have one day to take down all the Christmas decorations and clean the church.  The sextons and the Flower Guild need urgently need reinforcements to get it all done.


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 2017 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..

December 12-18, 2016

Monday, December 12
9:45 am: Advent School Rehearsal

Tuesday, December 13
9:45 am: Advent School Rehearsal
5:30 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Recording Session

Wednesday, December 14
John of the Cross

8:00 am: Fire Alarm Testing
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Service of Lessons & Carols (St Paul’s School)
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, December 15
10:00 am: Play Group
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry

Friday, December 16
10:00 am: Advent School Concert

Saturday, December 17
9:00 am: Pageant Rehearsal
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, December 18
The Fourth 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

The Schedule of Services for Christmas

Sunday, December 18—The Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Christmas Pageant & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

Saturday, December 24—The Vigil of Christmas
4:30 pm: Family Mass & Procession to the Crèche
10:15 pm: Musical Prelude
11:00 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass

Sunday, December 25—Christmas Day
11:00 am: Solemn Mass

The Parish Clergy are available for Confession as a preparation for the Feast.  You may call and make an appointment.

Saturday, December 31
5:00 pm:  Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight

Sunday, January 1—The Holy Name
11:00 am:  Mass

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