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:  Today, there is no Church School; instead, there will be Advent Wreath making in the Library immediately after the 9 am Mass.

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. Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week will be Betsy Ridge Madsen and John Boyd. 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 Philip & Anh Vu Sawyer, Charles Dale, Frank Olney and Maggie Eggert. 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 (

Today is the First Sunday of Advent, our Feast of Title & Dedication, the 173rd Birthday of the Church of the Advent. At the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Masses the new Advent frontal and vestments will be blessed. At both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Masses Stewardship pledge cards for the year 2018 will be presented and blessed. This will take place just before the Great Thanksgiving (Consecratory Prayer) of the Liturgy.

Our guest preacher this morning is the Rev’d Margery Kennelly, Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard University and an old friend of the Advent. A graduate of Harvard University, she served at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill from 2012 until her appointment to the Harvard chaplaincy earlier this year. 

Advent Lessons & Carols – Please join us this afternoon, when at 4:30 p.m. Simon Thomas Jacobs will play an Organ Recital, and at 5:00 p.m. the Advent Choir will sing the popular service of Lessons & Carols for Advent including music of Lehman, Esenwalds, Poston, Palmer, Byrd, Palestrina, Willcocks, and Filsell. Child care will be available. A gala reception hosted by the Vestry will follow the service.

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.”


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


Entr’acte Next Sunday, December 10—Elizabeth 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 – Next Sunday, December 10, 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.

Theology on Tap returns 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. 

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. 

On 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. 

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

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 118 pledges, pledging a total of $343,164.  33 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are six new pledges.  We have still to hear from 103 parishioners who pledged a total of $175,196 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.


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.    

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 4-10, 2017

Monday, December 4
John of Damascus
6:00 pm: Boston Cecilia Rehearsal

Tuesday, December 5
Clement of Alexandria
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 6
Nicholas of Myra
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, November 7
Ambrose of Milan
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 8
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00 pm: Boston Cecilia Concert

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

Sunday, December 10
The Second Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 pm: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

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