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—Infant 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 Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or sarahwconnor@gmail.com.


 9:00 Coffee Hour. The hosts of the Coffee Hour this morning are Betsy & Peter Madsen and Melissa Fox. The hosts next week hosts will be Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis and Will Joyner & Linda Jones.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. There were no hosts for the Coffee Hour this morning, but a few folks generously volunteered their time to assist. Next week the hosts are Bob & Wilbur Kingston-Parrott, Karen Chaney and Meg Mill.  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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

Ent’racte continues this morning when Br Robert L’Esperance, of the Society of St John the Evangelist, will speak to us on the life of prayer. That’s at approximately 10:20 am in the Library. Please try not to be late. Upcoming Entr’acte presentations are: March 6—Fr Warren will continue his discussion of Ritualism and also address the revival of Monasticism as a result of the Anglo-Catholic movement; March 13—Dr Philip Pfatteicher will talk about movements in the Lutheran Churches comparable to Anglo-Catholicism.

The music at the 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses this morning is offered by the vocal ensemble Tramontana, a group including members of the Advent Choir, which is dedicated to performing and finding joy in early music. Their next performance will be here at the Advent on April 8, and will feature secular chansons of Lassus, Janequin and Crecquillon. Members of the ensemble are Elise Groves, Hilary Anne Walker, Marcio di Oliveira and James Dargan.

If you find the incense this morning disagreeable, don’t be too distressed.  It’s supposed to be that way.  In Lent we use Myrrh at Mass.  Myrrh, you will remember, was one of the mystic gifts presented by the Magi to the infant Jesus.  It is sharp and acrid and its “bitter perfume” evokes tears and signifies death.  Indeed, in the Middle East, where it is called “the incense of tears,” it is often used at funerals to mask the odor of decomposition.

In Lent we are directed to meditate upon the passion, suffering, and death which Jesus endured for us.  Myrrh is an olfactory stimulus to focus our attention towards that end.



Holy Hour, Friday, March 4 at 11 am— “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26.40) Spending a “Holy Hour” with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is a centuries-old devotion that we have renewed at the Advent. On the first Friday of every month, we gather in the Lady Chapel for Eucharistic adoration, prayer, worship, readings, and other acts of devotion. Sort of a “mini-retreat,” Holy Hour is time to be still and be with God, escape the pressure of hectic daily life, and offer our love and devotion to God and receive his peace in return. No experience necessary—come join us this Friday, March 4.

Family Group meets Friday, March 4, at 5:30 pm—Just a reminder that the Advent Family Group has its regular meeting this Friday, March 4, from 5 from 5:30-8 pm in Moseley Hall. The group gathers at 5:30 to eat, laugh, play, and live our lives together. This week’s topic is “A Family Rule for Life,” so I hope you can come and join us! Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, March 2, so we can order enough food for us all. Email or call frwood@theadventboston.org for more information.


Confirmation Classes: Wednesdays in Lent: The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. If you’re interested in confirmation, or just want to brush up on the basics of your faith, please join us in Moseley Hall Wednesday nights at 7 pm for a light supper and lecture. Please RSVP so we’ll have enough food and materials. For more info, contact Fr Wood in the Parish Office.


We are very pleased to announce that our preacher for the Sacred Triduum and Easter Day this year is the Rev’d Dr Benjamin King. Father King was the Curate here at the Church of the Advent from 2001 until 2005. He left the Advent to become the Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard and is now an Associate Professor of Church History at the School of Theology of the University of the South and the Director of its Advanced Degrees Program. It will be real treat to have Fr / Dr King back with during Holy Week and we all look forward to it.


Welcome to the World, Theodore Edwin Thomas Slater! Baby Theodore was born to Ariel and Nathanael on February 7. The little guy was just 5 pounds, 5 ounces, but he’s in perfect health! The family is doing well, and if you would like to prepare a meal for them to pick up at the Advent, contact Ariel at ariel.y.kennedy@gmail.com to confirm they’ll be in Boston soon for pickup.

Mission & Outreach Team Meeting—Sunday, March 6. The Mission & Outreach Team will meet on Sunday, March 6, after the 9 o’clock mass in the Frisby Room. Anyone is welcome to attend, so please join us if you have ideas for mission, a heart for mission, or would like to get personally involved in the mission of the Advent to Boston and the world!


Can you help the Parish Flower Guild? The Flower Guild consists of nine people, so preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without additional help. Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:

  • Maundy Thursday, March 24, 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Holy Saturday, March 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

You do not have to come for the whole day; even an hour or two is helpful, and you do not need to have any flower arranging skills. If you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, use a broom, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you like flowers but have never made an arrangement, this is a great chance to learn some basic techniques.

A schedule of Holy Week services at the Advent is on the antepenultimate page of the bulletin.

A form for gifts of flowers for memorials or thanksgivings for Easter can be found on the last page of the bulletin.

The Book Store: Shelves of books and music selected for Lent and Passiontide will be available through the season at the Advent Book Store.

We learned this week that former Advent parishioner Mark McInroy, now an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota, was a recipient of the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. This is an international award for theology offered by Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, in recognition of outstanding doctoral or post-doctoral works. Mark is the second scholar with connections to the Advent to win this prestigious prize—The Rev’d Dr Benjamin King won the award in 2011, when it was called the John Templeton Prize.


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:  nsheffer@newview.org.


February 29 – March 6, 2016

Monday, February 29

Tuesday, March 1
(David of Wales)

5:30 pm      Community Supper

Wednesday, March 2
(Chad of Lichfield)

10:00 am     Bible Study
6:00 pm       Healing Mass
7:00 pm      Bell Ringing

Thursday, March 3
(John & Charles Wesley)

10:00 am     Play Group
6:00 pm       Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm       Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 4

10:00 am      Play Group
11:00 am       Holy Hour
5:30 pm        Family Group
5:30 pm        Choral Group

Saturday, March 5

8:00 pm      AA Meeting

Sunday, March 6
The Fourth Sunday of Lent (“Laetare”)

Healing Services after all Masses
7:30 am      Morning Prayer
8:00 am      Low Mass
9:00 am      Sung Mass
10:15 am     Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am      Solemn Mass

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