The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frederick Leighton. 

The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Polly Warren.

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. Cassie & Jack Gurnon and John Boyd host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Nola Sheffer.  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.  Philip & Anh Sawyer, David Fisher and Ellie Dixon host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Anna de Bakker, John Ross Campbell, Steven Sayers and Roxie 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 Frederick Ou (, Roxy Hanson ( or Kyle Pilares (  

Today’s Feast:  The Feast which we celebrate this morning goes by three names:  The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, and Candlemas.  The first two refer to events recounted in today’s Gospel reading.  The last refers to a ceremony, peculiar to the day, which has been part of the practice of the Church since the seventh century.  At the Masses this morning candles will be blessed and then carried in procession to commemorate the entry of Christ, the Light of the World, into the Temple at Jerusalem.  Jesus came, as the prophet Simeon said, in the words of the Nunc Dimittis which the choir will sing during the lighting of the candles, “to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel.” 

This afternoon!  at 4:00 pm—The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)—Choral Evensong at All Saints Church, Ashmont.  Parishioners of the Advent are invited most cordially to attend.  The Choir of Men and Boys of All Saints will be joined by the Choir of All Saints, Worcester. 

Palms for Ashes: There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday. They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 14 this year.

Election Results.  At last Sunday’s Annual Meeting the following persons were elected to serve on the Parish Vestry:  Amanda Daley, Maria Denslow, Brent Nelson and Paul Roberts were elected to three-year terms.

Frederic Ou was elected to a one-year term as Clerk of the Vestry.  Adam Rutledge was elected to a one-year term as Treasurer

Betsy Madsen and Julianne Turé were elected Delegates to Diocesan Convention and the Deanery; Robb Scholten was elected Alternate Delegate. 

Congratulations to the above persons and our gratitude, as well, for their willingness to serve the Parish.

Today is the Sunday known as Sexagesima, which, with its companion Sundays, Septuagesima and Quinquagesima, make up the season formerly known as pre-Lent.  In the current Prayer Book these Sundays were dropped and became just additional Sundays after the Epiphany.  The logic for this was simple:  since Lent is itself a season of preparation, to observe an additional time of preparation before Lent was unnecessary.  Why prepare to prepare?

This may look good on paper, but it’s not quite true psychologically or spiritually, because, in fact, we often need to prepare to prepare.  In this instance that is especially the case.  You and I  need to begin now thinking about what we will do during Lent.  How will we use the season to our souls’ benefit?  How will we exercise ourselves so that we grow spiritually during Lent?  Let Septuagesima—and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima—be a warning that that holy and intentional season is coming up, and it’s time to give it some thought.  Prepare to prepare!

A note on names.  Septuagesima:  in context the word means seventy days before Easter.  There is a problem here, however, for it’s not seventy days before Easter.  It’s sixty-four.  And yet, exactitude in this would have us saying sexagesima quarta and quinquagsima septimus, rather than septuagesima and sexagesima.  And so in her wisdom and in order to avoid the long and cumbersome tags, the Church decided to number by tens rather than sevens.  Who cares if it’s accurate?  It’s easier to say.

A Lenten Journey for the Church of the Advent 2018, a common discipline for members of the Advent, has just been prepared by Father Warren.  Copies, together with the pledge, will be available next Sunday.


Calling all Advent 20- and 30- Somethings!!!  We are resurrecting the old conclave of younger Adventers.  Come next Wednesday, February 7, to the 6 pm Mass and stay afterwards for drinks and pizza in the Library beginning at about 6:45 pm.  We’ll talk about what we can do together and have a lovely chance to get to know Frs Hanson and James.  For more information, contact Kyriell Palaeologue at 617-396-6225 (

The Beacon Hill Group meets every two weeks at 7 pm on alternate Thursdays. Its next meeting is at the home of David and Sally Fisher, 33 Branch Street, Boston, on Thursday, February 15. We are currently reading Acts. If you wish to attend please email:


Entr’acte — Beginning on Sunday, February 11, and continuing on the 18th and 25th, parishioner Rick Stone will present a study of the Sermon on the Mount. Describing what he intends to do, he says, “The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ most important and many would say most challenging ethical instruction. We will spend three sessions delving into its thematic structure, its historical context, and its modern day significance with the aim of making the Sermon an inspiring, rather than daunting, guide.”

Entr’acte will meet, as usual, following the 9 am Sung Mass (at about 10:25 am) in the Library.  

Compline at the Advent—Next Sunday, February 11, at 8 pm—Next Sunday, February 11, at 8:00 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 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 ( 

Monday, February 12!  Lundi Gras—Monday, February 12, 6 pm.  Mardi Gras is the traditional day of overindulgence and merriment before the fast of Lent.  But, because of the Advent’s Community Supper, we must move the occasion one day back.  So, Mardi (Tuesday) becomes Lundi (Monday).  We’d love to have wide participation from all three services: families, young ones, old ones, and individuals.  This will be a marvelous opportunity to spend a relaxed time getting to know Fr James and Betsy.

Dinner is potluck:  Break out your favorite deviled eggs recipe, best hot dish, or store-bought loaf of sourdough!  Please bring something to share: food or drink, or both.  Need more information?  Contact Fr Warren ( 

Parish Work Day — Saturday, February 24 — 10 am to 2 pm — Help get the Advent sparkling clean with fellow parishioners. People of all ages and abilities welcome. Contact Brian Sirman ( or Deacon Daphne ( to sign up.

Lenten Quiet Day — Saturday, March 10 — Save the date! Take a breather this Lent on Saturday, March 10, with a Quiet Day at the Advent. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for details. Contact Deacon Daphne to save a spot.


The Boston Harbor Deanery will once again hold a Rise Against Hunger even hosted by the Church of the Advent. It will take place downstairs in Moseley Hall this Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

What is Rise Against Hunger, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now? It is an organization driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. To that end, packages of dry food, enough for one meal, are assembled by volunteers and are then sent to places where there is a shortage of food and people are hungry. 

Last year, 10,000 meals were assembled here in the space of two hours! It was amazing to watch. 

Between 6 and 7 volunteers will be needed from the Advent to participate in the event, which will be run by a team from Rise Against Hunger. Those who have done this before know well that it is quite a lot of fun. There will be music and perhaps even dancing! Please volunteer to help package meals and be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event, which, again, begins at 10 a.m. To volunteer for this fun and satisfying morning, please contact Father Warren. 

Family Meals – Coordinator Sought – No Heavy Lifting! We’re looking for someone to coordinate providing a few meals to new parents, such as Montgomery and Kelly Link, who welcomed Noah last month. All that’s required is to identify some people willing to prepare a meal in advance – it can be frozen, or freezable – and either deliver to the family, or leave at the Advent for pickup. If you’re making soup or a casserole, why not double the recipe and share? If this is something you could consider taking on, please speak with Deacon Daphne.


There are still a few boxes of pledge envelopes waiting to be picked up at the back of the Church. If you requested envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 x122) and they will be forthcoming.


Piano Recital—Monday, February 5, at 6:30 pm.  Kyriell Palaeologue invites Advent parishioners to a 45-minute piano recital in the Choir Room tomorrow evening at 6:30 pm.  Admission is free and an informal reception follows. 

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:

The Advent Choir on SoundCloud.  MP3 recordings of the Advent Choir are available on the Advent website’s Soundcloud player.  On the home page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find the player.

Or, go directly to  Over 2 hours of music and 120 titles are available at this writing. 

The most recent selections appear immediately on the Advent’s homepage; if one goes to the choir’s Soundcloud page, specific playlists are available of Renaissance choral music, Romantic and Contemporary music, or seasonal choral music.

February 5 – 11, 2018

Monday, February 5
The Martyrs of Japan
6:30 pm: Piano Recital

Tuesday, February 6
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 7
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Advent 20- & 30-Somethings Conclave
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, February 8
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 9

Saturday, February 10
10:00 am: Rise Against Hunger event
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, February 11
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:0 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass / Entr’acte
8:00 pm: Compline

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