The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Nancy Hockfield LaPosta.

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.  Betsy Ridge Madsen and Tom & Carolyn McDermott host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be David Russ & Matt McNeff and Paul & Mary Roberts. 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.  Karen Chaney, Gabriel Ellsworth, and Amanda Daley host the Coffee hour this morning.  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 (  

Compline at the Advent – this Evening at 8 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 will be special music at the Compline service this evening and a reception will follow.

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.


Ghost Stories for a Winter’s Evening—Please come to the Library on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 pm for a most convivial evening full of most pleasing terror.  Two ghost stories written by master writer M. R. James will be told.  Several medieval and baroque songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Tickets are $15.00 per person, and the profits will go towards the mission and outreach endeavors here at Advent.  Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the door.  If you want to help out at the event please contact Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, at

A Hopeful Path Forward:  A Christian Approach to Challenging 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 has served as 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 Social Impact 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.

A few slots remain for this four-hour seminar. The $10 fee includes lunch. Please register by Monday, January 15. For more information or to register, please email Deacon Daphne (


Solemn Evensong will be sung next Sunday, January 21, at 5 pm by the Advent Choir. Works will include glorious polyphony by Victoria, and the beautiful motet, Os justi, by Bruckner. Our series of Evensong & Benediction Talks continues immediately following the service in Moseley Hall, when a light supper will be offered and Mark Dwyer will speak briefly about the great Spanish Renaissance composer, Tomás Luis de Victoria. E&B Talks are open to everyone, especially younger parishioners and guests who may not be as familiar with our rich liturgical heritage. Prior to the service, at 4:30 pm, organist Robert McCormick will play a half-hour organ recital featuring works of Searle Wright and Sir Edward Elgar. Mr. McCormick is organist of St. Mark’s, Philadelphia. Prior to this appointment, he was Mr. Dwyer’s successor at St. Paul’s, K Street, in Washington, DC.


The Nominating Committee has proposed the following persons to stand for election to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2018:

                   Amanda Daley                                                  Francesco Piscitelli

                   Maria Denslow                                                 Rachael Ringenberg

                   Brent Nelson                                                    Paul Roberts

There are four three-year terms to be filled.

Also nominated for one-year terms are:

For Clerk:                                         For Treasurer:

                   Frederick Ou                                      Adam Rutledge

Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (and the Boston Harbor Deanery)        (two to be elected):

                   Betsy Ridge Madsen                          Julianne Turé

Alternate Delegates (one to be elected):

                   Robb Scholten

Photographs of the nominees accompanied by statements of their intention to serve are posted in the lobby of Moseley Hall.

Nominations from the Floor of the Annual Meeting:  The Vestry has adopted a process for nominations from the floor after the Nominating Committee has announced the candidates which it proposes.  Any four members of the Parish can nominate a candidate by filling out and signing a nomination form that gives the name of the nominee and the office to which that person is nominated.  This process does not preclude nominations at the Meeting itself; but it does permit the name of the nominee to appear in print on the ballot.  The Nominating Committee may also adopt such nominees from the floor as part of its proposed slate as well.  If you have any questions about this process, please speak with the Clerk (Frederick Ou) or his predecessor (C. Thomas Brown), or call the Parish Office.  A statement describing qualifications for Officers and Members of the Vestry may be found at the rear of the church. 

An Important Message From the Clerk:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 28, 2018.  At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention.  To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year.  You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

Under the By-Laws of the Parish, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining the Electoral Roll.  The Electoral Roll for the upcoming Annual Meeting is now posted outside the Parish Office.  It consists of those who have pledged or made a similarly recorded qualifying contribution to the General Fund of the Parish during the past year.  Your name must be on the Roll in order to vote.  Any changes to the Roll must be made before the Parish Meeting commences.  Please inspect the list and let the Clerk know if you think there is an error.

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.  If you are new, please be sure to make a pledge for 2018 so that you can vote in the January, 2019 Annual Meeting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall,  The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 10:00 am.

                                              Faithfully yours,

                                              Frederick Ou, Clerk


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 on 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.


If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. 


New Parish Directories will be available at the Parish Meeting on January 28. If there have been any changes to your contact information over the past year, please email them to

The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There is an opening for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sunday, January 21.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 ( Please contact her by Monday, January 15, at the latest.

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:

This Friday, January 19, at 7:30 pm, In Stile Moderno, the ensemble founded by Advent Choir member Agnes Coakley Cox, performs at Cambridge Friends Meeting House in its first concert of 2018. Members of the Church of the Advent are very warmly invited – you may have heard Agnes and her husband Nathaniel perform in the prelude to the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. The concert is titled How Sweet the Torment: Madrigals of Monteverdi & his Contemporaries and features Agnes Coakley Cox (soprano), Nathaniel Cox (cornetto and theorbo) and Simon Martyn-Ellis (theorbo and Baroque guitar) performing works by Claudio Monteverdi, Bellerofonte Castaldi, Benedetto Ferrari and others. Tickets are $25/$10 (concessions) and are available at the door. For more information please pick up a postcard downstairs or visit

January 15-21, 2018

Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King Jr Birthday (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, January 16
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 17
Antony of Egypt
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 18
The Confession of St Peter
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry Meeting
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 19
Wulfstan of Worcester
7:30 pm: Ghost Stories for a Winter’s Evening

Saturday, January 20
Fabian of Rome
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Seminar: A Hopeful Path Forward

Sunday, January 21
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
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
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Evensong & Solemn Benediction; Lecture

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