The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Peter Ward Britton.

If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please, if you will, fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we 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 at 617-480-3017 or by email.



 9:00 Coffee Hour. Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson and Nancy Macmillan host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week is the Annual Meeting and there is no Coffee Hour.  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. Today, Kyle Pilares and Christopher Laconi host the coffee hour this morning. We do not have hosts yet for next week.   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 or Frederick Ou (


Entr’acte continues this morning after the 9:00 am Mass. Vance Hosford will conclude a two-part discussion of Anglo-Catholicism and Church Architecture. That’s in the Library at about 10:20 am. Please try not to be late.


Church School: The Advent’s Church School program is a busy and exciting environment for Christian formation for the youngest members of our parish family. Nobody is too young—we even have a class for infants and their parents!—and class offerings run all the way through high school age. Classes happen every week after the 9:00 Mass. After your child goes forward to receive communion or a blessing, all children aged 3 and up head up to class on the 3rd floor of the parish house. Children meet at the doorway to the hall leading upstairs, and they go up to their classrooms as a group. Infants and toddlers (up to age 3) go with their parents to “Beulah Land” in the All Purpose Room just off the Parish Office. Children ages 3 – 6 go up to the 3rd floor and ages 6 – 9 go to the 4th floor for Godly Play, where they’re led in song, story and play as they learn to speak the vocabulary of our church’s rich heritage. Junior High students meet in Moseley Hall to help set up coffee hour, then head up to the Frisby room for class, and High School students meet with Fr Wood. For more information or to sign your child up, contact our Church School Coordinator Sarah Connor at or 617-480-3017.


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 11:15 Mass. After the 9:00 am Mass this morning, the Verger recommends you go to Entr’acte and hear what Mr Hosford has to say about our building! 


Choral Evensong, Solemn Benediction and Organ Recital: Our celebration of the Confession of St Peter continues this afternoon at 4:30 pm, when organist Peter Krasinski will present a recital consisting of a single work—his transcription for organ of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. That will be followed at 5:00 pm by a service of Choral Evensong and Solemn Benediction, featuring the music of Palestrina, Radcliffe, Stanford and Gjeilo.


Chalk that was blessed last Sunday can be found at the back of the Church along with a page describing how to use the chalk at your homes.


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 10 this year.


Gift Opportunities: Very good news. To date, we have received funds to pay for the renovation of the Frisby Room upstairs in the Parish House, and a donor has stepped forward and offered to underwrite the renovation of the remarkable West Doors of the Church. A third project remains:

A new High Mass Set and Frontal for Advent.   This is something we need badly.  A minor emergency, one might say.  Recently, our Sacristan showed me that the Advent frontal is deteriorating from the inside, and that the top panel is connected to the frontal itself by torn and rotting cloth.  It is quite beyond repairing.

The High Mass vestments, which in fact do not match the present frontal, have been repaired so many times that we are not going to be able to do this much longer.  Clearly, we need a new set of vestments to go with a new frontal.

And .  .  .  we are, after all, the Church OF the Advent.  We ought to have a High Mass Set and frontal which befits our title and our tradition.

So far we have had several very generous donations to this project, and there has been the promise made of other gifts. At present the cost is uncertain. We will have a better idea when there have been enough donations to know that we have ample money to begin the project and have a specific design created for the set and frontal. —Father Warren  



The Parish Office will be closed tomorrow for the Martin Luther King Birthday observance. Morning Prayer will be cancelled. A Mass will be celebrated at 12:15 pm. Evening Prayer will be said at 5:30 pm.


Bible Study Continues—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish? Join Fr Wood in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am as we begin a weekly informal Bible study on January 13. “Episcopalians as people of faith share a central conviction about the Bible: that God the Holy Spirit lives and breathes in these pages, and in those who seek with humility and compassion to understand such challenging, ancient texts.” (Roger Ferlo, Opening the Bible, NCTS vol. 2 (Boston: Cowley, 1997): 8.)


Community Groups—The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church. Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners and guests. Please contact Robb Scholten ( for more information. On January 27 we will begin exploration of Dean Andrew McGowan’s recently published book Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective.


Annual Parish Meeting – NEXT SUNDAY

January 24, 2016, 10:00 AM

The Annual Parish Meeting is Next Sunday, January 24! The Annual Parish Meeting of the Church of the Advent will take place on next Sunday, January 24. At this meeting reports on the state of the Parish are made by the rector and other members of the Parish. Vestry Members, Officers, and Diocesan and Deanery Delegates will be elected.

For the fourth year, the Meeting will be called to order immediately following a shortened 9 am Sung Mass, which is to say, at 10:00 am, and will take place in the Church as usual. This should give us a good hour to conduct the business necessary at the Annual Meeting, but, if need be, the 11:15 am Solemn Mass will be delayed until 11:30 am.

The Nominating Committee has proposed the following persons to stand for election to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting on January 24, 2016:

Lynda Blair                                          Jason Lewis

Dustin Henderson                              Virginia Pierce

Christopher Laconi                            Nathaniel Slater

David Lapin

There are four three-year terms and one year of the late Bruce Webb’s term 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 will be 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 (Christopher Laconi) 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 24, 2016.  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 2015 so that you can vote in the January, 2016 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 24, 2016, at 10:00 am.

Faithfully yours,

Christopher Laconi, Clerk


Hang those Chads! If you can assist at the Annual meeting Sunday, January 24, as a registrar of voters, poll worker, ballot counter, or bouncer, please let the Parish Administrator know. 617-523-2377 ext 122.



Confirmation Classes: The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation services are in May, so we are beginning classes in Lent. Adults and teens who are interested should email for more information or to sign up. All are welcome to attend, even as a refresher course on Christian basics!


Families@the Advent—Friday, February 5 at 5:30 pm in Moseley Hall: The Advent Family Group has its first regular meeting on Friday, February 5, from 5:30-8:00 pm in Moseley Hall. This group gathers at 5:30 on Fridays throughout the year to eat, pray, laugh, play, and live our lives together. For more information, or to RSVP so we’ll have enough food, contact Fr Sammy (



Volunteers Needed—Missions Opportunity in Dorchester—Fr Edwin Johnson (friend of the parish and a guest preacher for us last year) contacted Peter Madsen for help with a project at St Mary’s church in Dorchester. They need to rework the former fellowship hall, located below the main church, to make it suitable for a new tenant, and the first step is to insulate the windows. Peter has ordered 29 interior storm windows to be delivered in February, and the Advent donated a portion of the purchase price. The vendor’s website suggests that anyone who is handy can install them, so now we’re looking for some volunteers. If you’re interested in joining a team one Saturday this winter, please contact Fr Wood.


Welcome to the world, Alma May Ringenberg!—Baby Alma May Ringenberg was born to Rachael and Joe on the night of December 29 coming into the world at 8 pounds, 5 ounces of sweetness! The whole family is doing well, and now we want to show them some Advent loving care! If you can provide a meal to the Ringenbergs, just click to sign up for a specific day, and contact 617.823.7721 or to schedule a delivery. If you find it difficult to deliver a meal yourself, please consider leaving food for them at the church.




As of this past Thursday, we have 204 pledges, pledging a total of $517,463.  77 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 22 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 32 parishioners who pledged a total of $33,591 last year. 

Pledge Envelopes for 2016: If you made a pledge for 2016 and requested pledge envelopes, they can be found at the back of the Church on tables in alphabetical order. If you requested envelopes and cannot find them, call the Parish Office at 617-523-2377 ext 122.



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 24.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email

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:


January 18-24, 2016

Monday, January 18
Martin Luther King Birthday (Parish Office Closed)
Tuesday, January 19
Wulfstan of Worcester
5:30 pm      Community Supper
Wednesday, January 20
Fabian of Rome
6:00 pm      Healing Mass
7:00 pm      Bell Ringing
Thursday, January 21
Agnes of Rome
10:00 am     Play Group
5:15 pm        Property Committee
6:15 pm        Vestry
7:00 pm       Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, January 22
Vincent of Saragossa
8:30 am        Advent School Event
10:00 am      NO Play Group
Saturday, January 23
Phillips Brooks
8:00 pm       AA Meeting
Sunday, January 24
The Third Sunday after Epiphany
7:30 am      Morning Prayer
8:00 am      Low Mass
9:00 am      Sung Mass
10:00 am    Annual Meeting
11:15 am      Solemn Mass
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