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.


9:00 Coffee Hour.  Betsy & Peter Madsen and Barbara Boles host the Coffee Hour this morning.  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.  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, Frederick Ou (, or Kyle Pilares (

The Blessing of Chalk:  St Matthew tells us that when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to visit Jesus, they found him and his mother in a house, not the stable where they had found their first temporary shelter.  This is a cue that our Epiphany celebration should focus on our own houses, and it is a very old custom to bless houses on Epiphany.  In the East, in particular, it is the custom for the parish priest to go through the parish blessing houses—not the elaborate blessing of a new home, but a special blessing that is also often given at Easter, a renewal of the homes in which the people of God dwell and live out the mystery of faith day by day.  In recent years, this custom has been revived in some places in the West, and The Book of Occasional Services of the Episcopal Church provides forms for this blessing.  However, there is another way of blessing homes at Epiphany that begins in church, but does not require the priest to go from house to house—something that would be quite impossible in many non-geographical parishes in the modern world.  This custom involves chalk that is blessed by the priest and taken home by families to mark the doors of their homes.

On this, the first Sunday after Epiphany, we will bless chalk during the 9:00 Mass to be used to hallow all our homes throughout our parish and our city.  The chalk will be available at the back of the Church, so please take some home with you.  The initials of the legendary names of the wise men are written with blessed chalk on the lintel above the front door of the house, framed by the numbers of the new year, in this way:

20 + G + M + B + 17

After making the inscription, the following prayer is offered:

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People:  And with thy spirit.

Leader:  Let us pray.  O Lord, holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech you to hear us and vouchsafe to send your holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, protect and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this home.  I call upon your Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family, friends and all who enter here from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a reminder to us that my home is truly the house of the Lord.  O God, make the door of my house the gateway to your eternal Kingdom.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.


Advent 101—A Class for Newcomers—January 8 and 15 in the Frisby Room between the Masses:  New to the Advent?  Today, January 8, and next Sunday, January 15, Advent 101 meets in the Frisby Room between the 9:00 and 11:15 masses.  The class is designed to orient you to life at the Advent, introduce you to other newcomers and parishioners, and teach some basics about our history, worship and ministries. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Fr Wood (

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 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 ( or Fr. Wood (

Bible Study Continues—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish?  Join us in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am.  We are currently studying the second and third Epistles of John.


Next Sunday, January 15—Organ Recital, Solemn Evensong & Benediction, and E&B Talk:  Our monthly service of Evensong & Benediction at the Advent resumes next Sunday, January 15.  The evening begins with a 4:30 organ recital by our own Katelyn Emerson, who will play the complete Symphonie Gothique of Charles-Marie Widor, based on Gregorian chant themes from Christmastide.  Solemn Evensong & Benediction follows at 5:00, featuring the Tallis Latin Evening Service, Oculi omnium by Byrd, and Howells’ setting of Behold, O God, our defender. 

Immediately following E&B, join us downstairs in Moseley Hall for a light supper and to hear a talk by our friend and neighbor in the Back Bay, Pastor Ingo Dutzmann of First Lutheran Church in Boston.  On October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Theses” to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, German, lighting the match that sparked the Protestant Reformation.  The Advent will observe the 500th anniversary of that momentous event all 2017 in forums like Entr’acte and a Luther reading group, and Pastor Dutzmann has agreed to kick off the year by speaking at our first E&B Talk.  Evensong and the supper is a perfect way to cap off the Lord’s Day, particularly when we share them with our Lutheran friends in Boston, so please come join us!


An Important Message From the Clerk:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 29, 2017.  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 2016 so that you can vote in the January, 2017 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 29, 2017, at 10:00 am.

Faithfully yours,
Frederick Ou, Clerk

The Nominating Committee has proposed the following persons to stand for election to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting on January 29, 2017:

Eric Baldwin
C. Thomas Brown
Christopher Laconi
Philip Le Quesne
Kyle Pilares
Tony Pulsone
Rachael Ringenberg

There are four three-year terms and one year of Nathan Cleveland’s term to be filled.

Also nominated for one-year terms are:

For Clerk:
Frederick Ou

For Treasurer:
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 (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.

The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 29, 2017.  Contributions to the 2016 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 6, 2017.  All heads of committees or groups are expected to submit a report.  Electronic submission is preferred.


Volunteers Needed—Help the Advent serve dinner at Epiphany School this Thursday, January 12.  One way the Advent loves our city is by volunteering to serve dinner at the Epiphany School, an independent, tuition-free middle school in Dorchester for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods.  The Advent will serve dinner to the kids at Epiphany on Thursday January 12, and we need 4-7 volunteers to be there from 3:45–6:00 pm.  Dinnertime at Epiphany is a wonderful opportunity for students, families, and volunteers to work together to create a nutritious meal.  Please contact Kara Rodgers ( if you can serve.

The Boston Harbor Deanery will be holding a Stop Hunger Now event hosted by the Church of the Advent on Saturday, January 28, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

What is Stop Hunger Now?  Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Their 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.

Between 2 and 3 volunteers will be needed from our church to participate in the event which will be run by a team from Stop Hunger Now.  Those who have done this before say 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.  To signup please contact Advent’s seminarian Eric Fialho at


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sundays, January 15 and January 29.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (

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:


Pledges for 2017 continue to arrive.  It is never too late to make a pledge.  Remember, you can pledge on line by going to the parish website and clicking the “Pledge Online” button. 

As of this past Thursday we have received 184 pledges, pledging a total of $451,253.  61 have increased their pledges by 17%, and there are 14 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 52 parishioners who pledged a total of $86,002 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 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. If you asked for envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 ext 122, email:

January 9-15, 2017

Monday, January 9
Julia Chester Emery
5:3o pm: Beacon Hill Seminars Kickoff

Tuesday, January 10
William Laud of Canterbury
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 11
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 12
Aelred of Rievaulx
10:00 am: Play Group
4:30 pm: Epiphany School Serving
5:30 pm: Conservancy Party
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 13
Hilary of Poitiers
10:00 am: Play Group

Saturday, January 14
10:oo am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, January 15
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Advent 101
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Evensong & Solemn Benediction; E & B Lecture

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