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 megwnelson@gmail.com.

9:00 Coffee Hour. Megan & Michael Zadig and Rachel & Rob Braman host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and Robb Scholten.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com. or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Julius Krein, Ciarán DellaFerra, Daniel Orsen and Fatima Gassama host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  We are always 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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).  

Entr’acte—This morning at Entr’acte, Fr Warren continues a study of some of the writings of St Paul.  Today we will look at Philippians; and finally, on the 18th, I Corinthians.  To prepare for the study, please read through and think about the Epistle before the Sunday on which it is to be discussed.

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

Today is the Sunday known as Laetare Sunday, the fourth in Lent.  The name is taken from the first word of the Introit of the Mass, Laetare, Jerusalem et conventum facite omnes qui dilitis eam.  . . “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and come together all you that love her . . .”  (Isaiah 66:10).  Like Gaudete Sunday in Advent, it is a day on which the fast and discipline of the season are relaxed.  A sign of this are the flowers on the Altar and in the Church which are permitted today and the rose vestments of the Mass.

Breaking the Lenten Fast is also a mark of the day, and for that reason today is also known as Refreshment Sunday.

There is yet another name for today, Mothering Sunday.  This is taken from a phrase in the Epistle appointed in the Roman Missal and Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer:  “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”  (Gal 4:26).  This gave rise to the custom of visiting one’s mother on this Sunday—it is the English Mother’s Day—or of visiting the Church where one was baptized and therefore born as a Christian or visiting the Cathedral, the Mother Church of one’s Diocese.

Many thanks to those who prepared and served the mid-day meal at Common Cathedral last Sunday.  Things went very smoothly and those who shared in the meal were grateful.  Particular thanks to the Advent Youth Group for being part of this mission project.

Mark Dwyer Recital, today, March 11, at 4:00 pm.  Organist Mark Dwyer returns to All Saints Church, 10 Irving St, Worcester to play The Ronald Stalford Memorial Recital, a varied program of music associated with Worcester musicians on the grand 135-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ of All Saints Church.  Featured will be the colorful and virtuosic Pageant of Autumn as well as the lush Arioso by Leo Sowerby, for whose music Ronald Stalford was the chief advocate.  The program will be 70 minutes long, and a reception follows.  Free parking lot in rear of church.   

 Compline at the Advent—This evening, March 11, 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 (frhanson@theadventboston.org).  


The Devil, The Lamb, and the Throne:  The Book of Revelation Bible Study—Continuing this Wednesday, March 14, Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho leads a study of the Book of Revelation.  The study will cover the many beguiling and mysterious themes, symbols, and images presented in the last book of the Bible.  Close attention will be paid to the book’s historical context, its eschatological themes, and its main theme of good versus evil.  The study will meet every Wednesday through March 21 at 7:00 pm. in the Library.  For this week, please read Chapters 10-18.  

On Thursdays during Lent at 6 pm, Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be prayed in the church.  At Stations we meditate on the events which led to the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.  At Benediction we meditate on his Risen Presence with us in the Blessed Sacrament, which flows from his atoning and sacrificial death.  He had to die in order that we might live with and in Him.  That is a truth we think and pray about during the holy season.  Stations and Benediction is a helpful means to that end.  Consider making it a part of your week. 


Next Sunday, March 18, there will be an Organ Recital at 4:30 pm by Jeremiah Stephenson playing the of Bach, Eben and Franck.  Then the Advent Choir sings a Solemn Evensong and Benediction beginning at 5:00 pm.  They will sing music by Desprez, Dufay, Neswick and Poulenc. 

Maundy Thursday Foot Washing . . .  As part of the Maundy Thursday Liturgy, the feet of twelve parishioners are washed by the clergy in imitation of Our Lord’s action at the Last Supper with his disciples.  If you wish to be part of this very moving ceremony and have your feet washed, please sign up in Moseley Hall.  

Could you not watch with me one hour?  (Matthew 26:40)  A Vigil of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Maundy Thursday following the Solemn Mass until midnight.  If you would like to take part, please sign up for a particular period so that we have a person present at all times. 

Holy Week, as I have said before, can be a time for revival and a deepening of one’s faith.  It can also be a time for conversion and re-conversion.  Many people who have fallen away from the Church, return to an active faith when they have made the pilgrimage of Holy Week.  Others, who may not be Christians at all, but only curious, have been converted during Holy Week and then seek to be baptized. 

Why not invite at least one friend to accompany you to the services of the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Day).  Coming alone can be somewhat daunting, but being invited and attending with a friend is not too great a leap.  There are cards at the entrances to the Church.  They have all the information about our Holy Week services.  Given them to your friends.  Take as many as you wish to invite others to commit to join you or simply to come on their own.  Father Warren  

The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for  flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays April 8, 15, 22 and 29.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com)

Can you help the Advent Flower Guild?  Preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without reinforcements from outside the flower guild.  Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:

  • Maundy Thursday, March 29, 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Holy Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm—please try to arrive by 11:00 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful
  • Saturday April 7, 10:00 am (Post-Easter cleanup)

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.  Help is especially needed on Saturday, March 31. 


A schedule of Holy Week services at the Advent can be found on the antepenultimate page of Sunday’s bulletins and online.

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

The Advent Bookstore has received copies of our own Katelyn Emerson’s new CD recorded here at the Advent.  They are available for sale.

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: nsheffer@newview.org.


This is the last update for Stewardship 2018.  The full list of pledgers will be printed in the bulletin for Easter Sunday.

So far we have received 196 pledges, pledging a total of $500,599.  66 have increased their pledges by 21%, and there are 17 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 31 parishioners who pledged a total of $29,805 last year.

There are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church.  And you can pledge online by going to the parish website and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.

There a few boxes of pledge envelopes waiting to be picked up at the back of the Church.  If you requested envelopes when you pledged, please pick them up.

March 12-18, 2018

Monday, March 12
(Gregory the Great)

Tuesday, March 13
(James Theodore Holly)
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 14
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm: Lenten Series

Thursday, March 15
6:00 pm: Stations & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 16
6:00 pm: Barbara Pym Dinner

Saturday, March 17
(Patrick of Ireland)
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, March 18
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass with the Great Litany in Procession
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass with the Great Litany in Procession
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction

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