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.

A special message from our Bishops.

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 617-480-3017 or sarahwconnor@gmail.com.


 9:00 Coffee Hour. The hosts of the Coffee Hour this morning are Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay. Next week is Palm Sunday and there is no Coffee Hour. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Alfred Duhamel hosts the Coffee Hour this morning. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and there is no 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

Ent’racte continues this morning – Dr Philip Pfatteicher will talk about movements in the Lutheran Churches comparable to Anglo-Catholicism.


Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday, March 20, and finds its fulfillment on Easter Day, March 27, is the most significant and hallowed time of the Church’s year.  It is a spiritual journey in which we relive liturgically the events of the last week of Jesus’ life—those events which culminated in his Resurrection and our Salvation.  Therefore, like the Mass, it is an anamnesis—a re-presenting—of those events.  They are made present to us in the liturgies of Holy Week so that we may enter into them mystically and may be given deeper insights into their meaning.  Christians have found over the centuries that when they give themselves up to the disciplined and complete observance of Holy Week they are changed.  Their faith is confirmed; their joy is grounded in God’s sacrificial and saving love made real in Jesus.

I call all members and friends of this Parish to a diligent, disciplined, and prayerful observance of Holy Week in its entirety.  Let there be no halftime Christians during these sacred days.  Give yourself, devote yourself to this time and let God change you.

Copies of a guide to the Services of Holy Week, written by Father Warren, are to be found at the rear of the church and online.  You may find these helpful and you worship during this most important and holiest of times.

Confessions may be made any time during the week by appointment with one of the clergy.

We are very pleased to announce that our preacher for the Sacred Triduum and Easter Day this year is the Rev’d Dr Benjamin King. Father King was the Curate here at the Church of the Advent from 2001 until 2005. He left the Advent to become the Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard and is now an Associate Professor of Church History at the School of Theology of the University of the South and the Director of its Advanced Degrees Program. It will be real treat to have Fr / Dr King back with during Holy Week and we all look forward to it.

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.


Mission & Outreach Team Meeting—Sunday, March 20. The Mission & Outreach Team will meet on Sunday, March 20, after the 9 o’clock mass in the Frisby Room. Anyone is welcome to attend, so please join us if you have ideas for mission, a heart for mission, or would like to get personally involved in the mission of the Advent to Boston and the world!


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 thanksgiving for Sundays April, 3, 17, and 24.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email flowers.advent@gmail.com).

Can you help the Parish Flower Guild? The Flower Guild consists of nine people, so preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without additional help. Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:

  • Maundy Thursday, March 24, 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Holy Saturday, March 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

You do not have to come for the whole day; even an hour or two is helpful, and 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.

A schedule of Holy Week services at the Advent is on the antepenultimate page of the bulletin.

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

The Book Store: Shelves of books and music selected for Lent and Passiontide will be available through the season at the Advent Book Store. In addition, the Bookstore has a new shipment of Italian crucifixes, rosaries and Anglican prayer beads that have recently arrived.

Can You Help?  As Father Warren announced at the Annual Meeting, Katelyn Emerson will be joining the Advent Music Department in the fall and will be needing housing as of August 1, or September 1 at the latest.  She is looking for a rental (with or without roommates) preferably along the Red Line (Somerville?), with a rent under $1,200.  If you know of any such possible rentals, please email her at katelyn.emerson@gmail.com.

A list of those who have pledged to the 2016 Canvass will be printed in the bulletin on Easter Day.  If you have not yet pledged, it’s not too late.  There are pledge cards on the tables at the back of the Church, and you can pledge on line by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.  

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:  nsheffer@newview.org.

Chapel Hill Press has announced the publication of Called:  Memoirs of a Black Priest. the autobiography of the Rev’d Richard Cornish Martin, interim Rector of the Advent from 1996 to 1999.  Father Martin was ordained to the priesthood in 1962 and began his ministry as Episcopal Chaplain at Pennsylvania State University.  Recognized early on as a gifted and pioneering minister, leader, and healer, Father Martin was called to serve in increasingly prominent positions throughout the Episcopal church over the course of his life and career.  He was both honored and humbled by each call, and sought guidance from God in response to every request and opportunity.  Upon learning from doctors that he was nearing the end of his life on Earth, Father Martin set about writing his memoirs with the realization that he would not live to see the published version.  This is the story of an extraordinary man who devoted his life to serving the Lord and, in so doing, made lasting positive changes within the church and touched thousands of lives in the process.

If you are interested in ordering a copy, please sign up at the Advent Bookstore.


March 14-20, 2016

Monday, March 14

Tuesday, March 15

5:15 pm       Property Committee
5:30 pm      Community Supper
6:15 pm       Vestry

Wednesday, March 16

10:00 am     Bible Study
6:00 pm       Healing Mass
6:30 pm       Parish Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm       Bell Ringing

Thursday, March 17
(St Patrick of Ireland)

10:00 am     Play Group
6:00 pm       Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm       Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 18
(Cyril of Jerusalem)

10:00 am      Play Group
6:00 pm        Library Concert

Saturday, March 19
St Joseph

10:00 am     Advent Choir Rehearsal
12:00 pm     Acolyte Lunch & Rehearsal
8:00 pm      AA Meeting

Sunday, March 20
The Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday

7:30 am      Morning Prayer
8:00 am      Low Mass & Blessing of Palms
9:00 am      Procession of Palms & Sung Mass
10:15 am     Church School
11:15 am      Procession of Palms & Solemn Mass

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