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. Cassie & Jack Gurnon and Judy Bell & Francesco Piscitelli host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Michael & Megan Zadig and Barbara Boles.  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. Meg & Brent Nelson and Roxy & Jeff Hanson  host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Gabriel Ellsworth, Douglas Bond, Ellie Dixon and Xander Mojarrab.  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), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).

Entr’acte: This morning Jim Wood, our Parish Administrator, continues a Lenten series on “The Death of the Messiah,” an examination of the Passion Narratives in the four Gospels, based on Father Raymond E. Brown’s masterwork of the same name.  In particular, we will explore what the differences in the Gospel accounts tell us about the theology of the Evangelists and their communities.

This morning at the 9 am Sung Mass we will begin praying Eucharistic Prayer A once again as the Canon of the Mass.  It may be found on pages 361 to 366 of the Book of Common Prayer.

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 Postlude.

Today is the Third Sunday in Lent:  Lent was a period of preparation for those about to be baptized, and over time it became a period of penitence, self-examination and special devotion by all Christians as they prepared to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.  Lent was more than just an individual discipline, however.  It was something in which the whole community would engage together.  This year we at the Advent will again recapture the corporate nature of Lenten practice, and we call on every member of the Parish to consider joining others in the following common discipline.  Each week, those who wish will fast together from a particular pleasure, whether it’s sweets, coffee, entertainment, technology, etc., and we will all read the same scriptural passages and meditate upon the same theme each day.

A common devotional Guide, The Shape of Lent at the Church of the Advent, is available at the rear of the nave and online, and it lists the suggested fast for each week along with daily scripture readings which begin with the Creation and follow the history of Salvation up to its fulfillment in the New Creation of all things in the Resurrection of Jesus.

Engaging in communal fasts and corporate devotional practices will deepen our sense of community, as well as provide support and accountability for each of us in this rich liturgical season.  If you have questions, please get in touch with one of the clergy who will be happy to discuss it with you.  It is not too late to begin and join your fellow parishioners in this discipline.

This afternoon, at 5:00 pm, the boys from St Paul’s Choir School Harvard Square will sing Evensong, including music of Malcolm Archer, Sydney Nicholson and Josef Rheinberger.  Under the direction of John Robinson, the choir and school have experienced a renaissance, and we always enjoy their visits with us.  Prior to his work at St. Paul’s, Mr Robinson worked and received his education in England.  After training as a chorister and organist at Hereford Cathedral, John became Organ Scholar at Canterbury Cathedral, and subsequently at St John’s College Cambridge.  While at Cambridge, he accompanied the world famous choir of St John’s College on tour, in broadcasts and on recordings, as well as in daily chapel services.  Upon graduating he was appointed Assistant Organist of Carlisle Cathedral, and subsequently Assistant Organist of Canterbury Cathedral.

Prior to the service, at 4:30 pm, St. Paul’s newly-appointed Assistant Music Director Jeremy Bruns will present an organ recital including music of Mendelssohn, Howells and Demessieux.  He has held positions in Buffalo, Boston and Pittsburgh, and at St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

At 6:00 pm, following the service, a soup supper will be offered and our own Dr Philip Pfatteicher will present a talk on “Music and Martin Luther,” continuing our observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Dr Pfatteicher was born in Philadelphia and grew up there as a member of the Church of the Holy Communion.  He is a graduate of Amherst College cum laude with a major in English, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania with an MA and PhD in English, and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with an STM magna cum laude in systematic theology.  For thirty years he was Professor of English and Religious Studies at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and concurrently campus pastor there.  Upon his retirement from university teaching he was called as Associate Pastor of the First English Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh where he served for twelve years and concurrently was adjunct professor of church music at Duquesne University.  He is the author of some fifteen books, most recently: Journey into the Heart of God:  Living the Liturgical Year.  Philip Pfatteicher is a member of a number of professional societies, among which are the American Guild of Organists; the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers; the Hymn Society; the North American Academy of Liturgy; Societas Liturgica and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Can You Help?  Morning and Evening Prayer is scheduled to be prayed every day at 9:00 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Because pastoral responsibilities, it is becoming more and more difficult for the Clergy alone to maintain these Monday through Friday services, and so we badly need volunteers to conduct services if the present schedule is to continue.  Think about this, and if you are able to take on one of these evening services, please speak to Fr Warren 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. This week we continue our study of the Book of Revelation with Chapters 4 and 5.   

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.

Confirmation Class on Wednesday Evenings:  Confirmation class continues this Wednesday, March 15, after the 6:00 mass.  We meet downstairs in Moseley Hall from 7 until about 8.30 pm.  We will share a light supper and then Advent parish clergy or our seminarian will deliver a brief talk about the core tenets of Christianity and Anglicanism.  The next Confirmation service will be Saturday, April 29.  Adults and teens who are interested should email frwood@theadventboston.org for more information.

Women’s Bible Study—continues this Saturday, March 25—10 am-11:30 am in the Library:  Women have unique voices in scripture and in today’s church.  This bible study highlights their voices—and ours—by exploring how ancient prayers and stories inform us during this time of contemplation and reflection. Like the traditional Anglo-Catholic liturgy, these sessions will engage participants on many levels.  The facilitator, Advent parishioner Lurie Armandt, will guide participants in using interactive theatrical and artistic storytelling as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection.  Lurie is a graduate student at Emerson College studying Theatre and Community.  Her specific interest is around building community among women in the church.  Meetings will be on Saturdays March 18, March 25, April 1, and April 8, from 10:00 am—11:30 am in the Library.  Women interested in participating or who have any questions should contact Lurie at LuraineArmandt@gmail.com or Deacon Daphne B. Noyes at dbnoyes@gmail.com.


Is your money a discipleship issue?  Are you curious about what the Bible has to say about wealth?  Maybe you’re uneasy with American consumer culture and its emphasis on immediate gratification, tolerance of vast inequalities, and promotion of anxiety.  What if there was an alternate vision of real prosperity?  If you’d be interested in a conversation about how to live more simply, gratefully, justly, and generously, contact Fr Wood (frwood@theadventboston.org).  And watch the Mission Corner in the months to come for details about a parish conversation on financial discipleship.

Upcoming Mission Opportunities with the Advent:

  • BostonServe Project at Christopher’s Haven (May 6)
  • Walk for Hunger (May 7)
  • Parish Work Day (May 20)
  • B-SAFE (July 31-August 3)
  • Common Cathedral (August 20)

Help the Advent love our city to life—Watch this space for details about how you can get involved with these and other projects.

Young Life Boston Leadership Training:  Young Life is an international ministry that reaches out to high school and middle school students with the Gospel.  The mission of Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ by providing them with caring adult role models, fun and life-giving ways to spend time and the basic information about the Christian faith.  Young Life will be offering a Leadership Training course on Tuesday nights (7 – 9 pm) starting on April 4 and ending on May 16 at the Emmanuel Gospel Center (2 San Juan Street, Boston.)

Anyone interested in learning more about working with students through the ministry of Young Life in the city of Boston is invited to participate.  For more information, please contact Bjorn Anderson at bjornanderson@gmail.com or 603.475.4324 or Fr Wood at frwood@theadventboston.org.


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.

Pledge Envelopes: The following persons have not picked up their pledge envelopes.  They may be found in the Parish House lobby:  Peter Black, Drayton Freeman, Stephen Kennedy, Montgomery Link, Mr & Mr. Anthony Marfeo, Melanie McNaughton, Michael Oliveri, John Smith, and Ryan Taliaferro.

A schedule of Holy Week services at the Advent can be found on the penultimate page of this Sunday’s service 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. 

March 20-26, 2017

Monday, March 20
(Cuthbert of Lindisfarne)

Tuesday, March 21
(Thomas Ken of Bath & Wells)

5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 22
(James DeKoven)
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Confirmation Class
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, March 23
(Gregory the Illuminator)
10:00 am: Play Group
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 24
(Óscar Romero of El Salvador)
10:00 am: Play Group

Saturday, March 25
The Annunciation of Our Lord
10:00 am: Women’s Bible Study

Sunday, March 26
The Fourth Sunday in Lent (“Laetare”)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte / Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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