The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the Church of Advent and its ministries.  The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Werner Suter.

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

9:00 Coffee Hour. Melissa Fox and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be David Russo & Matt McNeff and John Boyd.  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.  Betsy, Jay & Sam James and Frederick Ou host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Nest week the hosts will be Anh and Philip Sawyer.  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  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, Roxy Hanson ( or Kyle Pilares (  

This year’s Walk for Hunger was a huge success!  An enormous thank you to all the many Advent Parishioners who have so generously donated to Project Bread this year.  We raised a record $12,240!  Thanks to all Team Advent walkers, especially Fr Warren who joined us for the Advent Mile.  Congratulations to all the completed the 20 mile walk—to the young ones and some of us older ones!  It was a great group this year with some new faces !  Thank you one and all!  — Suzi Briggs

Compline at the Advent—TONIGHT, May 13, at 8:00 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. If you wish to help us organize our service of Compline, please contact Kyriell Palaeologue (, 617-396-6225) or Fr Jeffrey Hanson ( We need (1) a person in charge of refreshments, (2) a reader of the scripture passage, (3) an acolyte for the Lucernarium and (4) a thurifer.


A Requiem Mass will be celebrated this Saturday, May 19, at 1:00 pm for the repose of the soul of Jack Gallimore, a long-time member of the Church of the Advent, who died this past Monday.

May his soul and the souls of all the Faithful Departed,

By the mercy of God,

Rest in Peace.  Amen.

Father Warren

The Wednesday morning Bible study group is currently reading the Epistles to the Galatians and the Ephesians.  That’s at 10 am in the Library. 

First Communion Class – First Communions will be on the Feast of Pentecost, May 20, this year. The final class to prepare young people in the parish to make their First Communion will be Saturday, May 19 from 11:00 am to 11:30 am in the Church.  At least one parent should plan to attend the class alongside the child. 

For parents considering whether their child is ready for this step in faith development, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:  Your child must wish on their own to begin receiving Communion.  You must agree that this is appropriate, and you should feel that on some level your child understands the meaning of Holy Communion. We’re not talking Thomas Aquinas here; rather that your child, through emotion or intuition or what has been learned in the Church School, has a grasp of the meaning of the mystery of the Sacrament of the Altar.  If you or your child have any questions, please speak to the any of the clergy, who will be very happy to explain.  If you wish your child to be part of the classes, speak to Father Warren. To sign up for the class, RSVP to


Newcomers’ Brunch—Next Sunday, May 20, Father James and Betsy are hosting a Newcomers’ Brunch.  All newcomers to the parish are invited to attend.  Please make your way to 43 South Russell Street after both the 9:00 am and the 11:15 am Masses.  If you are new to the Advent—i.e, if you started attending during the last year, and/or have never been to a previous Newcomers’ Reception—this will be an opportunity for you to meet other members of the parish and some of the parish leadership.  We are glad to have you as a part of our parish family.  43 South Russell Street is a 10 minute walk up Pinckney Street, left on Anderson Street, right on Myrtle Street, and left on South Russell Street.  43 South Russell Street is half way down the street on the left.  See you there!

Calling all parents of rising 7th through 12th graders!  Fr James and Gabriel Ellsworth invite you to a brief meeting after the 9:00 Mass on Sunday, June 3.  They will discuss plans for the 2018-2019 Church School year for the youth of our parish.  Please plan to attend this gathering and learn about what is in store for next year.  

More Processiontide!  We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, May 20.

Trinity Sunday’s Solemn Mass with Te Deum on May 27 will conclude with the Te Deum of Ralph Vaughan Williams. 

Corpus Christi’s Mass with Procession-Around-the-Neighborhood and Benediction, on Thursday, May 31, with music by William Byrd and with a brass quartet playing for the procession.  The guest preacher will be the Rev’d Patrick T. Gray, Rector of Christ Church, South Hamilton.  

Mission and Outreach Needs You! Are you interested in serving your community and bringing the peace of Christ to those in need? Mission and outreach minded people are encouraged to attend a brainstorming meeting on June 3 after the 11:15 Mass in the Library. Mission and outreach plans for the coming year will be discussed and all input is welcomed. Any questions? Contact Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho at


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:

May 14-20, 2018

Monday, May 14

Tuesday, May 15
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, May 16
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, May 17
Beacon Hill Garden Club Tour
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 18
10:00 am: Advent School Grandfriends Day

Saturday, May 19
Dunstan of Canterbury
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
11:00 am: First Communion Class
1:00 pm: Requiem Mass

Sunday, May 20
The Feast of Pentecost (Whitsunday)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
Newcomers’ Reception (at 43 South Russell Street)
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass
Newcomers’ Reception (at 43 South Russell Street)

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