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. Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Mary & Paul Roberts and Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen.  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. Michael & Janell Sauer and Michael Gnozzio host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Julius Krein, Frank Olney, Christopher Laconi and Kyle Pilares. 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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).

It is about time . . . that something was said about the Vidi aquam which takes place at the beginning of Mass during Eastertide.  During this preparatory rite, Holy Water is sprinkled on those present to remind us all of our own Baptisms, for as Baptism is our individual entry into the Body of Christ and the life of the Church, it is called to mind by this action at the beginning of the celebration of the Eucharist, which is itself the full and nourishing expression of the life of the Church.  During the sprinkling or aspersion the following verse from the Prophet Ezekiel is sung.  It is the account of a vision had by the Prophet (Ez. 47:1) and alludes also to the water and blood which flowed from Christ’s pierced side (John 19:34), as well as to a similar vision recorded in the Revelation to John (22:1).

I beheld water proceeding from the temple, on the right side thereof alleluia; and all they to whom that water came were healed, every one, and they say alleluia, alleluia.  O give thanks unto the Lord for he is gracious:  and his mercy endureth forever.

A similar action takes place at the beginning of the Mass in some Churches.  It is more somber and penitential in tone than the Vidi aquam, but serves the same purpose—to remind those present of their baptisms as they prepare to worship at Mass.  During this rite, which is known as the Asperges, Psalm 51:7 followed by verse 1, is sung:

Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, O Lord, and I shall be clean; though shalt wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.  Have mercy upon me, O Lord, according to thy great goodness.

At both the West and South entrances of the church there are small receptacles for Holy Water.  These are called stoups (from the Middle English for “cup”).  They are simply an everyday extension of the Asperges and the Vidi aquam and are a good thing to make use of.  Whenever we enter a church physically, we may, by blessing ourselves with Holy Water from the stoup, remind ourselves of Baptism, which is our spiritual entrance into the whole of the Holy Catholic Church.

Today is the last Sunday at the Advent for our Seminarian, Eric Fialho.  Please take the opportunity to thank him for his contributions to the Advent this past year.  Eric returns in September as Pastoral Assistant.


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.

“Procession-Tide” Beginneth!  This coming Thursday, May 25, is the Feast of the Ascension.  A Procession & Solemn Mass will be sung at 6:30 pm, followed by a festive reception.

The preacher will be the Rev’d J. Matthew Tucker, Rector of Christ Church, Bordentown, New Jersey, since 2008, the same year he graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary.  He is an active firefighter and Chaplain of the City, and is the Chaplain of the Burlington County Firefighters Association; he serves the diocese on the Congregational Development Committee, the Committee on Deceased Members, the Youth Ministry Task Force, and the Disciplinary Board. Fr Matt is married to Doan Huynh Tucker, and they have a locally famous cat, Griffin P. Buttersnaps Tucker.


More Processiontide!  The High Mass for Pentecost will be an orchestral mass, with the Mozart Missa Brevis in D Major, K V 194 being sung by the Advent Choir and Orchestra.  Included will be the much-loved Ave verum corpus KV 618, and Tallis’s stunning Loquebantur variis linguis.

Trinity Sunday’s Solemn Mass with Te Deum will feature English music of all-Tudor composers, including the beloved Taverner Missa “Small Devotion,” and the new (to us!) Te Deum “for trebles” by William Mundy.

Corpus Christi’s Mass with Procession-Around-the-Neighborhood and Benediction includes music for Brass Quartet and music by Renaissance Spaniards Lobo and Guerrero.

First Communion Class—The next class to prepare young people in the parish to make their First Communion will be Saturdays, June 3, from 10:30 am to noon in the Church.  At least one parent should plan to attend the class alongside the child.  First Communions will be on Pentecost, June 4, this year.


The Mission and Outreach team meets today in the Library following the 11:15 Mass.

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:

  • 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.


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.

May 22-28, 2017

Monday, May 22
5:30 pm: Beacon Hill Village Party
6:30 pm: AGO Meeting

Tuesday, May 23
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, May 24
Jackson Kemper
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, May 25
Ascension Day
6:30 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass; Reception

Friday, May 26
Augustine of Canterbury

Saturday, May 27
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 28
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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