The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Daniel James Macmillan.

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. Mary & Paul Roberts and Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Rachael & Joe Ringenberg and Melissa & Eric Baldwin. 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. Julius Krein, Christopher Laconi and Kyle Pilares host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Eric Aho, Michael Oliveri, Karen Chaney, Thatcher Gearhart and Ginnie Pierce.  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  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, or Kyle Pilares (

Volunteers are needed to organize the Reception following the Mass and Procession on Corpus Christi, Thursday, June 15.  This is our last big celebration before the summer and one at which we have many visitors and guests.  The Reception should match the event—plentiful and fun!  And we will need folks to organize and help.  Please speak to Fr Warren or Fr Wood if you are willing to be a part of this.

The Walk for Hunger isn’t over quite yet!  Team Advent’s goal for this year was to raise $10,000, and thanks to many gracious folks at the Advent and elsewhere we’ve raised $8000 to date!  But if you haven’t donated yet, you still can—and a generous donor has offered to match any more donations up to the $1,000 that will put us at our goal!  To donate, just place a check in the offering plate or mail it to the church—and remember to put “Walk for Hunger” in the memo line.

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.

You may notice that, on Sundays outside of Eastertide when there is no Vidi aquam, members of the Altar party bless themselves with Holy Water from the stoup as they go by it in procession.  One of the responsibilities of the Deacon of the Mass, as assistant to the Celebrant, is to pass off water to the Celebrant.  Others simply take water for themselves.  Also, at the end of the Mass, having received the Blessed Sacrament, there is no need to bless oneself.  It’s done already.


Tomorrow is Memorial Day and the Parish Office will be closed. Morning Prayer is at 9:00 and the 12:15 Mass will be at the regular time; Evening Prayer is cancelled. 

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.

The next meeting of the Wednesday Night Reading Group will be this Wednesday, May 31, at 7 pm in the Church Library.  We will be discussing Chapter 6, “The Challenge of Easter,” of N. T Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus. 


More Processiontide!  The High Mass for Pentecost will be an orchestral mass, with the Mozart Missa Brevis in D Major, KV 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.  The guest preacher will be the Rev’d Jay Weldon, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Waban.

Picnic!  Picnic!  Picnic!  On Sunday June 18, we will have a summertime picnic in the Garden following the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses.  The Advent will provide hot dogs with all the trimmings and drinks of various kinds.  We ask members of the Parish to bring hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts.  Pray for good weather and feel free to dress appropriately.

Advance notice of something mentioned by Fr Wood last Sunday . . . a Pilgrimage to Greece.  A trip is being organized to take place next Spring, sometime after Easter.  This will complement our first two pilgrimages: to the Holy Land, to the Pauline sites in Turkey.  Now we will go to the New Testament sites in Greece.  Among the places visited will be Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Nauplion, and, of course, Athens.  As soon as the details are certain, they will be announced.


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.


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 for Sundays, June 25, July 2, July 16 and July 23.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (

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 29-June 4, 2017

Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day – Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, May 30
Joan of Arc
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, May 31
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:30 am: Fire Extinguisher Testing
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Compline Rehearsal
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, June 1
Justin Martyr
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, June 2
The Martyrs of Lyon
11:00 am: Holy Hour

Saturday, June 3
The Martyrs of Uganda
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, June 4
Pentecost (Whitsunday)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass

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