The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frances Lee and Barbara McCormick.

The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Staff Sgt Matthew Albert Pucino, US Army Special Forces.

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. Jonnet Holladay and Bette Boughton host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Matt McNeff & David Russo. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Karen Chaney, Julius Krein and Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Larry Civale and Dustin Henderson.  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 Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues ( or, Frederick Ou (, or or Kyle Pilares (

Why do we ask you to abstain from taking photographs during the Mass?  We are thankful that God has seen fit for us to worship in such a beautiful structure at the Church of the Advent.  However, use of electronic and photographic equipment during Services is not allowed, except by persons authorized by the Church of the Advent to do so.  This is so not just because it can be disruptive and distracting to those who are here to worship and pray, but also because what is about to happen here cannot be captured on film.  No camera is adequate to the task of capturing the holy moment, so please refrain from taking pictures until after the Mass so you can enter fully into that moment and meet God.  Thank you!

Entr’acte will resume on December 4 when Fr Hanson will continue a four part Entr’acte series on the Trinitarian Controversies which took place during the first four centuries of the Church’s history.

Community Dinner.  As we did last year, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin’ Donuts as their Christmas gift from the Advent.  This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter.  If you wish to make a donation—and we hope you do—send it in marked Donuts.


This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day.  There will be a celebration of the Mass with hymns at 10:00 am. 

The Parish Office will be closed this Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25.  On Friday, the holiday schedule will be observed—Morning Prayer at 8:30 am; Low Mass at 9:00 am; Evening Prayer is cancelled.


Next Sunday there will be no Entr’acte or Church School; instead, gather in the Library where you can make an Advent wreath for use at home. 

Advent Lessons & Carols—Please join us next Sunday, November 27, when at 4:30 pm Christian Lane, director of music at All Saints Church, Brookline, will offer an Organ Prelude Recital, and at 5:00 pm the Advent Choir will sing the popular service of Lessons & Carols for Advent Sunday.  Music featured will include works by Palestrina, Luther, Randall Thompson, Matthew Martin, Handl, Rachmaninoff, Łukaszewski, Clemens non Papa and Gabriel Jackson.  A gala reception will follow the service.


Coat Drive to benefit Friends of the Children, Boston—through Next Sunday, November 27—One Warm Coat—Got an extra coat—any size, adult or child?  Donate your lightly worn, clean coat to our coat drive, to benefit Friends of the Children, a nonprofit agency serving Boston’s most vulnerable children by breaking the cycle of poverty.  Questions?  See Deacon Daphne.  Thanks to all who have donated coats—your generosity will make a difference this winter (which seems to have arrived rather early!)

Help Make Beacon Hill Beautiful—Sunday, December 4, 2 to 5 pm—Hanging of the Greens—Every December our neighbors on Beacon Hill volunteer to decorate over 1,000 gas lamps that adorn our streets. Would you like to gather a group of Advent folks to hang garlands and bows on the lamps on our street from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, December 4?  If so, contact   Seek the good of the city where I have sent you . . . . (Jer. 29.7)


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:


The first returns for the 2017 Canvass are coming in. Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly!

As of this past Thursday we have received 75 pledges, pledging a total of $246,453.  19 have increased their pledges by 14%, and there are four new pledges.  We have still to hear from 151 parishioners who pledged a total of $292,376 last year.

The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far.  If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.

If you did not receive a 2017 stewardship packet in the mail, there are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church.  And you can pledge on line by going to the parish website and clicking the “Pledge Online” button..

November 21-7, 2016

Monday, November 21
7:00 am: Organ Tuning

Tuesday, November 22
Clive Staples Lewis

5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 23
Clement of Rome

10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
8:00 pm: Rehearsal

Thursday, November 24
Thanksgiving Day – Parish Office Closed
NO Play Group
10:00 am: Mass

Friday, November 25
James Otis Sargent Huntington—Parish Office Closed
NO Play Group
8:30 am: Morning Prayer
9:00 am: Mass

Saturday, November 26
12:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, November 27
The First Sunday of Advent – Feast of Title & Dedication
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Wreath-Making
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Advent Lessons & Carols

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