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

The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for Sammy, Renee, Ellie, Patrick and Flannery Wood.   

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. Rachel Johnson & Rob Braman and Megan & Mike Zadig. host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week will be Will Joyner & Linda Jones and Ray Porter. 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. This week’s Coffee Hour is hosted by grateful members of the Advent in celebration of Fr Wood’s eight blessed years of service here.  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 (

Because of the celebration there will be no Entr’acte today. 

A Message from Father Wood

By now many if not most of the parish have heard that I have accepted a call to become the rector at St Bartholomew’s Church in Nashville, Tennessee.  The excitement of this new call is certainly tempered by the profound sadness we have at leaving Boston and the Advent, both of which are deeply engraved on my heart.  But Renee and I feel God leading us into this next step, and we hope to have a chance to share that vision with each of you before we have to go.  I do ask for your prayers for us, for Ellie, Patrick and Flannery, and for St B’s, and you may rest assured that you and the Advent will never be far from our thoughts and prayers wherever God leads us.  Thank you for a blessed eight (!) years with you, and may God continue to bless you richly.

                                                            Affectionately and faithfully,
                                                                   Fr Sammy +

A Rogues’ Gallery of all the Rectors of the Church of the Advent since its inception in 1844 has just come to fruition in the Parish House Lobby.  This project has—believe it or not—taken five years to complete.  Fr Warren did the research and gathered the pictures and photographs.  Cassie Gurnon supervised the framing, which was done by Dave Poutré on Charles Street.  She and Jack hung the pictures.  Many, many thanks to all of those involved. 

So, come over to the Parish House and take a look at the Rogues.  There are sixteen.  They come in all shapes and sizes and, if they could speak, would have many interesting tales to tell.


Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans. 

Veterans’ Day will be observed this Friday, November 10.  The Parish Office will be closed.  The regular schedule will be in effect—Morning Prayer at 9:00 am; Low Mass at 12:15 pm; Evening Prayer is cancelled.


Compline at the Advent—Next Sunday, November 12, at 8 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.  There will be special music at the Compline service this evening and a reception will follow

Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (, or to register, go to  Please register by this Wednesday, November 8

Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots—Conference Banquet—Parishioners interested in the upcoming conference should know that a banquet is planned to conclude the event at the historic Club of Odd Volumes.  The banquet is to be held at 8 pm on Thursday, November 16, immediately following Solemn Mass at the parish.  The Club of Odd Volumes is located at 77 Mount Vernon Street. 

Given the unique nature of the venue, which is a private club dating from 1887, certain inflexible rules must be observed:

  • First, dress is coat and tie for gentlemen and equivalent apparel for ladies. No jeans or sneakers. 
  • Second, cell phones and photography are strictly prohibited. No cell phones will be allowed in the club for any reason.

The cost is $75 and must be paid in advance, before November 8.  Please sign up for the banquet at the same website for conference registration at:  Even if you are unable to attend the conference itself, please come along to the Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm on November 16  (The Very Rev’d Professor Andrew McGowan, Dean and President of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, will be our preacher) and join the conference speakers, the parish clergy, and conference participants afterward for a sumptuous dinner at 8 pm at the Club of Odd Volumes.  Please speak to Fr. Hanson if you have any questions.   

On Sunday, November 19 at 5 pm, there will be a special Evensong and Benediction.  At a light supper to follow, long-time friend of the Advent the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will speak to us about his experiences and perceptions regarding Muslim/Christian Relations in the Middle East, as well as his perceptions of the same in the West, entitled “For Better or Worse:  Just what do we want in the Middle East?”  It was supposedly said of John Foster Dulles as Secretary of State, that there was no situation which a few words from him could not make worse.  This is not only a caution to those so rash as to speak upon the subject, but also reminds of the long history of missteps and travail in the region.  There is now also a sense of fatigue affecting many who feel that Western efforts to intervene in the Middle East have all too often ended badly.  But probably everyone can at least agree that things are not as they should be.  While the remedies advanced are myriad and fragmented in consequence of a deep diversity of goals among the key actors, it is interesting to ask what a good outcome in the Middle East would be.  What is the place of Christians within that future and of the current religious diversity in the region?  What can we learn by reflecting upon where it all went wrong in the past?

The talk will reflect on or two key turning points and the impact of personal experience in the region upon these large questions.  It is hoped that these reflections will provoke a lively debate given the difficulty of arriving at definitive answers.

Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff is Director General of the World Dialogue Council, which promotes better relations between the many worlds of Islam and the West.  He was formerly Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral in Cairo where he has also advised the Anglican Bishop of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, the Most Rev’d Dr Mounir Anis, currently Primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.   


Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee consisting of John Higgins, Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Kara Rodgers, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  

The official Church of the Advent Staff Tee Shirt was inaugurated last Holy Week.  The design emphasizes the real, flesh and blood, and, if you will, space and time reality of the Incarnation.  Something which happened and is still happening.  It was borrowed from a Swedish journal of theology and is a human heart surrounded by the words of John 1:14—And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us—in the original Greek.  Since then, there have been requests for similar tee shirts from as far abroad as Christ Church, Hamilton!  We have, therefore, decided to abandon our unfair restriction to Staff members and offer these tee shirts to anyone who wishes one.  They come white and gray and in all sizes.  The price will be decided by the number of tee shirts ordered, but should be around $20.

The design and a specimen are posted downstairs.  If you would like one, email giving the size and color.

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:

November 6-12, 2017

Monday, November 6
William Temple of Canterbury
5:00 pm: Beacon Hill Village Meeting 

Tuesday, November 7
Willibrord of Utrecht
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 8
10:00 am: Beacon Hill Garden Club
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 9

Friday, November 10
Leo the Great (Veterans’ Day Observed – Parish Office Closed)

Saturday, November 11
Martin of Tours
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild (to 1:00 pm)

Sunday, October 12
The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

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