The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Svend and Helga Norregaard.

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 HourAngie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Barbara Boles and Darcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone. 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. Melanie McNaughton and Nicholas Edwards and Catherine Birdwell host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Karen Chaney, Charles Dale, George McCormick and Philip LeQuesne. 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 (

Healthcare workers commissioning—TODAY at 9 am and 11:15 am—Adventers involved in any aspect of health care are invited—even encouraged—to receive God’s blessing on their work at the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses.  Nurses, physicians, therapists, technologists, researchers:  no matter what your role, come forward with your colleagues for commissioning and blessing.

Entr’acte Continues!  Fr Hanson is leading a four-week Entr’acte series on “The History and Practice of Morning & Evening Prayer.”  All of us desire a strong prayer life, but many of us do not know how to use the handiest prayer resource available to contemporary Episcopalians, the orders for Morning and Evening Prayer in our Prayer Book.  What is the history behind these remarkable structures for daily prayer, and, more important, how can we learn how to use them together or alone to strengthen our prayer life?  This series will combine historical study with practical advice on how to recite Morning and Evening Prayer, formally at the Church of the Advent, or with family or friends or alone.

Advent Tour:  This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building.  Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building.  Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets.  Meet him in the Baptistry.  The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude.

Our series of Evensong, Recital and Light Supper and Talk begins this afternoon! At 4:30pm, organist Bryan Kirk will present works of Bach, Lemmens, and Widor. Join the Choir of the Church of the Advent for a service of Evensong and Benediction at 5 pm, featuring music of Byrd, Villette and Davison. At 6 pm, following the service, a light supper will be served in Moseley Hall and our new Associate Organist & Choirmaster, Katelyn Emerson, will present an illustrated travelogue of her Fulbright year in France. Come and help us kick off the season and welcome Katelyn! All are welcome.

From Ross Wood: “Thank you one and all for the extraordinarily delicious and generous send-off at Michaelmas.   I will always count my tenure at Advent as the best years of my life.  Thank you for making it so.”


Copies of a Calendar of Events for the month of October may be found on the tables at the Brimmer Street and Mount Vernon Street entrances.


On Wednesday, November 2nd, at 6:30, a Solemn Mass will be sung for All Souls’ Day. The Choir and Orchestra of The Church of the Advent will offer Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626 within the context of the liturgy. The eccentric count Franz von Walsegg commissioned the Requiem from Mozart anonymously, through intermediaries. The count, an amateur chamber musician who routinely commissioned works by other composers and passed them off as his own, wanted a Requiem Mass he could claim he himself composed to memorialize the recent passing of his wife. However, Mozart’s untimely death prevented the completion of the work, and its completion was fulfilled by others, chiefly Franz Xaver Süssmayr. Nevertheless, despite its mixed pedigree, the Mozart Requiem has become one of the most beloved masses for the dead in the repertoire, and it is justly renowned for its beauty, its drama, and its pathos.

Confirmation Classes Rescheduled for Next Spring // The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next confirmation services are in the spring, and in light of the relatively few sign-ups for classes that were to begin this fall, we’ve decided to run the classes on Wednesdays in Lent as we’ve done for the past few years. Adults and teens who are interested should still email for more information and to sign up for a class.

Small Groups at the Advent.  The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group to form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together.  Existing groups  meet near the church, but we’d like to expand to other areas of the city.

  • Are you part of an existing group?
  • Would you like to join a group?
  • Would you be interested in hosting a group?

Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’re exploring small groups for the first time, come be part of this aspect of community life at the Advent.  For more information, contact Fr. Sammy (617.697.8528,

God didn’t make us to be alone; he made us for community.
Get closer to God by drawing closer to each other. 


Coat Drive to benefit Friends of the Children, Boston—through 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.

Special Collection for Haiti // This Sunday, the Advent is collecting funds to assist hurricane relief efforts in Haiti. Over 1000 people have died, and the death toll continues to rise as responders struggle to reach areas hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew. And these suffering people now must deal with malnutrition because of damage to crops, livestock, and fishing boats, as well as a cholera outbreak. Please give as God leads you — place your offering in the plate in the aisle at the rear of the nave before or after the service. There are also slips available to give via credit card, or you may give online at All the funds raised will be given to Episcopal Relief & Development. Thank you, and pray for Haiti.

A Prayer for First Responders

Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment to love one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Funeral Planning:  Forms for the planning of your funeral may found at the entrances to the Church.  It is enormously helpful to loved ones and to the clergy, if you fill one of these out indicating your wishes in as much detail as you wish.  It will then be filed in the Parish Office until needed.  This will relieve family, friends, and the clergy of having to make decisions for you about the Service after your death.  This is often very difficult and sometimes painful at a time of loss and grief.

If you wish to talk to one of the clergy about this, they will be glad to do so.  Please consider very seriously filing out an Advent Funeral Form.   If you wish a form sent to you electronically, please get in touch with the Parish Office. — Father Warren

There is an opening for flower memorials or thanksgivings for Sunday, November 13. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email

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:

October 17-23, 2016

Monday, October 17
Ignatius of Antioch
9:00 am: Morning Prayer
12:15 pm: Low Mass
7:00 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, October 18
St Luke the Evangelist
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 19
Henry Martyn
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, October 20
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 21

Saturday, October 22

Sunday, October 23
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

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