The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the wedding yesterday of Kara Rodgers and Philip Marshall.

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. Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be Judy Bell and Fran Piscitelli. 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.  David Fisher, Philip Clark, Kyriell Paleologue and Thatcher Gearhart host the Coffee Hour today.Next week the hosts will be Meg Mill, Philip Le Quesne and George McCormick. We are always 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 (, Roxy Hanson ( or Kyle Pilares ( or Betsy James (   

This morning at Entr’acte, our adult education series, our resident Biblical scholar, Rick Stone, will begin a three-part study of the 2nd chapter of the Book of Genesis, a crucial and fascinating text.  This will take place on Sundays, October 21 and 28 and November 4.  That’s just after the 9:00 Mass in the Library.

To conclude Entr’acte for the year, Fr Warren will lead a three-part examination of various sects within what is called Christianity:  what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity.  Sundays, November 18 and 25, December 9.

An Important Message from the Wardens:  as mentioned in our letter to the Parish earlier this month, the Parish Questionnaire prepared by the Search Committee and approved by the Vestry is about to be circulated to Parishioners. Members of the parish should have already received a letter from the Wardens in their mailboxes this past week, which includes instructions for completing the questionnaire.  The mailing also provides information on how to confirm or supply your email address, so that we can send out a personal link to the questionnaire by email, as the questionnaire is being conducted online.  There will also be information on how you can request a paper copy of the questionnaire, if you strongly prefer to use that medium. 

C. Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.

Evensong & Benediction & Organ RecitalThis afternoon!! at 4:30 organist Janet Yieh, from Trinity Wall Street, offers music of Mendelssohn, Elgar, Beach and Duruflé.  At 5 pm, the Advent Choir will sing Evensong, including the St Paul’s Service of Herbert Howells.  Following the service, a light supper will be served, and Mark Dwyer will offer a brief talk on the colorful lives of this evening’s composers:  Basil Harwood, Max Reger and Howells. 

Sister Vassa Larin, a Russian Orthodox nun, was the speaker at the last session of Theology on Tap.  She is a very interesting person and was splendid that evening in her presentation on whether or not the Internet builds or destroys Communities.  The Sister has a web site,, and I commend it to everyone at the Advent.  Each week she provides a short, serious, and brilliant presentation of various theological and biblical topics.  They are also at times hilarious and often just plain wacky. Not to be missed! —Father Warren 



Advent 20 & 30-Somethings:  Please come next Wednesday, October 24, at 6 pm to Mass and stay afterwards for our traditional 20s & 30s martinis and pizza in the library, which will start with drinks and snacks at approximately 6:45 or 7 pm with pizza to follow shortly thereafter.  This is our first Mass and Martinis of the new season, so it would be lovely to have a good showing from the “old” 20s & 30s to welcome some of our newer members.  We hope to see you there!

(P.S. Evening prayer is said before Mass at 5:30 p.m., so do come along to that if the Spirit moves you so to do.)  With any questions please contact Kyriell Palaeologue at or 617-396-6225. 

Ghost Stories for an Autumn’s Night—This Friday, October 26, at 7:30 pm.  Ghost Stories returns again to the Advent this year.  Two tales of terror by medievalist and master writer M. R. James will be told by candlelight in the library.  Several haunting medieval songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Ports and cheeses will be on hand for sipping and nibbling for this night of a most pleasing terror.  Tickets are $15 through Eventbrite or $20 at the door.  All proceeds go to help Mission and Outreach ministries at the Parish.


All Souls Day will be observed on Friday, November 2, with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.

The setting for the All Souls Day Mass will be the Messe de Requiem of Alfred Desenclos sung by the Advent Choir.  Alfred Desenclos was born in Pas-de-Calais in 1912 and died in Paris in 1971.  He produced piano music, chamber music, choral music, songs, a symphony, a requiem as well as film scores.  His output is somewhat modest, partly because his studies as a composer were halted at age 20 so that he could support his family by working as an industrial designer, until restarting his musical education in 1929 at the Conservatory in Roubaix, studying the piano.  Following continued study at the Paris Conservatory, he won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1942.  In 1943 he assumed the position of the Director of the Conservatory in Roubaix.  In 1967 he was named Professor of Harmony at the Paris Conservatory.  His Requiem for chorus and organ or orchestra, written in 1963, has an impressionistic, atmospheric nature which reminds the listener of the more famous settings by Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré.  

On Thursday, November 8, Between the Eagle’s Heads, a film by Advent Parishioner, Sam Audette, will be shown in the Library at 7:30 pm.  Everyone is invited.  Sam made the film for his Bachelor’s thesis at the University of Chicago.  Shortly afterwards, it won a prize in the Best Shorts Competition and was featured in the Global Peace Film Festival, an organization which seeks to use films to promote understanding among various people and cultures which are markedly different, even antagonistic.

Sam describes his film in this way. “I wanted to capture something of the Islamic legacy in Spain, and in Toledo, as I felt at this moment a great civilization was being left out of the dialogue.  I ended up aiming to portray something of the joys of wandering as well.” 

Anglo-Catholic Roots II Conference:  Is Christ Divided?  Full Visible Unity—November 1 – 2 at the Church of the Advent.  The Catholic tradition specializes in this field, with a rich store of resources worth remembering and retrieving.  Speakers at this second conference on Anglo-Catholic Roots will take up scriptural, sacramental, ascetical, and dogmatic resources to describe and vindicate a fully Catholic understanding of the one Church, as Christ’s body across time and space.  They will also offer perspectives on the Anglican Communion as a family of churches called to holiness and apostolicity in service of the Whole.

Keynote Speaker:  the Rt Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee


Derek Olsen, PhD, former member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

The Rev’d Dr. Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary

The Rev’d Dr Matthew Burdette, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dallas, Texas

Christopher Wells, PhD, Editor, The Living Church

Optional banquet on the night of November 2 after Solemn Requiem Mass of All Souls, to be held at the Club of Odd Volumes.  Advance registration is required.  Registration:  $75 for employed persons, $50 for students and retirees, Banquet:  $75.  Sign up at

New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John:   Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Beginning on Wednesday, November 7 an in-depth five week course will be offered starting at 7:00 pm in the Library. Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will again lead a thought-provoking Bible Study.  All attendees will receive scripture journals.  Each session will last roughly 90 minutes and cover various histories, key themes, and enduring theologies as expressed in the shortest Epistles of the New Testament.  For more information please contact Eric at  


Food Drive Success!   In total the Parish received 214 canned food items and many boxes of dried food. In the end we donated roughly 300 lbs of food to the Boston Rescue Mission.  Well done Advent!  These donations truly go very, very far.  Eric Fialho, Pastoral Assistant

Advent Coat Drive!—October 20-November 24—One Warm Coat—Temperatures are dropping and the need for warm coats is rising.  In partnership with One Warm Coat, the Advent is collecting gently used, clean coats for women, children, and men.  Here’s how you can participate:  

  • Donate Coats: Bring clean, wearable items (zippers work, no missing buttons) to 30 Brimmer Street.  Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm.
  • Donate Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, with “Coat Drive” in the memo line.  Mail to Deacon Noyes 30 Brimmer Street, Boston 02108,  or put in the collection plate.
  • Spread the Word:  Visit One Warm Coat on Facebook, and see link to our drive on the Church’s Facebook page.  This option also provides for easy, secure, one-click donation. 


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:

Parishioner and Honorary Assistant, Dr Philip Pfatteicher, is the author of many books. One of his best is Liturgical Spirituality, published in 1997. Father Warren considers it to be the best book on the Liturgy he has yet read and has recommended it to numerous people who wish a deeper understanding of the worship and prayer of the Church.  Copies of Liturgical Spirituality are once again available in the Bookstore at various prices.  

Advent Beer Brewing: Advent Beer Brewing will take place on Saturday, October 27, at noon.  Everyone interested in lending a hand brewing a new batch of beer is welcome to join in the parish kitchen. 

October 22-28, 2018

Monday, October 22
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, October 23
St James of Jerusalem
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 24
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:30 pm: 20s and 30s Meeting

Thursday, October 25
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 26
Alfred the Great
7:30 pm: Ghost Stories

Saturday, October 27
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
12:00 pm: Advent Brewers

Sunday, October 28
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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