The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Charles Muller deFerrier. 

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. Judy Bell & Fran Piscitelli and Cassie & Jack Gurnon host the Coffee Hour this morning. 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. Meg Mill, Philip Le Quesne and George McCormick host the Coffee Hour today.  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, continues with the second of a three-part study of accounts in the Book of Genesis.  This morning he will examine the fascinating story of Noah and the Flood, which has given rise to all kinds of speculations.  ( Genesis chapters 6, 7, 8. )  Entr’acte takes place just after the 9:00 Mass in the Library.  Next week we will consider the puzzling account of Abraham and Isaac.

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.

Important Announcement Regarding the Parish Questionnaire:  The Parish Questionnaire prepared by the Search Committee is now available.  By now, members of the Parish should have received a packet in the mail with instructions on completing the questionnaire, and an email link to the on-line survey.  If you have not received either your mail packet or your email link, please contact the Advent Questionnaire Administrator, Kyle Pilares, at or, if necessary, by phone at 860-977-3384.  We encourage everyone to complete the questionnaire in a thorough, thoughtful, and prayerful manner.  

Please note that responses to the questionnaire are due by Monday, November 19, 2018. 

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

If you do not wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament in your hand, but rather on your tongue, please open your mouth and extend your tongue.  If you do not extend your tongue, this risks the person administering the sacrament putting their fingers in your mouth.  The is something they do not want to do, nor should you wish to happen, and is considerably less decorous and pious than receiving in your hand.

The Mount Vernon Street Doors:  Sometime in the next few weeks one of the two pairs of doors at the Mount Vernon Street entrance will be removed for much needed repairs and refinishing.  The space will be boarded up, but, of course, the entrance will be accessible through the other pair.  The process will be repeated for the second pair.  This should not take more than a couple of weeks.  All will then be just as before, except better!

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 


Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 am; don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night!  

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 to the Whole.

The Conference is open to everyone interested in attending.  Advance registration is required,  $75 for employed persons.  $50 for students and retirees.  Register at – To pay with check or cash, please see Kyriell Palaeologue on Sunday after 9 am or 11:15 am mass or contact him at or 617-396-6225.

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

There will be an optional banquet at the Club of Odd Volumes on the night of November 2, after the Solemn Requiem Mass of All Souls at the Advent.  Banquet:  $75.  Sign up for the banquet also at

All Souls Day will be observed this 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.” 

New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John: Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Beginning on Wednesday, November 7m 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  


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:

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 27, 2019.  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, John Boyd, Maria Denslow, Kara Rodgers, 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.  

October 29-November 4, 2018

Monday, October 29
James Hannington & Companions

Tuesday, October 30
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 31
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, November 1
All Saints Day
3:30 pm: Anglo-Catholic Conference
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 2
All Souls Day
10:00 am: Anglo-Catholic Conference
12:15 pm: Requiem Mass
6:30 pm: Solemn Requiem Mass

Saturday, November 3
Richard Hooker
10:00 am: Flower Guild
11:00 am: Organ Demo

Sunday, November 4
Sunday in the Octave of All Saints
2:00 am: Daylight Saving Time ends
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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