The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Vance Hosford.  The flowers at the pulpit are given to the Glory of God and loving memory of Paul Van Ocken.  The flowers at the lectern are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Edna Delores Hosford.

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 HourMaggie Dunbar and Melissa Fox host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Angie Corbet and Maggie Dunbar.  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. Jeanine Browne and Kara Rodgers host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Melanie McNaughton and Nicholas Edwards and Catherine Birdwell. 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 (

Advent 101 will not meet today.

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.


Tomorrow is Columbus DayThe Parish Office will be closed. Morning Prayer will be at 9:00 am and the Low Mass at its regular time of 12:15 pm.  Evening Prayer is cancelled.

The second Theology on Tap of the season will take place this Tuesday, October 11, at 7 pm at the Rattlesnake Bar, 342 Boylston Street.  Theology on Tap is a terrific outreach opportunity, especially for students and young adults, so invite your friends and join us for an educational and enjoyable evening together.

The second speaker in the series is David Zahl, director of Mockingbird Ministries and editor-in-chief of the Mockingbird blog (  After graduating from Georgetown University in 2001, he worked for several years as a youth minister in New England boarding schools.  In 2007 he founded Mockingbird in New York City, then moved its operations to Virginia in 2010.  David and his wife Cate now reside in Charlottesville with their three sons, where David also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church, supervising their ministry to students and young adults.  He is a licensed lay preacher in the diocese of Virginia, and his first book, A Mess of Help, appeared in 2014.  Most recently he co-authored Law & Gospel:  A Theology for Sinners (and Saints)Mr Zahl’s topic is Hungry for Religion:  Foodies, Fitness, and the End of Superstition.

Where to? Housing Options for Seniors—Saturday, October 15, 10 am to 1 pm in Moseley Hall—Sponsored by the parish’s Prayer & Care Team, this event is designed for anyone interested in exploring housing options in later life: assisted living, retirement communities, nursing homes, age-in-place, independent living, congregate care, and more. Become familiar with what each one can offer, and learn how to decide which might be right for you or someone you care for.

Our speaker is Michael Novack, LICSW, Senior Care Manager with LifeCare Advocates. Lunch is provided. Registration is free: or 617-523-2377 x 135; October 8 was the deadline. 


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.

Healthcare workers commissioning—Sunday, October 16 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 on Sunday, October 16.  Nurses, physicians, therapists, technologists, researchers:  no matter what your role, come forward with your colleagues for commissioning and blessing.

Our series of Evensong, Recital and Light Supper and Talk begins on Sunday October 16! At 4:30 pm, 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.

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 Begin This Fall: The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation services will be next spring, but we are planning classes for Wednesday nights beginning in November. Adults and teens who are interested should email for more information. All are welcome to attend, even as a refresher course on Christian basics!

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.


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

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 10-16, 2016

Monday, October 10
Vida Dutton Scudder (Columbus Day – Parish Office Closed)
9:00 am: Morning Prayer
12:15 pm: Low Mass

Tuesday, October 11
Philip, Deacon & Evangelist
5:30 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap

Wednesday, October 12
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass

Thursday, October 13
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 14
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky
11:30 am: Rosary
2:00 pm: Organ Practice
6:00 pm: Library Concert

Saturday, October 15
Teresa of Ávila
9:00 am: Prayer & Care Seminar
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
1:00 pm: Organ Practice

Sunday, October 16
The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass & Commissioning of Health Care Workers
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass & Commissioning of Health Care Workers
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; Soup & Lecture

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