The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Ellen Leighton. The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Jerome Anderson.

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.  Ray Porter and Barbara Boles 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. Dustin Henderson and Nicholas Dials host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues. 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 (

Attention singers! The regular choir season will begin shortly, and the Advent is always looking for good avocational singers for our Parish Choir. This ensemble provides music for the 9:00 Sung Mass on a regular basis during the academic year. There is a regular Sunday warm-up rehearsal an hour before the Mass, plus three week-night full choir rehearsals spread over the year. If you wish to join us to sing masterworks of the Renaissance and Anglican traditions, please contact Katelyn Emerson ( or Mark Dwyer ( by email or in person after Mass. A love of choral music, a pleasant voice, some music-reading skills and the ability to make a regular commitment are the requirements.

Blessing of the Backpacks – TODAY at the 9:00 AM Mass. We start by Commissioning the Church School Teachers and Caregivers as a parish family at the 9 o’clock Mass, which is also the service for the eighth annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Students of all ages – from pre-school to grad school – come forward with their backpacks during the 9 o’clock Mass to be blessed by a priest.

Also today: After Mass, register for Church School downstairs in Moseley Hall. Why not join us and invite a family that doesn’t yet have a church home? Come out for refreshments, to meet the Church School staff, get a blessing for your backpack, and celebrate as a parish the beginning of another great school year!

Compline at the Advent – This evening 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. 

There is a particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr. Hanson ( or Fr. Wood (

Advent “Neighborhood Groups”: 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’re expanding to other neighborhoods in the greater Boston area.

  • 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 inquiring for the first time, please be part of this aspect of community life at the Advent. If you are interested, speak to Fr. Sammy.


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

Wednesday Evening Book Group: In anticipation of the conference and meeting being held in November focusing on Anglo-Catholicism, the Advent Book Group invites you to join us this fall in reading The Sacramental Church: The Story of Anglo-Catholicism, by John F. Nash, founder of The Esoteric Quarterly. We will begin discussions of this book starting Wednesday, September 13, after the healing mass. For more information, please see Alfred Duhamel or email Robb Scholten (


Michaelmas approacheth! We will celebrate the Feast of St Michael & All Angels (Michaelmas) on Friday, September 29, with a Procession & Solemn Mass at 6:30pm. The Advent Choir will sing the Truro Eucharist of David Briggs and anthems by del Monte and Handl. A reception will follow the Mass.

Blessing of Animals – Sunday, October 1.  There will be a blessing of the animals at 3pm that afternoon in the chancel. Questions? See Deacon Daphne or Fr. Wood.

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 (

Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


Hurricane Harvey Recovery: Two Ways to Help – As Texas continues the work to recover from Hurricane Harvey, the Advent continues to pray for all those who were affected by the storm. If you would like to give money to the relief effort, our Presiding Bishop issued this call: “Our support of Episcopal Relief and Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, not just in the short term, but for the long haul.” You may contribute online at

We also have a parishioner whose home church, St Mark’s Episcopal in Beaumont, has set up a fund for parishioners and others in their community recovering from Harvey. If you’d prefer to contribute to this local effort, check may be made out to “St Mark’s for Hurricane Relief” and mailed to:

St Mark’s Episcopal Church
680 Calder Street
Beaumont, TX 77702

Thank you for your prayers and partnership in Jesus’ mission to heal a hurting world.

The Advent in Mission: “This Space Available” – Noticed the empty Serving Our City bulletin board downstairs? We’ve designated it “This Space Available” because we want your ideas about how you would like to see your parish use its resources to serve Boston, the region, and the world. Have an idea for a mission project? Contact Eric Fialho, our Pastoral Assistant for Mission, at Want to be part of a small group of parishioners who shape our vision for mission? Come be part of our Mission & Outreach Team – our first meeting of the fall is on October 8 following the 11:15 Mass.

Drivers Needed: Rides to Mass – Some of our parishioners need assistance getting to and from Sunday Mass. If you have a car, and are willing to occasionally pick up or drop home a parishioner, please email Fr Wood (


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:

The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is an opening for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sunday, October 8. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (

September 11-17, 2017

Monday, September 11
4:00 pm: Beacon Hill Seminars Reception
7:00 pm: Girl Scout Leaders

Tuesday, September 12
John Henry Hobart
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 13
Cyprian of Carthage
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, September 14
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 15

Saturday, September 16
Ninian of Galloway

Sunday, September 17
The Solemnity of the Feast of the Holy Cross
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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