The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Louise Olney Baker.  The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Daniel F. Gray.

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. Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Robb Scholten and Angie Corbet.  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. Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues host the Coffee Hour this morning.  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.

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 (


The annual Beacon Hill Block Party, sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association, is next Sunday, September 24.  Parking around the neighborhood will be even more limited than usual, so allow extra time, but do come and enjoy the festivities, which include the popular beer garden in the Advent garden.

Michaelmas draweth nigh! 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.

Mission Sunday:  October 1 will be a Sunday devoted to Mission here at The Church of the Advent.  Eric Fialho, our former seminarian, is returning this year as Pastoral Assistant and focusing part of his ministry on mission and outreach. Eric will lead the first Entr’acte of the season on October 1:  “Anglo-Catholicism and Mission:  Its History and our Roots”.

Mission has always been a part of the life of the Advent.  In fact, mission was a part of its founding:  “To secure to a portion of the city of Boston the ministrations of the Holy Catholic Church: and more especially to secure the same to the poor and needy in a manner free from ungracious circumstances.”  Accordingly, it was a “free” church (no pew rents) and everyone without distinction—high and low, rich and poor, of any nationality and race—was encouraged to attend and become a part of the Parish family.  Among mission projects in the past, have been a role in the founding of the Floating Hospital for Children in 1884, now part of the Tufts Medical Center, and the work of the Sisters of St Margaret among the poor and disenfranchised of the former West End.

Today, the Advent houses and supports the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner for the homeless and needy, which has been a part of our life for over thirty-eight years.  Last year, though the Diocese and by direct contribution the Advent devoted over $85,000 of its budget to mission.

On Sunday, October 1, there will be envelopes in the pews marked “For Mission.”  Parishioners are encouraged to give towards projects which are coming up.  One of these will be a trip to provide assistance in Houston, just as we took post-Katrina to Mississippi several years ago.  Please be generous.

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.

The Church of the Advent’s Theology on Tap returns Tuesday, October 3, with the Rev’d Mrs Fleming Rutledge–now at our new location!  Fleming Rutledge inaugurates the 2017 season of Theology on Tap with a highly appropriate topic:  The Once and Future Season: Advent:  Why is the Advent season so uniquely important, yet so misunderstood?  Mrs Rutledge will talk about the cultural conflict between the “holiday season” and the unique themes of Advent.  It is our delight to welcome Mrs Rutledge to speak on this subject, which is timely and fitting for our parish, named as it is for this imminent and significant season in the church calendar.

One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, Mrs Rutledge has a book on Advent coming out next year.  She is the author of many other important books, including The Crucifixion:  Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ; Not Ashamed of the Gospel:  Sermons from Paul’s Letter to the Romans; And God Spoke to Abraham:  Preaching from the Old Testament; and The Battle for Middle-Earth:  Tolkien’s Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings.

Join us at 7 pm on October 3 at our new location:  Carrie Nation Cocktail Club
The Beacon Room—11 Beacon Street, near the State House

Evening Prayer will be said at the Church at 5:30 pm.  All are welcome to say the daily office together and then process from the parish church to Carrie Nation.

Reformation at 500—Luther Reading Group Begins in October—Five hundred years ago this Halloween, an intense, scholarly Augustinian friar named Martin Luther posted a series of theses about the sale of indulgences on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  Within a few years, the world in which he had come of age was utterly transformed. Ever wanted to know what was going on in his mind, one of the great minds of the universal Church?  For several years before this momentous event, Dr Luther diligently walked into his classroom at six o’clock in the morning to lecture on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and we can now read along with him as he grappled with the foundations of the Catholic faith.  To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a group gathers every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7 pm in Fr. Wood’s office (second floor of the Parish House) to learn about Luther’s world and to study the Bible as he and his students did by reading and discussing his Lectures on Romans, one of the treasures of Christian thought.  For information, contact Ben Crowe ( 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 & Irma Recovery—Two ways to Help:  As Texas continues the work to recover from Hurricane Harvey and Florida and the Caribbean islands from Hurricane Irma, 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.


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:

September 18-24, 2017

Monday, September 18
Edward Bouverie Pusey
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, September 19
Theodore of Tarsus
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 20
John Coleridge Patteson & Companions
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 21
St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 22
Philander Chase, Bishop

Saturday, September 23
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, September 24
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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
12:00 noon: Beacon Hill Block Party

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