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

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 HourNola Sheffer and Betsy & Peter Madsen host the Coffee Hour this morning.  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. Because of the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Open House, the 11:15 Coffee Hour will be in the Library 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 Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues ( or, Frederick Ou (, or or Kyle Pilares (

Advent 101—A class for newcomers—Starts TODAY in the Frisby Room between the Masses // New to the Advent?  On four consecutive Sundays beginning September 18, Advent 101 meets in the Frisby Room between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses (around 10:15.  The class is designed to orient you to life at the Advent, introduce you to other newcomers and parishioners, and teach some basics about our history, worship and ministries.  For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Alister Lewis-Bowen ( or Abigail Lewis-Bowen (

Welcome our new seminarian, Eric Fialho!  Today the Advent welcomes Eric Fialho as our seminarian for this academic year.  A native of Salem, Massachusetts, Eric is in his final year at Episcopal Divinity School.  He studied history as an undergraduate, concentrating on colonial history, folklore, and the religious mind of New England puritans.  A self-described Anglophile, Eric admires all things English—a good black tea, and a fine port or sherry.  And he writes ghost stories!  Eric lives in Cambridge and is an aspirant here in the Diocese of Massachusetts.  Please say hello and welcome him to the Advent family!

9:00 am Mass—Call for Acolytes // We are seeking to expand our team of dedicated servers with some new participants of all ages. If you’re a child that can sit through the Mass without a parent, you can be a Boat Carrier and assist the Thurifer in their duties. Acolytes work in pairs, carrying candles and contributing important tasks preparing and serving at the Altar. After mastering this role, servers can move on to learn the Crucifer role, as well. Servers of high school age or older may like to learn roles requiring greater independence and liturgical awareness, such as Thurifer, serve the chalice as Choir Minister; and eventually direct the entire serving team as MC (Master of Ceremonies). Finally, those comfortable with reading aloud can also move on to learn the Subdeacon role, assisting the Celebrant and Deacon at the High Altar. At the 9:00 Mass, adults have always served in all of these roles alongside younger members of the parish. Serving in these important roles is an extraordinary experience helping to maintain the standards of beauty and sanctity of liturgy that makes Advent such a special place to worship. If you have ever thought about participating more actively in the celebration of the Mass, please speak to Peter Madsen or Paul Roberts (email to learn more. We are planning to have a rehearsal in mid-fall to introduce new members.

There is a loose stone in a lancet arch on the eastern façade of the bell tower. Plans are being made to repair it, but in the meantime we have suspended the ringing of the bells upon the advice of our engineers and insurers, and with the full cooperation of the Guild of Bellringers.


Pray the Rosary—Fridays at 11:30 am in the Lady Chapel:  The word “rosary” is from the Latin rosarium, meaning “crown of roses,” the rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The term conjures images of the old woman fingering her beads, the oversized Rosary hanging from the waist of the wimpled nun, even the decoration cheekily hanging from a rearview mirror.  While the Rosary is a particularly Roman Catholic devotional practice, it also has a long history of use in Anglo Catholic parishes by people interested in enriching their individual prayer lives.  Curious?  Join a small group of Advent parishioners who pray the Rosary every Friday at 11:30 am in the Lady Chapel before the midday Mass.  All are welcome—no experience necessary!

The Adventurers will have their first meeting Friday, September 23, at 1 pm in the Library.  Lunch will be served and we will talk about programs for future meetings. They may include movies, visits to museums, lectures, concerts. All are invited. If you have questions call or email Ginnie Pierce at


Theology on Tap returns this fall to the Rattlesnake Bar with the theme “After Christendom”

Our first speaker in this series is the Very Rev’d Dr Andrew McGowan, Dean and President of Berkeley Divinity School and McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies and Pastoral Theology at Yale University.  He is an Anglican priest and historian specializing in the practices of the ancient church in its first few centuries.  He has written Ancient Christian Worship and Ascetic Eucharists:  Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals.  Before coming to Yale he was Warden of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, where he was Father Hanson’s teacher.

Dean McGowan’s topic is “What the Ancient Church Can Tell Us About the Future of the Faith.”  It is often lamented that the cultural importance of Christianity is on the decline in the West if not at an end entirely.  Christians are increasingly viewed as a suspect minority who may be a threat to the societies of which they are a part.  Interestingly though Christians have been in this position before, in the earliest centuries of the church.  Dean McGowan will offer insights on how the history of the church help us think today about what it means to worship as Christians and how to understand the current culture, which seems less and less Christian but also remains “spiritual.”

The first Theology on Tap of the season will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 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.

Coming up:  October 11, David Zahl, director of Mockingbird ministries, speaking on “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 deadline. 

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. 


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

There is an opening for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for Sunday, September 25. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email

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:

A reminder that the deadline for these announcements is Noon on Wednesdays. 

September 19-25, 2016

Monday, September 19
Theodore of Tarsus
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, September 20
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 21
Saint Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass

Thursday, September 22
Philander Chase
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 23
1:00 pm: ADVENTurers Meeting
7:00 pm: Library Concert

Saturday, September 24
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, September 25
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Advent 101 / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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