This Week at the Advent

  November 5-11, 2017


In This Issue
Daylight Saving Time Reminder
A Message from Fr. Sammy
"Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots"
New Church of the Advent T-Shirt!
Daylight Saving Time ENDS this Weekend
Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday at 2:00 a.m. Remember to turn your clocks BACK one hour Saturday night or you will be very early for Mass! Not that there's anything wrong with being early ...

A Message from Fr. Sammy
By now many if not most of the parish have heard that I have accepted a call to become the rector at St Bartholomew's Church in Nashville, Tennessee.  The excitement of this new call is certainly tempered by the profound sadness we have at leaving Boston and the Advent, both of which are deeply engraved on my heart.  But Renee and I feel God leading us into this next step, and we hope to have a chance to share that vision with each of you before we have to go.  I do ask for your prayers for us, for Ellie, Patrick and Flannery, and for St B's, and you may rest assured that you and the Advent will never be far from our thoughts and prayers wherever God leads us.  Thank you for a blessed eight (!) years with you, and may God continue to bless you richly.

                                                            Affectionately and faithfully,
                                                                   Fr Sammy +

"Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots"
Mark your calendars now for a special event 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.

Conference Banquet-Parishioners interested in the upcoming conference should know that a banquet is planned to conclude the event at the historic Club of Odd Volumes. The banquet is to be held at 8 pm on Thursday, November 16, immediately following Solemn Mass at the parish. The Club of Odd Volumes is located at 77 Mount Vernon Street. 
Given the unique nature of the venue, which is a private club dating from 1887, certain inflexible rules must be observed:
  • First, dress is coat and tie for gentlemen and equivalent apparel for ladies. No jeans or sneakers. 
  • Second, cell phones and photography are strictly prohibited. No cell phones will be allowed in the club for any reason.
The cost is $75 and must be paid in advance, before November 8. Please sign up for the banquet at the same website for conference registration at: Even if you are unable to attend the conference itself, please come along to the Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm on November 16 (The Very Rev'd Professor Andrew McGowan, Dean and President of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, will be our preacher) and join the conference speakers, the parish clergy, and conference participants afterward for a sumptuous dinner at 8 pm at the Club of Odd Volumes.  Please speak to Fr. Hanson if you have any questions.   

New Church of the Advent T-Shirt!
The official Church of the Advent Staff Tee Shirt was inaugurated last Holy Week. The design emphasizes the real, flesh and blood, and, if you will, space and time reality of the Incarnation. Something which happened and is still happening. It was borrowed from a Swedish journal of theology and is a human heart surrounded by the words of John 1:14-And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us-in the original Greek. Since then, there have been requests for similar tee shirts from as far abroad as Christ Church, Hamilton! We have, therefore, decided to abandon our unfair restriction to Staff members and offer these tee shirts to anyone who wishes one. They come white and gray and in all sizes. The price will be decided by the number of tee shirts ordered, but should be around $20.

The design and a specimen are posted in Moseley Hall.  If you would like one, email giving the size and color.

This email highlights just a few of the items in this week's announcements. For much more, go to

Parish Office
Church of the Advent
Sunday's Collect
O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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