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Friday, November 27, 2015

Anglo-Catholic in Baltimore

Written by  Revd. Fr. Timothy E. Kroh
View of the church from Charles Street View of the church from Charles Street Church of the Advent

‘All Are Welcomed to Worship With Us’

The Church of the Advent is a welcoming and inclusive Episcopal Church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, serving Federal Hill, South Baltimore, and beyond. We are an oasis of prayer in the heart of the city, and worship is central to our life and mission. Everyone is welcome to join us as we strive to grow to maturity as Christ’s body in the world.

We were founded in 1868 to serve the working-class, immigrant communities in South Baltimore. Our worship has always been an expression of the Anglo-Catholic movement within the Episcopal Church. The term “Anglo-Catholic” describes a range of traditions which stress the continuity of the Church with the teaching and practice of Christianity throughout the ages. Anglo-Catholics have always valued the sacramental lifeof the church, adhering strongly to doctrine such as thereal presence of Christin the Holy Communion, or Eucharist; and continuity with the traditions of the Apostles. This style of worship makes much use of chant, beautiful organ and choral music, incense, and a use of the body in worship that appeals to the whole person: to heart as well as head, to senses as well as to intellect. Thus, Anglo-Catholicism is not exclusively “Anglo” but is radically inclusive: embracing ancient, medieval, and reformed Christian traditions and seeking to use the rich heritage of spiritual tools available to us.

Within this rich framework of faith, the Church of the Advent is a very inclusive community, representing many facets of the human family, and everyone is welcome to join us for worship, fellowship, study and service. We deeply value our children, and serve them through Sunday School which meets during the Sunday Mass, and with a special Family Mass on the third Sunday of each month. Children are welcome both in Sunday School and at every service of worship.

Located at 1301 South Charles Street, we are a landmark of the Federal Hill community and our beautiful building is a peaceful, inspiring refuge in the midst of the city. Please join us on Sundays at 10 a.m. for Solemn High Mass, and on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. for Mass and Prayers for Healing. Other Holy Days are also celebrated as announced.

We invite all persons to receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, which is initiation, through water the Holy Spirit, into full membership in Christ’s Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Baptism brings us forgiveness of our sins, membership in the Household of Faith, and a call to ministry. All persons who have not already been baptised are encouraged to be baptised, either as infants, children, or adults. Baptism is celebrated publicly during the Sunday Mass and on other major Holy Days. For families preparing for infant or child baptism, a preparatory meeting with the clergy is required. Teens and adult candidates prepare through a private course of study with the clergy. To learn more, please join us on Sunday morning or contact our Rector, the Revd. Fr. Timothy E. Kroh, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 410-539-7804. Learn more at Advent-baltimore.org.

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