Our Parish

Church of the Advent of Christ the King is an historic Anglo-Catholic parish of the Episcopal Diocese of California, which is part of the Anglican Communion of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church. 

Liturgies during COVID-19

All daily services are open for in-person attendance.

Our Saturday Latin and Sunday morning masses (and certain weekday High Masses) are also live-streamed on Facebook. You can find them at this link:/www.facebook.com/The-Church-of-the-Advent-of-Christ-the-King-163166020389664/

Services This Week (PDFs of Service Sheets below listing or at the bottom of page if accessing via mobi

 Friday,  August 5

12:00pm Low Mass

6:00pm Evening Prayer

Saturday, August 6, Feast of the Transfiguration (In-person and online)

Rite I Mass at 5 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 7, Pentecost VIV (In-person and online) 

11:00am High Mass

 

Monday, August 8

Low Mass at 10 a.m.

Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. 

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Tuesday, August 9

Low Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.

WednesdayAugust 10

Low Mass at 12:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 11

Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.

 

Friday,  August 12

12:00pm Low Mass

6:00pm Evening Prayer

Saturday, August 13, Vigil of Pentecost X (In-person and online)

Rite I Mass at 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 14, Pentecost X (In-person and online) 

11:00am High Mass

Monday, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Low Mass at 10 a.m.

Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. 

Procession & High Mass at 6:30 p.m. (In-person and online) 

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Tuesday, August 16

Low Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.

WednesdayAugust 17

Low Mass at 12:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 18

Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.

What We Believe

The Church of the Advent of Christ the King is an Anglo-Catholic parish of the Episcopal Diocese of California which is part of the Anglican Communion of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

Anglo-Catholicism

Anglo-Catholicism is a school of thought within the Anglican Communion. Anglo-Catholic theology pays special regard to the teachings of the undivided church of the first seven councils and to the Caroline Divines of the Anglican Church of the 16th and 17th centuries. At the same time, believing that all truth is of God, we are open to truth wherever it is found. We place special emphasis on the importance of worship, the Eucharist and other Sacraments, the life of prayer and growth in personal holiness. Anglo-Catholic worship is rooted in the rich tradition of western catholicism. It uses the beauty of ceremony, vestments, color, incense, music, and architecture to engage the whole person and all five senses in the worship of God and to convey something of the transcendant holiness and glory of God. Although catholic worship and ritual was supressed in the English Church during the Reformation, it began its revival during the Oxford Movement of the 19th century.

Shrine of Christ the King

Shrine of Christ the King

The Oxford Movement

Begun about 1833 by John Keble, an Anglican priest and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, the Oxford Movement represented a return to what Keble and his associates believed were the fundamental spirit and customs of the historical Christian Church. As such, the Oxford movement encompassed two closely related Christian ideas: a renaissance in liturgy and ritual, and a return to parish care for the impoverished. In a published series of "Tracts for the Times," the Oxford group reasserted the doctrines of Apostolic Succession, the ministerial power of absolution, baptismal regeneration, and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The tracts were greeted by many in Britain with high enthusiasm. At the same time, most parishes that embraced Oxford principles founded missions designed to minister to the less fortunate among them, especially the working poor. There were few Oxford-influenced Anglican parishes in England that did not mount such missions, or "Workingman's Institutes," as they were called. In general, as the historian Lytton Strachey has written of the movement's reception, especially among the young, "the notion of taking Christianity literally was delightful to earnest minds."

Church of the Advent remains faithful to the ideas of the Oxford Movement not only in our worship and theology, but in our commitment to the poor of our community. Our parish enjoys a special relationship with the Episcopal Sanctuary, a diocesan homeless shelter in San Francisco. Our Sanctuary Ministry is dedicated to assisting both the material and spiritual needs of the homeless. The Lunch Bunch is a group of shelter residents and parish volunteers that meet every Tuesday for a hot meal, mutual support, and prayer. Sunday Worship and Bible Study is conducted at the Sanctuary on a weekly basis by a volunteer clerical and lay group. The Holiday Ministry decorates the shelter on major holidays, provides treats and gifts to shelter residents, and collects and distributes sweaters and socks at the Sanctuary Christmas party. Several of our parishioners also minister to inmates at the county jail, praying and visiting with them several times per month.