Year 2021 Will Mark Our 175th Anniversary!

QUOTE OF the Day

“Love is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.”


Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

UPCOMING: Epiphany 3, Try The Door, NEW BISHOP

Jan. 26: Epiphany 3


This coming Sunday is Epiphany 3, Year A.

This Sunday’s gospel reading concerns Jesus’ reaction to the arrest of John. “Jesus left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles — the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,

and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light has dawned.’ From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’”

The lector this Sunday is Ed and the altar guild is Darlene. See the vestment colors, the altar colors, the Bible readings and the liturgical calendar by clicking HERE and selecting the date. Note that a date’s color is the vestment and altar color for the day.

The New Door Is In!


The parish hall has a new door, replacing the original that was deteriorating. Thanks to Amy for spearheading the project and to all who contributed. If you find that your key is not working, let Dan know, as replacements are in the works.

Bishop Mark’s Installation


Our Bishop Elect, Mark Van Koevering, will be installed on March 21, 2020, at Christ Church Cathedral. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will officiate. More information will follow.


Despite Disappointing Results of the UN Climate Conference, the Episcopal Church is ‘Still In’ for Climate Justice


The United Nations Climate Change Conference known as COP 25 went into overtime, running two days later than scheduled, but ended on Dec. 16, 2019, without taking the actions scientists say are necessary to avoid a catastrophic future. The U.S. and other wealthy, high-emitting countries refused to implement carbon pricing or address the losses and damages that smaller, poorer states are suffering. But while political leaders fell short of those goals, the delegation from The Episcopal Church and its interfaith allies showed the international community at COP 25 (the 25th Conference of the Parties) in Madrid, Spain, that the church remains committed to a swift and just transition away from fossil fuels and will continue pressing those in power to act. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: A security officer stands in front of climate activists during the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 11, 2019. Credit: Susana Vera, Reuters.

As the Only Choir Boarding School in America Turns 100, Alumni Reflect on Its Lasting Influence


In fifth grade, most kids are focused on their friends, their favorite TV shows, pushing the limits of their parents’ authority and maybe a sport or two. But, student Dana Marsh in 1976 was singing in the Washington National Cathedral in front of the president of the United States and the queen of England. Back then, 11-year-old Marsh and his classmates from the renowned St. Thomas Choir School in New York had been invited, along with other choirs, to sing at a service celebrating the U.S. bicentennial attended by President Gerald Ford and Queen Elizabeth II. Marsh was the treble soloist. Such is the kind of opportunity afforded to students at St. Thomas, the only boys’ choir boarding school in the U.S. and one of only three in the world. The school, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and is connected to St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, enrolls boys from grades three through eight to study in a rigorous academic program and sing in the acclaimed St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: Students typically enroll at 8 or 9 years old. They have a demanding music education of vocal lessons, instrument lessons and six years of music theory, enabling them to sing an annual repertoire of nearly 400 songs at a professional level at services and concerts. Credit: Ira Lippke/St. Thomas Choir School.

Massachusetts Deacon’s Ordination Brings Moment of Healing to Our Church in #MeToo Times


After 20 years of clarity about her call to the priesthood, Gayle Pershouse Vaughan was finally, in 1986, endorsed for postulancy — the first step toward ordination — by her sponsoring parish, Christ Church in Cambridge, Mass. The diocesan Commission on Ministry approved her application two years later, only to have it rejected by the bishop at the time, the late David E. Johnson, with no explanation given. The reason, according to Pershouse: She had refused Johnson’s sexual advances. She did not tell anyone this at the time. Thirty years later, Pershouse would at last find herself standing in front of an altar, wearing a simple white alb, about to be ordained. Read the full story HERE.

PHOTO: The Rev. Gayle Pershouse Vaughan is presented to the congregation at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Mass., on Nov. 10, 2019, after her ordination as deacon. To the right is the Rev. Pete Jeffrey. Credit: Tracy Sukraw, Diocese of Fort Worth.

What does “Episcopal” mean?

The Episcopal Church is “Protestant, yet Catholic.” Episcopal means “of bishops.” The Episcopal Church traces its bishops (its ministers and clergy) and its origins back to the Apostles (the early followers of Jesus) via holy orders, which are a direct line of succession back to the time of Jesus.


For more of our rich history, click HERE or HERE. For a video tour of a typical Sunday service, with subtitled explanations, click HERE. For a simple textual outline of our church history back to the Protestant Reformation, click HERE.

About Us

Our Partners and Affiliates



Day Care


We have leased space to Community Action Council to provide a daycare. Contact Melissa at (859) 233-4600 x 1208, or see their website by clicking HERE.

News and Views


Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, recently generated new interest in the Episcopal Church at the Royal Wedding. See the story HERE. See Bishop Currys sermon HERE. See the “Saturday Night Live” spoof of Curry by clicking HERE.

Advent’s Building, Bell and Organ


Read more about our Gothic revival building and history by clicking HERE and HERE. Curious about the bell in the tower? Click HERE. Read about our Jaeckel tracker organ HERE. Why red doors? Click HERE.

The Book of Common Prayer


The BCP (our prayer book) can be found by clicking HERE for the PDF version or HERE for the text version (faster to load). The book’s history can be found HERE.

Our Hymnal


Our hymnal is online, too. The 1982 version can be found by clicking HERE. It's a beautifully organized site.

Which Color? Reading? Saint?


Scripture readings and vestment colors (the clergy clothes) for any day of the week, and the Saint of the Day, can be found HERE or HERE. On the altar guild? Check out floral designs HERE.

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The Church of the Advent, Cynthiana

118 N Walnut St, Cynthiana, KY 41031, USA

(859) 707-1643





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