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15 Union Park Street,
Boston, MA 02118

8.00 a.m. Orthros
9.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy


Our parish is under the spiritual
and ecclesiastical shepherding of

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston
Met of Bos
of the Greek Orthodox
Metropolis of Boston
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of the
Archdiocese of America
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under the jurisdiction of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate
of Constantinople
Patriarchate

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LETTER FROM THE PRIEST
September & October 2014


Dear Brothers, Members and Friends of the Parish of St. John,

Blessings and divine Mercy from the Lord on all of us!

The month of September marks the end of the Summer and our entrance into the Autumn. From the ecclesiastical point of view, September is the beginning of the Indict, i.e., of a new ecclesiastical (liturgical) year. The Greatest Dominical Feast of September is dedicated to the PRECIOUS CROSS of our Lord. The Greek word for Precious (Timios) means inestimable in value, and such indeed is the Cross of our Lord, because on It the Salvation of man and the world was accomplished. The outstretched hands of the Lord upon the Precious Cross, as the holy Apostle tells us, united Israel with the Nations and both with God. In other words, they embraced the entire human race and offered forgiveness of sins and redemption from corruption and death to all human beings. The Elevation (or Exaltation) of the Precious Cross is an immovable Feast and is celebrated on the 14th of September, but it includes two Sundays, one before and another after the Elevation. This Great Feast is framed by two other Feasts, THE BIRTH OF THE THEOTOKOS, which is a Theometoric Feast (8 September), connected with the Blessed Virgin Mary, and THE CONCEPTION OF THE PRECIOUS FORERUNNER (September 26), which is connected with the greatest of the Prophets of the Economy of the Grace of God, St. John the Baptist, our Patron. Ι wish that these Feasts will bring us closer to the mystery of our salvation and will become inexhaustible sources of blessings to all of us during the new liturgical year of our Church.

The delay in posting this edition of the FORERUNNER allows me to mentions two more important events in the life of our parish. First the accomplishment of the much-desired installation of a new system of heating and air-condition in our church, thanks to to the love and offerings of our parishioners. Read the detailed Report of the President of our Parish Council which follows this letter. Second this year’s Festival of our Parish (September 19-21) which was crowned with great success. For both of these achievements I want to express the gratitude of our entire community to our brothers and sisters who labored and supported these two important ventures. I wish that these successes may fuel a desire in all of us to pull up our sleeves and prove ourselves worthy successors of the blessed and ever-memorable founders and benefactors of our beautiful church.


FR. GEORGE DION. DRAGAS


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ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΙΩΝ

Ν Ο Ε Μ Β Ρ Ι Ο Σ

2 ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ: 5η ΤΟΥ ΛΟΥΚΑ - Των Άγίων Μαρτύρων Ακινδύνου, Πηγασίου, Αφθονίου Ελπιδοφόρου και Ανεμποδίστου
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος, 10.00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

8 ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟ: Μ. ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ ΑΓ. ΝΕΚΤΑΡΙΟΥ
και ΠΑΡΑΚΛΗΣΗ 7 μμ.

9 ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ: 7η ΤΟΥ ΛΟΥΚΑ – ΤΟΥ
ΑΓΙΟΥ ΝΕΚΤΑΡΙΟΥ ΠΕΝΤΑΠΟΛΕΩΣ του Θαυματουργού, Των Αγίων Μαρτύρων Ονησιφόρου και Πορφυρίου, της Οσίας Μητρός ημών Θεοκτίστης της Λεσβίας, της Οσίας Μητρός ημών Ματρώνης
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος, 10.00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

13 ΠΕΜΠΤΗ: Του εν Αγίοις Πατρός ημών
ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ ΧΡΥΣΟΣΤΟΜΟΥ, Αρχιεπισκόπου Κωνσταντινουπόλεως του και της Μητρός αυτού Αγίας Ανθούσης
6.30 π.μ.: Όρθρος, 7.30 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία
Παρεκκλήσι Τιμίου Σταυρού, Brookline

15 ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟΝ – ΑΠΟ ΣΗΜΕΡΟΝ ΑΡΧΕΤΑΙ Η ΝΗΣΤΕΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΩΝ

16 KYRIAKH: του
ΑΓΙΟΥ ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΣΤΟΥ ΜΑΤΘΑΙΟΥ
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος, 10.00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία
Φιλόπτωχος πρωινό

20 ΠΕΜΠΤΗ ΕΣΠΕΡΑΣ:
ΑΓΡΥΠΝΙΑ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΟΡΤΗ ΤΩΝ ΕΙΣΟΔΙΩΝ ΕΝ ΤΩ ΝΑΩ ΤΗΣ ΥΠΕΡΑΓΙΑΣ ΔΕΣΠΟΙΝΗΣ ΗΜΩΝ ΘΕΟΤΟΚΟΥ
(21 Νοεμβρίου)
7:00 μ.μ.- 11:30 μ.μ.

23 ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ: 9η ΤΟΥ ΛΟΥΚΑ – του εν Αγίοις Πατρός ημών
ΑΜΦΙΛΟΧΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟΥ ΙΚΟΝΙΟΥ, και Γρηγορίου Επισκόπου Ακραγαντίνων, και του εν Αγίοις Πατρός ημών Κυρίλλου Πατριάρχου Κωνσταντινουπόλεως
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος, 10.00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

30 ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ: του
ΑΓΙΟΥ ΑΝΔΡΕΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΠΡΩΤΟΚΛΗΤΟΥ, και AΓΙΟΥ ΦΡΟΥΜΕΝΤΙΟΥ ΦΩΤΙΣΤΟΥ ΤΗΣ ΑΙΘΙΟΠΙΑΣ
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος, 10.00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία


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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

N O V E M B E R

2 SUNDAY: 5th OF LUKE - Of the Holy Martyrs Akindynos, Pegasios, Aphthonios, Elpidophoros and Anempodistos,
8:30 a.m.: Orthros, 10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy

8 SATURDAY: GREAT VESPERS OF ST NEKTARIOS with PARAKLESIS 7 pm

9 SUNDAY: 7th OF LUKE – OF
SΑΙΝT NEKTARIOS OF PENTAPOLIS, THE WONDERWORKER, and of the holy Martyrs Onesiphoros, and Porphyrios, of of our holy Mother Theoktiste of Lesvos, and our holy Mother Matrona
8:30 a.m.: Orthros, 10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy

13 THURSDAY: of our Father among the Saints
JOHN CHRYSOSTOM Archbishop of Constantinople and of his holy Mother
St. Anthousa
6.30 am Orthros, 7.30 am Divine Liturgy
at the Chapel of Holy Cross in Brookline

15 SATURDAY – FROM TODAY THE CHRISTMAS FASTING BEGINS

16 SUNDAY : OF
THE HOLY APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST MATTHEW
8:30 a.m. Orthros, 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Philoptochos Breakfast

20 THURSDAY EVENING:
VIGIL SERVICE FOR THE FEAST OF THE ENTRANCE OF OUR ALL-HOLY LADY THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE (21 November)
7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

23 SUNDAY: 9th OF LUKE - of Our Father among the Saints
AMPHILOCHIOS BISHOP OF ICONIUM and Gregory Bishop of Acragantinoi, and of our holy Father among the Saints Cyril of Constantinople
8:30 a.m.: Orthros, 10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy

30 SUNDAY: of
SAINT ANDREW ΤΗΕ FIRST-CALLED APOSTLE and SAINT PHROUMENTIOS THE ILLUMINATOR OF ETHIOPIA
8:30 a.m.: Orthros, 10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy