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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 January 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Blessings to all from our Lord Jesus Christ on the Twelve Days of Christmas and the New Year 2014!

On January 12 we will celebrate the New Year 2014 with the traditional Annual Luncheon. We will be privileged by the presence of
His Eminence our Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, who will lead us in worship and will bless the Vasilopita. His Christmas message, which can be read on St. John’s Website, continues to be of crucial relevance. Please read it again and consider ways of response. Remember also that this year is His Eminence’s 30th Anniversary of His Enthronement as Bishop of Boston. May the Lord grand Him “Many Years!”

On February 2 we will celebrate the
Presentation of our Lord to the Temple. On February 9, the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, we will open the Triodion and start our preparation for Great Lent, which also includes the Sunday of the Prodigal Son (February 16) and the Sunday of the Apokreo (February 23). These three Preparatory Sundays remind us of the humility and the repentance that we need to rekindle in our consciousness in order to observe Lent.

Great Lent begins with the Vespers of Forgiveness on Cheese-fare Sunday (March 2). This Service marks the beginning of Clean Monday (Καθαρή Δευτέρα, March 3), which is the first day of the Great Lent. The Church will call us again to renew our bodies and souls through fasting and prayer, and the purpose of it all is our personal return to the Lord, who is our true life and light, the leader and perfector of our faith. Thus cleansed and enlightened by Him we may celebrate worthily the greatest Feast of our Faith, the Holy and Great Pascha, which falls this year on the 20th of April.

The new Forerunner (January - February - March, 2014) continues the presentation of the
Companion to Orthodoxy, which began with the previous issue. It covers the primary question of our faith: our knowledge of God, which is based on His revelation and has to do with the mystery of his Trinitarian Godhead. To come to know this mystery is to come to know ourselves, the mystery of his image and likeness in us.

With love in the Lord to you all,
I am your faithful servant


Fr. George Dion. Dragas


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Μ Α Ρ Τ Ι Ο Σ

23 Μαρτίου Γ´ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΝΗΣΤΕΙΩΝ
(Σταυροπροσκυνήσεως)
8:00 π.μ.: Ορθρος
9:30 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία

Κοινοτικό Γεύμα για την 25η Μαρτίου


25 Μαρτίου: Τρίτη - ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΣΜΟΣ
8:00 π.μ.: Ορθρος
9:30 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία
(Στον Καθεδρικό Βοστώνης)

28 Μαρτίου Δ´ Παρασκευή Νηστειών
7.30 μ.μ.: Γ´ Χαιρετισμοί

30 Μαρτίου: Δ΄ Κυριακη Νηστειων

(Ιωάννου της Κλίμακος)
8:00 π.μ.: Ὀρθρος
9:30 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία


Α Π Ρ Ι Λ Ι Ο Σ

4 Απριλίου: Ε΄ Παρασκευή των Νηστειών
ΑΓΡΥΠΝΙΑ του Ακαθίστου Ύμνου
8:00 -12.00: Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία

6 Απριλίου: Ε΄ Κυριακή των Νηστειών
Oσ. Μαρίας Αιγυπτίας. Σάββα του εν Καλύμνῳ
8:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος, 9:30 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΕΒΔΟΜΑΔΑ
12 Απριλίου: Σάββατο του Λαζάρου
7:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος 8:30 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία
7:00 μ.μ.: Εσπερινός των Βαΐων

13 Απριλίου: Κυριακή των ΒαΪων
8:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος, 9:30 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία
7:00 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

14 Απριλίου: Μ Δευτέρα
7:00 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

15 Απριλίου: Μ. Τρίτη
7:00 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

16 Απριλίου: Μ. Τετάρτη
5:00 μμ Ευχέλαιον
7:00 μμ Όρθρος Μ. Πέμπτης

17 Απριλίου: Μ. Πέμπτη, Μυστικός Δείπνος
6:00 – 9:30 π.μ.: Λειτουργία Μ. Βασιλείου
6:30 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία των Παθών,
12 Ευαγγέλια

18 Απριλίου: Μεγάλη Παρασκευή
12:00 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία Μεγάλων Ωρών
3:00 μ.μ.: Αποκαθήλωσις: Μητροπ. Μεθόδιος
6:30 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία Εγκωμίων, Επιτάφιος

19 Απριλίου: Μέγα Σάββατο
6:00– 9:30 π.μ.: Λειτουργία Μ. Βασιλείου
11-μ.μ...- ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΙΑ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΕΩΣ

20 Απριλίου: Κυριακή του ΠΑΣΧΑ
10:30 π.μ. – 11:30 π.μ.: Εσπερινός της Αγάπης

27 Απριλίου: Κυριακή του Θωμά
8:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος 9:30 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία


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M A R C H

March 23: THIRD SUNDAY OF FASTS
(THE VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS)
8:00 a.m.: Orthros
9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy
Community Luncheon for March 25

March 25: Tuesday - ANNUNCIATION
8:00 a.m.: Orthros
9:30 a.m.: The Divine Liturgy
(Boston Annunciation Cathedral)

March 28: FOURTH FRIDAY OF FASTS
7:30 p.m.: 2nd Salutations (Acathyst)

March 30: FOURTH SUNDAY OF FASTS
(SUNDAY OF JOHN CLIMACUS)

8:00 a.m.: Orthros
9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy


A P R I L

April 4: 5th Friday of Lent
The Akathist Hymn - VIGIL SERVICE

8:00 -12:00.: Orthros and D. Liturgy

April 6: 5
th Sunday Of
St. Mary of Egypt
8:00 a.m.: Orthros Service
9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy


HOLY WEEK
April 12: Saturday of Lazarus
7:00 a.m.: Orthros, 8:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy
7:00 p.m. Vespers of Palm Sunday


April 13: Palm Sunday
8:00 a.m.: Orthros, 9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy
7:00 p.m.: Service of the Bridegroom

April 14: Holy Monday
7:00 p.m.: Service of the Bridegroom

April 15: Holy Tuesday
7:00 p.m.: Service of the Bridegroom

April 16: Holy Wednesday
5:00 p.m.: Holy Unction
7:00 p.m.: Orthros

April 17: Holy Thursday
6:00 – 9:30 a.m.: D. Liturgy of St. Basil
6:30 p.m.: Service of Holy Passion
(12 gospels)

April 18: Good Friday
12:00 p.m.: Service of the Great Hours
3:00 p.m.: Αpokathilosis:
Metrop.
Methodios
6:30 p.m.: Lamentations, and Epitaphios

April 19: Holy Saturday
6:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Liturgy of St. Basil
11 p.m… RESURRECTION SERVICE

April 20: PASCHAL Sunday

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: The Vespers of Agape

April 27: Sunday of Thomas
8:00 a.m.: Orthros 9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy