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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

CHRISTMAS 2014


Dear Members and Friends of our Parish of St. John the Baptist
,


The month of December is marked by the Great Feast of Christmas, which St. John Chrysostom calls “
The Metropolis of the Feasts of the Lord.” This year’s December has 4 Sundays, the first two are specified as the tenth and the eleventh of St. Luke, and the last two are associated with the Great Feast of Christmas and are known as the Sunday before and the Sunday after Christmas. The Gospel Lessons are taken from the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew respectively. On the First Sunday, Dec. 7, we observe our Annual “Agape” Luncheon, which gives the opportunity to express our love for our parish and for one another.

Our preparation for Christmas by fasting and spirtitual renewal which began on the 15
th of November will end on the Eve of Christmas. Christmas is an immovable (fixed) Feast and is always celebrated on December 25, but its celebration includes a Forefeast (Dec. 20-24) and an Afterfeast (Dec. 26-31). Particularly important is the Christmas Eve (Παραμονή), Dec. 24, because it is marked by exceptional Services. These include The Great Hours, which are also called The Royal Hours, because in Byzantine times they were attended by the Emperor and his Court. They are followed by Great Vespers and the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. Also, important is the first day after Christmas, Dec. 26, known as the Synaxis of the Theotokos, when we honor our spiritual Mother as the most important person after the Lord in the Feast of Christmas and generally in the Church.

Since Christmas marks the beginning of our Lord’s economy for our salvation, I chose as special reading a solemn and inspiring article of one of the twentieth century Saints of Orthodoxy, the Serbian Father Justin Popovic, which refers to the profound meaning of the Incarnation of our Lord that marks the beginning of our salvation. May the Lord bless us all during these holy days and renew our dedication to Him and our commitment to one another.



FR. GEORGE DION. DRAGAS


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ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ Χριστουγεννων, ΘΕΟΦΑΝΕΙΩΝ,
ΚΑΙ ΠΑΝΗΓΥΡΕΩΣ ΑΓ. ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ ΒΑΠΤΙΣΤΟΥ

24 Δεκεμβρίου: Τετάρτη Εσπέρας- Προεόρτια Χριστουγέννων
5:30 μ.μ.: Μεγάλες Ώρες των Χριστουγέννων
7:00 μ.μ.: Μέγας Εσπερινός των Χριστουγέννων μετά Θ. Λειτουργίας του Μεγάλου Βασιλείου

25 Δεκεμβρίου: Πέμπτη - Η ΚΑΤΑ ΣΑΡΚΑ ΓΕΝΝΗΣΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΚΥΡΙΟΥ ΙΗΣΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θ. ΛΕΙΤΟΥΡΓΙΑ ΑΓ. ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΥΣΟΣΤΟΜΟΥ

28 Δεκεμβρίου: Κυριακή - Μετά της Χριστού Γεννήσεως
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

31 Δεκεμβρίου: Τετάρτη - Παραμονή της Περιτομής του Κυρίου και Σωτήρος ημών Ιησού Χριστού και μνήμης του Αγ. Βασιλείου
7:00 μ.μ.: Εσπερινός

1 Ιανουαρίου: Πέμπτη - Η Περιτομή του Ιησού Χριστού και η μνήμη του Αγ. Βασιλείου του Μεγάλου.
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος 10:00 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία Μεγάλου Βασιλείου
11:30 π.μ.: Δοξολογία επί τη ενάρξει του νέου έτους

4 Ιανουαρίου: Κυριακή – Κυριακή Προ Των Φωτών-Σύναξις των 70 Αποστόλων
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία και Μέγας Αγιασμός των υδάτων

5 Ιανουαρίου: Δευτέρα – ΠΡΟΕΟΡΤΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΦΩΤΩΝ
6:00 π.μ. Ορθρος και Μεγάλαι Ώραι,
8:30 π.μ. Μ.Εσπερινός και Θ. Λειτουργία Μ. Βασιλείου
10:00 π.μ. Μέγας Αγιασμός

6 Ιανουαρίου: Τρίτη – ΤΑ ΑΓΙΑ ΘΕΟΦΑΝΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ
7:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος, Θ. Λειτουργία και Μέγας Αγιασμός των Υδάτων
7:00 μ.μ.: Μέγας Πανηγυρικός Εσπερινός του Αγ. Ιωάννου του Βαπτιστού
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Θα ακολουθήσει δεξίωση

7 Ιανουαρίου: Τετάρτη - Η Σύναξις του ΑΓΙΟΥ ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΒΑΠΤΙΣΤΟΥ
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:30 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

11 Ιανουαρίου: Κυριακή Μετά Των Φωτών
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Αρχιερατική Θ.
Λειτουργία προεξάρχοντος του Σεβ. ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΟΥ ΒΟΣΤΩΝΗΣ κ.κ. ΜΕΘΟΔΙΟΥ
ΓΕΥΜΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΤΑΣ ΜΕ ΚΟΠΗ ΤΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΟΠΙΤΑΣ


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SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS, THEOPHANY
AND THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

December 24th: Wednesday Evening - Forefeast of Christmas
5:30 p.m.: Great Hours of Christmas
7:00 p.m.: Great Vespers of Christmas
followed by Divine Liturgy of
Saint Basil the Great

December 25th: Thursday - NATIVITY IN THE FLESH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
8:30 a.m.: Orthros
10:00 a.m.: LITURGY OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

December 28: Sunday after the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ
8:30 a.m.: Orthros
10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy

December 31st: Wednesday - New Year’s Eve and Eve of the Circumcision of our Lord & the Feast of St. Basil the Great
7:00 p.m.: Vespers Service

January 1st: Thursday - The Circumcision
of Christ & the feast of
St. Basil the Great
8:30 a.m.: Orthros 10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
11 a.m.: Doxology for the beginning of the New Year

January 4th: Sunday – Sunday before Theophany Synaxis of the 70 Apostles
8:30 a.m.: Orthros
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy and Great Agiasmos of the waters

January 5th: Monday – FOREFEAST OF THEOPHANY
6:00 am Orthros and Great Hours
8:30 am Great Vespers and D. Liturgy of St Basil
10:30 am GREAT AGIASMOS

January 6th: Tuesday - THE HOLY THEOPHANY OF CHRIST
7:00 a.m.: Orthros, Divine Liturgy and GREAT AGIASMOS
7:00 p.m.: Great Panegyric Vespers of Saint John the Baptist
- Reception will follow


January 7th: Wednesday - The Synaxis of SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
8:30 a.m.: Orthros
10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy

January 11th: Sunday after the Theophany
8:30 a.m.: Orthros
10:00 a.m.: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy presided by His Eminence METROPOLITAN METHODIOS OF BOSTON
LUNCHEON IN THE CHURCH HALL WITH CUTTING OF THE VASILOPITA