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Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
Christ is in our midst!
Welcome to the website of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Brockton, MA. The Annunciation is within the Metropolis of Boston, which is part of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – one of the daughter Churches of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Church of the Annunciation is the only Eastern Orthodox Church in Brockton and its surrounding communities.
At the Annunciation, we conduct the full cycle of Sunday services, commencing with Great Vespers on Saturday evenings through Orthros (Matins) and the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings. Throughout the liturgical year, we also celebrate the feasts of our Lord and the Theotokos (Mother of God), as well as the feasts of all major saints of the Church. From fall through spring, Small Vespers are also celebrated on most Wednesdays nights, with adult religious education sessions following the service.
We welcome all to worship with us, whether you are visiting the area or live locally. May God bless you!
†Fr. Anthony Evangelatos
Fr. Anthony's March 2015 Message
Beloved in Christ,
We have again entered the soul-cleansing and blessed Fast of Great Lent. In the midst of the bleakness of winter, we have entered the Lenten Spring as our souls are awakened from the deep sleep of spiritual neglect and indifference. As we move toward Holy Pascha, our souls begin to see the light of the Resurrection of Christ emanating from the Life-Giving Tomb. I pray that all of us will make this a very meaningful and fruitful Lenten period, so that we may be spiritually and physically prepared to participate in the Holy Passion and Resurrection of our Lord. As with everything in life, the effort that we put into our Lenten journey will be proportionate to the benefits we will receive.
One may ask the question, “Why bother?” Why do we need to have these annual commemorations, and the burdensome Lenten preparation for Pascha? Well, let us set aside the Church and Her Holy Tradition for a moment and have a look at the secular world. Observe any modern nation and you will see multiple annual commemorations of meaningful events. These take place in order for nations to remember significant historical events that typically led to victory over foreign oppressors, and independence from foreign domination. Besides national commemorations, consider the celebration of birthdays of our relatives and friends. Since our day of birth is an obvious significant event in our lives, we feel the need to annually celebrate, or at least recognize each other’s special day. Regarding death, even those who are not very religious still make it a point to remember their loved ones on the anniversary of their death, their birthdays, and on Memorial Day.
In society in general, important events require a fair amount of preparation and planning. Weddings, milestone anniversaries, and retirements are obvious examples. Even with those who have made Christmas a completely secular observance, we still see a sense of preparation for this annual event, even if only on the level of decoration of homes and baking special treats.
Now if we agree that all of the above are important celebrations in the secular world, would it not seem logical that we should annually remember the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Since we Orthodox believe that these are the greatest events in the history of humanity, do they not deserve an appropriate period and method of preparation? Yes, they most certainly do!
This is why, beloved in Christ, our holy Church has given us this great gift of Lent for our spiritual benefit. In order to prepare for the “marathon” of Holy Week and Pascha, we need to go through a period of spiritual exercise, or askesis. A serious athlete would never try to compete in a sport without proper training and preparation, if he/she expects to succeed. The focused student would not attempt to pass a course with an excellent mark if not properly prepared. A farmer who desires an abundant and rich harvest, must work hard at preparing the land and nurturing it along. Similarly, the focused Orthodox Christian has a very good reason for embarking on the annual Lenten journey, which leads to the Cross and the Tomb.
Another question that may be asked is, “What exactly is the benefit of a true Lenten experience?” Let us recall that during the three preparatory weeks prior to Great Lent, the Church presents us with the themes of humility, forgiveness, and repentance. These are the fruits of Great Lent. If we are serious about our Lenten experience, we will seek these virtues in our lives. If we can reach these goals and try to sustain them throughout the year, then we are living a true Christian life that leads toward salvation and the kingdom of heaven. The tools at our disposal are well known to all of us, but unfortunately, highly ignored by many. These are prayer, fasting, charitable works participation in the sacraments of Confession and Communion, and regular Sunday church attendance, as well as weekly Lenten services whenever possible. By doing these things with a clear understanding of their potential benefits, Lent will then become a joyful season that we look forward to, and not the burden that some make it to be. But remember, being human we are not perfect and will easily fall. This is another important reason why the Lenten journey is retaken year after year.
If we can begin to view Great Lent as a joyful spiritual journey that reconciles and unites us to God, we will then comprehend the importance of this sacred time of the liturgical year. The final goal of this spiritual journey is sharing in the death and resurrection of our Lord in order to be spiritually renewed. Each Holy Week and Pascha we relive the reality of the mystery of baptism, through our participation in the salvific events in the last days of Christ’s life on earth.
May God grant all of you the fruits of Great Lent through your anticipated participation. If you never have in the past, start small, but most importantly, start!
Orthros at 8:45 am; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am
Orthros at 9:00 am; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am
Saturdays at 6:00 pm
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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
457 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301
From Route 24 take Exit 18B (Route 27 North - Stoughton).
At lights take a right on to Pearl Street.
At second set of lights take a right on to Oak Street.
Drive 1 mile. The church is on the left. Welcome!
Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Rev. Fr. Anthony Evangelatos - Presiding Priest
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