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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 February 2015 Message
Beloved in Christ,
Due to the earlier date of Pascha this year – April 12th – the entire month of February is contained within the Triodion period of the liturgical year, which begins on February 1st. After the three preparatory weeks of the Triodion, we will begin the Holy and Great Lent on Clean Monday, February 23rd.
Although the secular world this month is mostly focused on the highly retail-oriented celebration of Valentine’s Day, and winter vacation for students and families, we as Orthodox Christians should be focused on our spiritual preparation for Great Lent, and the subsequent celebration of the climax of the liturgical year – the Holy Pascha of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
First of all, in order not to be misunderstood, I am not implying that there is anything wrong with the above-mentioned secular observances, as long as they do not become a hindrance during this time of heightened spiritual focus. As Orthodox Christians living in the world, we must keep in mind that our spiritual lives always take priority in all that we do.
In regard to Valentine’s Day, the retail world loves when we fall into its net of over-indulgence in order to prove our love through material gifts. This is the same tactic employed during the Christmas season. What we should be more concerned with during the Christmas season and now as we enter the Triodion, is building up spiritual treasure within our hearts and souls. Only the Church has the spiritual food that we need in order to nourish ourselves and thereby seek spiritual health in our lives. One of the greatest sources of spiritual nourishment in the Church is Holy Scripture.
As we go through the first three weeks of the Triodion, let us pay much attention to the themes of the four Sundays of this period as presented through the appointed Scriptural passages…
The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee: Humility and sincere repentance is what pleases God. He despises when we are judgmental and self-righteous.
The Sunday of the Prodigal Son: God is all merciful and forgiving. He will accept us with great joy at any point in our lives, when we seek Him in repentance.
The Sunday of the Last Judgment: God expects us to show mercy and be charitable in our lives as taught through Christ’s example. When we turn our backs to those in need, we are doing the same to Christ Himself.
The Sunday of Forgiveness: We cannot expect to be forgiven anything by God, if we refuse to be forgiving to those who have hurt or wronged us. Our fasting and entire Lenten experience will be hypocritical and in vain if we cannot forgive others, and seek forgiveness.
Beloved, even if we are on vacation during the winter break, we can still find time to pray, read Scripture (available on-line each day through goarch.org), and meditate on these important Lenten themes.
The preparatory weeks prior to Great Lent should be a focused time of preparedness, in order to reap the benefits of the coming Fast. Our Holy Church in her wisdom has given us these three blessed weeks in order to build our foundation for Great Lent. The basic Lenten themes of humility, repentance, and forgiveness are presented to us as we prepare for Lent, and remain throughout the following six weeks and into Holy Week. The ability to reach these goals during Lent is fueled by prayer, fasting, charitable works, church attendance, and participation in the Holy Eucharist.
I pray that all of us together will begin “mixing the mortar” and getting the bricks ready for our own Lenten foundation. This should be our priority as we enter the month of February and the Holy Triodion. So go ahead and buy a modest Valentine gift, spend some special time with your families during winter break, but please do not neglect the most important focus of this month – your spiritual lives as we prepare for Great Lent.
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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