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 June 2015 Message
(The following article is reprinted from the June 2009 bulletin.)
Beloved in Christ,
As we prepare to enter the Apostles Fast this month, let us reflect a bit on the Holy Apostles of Christ and their important role in His Church. During this holy period in their honor, we should venerate them and pray to them more often, continually seeking their holy intercessions before the throne of the Most High, which they flank, seated on their own glorious thrones.
First of all, let us remember the very beginning of the Church on earth after the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension. On the day of Pentecost – the 50th day from Holy Pascha – the Lord sent His Holy Spirit upon the Holy Apostles and the other followers of Christ who were gathered together in the upper room. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4).
This incredible and life-transforming act of God gave true birth to the Church. In the absence of Christ, the Holy Apostles took the reins of the Church, so to speak, knowing that God was truly with them once again through His Holy Spirit. The promise of Christ given just prior to His holy Ascension into heaven had been kept. They were filled with power from on high to continue the ministry of Christ. Basically, during the mystery of Pentecost the Apostles were ordained as the first bishops of the Church, in order to oversee the Church, to teach her doctrines, and to preside over the celebration of the Eucharist. These three basic elements still constitute the role of the bishop in the Orthodox Church.
The great task of the Spirit-filled Apostles was to spread the Christian faith, both locally and in far-away places of the known world. As they established churches in different lands, they ordained other bishops to oversee those churches. Through the hands of the Apostles and those of the other bishops they ordained, many men were ordained to the ranks of bishop, presbyter, and deacon, which has continued throughout the ages. As you’ve heard many times, today’s Orthodox clergy trace their ordination back to the Apostles them-selves, through what is called apostolic succession.
Holy Tradition, which encompasses the entire life of the Church from her beginnings to the present, also originated with the Holy Apostles. As direct disciples of the Lord and witnesses of the Resurrection, they passed on the teachings of Christ and the Holy Tradition of the Church which they shaped and forged through the Guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. (2 Thes. 2:15). When other Christians criticize the practices of the Orthodox Church by stating that everything we do is based on the traditions of men, we must remind them that our Holy Tradition has its source in Christ Himself, and has continued to be guided by God through His Holy Spirit.
The key thing for us to remember regarding apostolic succession and the Holy Apostolic Tradition, is that these things constitute an unbroken chain within the Orthodox Church which begins with the Apostles. The seven ecumenical councils held by the Church during the first eight centuries of her life, specifically dealt with heretical perversions of the apostolic teachings of the Church, again, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The work of the ecumenical councils, as well as the many local councils held at various times and places, has ensured that the chain linking us to Christ and His Holy Apostles has remained unbroken. This, my beloved, is what has kept the Church Orthodox. This is what has kept the True Faith pure and untainted – the same Faith that the Holy Apostles spread throughout the world and that we have inherited.
Let us use the following hymn found in the Orthros for Thursdays, as a special prayer during the coming fast of the Holy Apostles:
Passing through all the earth, you preached the holy Incarnation of Christ from the all-spotless Virgin, and you turned men from their error. In teaching all men to adore One God, the Holy Trinity, you shed divine enlightenment upon the nations, O blessed Apostles of Christ the Savior.
In Christ’s love, and through the prayers of the Holy Apostles,
Upcoming Services and Events
Annual Golf Tournament
Join us for our Annual Annunciation Golf Tournament on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Easton Country Club
9:30 am - Shotgun Start
8:00 am - Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - Golf Range
256 Purchase Street, South Easton, MA 02356
Entree Fee: $125 per player
Entry Fee includes green fees, golf cart, driving range, continental breakfast, lunch banquet and awards
Dinner guests welcome at $25 each
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Church Services Hours
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, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Rev. Fr. Anthony Evangelatos - Presiding Priest
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