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
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Fr. Anthony's October 2015 Message
Beloved in Christ, since five years have passed from the consecration of our church, I thought it would be beneficial to reprint an article I had written in the November 2010 bulletin. I feel that this article is once again timely as we approach our 100 year anniversary. It would behoove us to reconnect with the spiritual grace bestowed upon our temple and all of us, on the blessed day of the consecration.
Beloved in Christ,
As we bask in the spiritual light emanating from the recent consecration of our church, let us consider the potential effect of this event on our future. Through prior writings and sermons, I have mentioned the transformative power of the consecration upon all of us. His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios had also elaborated on this theme during the weekend of the consecration. With this in mind, allow me to be a visionary, painting a picture of future possibilities for all of us, personally and communally.
As mentioned before, the direct effect of a church consecration is spiritual renewal. After the consecration, many parishioners stated that they felt as if they had personally received a second baptism. Others described how intensely moved and impressed they were by the services and the various rituals of consecration. In all these cases, the seeds of spiritual renewal have been planted by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let us remember that everything we do in the Church is directly affected by the Holy Spirit, most especially the holy mysteries (sacraments), which are energized by God’s Spirit. If we look closely at the priestly prayer offered just prior to the consecration of the bread and wine in the Divine Liturgy, we would notice something very interesting. The prayer directly asks the Holy Spirit to come upon us first, then upon the presented gifts. With this example we should clearly see how the Church constantly seeks to act upon, and sanctify the faithful through God’s Holy Spirit.
With these seeds of spiritual growth planted within each of us, especially those who were present at the consecration itself, we can begin nourishing our souls to allow these seeds to blossom. This, beloved, can only be accomplished through our active participation in the life of the Church, and by how we live our everyday lives in conjunction with the teachings and traditions of the Church.
As a starting point, participation in the services of the Church is paramount for spiritual renewal. The Church is our Mother who teaches us how to live the life in Christ. In order to learn and grow, we must be under the “Mother’s” wings as much as possible.
Participation in the entire liturgy allows for hearing the Word of God through Scripture, as well as the possibility of more frequent participation in the Eucharist – the crowning holy sacrament of the Church. A periodic “dropping-in” when motivated to do so is a noble attempt, but can never fully sustain a complete spiritual life.
Those who will seek frequent church attendance will also be more likely to pray throughout the week, and to keep the fast days and periods of the liturgical year. Again, the Church as our Mother teaches us a life of prayer, for true Orthodox worship is communal prayer and interaction with the living God, led by the priest on behalf of the people. The Church also teaches us the importance of the venerable practice of fasting to aid our spiritual growth. A prayer-life that stems from the example of the Church is absolutely necessary for continued spiritual growth, which is enhanced and reinforced through the practice of fasting.
Spiritually transformed parishioners would also see the importance of celebrating, whenever possible, the various feast days of the liturgical year. This would include the great feasts of Christ and the Theotokos, as well as the feast days of the major saints. In addition to these feasts, those seeking true spiritual growth would most definitely participate liturgically to some degree during Great Lent, the most focused time of the year for an Orthodox Christian.
The more we become regular participants in church services and maintain an active prayer life, the more we will be able to overcome the temptation of being mere spectators in services. As we become more spiritually focused, we will also understand the need for active and frequent participation in the sacramental life of the Church. True spiritual growth must include periodic confession and reconciliation with God, which is the door to salvation. The soul also needs its spiritual nourishment – Holy Communion – without which it will starve, and can eventually lead to spiritual death. Frequently communing when properly prepared must be emphasized, because this has always been the teaching of the Orthodox Church, strikingly opposite of what we may have been taught growing up.
A spiritually renewed parishioner would also have a clear understanding that everything else that happens in parish life is supplemental, and that the celebration of the Divine Liturgy is the central activity of the parish. When we have the correct focus on the liturgical life of the Church, we would make it a point to be in church as much as possible, and then be involved in other church ministries and activities as we are able – not the other way around.
If all of the above falls into place in our lives, the final by-product of spiritual renewal would be mutual love and respect toward each other, even at times when we differ in opinion regarding anything in parish life. In other words, if we hear and comprehend the Word of God in church, then we should also live by His Word, lest we become hypocrites.
Now, if a parish is spiritually renewed and open to the saving work of the Holy Spirit, then it will seek to bring other sheep into the fold. We should be able to bring any non-Orthodox friend, relative, or neighbor to our church, and know that he/she will be welcomed. The visitor should also be able to understand the services by the use of English in balance with the liturgical Greek, so that he/she can be spiritually moved and fulfilled as well.
Finally, my brothers and sisters in Christ, you may ask why all of this is so important. There is one simple reason – our salvation! The goal of the Church of Christ is to save souls, and this is the main concern of every parish priest. The Church is not a cultural center, nor is it a social organization or anything of the like. The Church is our true home where we are nourished and prepared for eternal life and salvation. We have been given all the tools necessary for this journey from the day of our baptism and chrismation. Now that the Holy Spirit has descended upon us once again to sanctify not just our holy temple, but all of us as a parish community, let us turn toward God and seek all these things brought to our attention. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ keep and protect all of you in His unending love and mercy.
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
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