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 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!
Upcoming Services and Events
Palm Sunday Luncheon - Sunday, April 21, 2019
Join us for the traditional Fish Dinner on Palm Sunday immediately following the Liturgy. Please see a Parish Council member or contact the Church office for tickets at (508) 559-0910. Tickets are $25 for Fish and $5 for Pizza.
Holy Week / Easter 2019 Program of Church Services
SATURDAY OF LAZARUS - Saturday April 20
Orthros 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Pancake Breakfast to follow
PALM SUNDAY - Sunday April 21
Orthros 8:30 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Palm Sunday Luncheon to follow
Orthros of the Bridegroom 7:00 pm
HOLY MONDAY - Monday April 22
Orthros of the Bridegroom 7:00 pm
HOLY TUESDAY - Tuesday April 23
Orthros of the Bridegroom 7:00 pm
HOLY WEDNESDAY - Wednesday April 24
The Sacrament of Holy Unction 4:00 pm
Orthros of the Mystical Supper (includes anointing) 7:00 pm
GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY - Thursday April 25
Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great 9:00 am
Orthros of the Passion of Christ 7:00 pm
GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY - Friday April 26
The Great Hours of Holy Passion 9:00 am
Service of The Lowering of Christ’s Body from the Cross 3:00 pm
Orthros of the Epitaphios 7:00 pm
GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY - Saturday April 27
Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great 9:00 am
The Great Canon of Easter 11:00 pm
SERVICE OF THE RESURRECTION (midnight) 12:00 am
HOLY PASCHA/EASTER SUNDAY - Sunday April 28
Vespers of Agape 11:00 am
Fr. Michael's Holy Week 2019 Message
Beloved in Christ,
Again, we await, with great anticipation, the most important week of every year. May this explanation of Holy Week help you in your own personal Spiritual walk in Christ and in understanding the importance of this Sacred and Holy week.
Saturday of Lazarus: Commemorates the raising of our Lord’s friend Lazarus, who has been in the tomb for four days. This glorious act confirms the Universal Resurrection which we will all experience at our Lord's Second Coming. This miracle led many people to believe in Christ as the Messiah, but it also led to the Chief Priests and Pharisees' decision to kill Jesus (John 11:47-57).
Palm Sunday: The commemoration of the Lord’s Triumphant Entrance into Jerusalem. Christ enters Jerusalem and is proclaimed King by the people, but only in an Earthly sense. Many of the people were seeking a “political messiah” that would free them from the yoke of the Roman Empire. Christ is the Eternal King of Kings as prophesied by Zechariah the Prophet. We carry palms on this day to show that we accept Jesus as our true King and Messiah who we are willing to follow with our whole being even to the cross.
Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: These services and many of the Services of Holy Week are chanted in anticipation of the next day. These Services are the Orthros Service for the next day. The Services of Holy Thursday evening and Holy Saturday are actually the services of the coming evening.
With this in mind let us turn to the Services of Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday which are celebrated on Palm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening. These Services are known as the Bridegroom Service. At the Service of Palm Sunday evening the priest carries the icon of “Christ the Bridegroom” in procession as we sing the Hymn of the Bridegroom. We behold Christ as the Bridegroom of the Church bearing the marks of His Holy Passion yet, He prepares for a marriage Feast for us all in His Kingdom.
Each of the Bridegroom Services has a specific theme. On Holy Monday we remember the Blessed Joseph, the son of Jacob the Patriarch. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers thrown into a pit and sold into bondage by them. The hymns of this service reflect the Lord’s betrayal by His own creation. The Lord was rejected and betrayed by His own and sold into the slavery of death. The Gospel reading reflects the parable of the “Barren Fig Tree”, which Christ cursed, it withered because it bore no fruit. The fig tree is a parable about those who have heard God's Word but fail to produce the fruit of obedience. The withering of the fig tree is a testimony against those Jews who rejected God's Word and His Messiahship. However, it is also a cautionary note of the importance of not only hearing God's Word but also placing it into action.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins is read on Holy Tuesday. It tells the story of the five wise virgins who filled their lamps in preparation for receiving the bridegroom, while the other five foolish virgins allow their lamps to go out thus being shut out of the marriage feast. This parable is a warning that we must always be prepared to receive our Lord when He comes. The theme of the day is reinforced by the Expostelarion Hymn which we sing: "I see Your Bridal Chamber adorned, O my Savior, but have no wedding garment that I may enter. O Giver of Light enlightens the vesture of my soul and save me."
Holy Wednesday: The theme of Holy Wednesday is repentance and forgiveness. We remember the sinful woman who anointed our Lord in anticipation of His death. Her repentance and love of Christ is the theme of the "Hymn of Kassiani" which is chanted on this night. It reminds us once more that we too may be forgiven if we repent.
Holy Unction Which Is Celebrated Holy Wednesday Afternoon: The Sacrament of Holy Unction can actually be celebrated any time during the year especially when someone is ill. However, because of our need for forgiveness and spiritual healing we offer this Service during Holy Week. We should prepare for this service in a prayerful way as we do for Holy Communion.
Great and Holy Thursday: On Holy Thursday we focus on the last events of our Lord and His Passion. Thursday morning begins with a Vesper Liturgy commemorating the Mystical Supper. As previously mentioned, this is actually Holy Thursday evening service. Everyone who is able should make an effort to receive Holy Communion at this Service, as it was at the Mystical Supper that our Lord instituted the Holy Eucharist. At this Liturgy a second "Lamb" (Host) is consecrated and kept in the Tabernacle (Αρτοφόριο) on the Holy Altar. It is from this Host that Holy Communion is distributed at the Sacrament of Baptisms, to the shut-ins and the sick throughout the year.
Thursday Evening actually begins the Services of Great and Holy Friday. The service of the Twelve Passion Gospels commemorates the solemn time of our Lord's Crucifixion. After the reading of the fifth Gospel the Cross-with the crucified Christ is carried throughout the church in procession.
Great and Holy Friday: This is a day of strict fast, little as possible should be eaten on this day. It is the only day in the entire year that the Divine Liturgy is never celebrated. In the morning we celebrate the Royal Hours. In the afternoon we celebrate the Vesper Service of the Taking Down of Christ's Body from the Holy Cross. During the Gospel reading our Lord's body is taken off the cross and wrapped in a new white linen sheet commemorating the removal of Christ's body from the Cross-by Joseph of Arimathea. Later in this service the Epitaphios is carried in procession and placed in the recently decorated tomb (Κουβούκλιόν). During the evening Orthros Service we chant the Lamentations before the tomb. This service begins in a solemn manner but by the end of the service we are already anticipating the Resurrection of our Lord. Remember, Holy Friday evening Orthros service is actually the first service of Holy Saturday, the day, which we remember our Lord's body resting in the tomb while His soul descends into Hades to free the faithful of the Old Covenant.
Great and Holy Saturday: This day is the day of hope, promise and the anticipation of the Lord's Resurrection. In the morning we celebrate a Vesper Liturgy, which commemorates Christ victory over death, bright colorful vestments are worn as we anticipate the glorious Resurrection of Christ.
In the Orthodox Church laurel leaves symbolize victory. We throw laurel leaves throughout the church during this service as a sign of Christ’s victory over death. As the leaves are strewn throughout church the people chant "Arise O God and Judge the earth, for to You belong all the nations." The Old Testament story of Jonah in the belly of the whale is read. As Jonah was three days in the belly of the great fish and was then safely deposited back on land, so our Lord is three days in the tomb before His glorious Resurrection. The Vesper Liturgy of Holy Saturday concludes the services of Holy Week and brings us to Great and Holy Pascha.
May our Lord and Savior continue to Bless and protect us all.
Presvytera Cyndy and I wish you a Blessed and Holy Pascha.
In His Love,
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
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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
457 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Rev. Protopresbyter Michael A. Kouremetis
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