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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 October 2014 Message
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
One of the most frequent topics of conversation these days is global warming, and its effect on weather and other related issues. The international scientific community continues to remind us of this serious problem and its current and future consequences, even though there is still much debate and disagreement on the subject. In any case, the consistent message is that global warming is due to human interference with the delicate balance of world climate, which is setting the stage for long-term problems worldwide. Hopefully, these warnings have made us somewhat introspective about our relationship with creation as God’s stewards, as well as our relationship with the Creator Himself.
If we were to take some time to contemplate the awesomeness of creation, we would be overwhelmed by the power and creative force of the eternal God, who has created everything out of nothingness. Simply considering the annual cycle of the seasons, the complex processes of growth and reproduction of both the plant and animal kingdoms, the creative forces of nature that are constantly at work – all of this and more is nothing less than miraculous. And yet, there are still some who will say that there is no God!
We Orthodox Christians, however, are very clear of creation being a loving act of the living God. As I’ve mentioned many times, the Church puts much emphasis on the fact that man was created in God’s likeness and image, precisely because we were created with a free will – a truly God-given gift that is not shared with the animal kingdom. If we are to be good stewards of God’s creation, we must remember that the true sign of stewardship is freely choosing to sincerely respect and show concern, for that of which one has been given charge. Those who feel this way about the created world will always seek to not abuse it, but rather, to preserve and care for it as much as is humanly possible.
Unfortunately, this has not been the outlook of the majority of the human race. There is no need to list the myriad abuses of the created world by mankind, since we are all very aware of them. In fact, there may be other environmentally destructive events occurring of which many of us are not even aware. The bottom line is that the human weakness of self-centeredness has driven mankind to sin against God’s creation. The word “sin” is very appropriate in this regard. Human life and all of God’s creation is considered sacred according to the classic Christian teaching. When we do things that harm anything in the natural world, whether referring to our own bodies or anything else in nature, we sin against God the Creator.
The only way to turn the tide of humanity’s treatment of creation is to turn first and foremost to God, the creator and author of life. A humanistic approach to the created world is not the approach that seeks to venerate that which has been created by the hand of God. Let us be clear here, however; it is not nature that we worship, but it is God the Creator whom we worship and serve as his faithful stewards.
Dear brethren in Christ, we cannot change the natural forces and cycles of nature, but we can certainly do whatever we can individually and globally to protect and preserve our beloved earth. If we continue unchecked on the path we are on, the results could be catastrophic. After all, this is God’s world, not ours. May we all gain the ability to see God in everyone and in everything. As the psalmist says, Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
Classes for the 2014-2015 school year begin on Saturday, September 13, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
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For reservations contact:
Elaine Zetes: 781-598-1333
Diane Stamantopoulos: 978-530-1064
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
The Annunciation Church now offers an online bill pay service for the convenience of our parishioners. Click on the links below to fulfill your Stewardship or make other payments by credit card.
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
Office - firstname.lastname@example.org
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