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 July - August 2015 Message
Beloved in Christ,
As we enter fully into summer our minds turn to vacations, travel, the beach, picnics, relaxing, and other related activities. Be-sides partaking in these normal and enjoyable summer activities, we must remember that our spiritual lives continue as we engage in the delights of summer. This astronomical season continues to be part of the ecclesiastical year – actually, the ending portion of the ecclesiastical year. August in particular is the high liturgical point of the summer because of the fast and celebration of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15th, as well as the dominical feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord on August 6th. Both of these feasts deserve our attention because of their spiritual significance.
The feast of the Transfiguration celebrates the great event that happened on Mt. Tabor before the eyes of the Lord’s disciples and apostles Peter, James, and John… “and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” (Matthew 17:2). Besides manifesting His divinity to His disciples through the performing of miracles, in the Transfiguration the Lord clearly reveals Himself as the God-man (theanthropos), through this supernatural event in which we see His divine glory for the first time.
The event of the Transfiguration becomes even more profound when suddenly Moses and Elijah appear on either side of Christ, and begin speaking of the Lord’s upcoming Passion. If this were not overwhelming enough to the disciples, there then follows the final supernatural event which was the appearance of a mysterious cloud… “behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’” (Matthew 17:5).
This final supernatural event regarding the God-sent cloud, continues to happen each and every year to this day! At the top of Mount Tabor there is an Orthodox monastery that many Orthodox pilgrims visit each year for the feast of the Transfiguration. After the liturgy which concludes the all-night vigil – about 4 am – a mysterious orange colored cloud envelopes the top of the mountain. It is also described as having an incense-like, other-worldly fragrance. All the clergy and the faithful process outside of the church and conduct a special litany surrounded by the divine mist. Israeli meteorologists and other interested parties have been at a loss to explain this. With its typical Mediterranean cli-mate, Israel is completely dry, hot, and cloudless during the summer. Glory be to God for these signs which continue to assure us of His omnipresence in the world! May our souls also be spiritually “touched” by the divine cloud of Tabor, and filled with the uncreated light of the Transfigured Christ, as we celebrate this major feast.
We now turn our attention to the feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos. This event cannot be found in the canonical New Testament, which is mostly silent regard the holy Mother of God. What the Church has given us regarding this feast is based on secondary apocryphal scriptural sources, as well as the living Holy Tradition of the Church. Besides the commemoration of the Panayia’s falling asleep, or Koimisis – Dormition, this feast also recognizes the teaching upheld by the Church that after her death, the Theotokos was assumed in both body and soul into heaven. Besides the witness of the Holy Apostles who found her tomb empty after having buried her body, the Church also upholds this truth through the fact that no one has ever claimed to have physical relics of the Theotokos. The relics that the Church does have regarding the Theotokos are usually articles of clothing.
As we know, Panayia’s life was replete with miraculous interventions by God. As immediately stated above, her life also ended with the miraculous assumption of her body and soul into heaven. It is no wonder that the Theotokos continues to intercede for humanity in various miraculous ways. This includes apparitions, miraculous healing icons, icons that stream fragrant tears of myrrh, and the constant answering of prayers by those who honor her.
Even if we will never be blessed with a direct miracle or sign from the Theotokos, we should never cease to exalt her through our participation in the liturgical life of the Church, and through personal devotion through our own prayer life. As you clearly hear in church, there is not one service of the Orthodox Church where the Theotokos isn’t exalted through hymns and doxological exclamations. Our loving Mother always hears our prayers and takes them directly to her Son and God Jesus Christ. May we never cease turning to her daily, and most especially during the upcoming fast in her honor.
Beloved in Christ, as I stated at the beginning of this article, summer is definitely a time of well-deserved relaxation and diversion. However, let us never allow our souls to “relax” from our spiritual obligations. Whether traveling our not this summer, let us continue with our daily prayers, reading of Scripture, and with our liturgical obligations as much as possible.
Through the prayers of the Theotokos,
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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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