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
Upcoming Services and Events
Pastoral Visit by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios & Parish Luncheon
On Sunday, November 8, in conjunction with the Metropolis of Boston Federation of Church Musicians' Conference, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios will officate the Divine Liturgy at our Church. In honor of his visit, the Parish Council is having a luncheon for the entire community. Please make an effort to attend the Liturgy that Sunday and stay for the Lunch.
Tickets are $15/person. Make your reservations by calling the Church office by November 1.
AHEPA Second Annual Family Evening with the Greek Rebetiko Trio
Hors d'oeuvres - Meze with Cash Bar
Saturday, November 7, 2015
7:00 to 11:00 pm in the Church Community Center
Tickets: $30 for Adults, $10 under 18
Call the Church office for tickets
2015 Metropolis of Boston Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians' Annual Conference
Hosted this year by the Annunciation Church of Brockton!
Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8, 2015
Highlighted by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 8, 2015 Officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios.
Fr. Anthony's November 2015 Message
Beloved in Christ,
Each November brings us the image of beautifully colored leaves falling from trees, the feeling of cooler days and nights, as well as the popular Thanksgiving holiday celebrated with family and friends. On the Sundays of November, as we do year-round, we gather in church to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. This month we also celebrate the major feast day of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, as well as the feast days of some major saints – the Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, the Holy Archangels, St. Nektarios the Wonderworker, St. John Chrysostom, St. Catherine the Great Martyr, and St. Andrew the First-called Apostle. Therefore, not only do we remember and express our thankfulness to God on Thanksgiving Day, but we also offer thanksgiving to Him each and every time we celebrate the Holy Eucharist – η Θεια Ευχαριστια – which literally means divine thanksgiving.
The Divine Liturgy is the central and most sacred service of the Orthodox Church. The celebration of every major feast day of Christ, the Theotokos, and the major saints of the Church, is climaxed through the celebration of the Liturgy. Basically, through the Divine Liturgy we commemorate the entire life and ministry of Christ upon earth, His death and resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, as well as His second coming. This is clearly stated in the following priestly prayer offered prior to the consecration of the gifts: Remembering, therefore…all that came to pass for our sake, the cross, the tomb, the resurrection on the third day, the ascension into heaven, the enthronement at the right hand of the Father, and the second, glorious coming…
The main purpose of the Divine Liturgy is the consecration and receipt of the Holy Eucharist – the very Body and Blood of Christ. So whether we are celebrating a feast of Christ, His Holy Mother, or one of the saints of the Church, in the Liturgy our focus remains on Christ, without whom there would be no Church, no Theotokos, and no saints.
In the Divine Liturgy we offer our humble gifts of bread and wine to God, from whom we have received them in the first place. In deep thanksgiving we call upon the Holy Spirit to accept these gifts from the hands of us sinners, and to mystically change them to be the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hear these words from the prayer of consecration: Once again we of-fer to You this spiritual worship without the shedding of blood, and we ask, pray, and entreat You, send down Your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts here presented.
Obviously, in the Divine Liturgy we also remember and relive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, as the Spirit comes invisibly to consecrate the bread and wine. This having been accomplished, we then receive back the life-giving gifts of the Holy Eucharist. During the consecration, the following simple but sublime hymn is chanted: We praise You, we bless You, we give thanks to You, and we pray to You, Lord our God.
After himself having communed and then having distributed the Holy Eucharist, the priest of-fers the following prayer of thanksgiving: We thank You, loving Master, benefactor of our souls, that on this day You have made us worthy once again of Your heavenly and immortal Mysteries. Direct our ways in the right path, establish us firmly in Your fear, guard our lives, and make our endeavors safe, through the prayers and supplications of the glorious Theotokos and ever virgin Mary and of all Your saints.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, let us remind ourselves that the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church is our on-going prayer and act of thanksgiving, offered over and over throughout the ecclesiastical year. It is a sacred time when Heaven and earth come together within the sacred space of our holy temple. I pray that we all increasingly become true participants in the Liturgy, and not mere spectators. This can only come through spiritual renewal, whose fruit will be prayerful participation in the Liturgy, in order that it may yield its transformative power in our lives. In a spiritually renewed state, we would also become frequent partakers of the Holy Eucharist, presupposing, of course, proper preparation as taught by the Church.
I leave you with the following prayer of thanksgiving after receipt of Holy Communion (which may be found in the Liturgy books in our pews), that should be prayerfully recited each time one receives the Holy Eucharist: Lord Jesus Christ, my God, let Your sacred Body be unto me for eternal life and Your precious Blood for forgiveness of sins. Let this Eucharist be unto me for joy, health and gladness. And in Your awesome Second Coming make me, a sinner, worthy to stand at the right hand of Your glory; through the intercessions of Your pure Mother and of all Your Saints. Amen.
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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