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
The Theophany School of Needham, MA, an Orthodox Preschool, Pre-k and Kindergarten school, is accepting applications for enrollment for fall enrollment.
Fr. Anthony's July-August 2017 Message
Beloved in Christ,
As we enter the season of summer, we leave behind us the beautiful and spiritually uplifting period of Great Lent, Holy Pascha, and the great feasts of the Ascension of our Lord and Holy Pentecost. Amazingly, this lengthy liturgical season covers a period of 18 weeks, just over one-third of the calendar year. This particular liturgical period renews us annually for yet another year in our spiritual lives. However, since its end usually occurs just before summer, there exists the danger of losing the spiritual momentum we have just gained. Since summer is a time for relaxation, vacationing, perhaps even a lighter work schedule, we must resist the temptation of taking a spiritual vacation as well.
As we all know, our Orthodox Church does not have a “slow” period without much happening. There are only two months of the year – July and October – that do not have a major feast of the Lord or the Theotokos, however, both months still have many feast days of major saints of our Church. Even though we begin to wind down in mid-June when the academic year typically ends, our spiritual focus should remain in tune with the Church’s calendar.
As soon as we take leave of the feast of Holy Pentecost and the celebration of the Sunday of All Saints, we immediately commence the fast of the Holy Apostles, one of the four major fast periods of the liturgical year. As I’ve explained in the past, this fast can vary in length since it is dependent upon the date of Pascha. During the period of Pascha we continually read from the Acts of the Apostles, hearing all about the early history of the Church. The fast of the Holy Apostles is well-timed by offering a period of fasting and spiritual reflection regarding the sacrificial works of the Holy Apostles, for the benefit of the Church and all of us. This fast prepares us for the feast of St. Peter and Paul on June 29th, immediately followed the next day by the feast of the Holy Twelve Apostles.
A second period of heightened spiritual focus each summer is the dekapentavgousto – the fifteen days from August 1st through the 15th dedicated to the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God. Being that the Word of God made flesh came to us through the human vessel of the Theotokos, it behooves us to uphold this spiritual season with sincere devotion. This fast is stricter than that of the Holy Apostles, mimicking Great Lent and Holy Week. Enveloped within this fast period is also the celebration of the great feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. This is a bright and glorious feast that brings us great spiritual joy. In the midst of summer’s heat and vacation time, we are again asked by the Church to sharpen our spiritual focus during these 15 days, and to make a sacrifice pleasing to God through our fasting.
Along with the special observances mentioned above, we must also remember that our weekly obligation to attend the holy liturgy on Sundays continues throughout the summer. Whether on vacation domestically or internationally, there’s always a good chance of having an Orthodox church of one of the various jurisdictions close by. When we travel to Greece there is never an issue of finding a church to attend. In fact, in Greece we also have the wonderful opportunity of visiting many places of pilgrimage, besides attending regular church services.
Clearly, we all need to periodically withdraw from our daily routines and get away to enjoy time with our families, especially during the summer. The Church knows and accepts this reality, which also applies to the clergy. At the same, the Church also seeks to keep her children spiritually focused throughout the year. Through proper prioritization of our lives, we can try our best to keep ourselves spiritually focused, even when away on vacation. Our daily prayers should not be neglected, and our Wednesday and Friday fasting can still be incorporated, as well as the observance of the two summer fast periods mentioned above, as best as possible.
Unfortunately, throughout our Archdiocese there exists the sad reality that many families stop attending church as soon as the Sunday School year is completed. This approach to church life is perplexing since the liturgical year of the Orthodox Church runs from September 1st through August 31st, and not parallel to the secular academic year. We must stop and consider the message given to our children by abruptly stopping church attendance from late May through mid-September. It can give the impression that Sunday School is of higher importance than participation in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays, which should be the other way around.
Beloved in Christ, please accept what I have written as a loving and fatherly admonition for the spiritual benefit of all. I realize that there are many exemplary parishioners who attend church year-round except when away or ill. I’m also aware that many of our families try to be frequent with church attendance to the best of their ability. Our prayer is that we all be together as one family in Christ throughout the year except for necessary exceptions. We need each other’s prayers whether in church or praying at home, and of course, no less so during the summer months.
May you all have a restful and spiritually rewarding summer season!
In Christ’s love,
Church Services Hours
Orthros at 8:30 am; Divine Liturgy at 9:45 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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