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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 March Message
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Following is an article I had written for the Newport Daily News, “Clergy Corner,” in January, 2004, when I was with St. Spyridon Church in Newport, RI. Sometimes we Orthodox Christians take our faith for granted, and even admit that we know very little about our Church and its Holy Tradition. Even though the following was written for the general public, I think many of us will find this edifying.
“The Best Kept Secret in America”
Many Christians in the United States have referred to the Orthodox Church as the “best kept secret in America.” Those familiar with Orthodox Christianity know that in the United States we have historically been a church of immigrants, coming from places such as Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, and the Middle East. Many Americans are also realizing that the Orthodox Church is a growing, dynamic Church to which many converts have flocked from other Christian denominations, and even other faith traditions. Demographically speaking, many Orthodox churches throughout the nation are an amalgam of immigrants and their offspring, non-ethnic spouses who have married into such families, and converts to the faith. In all cases, the faith that these Orthodox Christians are following is at the same time ancient, traditional and relevant to today’s world.
We refer to our faith tradition as ancient because the Orthodox Church is ancient. Our faith is apostolic, because we believe that the Orthodox Church was founded on the day of Pentecost – the day on which the Holy Spirit came in its fullness upon the holy Apostles, thus giving birth to the Church. Because of these ancient apostolic roots, Orthodox Christianity has a continuous history and life-experience, which is referred to as Holy Tradition. Everything done in the Orthodox Church is a part of Holy Tradition. Whether we are speaking of icons (holy images of Christ, biblical scenes or saints), liturgical worship, interpretation of Holy Scripture, hymnography, or the veneration of the God-manifested saints – in all cases, these things exist and are validated through Holy Tradition. What we do today in the Orthodox Church has been done for centuries virtually unchanged, simply because these things are rooted and authenticated in the ancient Church.
This unchanging character of Orthodox Christianity is what appeals most to converts. Orthodoxy never seeks to re-create an image of God to fit into today’s world. The purpose in life for the Orthodox Christian is seeking to do the will of God – not the other way around. In order to do God’s will, the Orthodox Church continues to offer its members the Apostolic teachings of the Church, as handed down throughout the ages. We Orthodox clearly see our Church as a solid rock – a foundation which will remain unshaken until the end of time, which has passed down Orthodox Christian theology intact and unadulterated. We consider the ancient teachings of the Church completely valid and applicable for our times, simply because they are timeless, and without need of re-interpretation by those who seek to make religion serve the mores and whims of modern society.
What is it though, that makes us so sure of the correctness of our faith? It is simply our trust in God’s promise of divine guidance by the Holy Spirit, which has continuously defended Orthodox Christianity against heresy time after time. Because the Orthodox faith has been so scrupulously transferred from generation to generation, it is clear to us that the teachings of Christ and His Apostles have been preserved in their fullness in the Orthodox Church.
Another item of great appeal to many converts is the sense of true worship of God found in Orthodox services. Orthodox worship involves the total person, both body and soul. Expressing faith through worship is not an intellectual exercise for us – it is experiential. The externals of worship aid us into bringing us into communion with the living God. Orthodox worship is never meant to entertain crowds, but rather, remains focused on God. In other words, Orthodox Christians do not (and should not) seek to “get something out of worship.” The correct approach to Orthodox services is to worship the living God and participate in the holy sacraments as a united Christian family, which has been the obligation of Christians from the very beginning.
Hopefully this short description of the Orthodox Christian faith has clarified the mystery for those who know nothing about us. Please know that our churches are open to all who are interested in worshiping with us, however, we must note that the sacrament of Holy Communion may only be received by Orthodox Christians since the Eucharist is the highest expression of one’s membership in the Orthodox Church. Please join us as our guests at any time.
In the love of Christ,
Orthros at 8:45 a.m.; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
Orthros at 9:00 a.m.; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
Saturdays at 6:00 p.m.
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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