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
Hungry Friends Raffle & Dinner
to benefit the Annunciation Church
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Church Community Center
6:00 pm - Cocktails & Appetizers
7:00 pm - Buffet Greek Dinner
8:00 pm - Raffle
Donation: $125 ($25 for an additional guest meal)
Please see a Parish Council member or call the Church office for tickets
Fr. Anthony's April 2017 Message
Beloved in Christ,
In just over one week our Holy Orthodox Church enters the Holy and Great Week of the Passion of Christ, followed immediately by His Holy Resurrection. The first half of April will include the last week of Great Lent, followed by the two-day celebration of the raising of Lazarus and Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, which in turn commences Holy Week. During those two weeks we continue the opportunity to experience the very Lenten atmosphere of χαρμολύπη translated as joyful sorrow, or bright sadness, which will be transformed into full spiritual joy with the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection on Holy Pascha. Hopefully, our personal Lenten journey has allowed us to experience this atmosphere as we prepare to celebrate Holy Pascha.
The concept of joyful sorrow is central in the Orthodox Lenten experience. Allow me to elaborate a bit on this concept, which I have not written about for some time. First, let us define the term χαρμολύπη. This is a compound word that combines the terms χαρμόσυνη – joy, gladness, and λύπη – sorrow, sadness. The Greek language, being very flexible in the combining of nouns, has many compound words which aid in pinpointing something very specific. In this case, the Church uses this term to accurately describe what is experienced by faithfully following the full Lenten tradition each year.
A question one may ask is how can someone be both sad and joyful at the same time? The Orthodox Church has a very clear answer to this. First, let us remember that we are all part of fallen humanity. Through the sin of our ancestral parents, Adam and Eve, we have inherited a nature that is fallen from the grace of God. Fortunately, Christ came to the earth to redeem us from the ancient curse, giving us the ability to be reunited with our Triune God. Through baptism and chrismation the doors of the Kingdom have been opened for us, giving us the ability to work toward our salvation while in this world.
The sadness within us which manifests itself during Great Lent, is based on the realization of our fallen nature and personal sins. We must remind ourselves that we are not guaranteed salvation simply by having been baptized. In our imperfect, fallen nature we are continuously tempted by the Devil and his demons to sin against God. No one born into humanity is exempt from this reality. If we have followed a full Lenten experience of prayer, fasting, increased church attendance, and charitable works, our spiritual eyes should have been opened to see how far we continuously fall from the grace we received in baptism.
Having said these things one may wonder, so where is the joy in all this? Here we must clarify that during Lent, the Orthodox Church does not present to us a morbid and oppressive atmosphere from which one feels there is no escape. On the contrary, a focused Orthodox Christian following the full Lenten experience will begin to sense a lightness and joy brought on through intensified spiritual focus, which is highly aided through prayer and fasting. In addition, the Church has always had the joy of the Resurrection as the goal of our Lenten struggle – the light at the end of the tunnel. The Lenten and Paschal experience of the Church is one where there can truly be no joy without tears.
The experience of joyful sorrow can clearly be felt in the various services of Lent and Holy Week. These divine services stimulate our souls toward a contrite and reflective attitude throughout this holy season. The dimly lit church, the moving words and melodies of Lenten hymns, the dark vestments of the priest and temple, the kneeling and prostrations we make – all these things together touch our souls deeply to aid us toward contrition and repentance.
The beauty of the Orthodox observance of Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha is that the summation of God’s plan for humanity can be encountered during this holy period. Our entire salvation history beginning with the fall of Adam and Eve through the Lord’s saving Crucifixion and Resurrection, is relived each year for our spiritual benefit. All those who have ever fully participated in the Lenten experience, have shed the tears of repentance which eventually became tears of joy.
Throughout Great Lent we become as the wandering Hebrew people of the Old Testament seeking the Promised Land. Our release from the bondage of sin through repentance can be compared to the release of the Jews from the bondage of slavery (and sin definitely is spiritual slavery!). As the Hebrew nation ended its wandering and entered the Promised Land with great joy, we too, through our Lenten struggle can find rest by sacramentally confessing our sins, thereby being fully prepared to enter into the joy of the Holy Resurrection.
In summary, beloved in Christ, Lent is not all about doom and gloom. As you see, it is about true inner joy that comes from our honest self-assessment gained through our spiritual struggles during Lent, and our subsequent forgiveness through Holy Confession. With proper preparation during Lent and Holy Week, our celebration of Pascha will be extremely luminous and joyful, more than we’ve ever experienced in the past. Allow me to attempt to compare this to a total lunar eclipse. As the moon becomes completely covered in shadow, its light is nowhere to be seen even though we know it will reappear. After experiencing the temporary darkness and the shadow passes, the moon seems much more radiant than it did before, and we rejoice in what we see. May we all be bathed in the bright and everlasting light of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord! A blessed Holy Week and Pascha to all.
Well done good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. (Mt. 25:21)
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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