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
Sunday, February 21 is Stewardship Sunday. Join us for a complimentary Stewardship Luncheon following the Divine Liturgy.
100th Anniversary Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
On Sunday, March 6, 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios will join us to formally celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our Parish.
Please plan to be present on this Sunday to participate in this historic milestone of our parish and to honor His Eminence. A celebratory reception will be held immediately following the Liturgy in honor of Metropolitan Methodios and our 100th Anniversary.
Fr. Anthony's February 2016 Message
Beloved brethren in Christ,
February is always an interesting month, liturgically speaking. At the beginning of the month on February 2nd, we celebrate the feast of the Presentation, or Meeting, of our Lord in the Temple. Although the Nativity of our Lord now seems so far behind us, the feast of the Presentation actually closes the 40-day period which commenced with the Feast of the Nativity on December 25th. In addition, at some point in February each year, the Church commences the Triodion period which encompasses the three preparatory weeks prior to Great Lent, as well as the 40 days of Lent plus Holy Week. This always seems to be an odd transition, going from the recent celebrations of the Nativity, Theophany, and Presentation of Christ, to the deeply spiritual themes of humility, repentance, and forgiveness introduced upon the commencement of the Triodion. However, when we pause to remember that the entire period leading up to Holy Pascha, and from Pascha to Pentecost, roughly covers one third of the calendar year, it is then quite logical that we quickly make this necessary liturgical transition each February.
Let us back up to the recent great feast days. Reflecting on the celebration of the Nativity of Christ, we clearly see how the Church presents for our spiritual contemplation, the mystery of God becoming man. In our human frailty, we lack the ability to fully comprehend this mystery. Then comes the great feast of Theophany, when we now see the Lord as a mature adult – perfect God and perfect man – coming to be baptized by St. John to demonstrate His complete humility and willingness to fully share our human nature, with the exception of sin. Again, we are at a loss to understand this mystical union of God and man. On the feast of the Presentation, we see the Elder Symeon holding in his embrace the God-man as an infant. Christ prophetically meets his people through the person of Symeon – the people whom He came to deliver from sin and from death.
As we enter the Triodion period, we can comprehend to a greater extent the meaning of Christ’s ministry on earth. When we meditate on the life of Christ, we clearly see that He was humble and taught us humility as a preeminent virtue. In the gospels we continually encounter His teachings on repentance and forgiveness, often pronounced as He performed miracles of physical healing. Hopefully at this point in the ecclesiastical year we have prayerfully rediscovered that God truly visited His people in order to save them. He came to earth to re-establish our relationship with God which was damaged through the fall of Adam and Eve.
Having completed the glorious celebrations surrounding the birth and baptism of our Lord, we can now make the transition into a more spiritually contemplative state of mind. Remember that Holy Pascha is the liturgical climax of each year, so therefore it deserves proper preparation of soul and body. Being thoroughly assured through the recent feasts that Christ is our loving and merciful Savior, we can approach the Triodion period prepared to do our part in order to receive the gifts of His great mercy.
Our goal in this life is to become like Christ – to be imitators of the Lord as St. Paul emphatically teaches us through his writings… “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). The following quote by St. Paul, I find to be one of the most poignant and moving in the New Testament: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).
This lofty spiritual goal can be increasingly gained each year when we celebrate Holy Pascha. Now that we have been spiritually uplifted throughout the Nativity season, it is time to begin looking beyond the horizon toward the great spiritual treasures which lie ahead. The commencement of the Triodion is the starting point of that journey.
In Christ's Love,
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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