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
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Fr. Anthony's October 2017 Message
Beloved in Christ,
One of the minor feasts of the Theotokos is that of the Holy Protection. Traditionally, this feast is assigned to the 1st of October. However, since World War II the Church of Greece has transferred it to the 28th of October, popularly known as “OXI Day.” Whether it is celebrated on the first or twenty-eighth of the month, its spiritually lessons and benefits for us remain the same.
First, let us review the background of this holy feast as taken from the Synaxarion. The feast of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God was established following a vision of our Holy Father Andrew, the Fool for Christ, during the course of a vigil in the Church of Blachernae at Constantinople. At the fourth hour of the night, while deep in prayer, the Saint lifted up his eyes to heaven and beheld the holy Mother of God watching over the congregation as she covered the faithful with her Veil. Epiphanious, the disciple of Saint Andrew, who was also accounted worthy of looking upon this wonder, confirmed the truth of the vision. Whereupon, the Saint hastened to the altar, opened the coffer containing the precious Veil of the Queen of the world and, standing in front of the royal doors, extended it above the worshippers. Upheld by an invisible power, the Veil hung in the air and was of such size as to entirely cover the great congregation. Then, amid a shattering burst of light, the Mother of God went up into Heaven and out of sight, but leaving the Christian people in possession of her holy Veil as a pledge of her loving Protection.
Many a time did the Mother of God give clear evidence of her protection of the imperial City and, by analogy, of the entire holy Church of Christ, which is the new Jerusalem. Indeed, everywhere and at every moment, the Sovereign Lady of the world casts her Veil mystically over Christians as she prays and makes intercession for the salvation of the world to her Son and Lord.
By understanding the role of the Theotokos in the life of the Church, we can thus clearly find a deeper meaning to the feast of the Holy Protection. Let us remember that the Holy Theotokos shares a relationship with Christ that is unique from that of any other human being. Simultaneously being Christ’s earthly mother as well as part of His creation is a mystery beyond our understanding. The Son and Word of God has existed eternally, prior to the creation of the world and the human race. Their unique relationship allows the holy Mother of God to have a closeness and boldness to intercede with her beloved Son on behalf of all of us.
Let us also remember that as Orthodox Christians, we have been grafted onto the Mystical Body of Christ. Therefore, by being one in Christ as fellow Christians, we also have the Theotokos as our heavenly Mother, who cares for us here in this world as we prepare for the next. Because of this love and concern for her children in Christ, we have seen countless miracles, apparitions, signs and wonders by the person of the Theotokos throughout the ages. The event of the Holy Protection described above, is just one more of these wondrous signs given for our reassurance and spiritual
In my opening paragraph I mention the translation of this feast to October 28th by the Church of Greece. The reason for this shift from the original date of October 1st was because of the miraculous defeat of Mussolini’s army by the Greeks after the Italian invasion of 1940, which brought Greece actively into World War II. There are many stories from Greek soldiers of the time, referencing apparitions of the Theotokos with messages of encouragement, as well as other miraculous events. By celebrating the Greek victory on OXI day along with the religious celebration of the Holy Protection, the Greek nation appropriately offers thanksgiving each year for its divinely assisted deliverance from the oppressor.
We today should also turn daily to the holy Mother of God for her help and guidance for our spiritual struggles, as well as for our health and well-being. As young children we all ran to our mother’s embrace when we were frightened or hurting. To this day we can clearly remember the loving protection and warmth felt during those moments in our mother’s arms. We can take those feelings to the spiritual level when we approach an icon of the Theotokos in our daily prayers. Her loving protection is there whenever we need it. So let us remember the story of the Holy Protection of our beloved Panayia not just every October, but also every time we turn to her in prayer.
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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