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15 Union Park Street,
Boston, MA 02118

8.00 a.m. Orthros
9.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy


Our parish is under the spiritual
and ecclesiastical shepherding of

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston
Met of Bos
of the Greek Orthodox
Metropolis of Boston
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of the
Archdiocese of America
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under the jurisdiction of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate
of Constantinople
Patriarchate

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LETTER FROM THE PRIEST
September & October 2014


Dear Brothers, Members and Friends of the Parish of St. John,

Blessings and divine Mercy from the Lord on all of us!

The month of September marks the end of the Summer and our entrance into the Autumn. From the ecclesiastical point of view, September is the beginning of the Indict, i.e., of a new ecclesiastical (liturgical) year. The Greatest Dominical Feast of September is dedicated to the PRECIOUS CROSS of our Lord. The Greek word for Precious (Timios) means inestimable in value, and such indeed is the Cross of our Lord, because on It the Salvation of man and the world was accomplished. The outstretched hands of the Lord upon the Precious Cross, as the holy Apostle tells us, united Israel with the Nations and both with God. In other words, they embraced the entire human race and offered forgiveness of sins and redemption from corruption and death to all human beings. The Elevation (or Exaltation) of the Precious Cross is an immovable Feast and is celebrated on the 14th of September, but it includes two Sundays, one before and another after the Elevation. This Great Feast is framed by two other Feasts, THE BIRTH OF THE THEOTOKOS, which is a Theometoric Feast (8 September), connected with the Blessed Virgin Mary, and THE CONCEPTION OF THE PRECIOUS FORERUNNER (September 26), which is connected with the greatest of the Prophets of the Economy of the Grace of God, St. John the Baptist, our Patron. Ι wish that these Feasts will bring us closer to the mystery of our salvation and will become inexhaustible sources of blessings to all of us during the new liturgical year of our Church.

The delay in posting this edition of the FORERUNNER allows me to mentions two more important events in the life of our parish. First the accomplishment of the much-desired installation of a new system of heating and air-condition in our church, thanks to to the love and offerings of our parishioners. Read the detailed Report of the President of our Parish Council which follows this letter. Second this year’s Festival of our Parish (September 19-21) which was crowned with great success. For both of these achievements I want to express the gratitude of our entire community to our brothers and sisters who labored and supported these two important ventures. I wish that these successes may fuel a desire in all of us to pull up our sleeves and prove ourselves worthy successors of the blessed and ever-memorable founders and benefactors of our beautiful church.


FR. GEORGE DION. DRAGAS


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ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΙΩΝ

Ο Κ Τ Ω Β Ρ Ι Ο Σ

5 Οκτωβρίου: Κυριακή
Β΄ ΤΟΥ ΛΟΥΚΑ
8:30 π.μ.: Ὀρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία

12 Οκτωβρίου: Κυριακή
Δ΄ ΤΟΥ ΛΟΥΚΑ ΚΑΙ
ΤΩΝ ΑΓ. ΘΕΟΦ. ΠΑΤΕΡΩΝ ΤΗΣ Ζ΄
ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΗΣ ΣΥΝΟΔΟΥ
8:30 π.μ.: Ὀρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία


19 Οκτωβρίου: Κυριακή
Γ΄ ΤΟΥ ΛΟΥΚΑ
8:30 π.μ.: Ὀρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία

23 Οκτωβρίου: Πέμπτη
Αγ. Ιακώβου του Αποστόλου
Αγ. Ιακώβου Αποστόλου
Παρεκκλήσι του Τιμίου Σταυρού
της Θεολογικής Σχολής
6:30 Όρθρος
7:30 Θ. Λειτουργία

26 Οκτωβρίου: Κυριακή,
ΣΤ΄ ΤΟΥ ΛΟΥΚΑ
ΚΑΙ ΤΟΥ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ
ΜΕΓΑΛΟΜΑΡΤΥΡΟΣ
ΤΟΥ ΜΥΡΟΒΛΥΤΟΥ
8:30 π.μ.: Ὀρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία
Φιλόπτωχος πρωινό


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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

O C T O B E R

5 October: Sunday
2ND OF LUKE
8:30 a.m.Orthros
10:00 a.m. D. Liturgy

12 October: Sunday,
4
TH OF LUKE AND OF
THE HOLY FATHERS OF THE 7TH
ECUMENICAL SYNOD
8:30 a.m.Orthros
10:00 a.m. D. Liturgy

19 October: Sunday
3RD OF LUKE

8:30 a.m. Great Vespers

10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

23 October: Thursday
St. James the Apostle
At Holy Cross Chapel
Hellenic College Holy Cross
6.30 Orthros
7.30 D. Liturgy

26 October: Sunday,
6TH OF LUKE AND OF
ST. DEMETRIOS
THE GREAT-MARTYR
AND MYHR-BEARER
8:30 a.m. Orthros
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Philoptochos Breakfast