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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

CHRISTMAS 2014


Dear Members and Friends of our Parish of St. John the Baptist
,


The month of December is marked by the Great Feast of Christmas, which St. John Chrysostom calls “
The Metropolis of the Feasts of the Lord.” This year’s December has 4 Sundays, the first two are specified as the tenth and the eleventh of St. Luke, and the last two are associated with the Great Feast of Christmas and are known as the Sunday before and the Sunday after Christmas. The Gospel Lessons are taken from the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew respectively. On the First Sunday, Dec. 7, we observe our Annual “Agape” Luncheon, which gives the opportunity to express our love for our parish and for one another.

Our preparation for Christmas by fasting and spirtitual renewal which began on the 15
th of November will end on the Eve of Christmas. Christmas is an immovable (fixed) Feast and is always celebrated on December 25, but its celebration includes a Forefeast (Dec. 20-24) and an Afterfeast (Dec. 26-31). Particularly important is the Christmas Eve (Παραμονή), Dec. 24, because it is marked by exceptional Services. These include The Great Hours, which are also called The Royal Hours, because in Byzantine times they were attended by the Emperor and his Court. They are followed by Great Vespers and the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. Also, important is the first day after Christmas, Dec. 26, known as the Synaxis of the Theotokos, when we honor our spiritual Mother as the most important person after the Lord in the Feast of Christmas and generally in the Church.

Since Christmas marks the beginning of our Lord’s economy for our salvation, I chose as special reading a solemn and inspiring article of one of the twentieth century Saints of Orthodoxy, the Serbian Father Justin Popovic, which refers to the profound meaning of the Incarnation of our Lord that marks the beginning of our salvation. May the Lord bless us all during these holy days and renew our dedication to Him and our commitment to one another.



FR. GEORGE DION. DRAGAS


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ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΙΩΝ
ΔΕΚΕΜΒΡΙΟΣ

7 Δεκεμβρίου: 10η Κυριακή του Λουκά
Αμβροσίου Μεδιολάνων,
Αγ. Μάρτυρος Αθηνοδώρου
Οσίου Γερασσίμου Ασκητοῦ εξ Ευβοίας
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος - 10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία
Ετήσιο Εορταστικό Γεύμα «Αγάπης»

14 Δεκεμβρίου: 11η Κυριακή του Λουκά
Των Αγίων Προπατόρων και των Αγίων Μαρτύρων
Θύρσου, Λευκίου, Καλλινίκου, Φιλήμονος,
Απολλωνίου, Αρριανού και των συν αυτοίς

8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος - 10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

21 Δεκεμβρίου: Κυριακή Προ της Χριστού Γεννήσεως.
Πάντων των Θεῷ Ευαρεστησάντων από Αδάμ άχρι Ιωσήφ του Μνήστορος,
των Προφητών και Προφητίδων, του Προφήτου Δανιήλ, των Αγίων Τριών Παίδων,
και των Αγίων μαρτύρων Ιουλιανής και Θεμιστοκλέους
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος - 10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

24 Δεκεμβρίου: Τετάρτη Εσπέρας, Προεόρτια Χριστουγέννων
της Αγίας Οσιομάρτυρος Ευγενίας και
των συν αυτῇ
5:30 μ.μ.: Μεγάλες Ώρες των Χριστουγέννων
7:00 μ.μ.: Μέγας Εσπερινός των Χριστουγέννων
μετά Θ. Λειτουργίας του Μεγάλου Βασιλείου

25 Δεκεμβρίου: Πέμπτη - Η κατά σάρκα Γέννησις του ΚΥΡΙΟΥ και
ΘΕΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΗΜΩΝ ΙΗΣΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ (ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΑ)

8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία Αγ. Ιωάννου του Χρυσοστόμου

28 Δεκεμβρίου: Κυριακή – ΜΕΤΑ ΤΗΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ ΓΕΝΝΗΣΙΝ
Ιωσήφ του Μνήστορος, Δαυΐδ του Βασιλέως και Ιακώβ του Αδελφοθέου,
Των Αγίων Δισμυρίων Μαρτύρων των εν Νικομηδείᾳ καέντων και
Του Οσίου Σίμωνος του Μυροβλύτου, κτήτορος της Ιερ. Μονής Σιμωνόπτερας
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

31 Δεκεμβρίου: Τετάρτη - ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΑΤΑ ΣΑΡΚΑ ΠΕΡΙΤΟΜΗΣ ΤΟΥ ΚΥΡΙΟΥ
και του Αγίου Βασιλείου του Μεγάλου, Αρχιεπισκόπου
Καισαρείας της Καππαδοκίας
7:00 μ.μ.: Εσπερινός


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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
DECEMBER

December 7: 10th Sunday of Luke
St. Ambrose of Milan,
Holy Martyr Athenodoros,
and St. Gerasimos of Evia,
8:30 a.m.: Orthros, 10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy
Annual “Agape” Luncheon

December 14: 11th Sunday of Luke
Holy Forefathers, and the Holy Martyrs: Thyrsos,
Leukios, Kallinikos, Philemon, Apollonios, Arrianos and Companions

8:30 a.m.: Orthros, 10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy

December 21: Sunday BEFORE CHRIST’S NATIVITY
And of those who pleased God from Adam to Joseph the Spouse of the Theotokos,
The Prophets and Prophetesses, The Propher Daniel, the three Youths, and
The Holy Martyrs Juliana and
Themistokles
8:30 a.m.: Orthros, 10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy

December 24: Wednesday Evening – EVE of CHRIST’S NATIVITY
Αnd of the holy Martyr Eugenia and her Companions
5:30 p.m.: The Great Hours of Christmas
7:00 p.m.: The Great Vespers of Christmas with
the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great

December 25: Thursday – THE BIRTH IN THE FLESH (CHRISTMAS DAY)
OF OUR LORD AND GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

8:30 a.m.: Orthros,
10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John
Chrysostom

December 28: Sunday after CHRIST’S Nativity, and of
Joseph the Spouse of the Theotokos, David the King, and James the Lord’s Brother, and
Of the 2000 holy Martyrs of Nikomedia, the Martyr Glykeriow and
St. Symeon Myrovletes, Founder of the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra
8:30 a.m.: Orthros,
10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy

December 31: Wednesday VESPERS OF OUR LORD’S CIRCUMCISION
and of Saint Basil the Great,
Archbishop of Caesarea
of Cappadocia
7:00 p.m.: Vespers Service