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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
ΙΑΝΟΥΑΡΙΟΥ 2015

1 Ιανουαρίου: Πέμπτη - Η Κατά Σάρκα Περιτομή του Κυρίου ημων Ιησού Χριστού και η μνήμη του Αγ. Βασιλείου του Μεγάλου, Αρχιεπισκόπου Καισαρείας Καππαδοκίας και της μητρός αυτού Εμμελείας
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία Μεγάλου Βασιλείου
11:30 π.μ.: Δοξολογία επί τη ενάρξει του νέου έτους

4 Ιανουαρίου: Κυριακή – ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΠΡΟ ΤΩΝ ΦΩΤΩΝ - Σύναξις των Αγίων 70κοντα Αποστόλων και του Αγίου Θεοκτίστου. Του Οσίου Πατρός Νικηφόρου του Λεπρού
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

5 Ιανουαρίου: Δευτέρα – ΠΡΟΕΟΡΤΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΦΩΤΩΝ και μνήμη Θεοπέμπτου και Θεωνά μαρτύρων, της Οσίας Συγκλητικής και του Οσίου πατρός Γρηγορίου του Ακρίτα
6:00 π.μ. Ορθρος και Μεγάλαι Ώραι,
8:30 π.μ. Μ.Εσπερινός και Θ. Λειτουργία Μ. Βασιλείου
10:00 π.μ. Μέγας Αγιασμός

6 Ιανουαρίου: Τρίτη – ΤΑ ΑΓΙΑ ΘΕΟΦΑΝΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΚΥΡΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΘΕΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΗΜΩΝ ΙΗΣΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ
7:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος, Θ. Λειτουργία και Μέγας Αγιασμός των Υδάτων
7:00 μ.μ. : Μέγας Πανηγυρικός Εσπερινός του Αγ. Ιωάννου του Βαπτιστού
Θα ακολουθήσει δεξίωση

7 Ιανουαρίου: Τετάρτη - Η ΣΥΝΑΞΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΤΙΜΙΟΥ ΕΝΔΟΞΟΥ ΠΡΟΦΗΤΟΥ, ΠΡΟΔΡΟΜΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΒΑΠΤΙΣΤΟΥ ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

11 Ιανουαρίου: ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΜΕΤΑ ΤΑ ΦΩΤΑ
και μνήμη του Οσίου πατρός Θεοδοσίου
του Κοινοβιάρχου, και του αγίου
Νεομάρτυρος Νικηφόρου του εκ Κριτσάς
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία
ΓΕΥΜΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΤΑΣ ΜΕ ΚΟΠΗ ΤΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΟΠΙΤΑΣ

18 Ιανουαρίου: Κυριακή ΙΒ´ του Λουκά, και Μνήμη των εν Αγίοις Πατέρων ημών Αθανασίου και Κυρίλλου Πατριαρχών Αλεξανδρείας
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία

25 Ιανουαρίου: Κυριακή ΙΕ´ του Λουκά, καί Μνήμη του Αγίου Γρηγορίου του Θεολόγου και Καστίνου Αρχιεπισκόπων Κωνσταντινουπόλεως
8:30 π.μ.: Όρθρος
10:00 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία


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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
JANUARY 2015


January 1: Thursday – The Circumcision in the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ and Memory of Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia and his Mother Emmeleia
8:30 am: Orthros
10:00 am: Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
11:30 am: DOXOLOGY for the beginning of the
New Year

January 4: Sunday – SUNDAY BEFORE THEOPHANY – Synaxis of the 70 holy Apostles and of St. Theoktistos, and of
St. Nicephoros the Leper
8:30 am: Orthros
10:00 am: Divine Liturgy

January 5: Monday – FOREFEAST OF EPIPHANY and memory of the holy Martyrs Theopemptos and Theonas, and of St. Syncletica and St. Gregory Acritas
6:00 am Orthros and the Great Hours
8:30 am Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
10:00 am Great Sanctification of Waters

January 6: Tuesday – HOLY EPIPHANY OF
OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOR
JESUS CHRIST
7:00 am Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy and Great Sanctification of Waters
7:00 pm GREAT PANEGYRIC VESPERS OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
followed by Reception

January 7: Wednesday – SYNAXIS OF THE HONORABLE PROPHET FORERUNNER AND BAPTIST JOHN
8:30 am: Orthros
10:00 am: Divine Liturgy

January 11: SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
and memory of our father Theodosios
Coenobiarch, and of the holy Martyr
Nicephoros from Kritsa

8:30 am: Orthros
10:00 am: Divine Liturgy
LUNCHEON IN THE CHURCH HALL CUTTING OF THE VASILOPITA

January 18: Sunday 12th of Luke, and Memory of our Holy Fathers Athanasius and Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria
8:30 am: Orthros
10:00 am: Divine Liturgy

January 25: Sunday 15th of Luke, and Memory of St. Gregory the Theologian and Kastinos, Archbishops of Constantinople
8:30 am: Orthros
10:00 am: Divine Liturgy