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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
of the
Archdiocese of America
under the jurisdiction of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate
of Constantinople

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April 2014

My Dear fellow-Christians, members
and friends of the Parish of St. John
the Baptist,

Blessings to all of you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who became man, suffered, died, was buried and rose again … for us and for our salvation!
On Saturday, the 12
th of April, we complete our Lenten Fast with the celebration of the resurrection of Lazarus. Sunday the 13th, Palm Sunday, opens the Holy and Great Week, which recalls the final saving events in the earthly life of our Lord, before His glorious Resurrection, the Holy Pascha, which falls on Sunday the 20th of April. Holy Week and Pascha are the central celebrations of our liturgical Year, which provide us with the opportunity to renew our faith and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and to His Church. As always our liturgical schedule summons us to very important Services during these most sacred days.

I wish to remind you especially: 1
st) of our traditional agape luncheon on Palm Sunday; 2nd) of the sacrament of Holy Unction on Great Wednesday which prepares us to receive holy communion the next day, Great Thursday morning, which is connected with our Lord’s Mystical Supper in which the Lord instituted the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist; 3rd) of the preparation on Good Friday morning of the Epitaphios by the Ladies of the church; 4th) of the Service of the Apokathelosis (the unnailing of the Body of Christ from the Cross) on G. Friday afternoon, which our spiritual Father, Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, will lead; 5th) of the singing, later on, on Good Friday evening, of the traditional Lamentations for the burial of our Lord and the procession with the Epitaphios around our neighborhood, bearing witness to our faith and offering prayers for all our community; 6th) of the Great Saturday morning when we celebrate the first Resurrection, i.e. the destruction of Hell by the Lord at the descent there of His holy soul; and 7th) of the celebration at midnight on G. Saturday, of the Feast of Feasts and Festival of Festivals, the glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ the Holy Pascha of the Christians.

This present issue of the periodical of our church, THE FORERUNNER (April–May 2014), continues the presentation of the
Companion to Orthodoxy, of Fr Alevizopoulos of blessed memory which reminds us of the basic truths of our faith. Chapters 7 and 8 cover the meaning of the Fall and the Restoration of humanity and the world through God’s grace and care as they are consummated in Christ, God’s Son and our Creator who became man for us and specified the way for our salvation. It also includes the Paschal Message of our Metropolitan, which summons us to rekindle the light of the Risen Christ in our lives and in our environment, as well as several other items and news.

With heartiest wishes for a wonderful Pascha and love in the Lord to you all, I am your faithful servant

Fr. George Dion. Dragas

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4 Απριλίου: Ε΄ Παρασκευή των Νηστειών
ΑΓΡΥΠΝΙΑ του Ακαθίστου Ύμνου
8:00 -12.00: Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία

6 Απριλίου: Ε΄ Κυριακή των Νηστειών
Oσ. Μαρίας Αιγυπτίας.
Σάββα του εν Καλύμνῳ
8:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος
9:30 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία

12 Απριλίου: Σάββατο του Λαζάρου
7:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος
8:30 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία
7:00 μ.μ.: Εσπερινός των Βαΐων

13 Απριλίου: Κυριακή των ΒαΪων
8:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος, 9:30 π.μ.: Θ. Λειτουργία
7:00 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

14 Απριλίου: Μ Δευτέρα
7:00 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

15 Απριλίου: Μ. Τρίτη
7:00 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

16 Απριλίου: Μ. Τετάρτη
5:00 μμ Ευχέλαιον
7:00 μμ Όρθρος Μ. Πέμπτης

17 Απριλίου: Μ. Πέμπτη,
(Μυστικός Δείπνος)
6:00 – 9:30 π.μ.: Λειτουργία Μ. Βασιλείου
6:30 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία των Παθών,
12 Ευαγγέλια

18 Απριλίου: Μεγάλη Παρασκευή
12:00 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία Μεγάλων Ωρών
3:00 μ.μ.: Αποκαθήλωσις:
Μητροπ. Μεθόδιος
6:30 μ.μ.: Ακολουθία Εγκωμίων, Επιτάφιος

19 Απριλίου: Μέγα Σάββατο
6:00 – 9:30 π.μ.: Λειτουργία Μ. Βασιλείου

20 Απριλίου: Κυριακή του ΠΑΣΧΑ
10:30 π.μ. – 11:30 π.μ.: Εσπερινός της Αγάπης

27 Απριλίου: Κυριακή του Θωμά
8:00 π.μ.: Όρθρος 9:30 π.μ.: Θεία Λειτουργία


April 4: 5th Friday of Lent
The Akathist Hymn - VIGIL SERVICE

8:00 -12:00.: Orthros and D. Liturgy

April 6: 5th Sunday Of
St. Mary of
8:00 a.m.: Orthros Service
9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy

April 12: Saturday of Lazarus
7:00 a.m.: Orthros
8:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy
7:00 p.m. Vespers of Palm Sunday

April 13: Palm Sunday
8:00 a.m.: Orthros, 9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy
7:00 p.m.: Service of the Bridegroom

April 14: Holy Monday
7:00 p.m.: Service of the Bridegroom

April 15: Holy Tuesday
7:00 p.m.: Service of the Bridegroom

April 16: Holy Wednesday
5:00 p.m.: Holy Unction
7:00 p.m.: Orthros

April 17: Holy Thursday
6:00 – 9:30 a.m.: D. Liturgy of St. Basil
6:30 p.m.: Service of Holy Passion
(12 gospels)

April 18: Good Friday
12:00 p.m.: Service of the Great Hours
3:00 p.m.: Αpokathilosis:
Metrop. Methodios
6:30 p.m.: Lamentations, and Epitaphios

April 19: Holy Saturday
6:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Liturgy of St. Basil

April 20: PASCHAL Sunday
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: The Vespers of Agape

April 27: Sunday of Thomas
8:00 a.m.: Orthros 9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy