Holy Land Pilgrimage 2015

One of the greatest blessings for an Orthodox Christian is to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There are still spaces available for the Fall 2015 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, being led by Holy Transfiguration Monastery and Holy Nativity Convent.

We will guide our group of pilgrims on an edifying journey into the sites and shrines most precious to Christian hearts including Jerusalem’s Old City, the Holy Sepulcher and surrounding holy sites, the ancient church in Bethlehem built over the cave where our Saviour was born, 2 days visiting the ancient shrines in Galilee, where our Saviour lived and taught, ancient monasteries and sites in Jericho, Jacob’s Well, Nazareth, the Mount of Olives, immersion in the Jordan River, and a boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee. There is also a probable visit to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul during the layover between flights on the return trip. This is a beautiful pilgrimage, which every Christian should make at least once in his lifetime - the spiritual blessings from the Holy Land pilgrimage revisit the Christian heart at church feasts thereafter, and truly bring new life to one’s faith.
This Fall’s pilgrimage departs from Boston Sunday, October 18th and returns to Boston on Saturday, October 31st , 2015. The total cost is $3,000, which includes the round-trip airfare from Boston to Tel Aviv on Turkish Airlines (rated the best European airline), hotel, daily tours and most meals. An optional day excursion to the Dead Sea including lunch and a swim is also available for an additional fee. A private room may also be arranged for an additional fee.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Father Isaac at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, frisaac.adon@gmail.com or Mother Pelagia at Holy Nativity Convent,  hnconvent@verizon.net

Report of the Hierarchical Visit from Greece

The official website of the Synod of the True Orthodox Church of Greece published a Report (in Greek) of the recent brotherly visit of His Beatitude Archbishop Makarios of Athens and other hierarchs from Greece to the Holy Orthodox Church in North America.

2015 Orthodox Church Calendars

Beloved Orthodox Christians,

Once again this year, the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston will be selling five types of 2015 Orthodox Church Calendars:

(#1) 2015 Full-Size Wall Calendar. 11 by 8.5 inches. The 2015 Scripture Reading Booklet is automatically included. $12.00.

(#2) 2015 Reduced-Size Wall Calendar. Booklet size, 8.5 by 5.5 inches, with small print. $7.00.

(#3) 2015 Appointment Calendar. Booklet size, 8.5 by 5.5 inches, with small print. Major feast days only are listed. Blank squares for most days. $7.00.

(#4) 2015 Pocket Calendar. $5.00.

(#5) 2015 Scripture Readings Booklet. Available separately for those who have not purchased a Full-Size Wall Calendar, which already includes this booklet. $2.00.

If you are affiliated with a parish or mission of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America (HOCNA), you should submit your order directly to your parish’s rector, your head of mission, or the layperson who has been delegated to handle calendar orders. Please note that parish rectors who attended the recent Clergy Synaxis have already submitted a calendar order for their parishes. These orders will be given priority, so we ask that you order directly from your parish, if possible. You can print and fill out the Parish Order Form for 2015 Orthodox Church Calendars, which is attached, and submit it to your parish rector, head of mission, or designated layperson, by Sunday, November 1, 2014 (n.s.).

If you are a parish rector who could not attend the Synaxis, or a head of a monastic community, or a head of a mission, we ask that you email the attached Email Order Form for 2015 Orthodox Church Calendars, which is attached, to info@homb.org, by Monday, November 1, 2014, according to the civil calendar.

If you are a family or individual who is unable to order calendars from a parish or mission, you can fill out the attached Email Order Form for 2015 Orthodox Church Calendars, which is attached, and email it to info@homb.org, by Monday, November 10, 2014 (n.s.).

Thank you,

Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston

2014 HOCNA Clergy Synaxis

The Holy Orthodox Church in North America convened its annual Clergy Synaxis on Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, 2014, at St. Anna’s Hall in Roslindale, MA, followed by a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 5, at St. Mark’s Orthodox Cathedral, also in Roslindale. Present were Their Eminences, Metropolitan Ephraim of Boston and Metropolitan Makarios of Toronto, and Their Graces, Bishop Gregory of Brookline and Bishop Andrew of Markham, along with a little under twenty clergy.

Friday began with the Divine Liturgy served by the clergy of St. Anna’s, Archpriest Dimitry Kukunov and Deacon Savas Papadopoulos. Four sessions followed: diocesan reports, a forum on recent events, clergy agenda issues, and a lecture by Hierodeacon Samuel of Holy Transfiguration Monastery entitled “Human Language and Divine Revelation: On the Theological Nominalism of Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) and Fr. John Romanides.” The day concluded with Vespers, celebrated by Hieromonk Chrysostomos and the newly-ordained Deacon Stephen Johnson of the St. Cosmas of Aitolia Orthodox Church in Lanham, MD, and dinner.

Saturday again began with the Divine Liturgy, this time celebrated by Archpriest Ihnat Ponomarchuk and Deacon James Dimock of the St. Nectarios American Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle, WA. Two talks were then delivered: Thomas S. Deretich of Boston spoke on “The Kallinikos-Cyprian-Agafangel Unity Agreement of Old Calendar Synods in March 2014: An Act of Betrayal Against the Legacy of Saint Philaret the New Confessor and Against the True Orthodox Christian of Greece”; and Protopresbyter Andrew Boroda of the Prophet Elias Orthodox Church in St. Paul, MN, spoke on various matters of practical pastoral concern.

On Sunday a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy was celebrated at St. Mark’s Cathedral by Bishops Gregory and Andrew, with Metropolitan Ephraim in attendance, who also delivered the homily (Metropolitan Makarios had to return to Toronto). All remaining clergy concelebrated at the Liturgy, after which a festive meal was held in St. Mark’s Hall.

The 2014 Clergy Synaxis of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America was a time of fraternal association, lively discussion, edifying talks, and, most importantly of all, of joint prayer and Eucharistic fellowship.

Photos of the concelebration and the reception:

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Ordination in Maryland

On August 25/September 7, 2014, at the parish of St. Cosmas of Aitolia in Lanham, Maryland, Fr. Stephen Johnson, the son of our ever-memorable Fr. Seraphim Johnson, was ordained to the deaconate by Bishop Gregory of Brookline.
May our Savior strengthen Fr. Stephen in his ministry to the Church!  

More photos of the ordination can be found on the Metropolis' Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HOMBoston