In a few days, the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston will begin extensive repairs to our Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral of Boston. This will include repairs to the roof and air conditioning, as well as making our Cathedral handicapped-accessible, among many other improvements. These renovations will require us to have Divine Services at Saint Anna’s from Saturday, June 28 until Sunday, July 27, 2014, according to the civil calendar. It is our plan to resume regular Sunday Divine Liturgies at Saint Mark’s on Sunday, August 3. We also plan something new for our Cathedral: Once these initial renovations are completed, we intend to have a meal (trapeza) every Sunday morning after the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral basement.
It is our plan to have regular Sunday Liturgies and trapezas at the Cathedral, whereas Saturday Vespers and Feast Day Services will usually be at Saint Anna’s. The clergy who serve our Saint Mark’s Cathedral and Saint Anna’s are Metropolitan Ephraim of Boston, Bishop Gregory of Brookline, Archimandrite Isaac, Archpriest Dimitry Kukunov, Priest-Monk Basil, Presbyter John Yiannacos, Deacon John Mihopoulos, and Deacon Savas Papadopoulos.
In August, both the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston and the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto will be hosting four hierarchs visiting from Greece: Archbishop Makarios of Athens and All Greece, Metropolitan Euthymios of Thessalonica, Bishop Makarios of Peristera, and Bishop Iakovos of Christoupolis. Archbishop Makarios of Athens is confirmed to serve at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery for the Feast of the Transfiguration on Tuesday, August 19. In early August, we intend to distribute a more detailed schedule of hierarchical services and visits for that month.
It is with much joy that we are informing our readers that after a year and a half interval, The Faithful Steward, the newsletter of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America is back in print! Now, our faithful will have a renewed possibility to follow the life of our Church through our official newsletter, which, with God's help and your prayers, we hope to maintain publishing three times a year. You may order a free copy of the latest issue of The Faithful Steward by contacting the Metropolis or you may download a web version of it straight from our website (follow the link below). With much love in our Risen Saviour, + Bishop Gregory of Brookline
In January 2014, the Suffolk County Superior Court ordered the clergy who had initiated a lawsuit and who had been occupying the Metropolis’s Cathedral to return the keys for the Cathedral to the Metropolis within 30 days. Despite this clear Court decision in favor of the Metropolis, these clergy decided to file an appeal and their attorneys claimed that they did not have to obey the Court’s order during the appeal process. At the end of a short trial that the Court scheduled and held today, the Court rejected this claim and issued a decision holding these clergy in contempt of court for disobeying a clear court order. The Judge ordered that the keys for the Cathedral must be transferred to the Metropolis this week and that no items on the property may be removed or damaged.
As we have stated in all our previous announcements, the Metropolis wants to reassure everyone that when the hierarchs and priests of the Metropolis are able to serve the Divine Liturgy in their Cathedral, all Orthodox Christian faithful will once again be welcome to attend all liturgical services and functions at the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral in Boston.
The Metropolis would like to thank all those hierarchs, clergy, monastics, and lay Christians from throughout North America and from abroad, who have encouraged us, prayed for us, and supported us in various ways during these difficult months. We will inform everyone promptly when the keys to our Cathedral are returned to our hierarchs this week, in accordance with the Court’s order.
The Revised Second Edition of the Pentecostarion, translated and published by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Boston (2014), can now be ordered online. It is a complete translation into English from the Greek original of the special services and prayers over the eight weeks every year that commence with the Service of Pascha and extend to the Sunday of All Saints (one week after Pentecost). This 2014 edition has been translated to fit the original Greek melodies and has been reformatted into a large format (10.25 by 14 inches; 288 pages), printed in red and black throughout, and bound in a durable hard binding. This large format and durable binding match the twelve volumes of the Menaion, translated by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Boston, and published in 2005.
It is hoped that shipping will begin during Holy Week. Orders will be filled in the order they were received, via ground shipping unless otherwise requested or required by location. This Revised Second Edition of the Pentecostarion can be purchased online for $100 plus shipping at the webstore of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Boston:
March 12/25, 2014, Saint Gregory the Dialogist and Saint Symeon the New Theologian
In January 2014, the Suffolk County Superior Court ruled decisively in favor of the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston in the lawsuit that was filed against us in October 2012. At that time, a small number of individuals decided to use a secular Court in order to seize control of both the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral and Saint Anna’s Orthodox Church, and to remove them from the Metropolis. All of the Church documents and legal documents—backed by the relevant United States and Massachusetts Court precedents—were always clear that the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral was the Cathedral Church of the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston under His Eminence, Metropolitan Ephraim of Boston. In its January 2014 decision, the Court ordered that the keys to the Metropolis’s Cathedral must be returned to the Metropolis within 30 days. The clergymen who currently control the Metropolis’s Cathedral have appealed this Court decision and their lawyers are claiming that they are not required to comply with the Court’s order while their appeal is active. A short Court hearing occurred on Monday, March 24, 2014, and another hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014. The Metropolis hopes and expects that this hearing will produce a second order from the Court to these clergymen that they must return the keys for the Metropolis’s Cathedral to the Metropolitan of Boston, even as the Court allows the appeal to move forward. The Metropolis believes that the Court’s decision of January 2014 was correct and that the appeal has no legal merit whatsoever and has virtually no chance of success.
The Metropolis would like to thank all those hierarchs, clergy, monastics, and lay Christians from throughout North America and from several nations, who have encouraged us, prayed for us, and supported us in various ways during these difficult months. We will inform everyone promptly if and when the keys to our Cathedral are transferred back to our hierarchs, in accordance with the Court’s order.
As we have stated in previous announcements, the Metropolis wants to reassure everyone that when the hierarchs and priests of the Metropolis are able to serve the Divine Liturgy in their Cathedral, all Orthodox Christian faithful will once again be welcome to attend all liturgical services and functions at the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral in Boston.