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
June 8/21, 2014, Saint Theodore the Commander
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.
Christ is Risen!
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With much love in our Risen Saviour,
+ Bishop Gregory of Brookline
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Update of April 1/14, 2014, Great and Holy Monday
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.
Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston