Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral in Boston

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

New Edition of the Complete Pentecostarion in English


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:

Update on the Status of St. Mark of Ephesus Cathedral


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.

HOLY ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF BOSTON

Saint Mark of Ephesus Cathedral in Boston



Fresco: courtesy and copyright  Holy Nativity Convent, Brookline, MA.

January 1/14, 2013
Circumcision of the Lord, Saint Basil the Great.


Today, the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston just received word that the Suffolk County Superior Court for Civil Business has ruled decisively in our favor in the lawsuit that was filed against our Orthodox Metropolis on October 1, 2012. At that time, a small number of individuals decided to use the secular courts in order to seize control of both the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral and Saint Anna’s Orthodox Church away 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. Our Orthodox Metropolis gives thanks to God that, after fifteen months, the civil court has dismissed this unnecessary lawsuit. The court has ordered that the Metropolis’s Cathedral Church must be returned to the Metropolis within 30 days and that no items may be removed from the Cathedral during that time.

As we have stated in a previous written announcement, the Metropolis wants again to reassure everyone that when the canonical 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 social functions at Saint Mark’s, regardless of what their former jurisdictional affiliations may have been.

We have received many kind words of support from fellow Orthodox bishops, clergy, monastics, and faithful in Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, France, and throughout North America encouraging us during the time of this lawsuit. We glorify God that the civil court has put a stop to this lawsuit, which was completely unnecessary from the beginning.

God willing, we hope to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Saint Mark’s on Saturday, February 2/15, 2014, the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple. All Orthodox Christians will once again be welcome at the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral in Boston.

Christ is Born!
Glorify Him!

Icon: copyright and courtesy of Holy Nativity Convent, Boston, MA

Encyclical for the Feast of the Nativity of our Savior, 2013



Concelebrations, December 2013



It is with great joy that we announce that His Beatitude, Archbishop Makarios of Athens, the First-Hierarch of the True Orthodox Church of Greece, will be visiting our churches in Canada and the United States, for a second time this year.

Please see the attached schedule of divine services, receptions, and lectures that are scheduled to take place during Archbishop Makarios’s visit between the civil calendar dates of December 11 and December 31, 2013.

SCHEDULE ~

Feast of Saint Nectarius 2013

From November 5/28 to November 12/25, 2013, Bishop Gregory of Brookline paid a pastoral visit to St. Nectarius Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle and the Convent of the Meeting of the Lord in Stanwood, Washington.

On the photographs - Sunday, November 11/24, after the hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Concelebrating clergy: Bishop Gregory, Fr. Neketas (Palassis), Fr. Ihnat (Ponomarchuk), Fr. Mark (Beesley), Fr. Deacon James (Dimmock) and Fr. Deacon Anastatius (Born), with altar servers, chanters and all the faithful.



The Future of Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral

Fresco: courtesy and copyright  Holy Nativity Convent, Brookline, MA.
Tuesday, October 23/November 5, 2013, Saint James the Brother of God

In October 2012, a small number of individuals decided to file a lawsuit against the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, seeking to use the secular courts in order to take ownership of both the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral and Saint Anna’s Orthodox Church away from the Metropolis. On November 4, 2013, there was a summary judgment hearing in the Suffolk County Superior Court. The Metropolis is confident that we will ultimately prevail in this lawsuit that was filed against us.
The Metropolis wants to reassure everyone that if and when the Court decides that Saint Mark’s Cathedral should be returned to the Metropolis of Boston, all Orthodox Christian faithful will then be welcome to attend all liturgical services and social functions at Saint Mark’s, regardless of what their former jurisdictional affiliations may have been.
We have received many kind words of support from fellow Orthodox bishops, clergy, and faithful in Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, France, and North America encouraging us. Once this unnecessary lawsuit is over, all Orthodox Christians will be welcome at the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral.

Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston

Concelebrations and Internet Resources


Beloved faithful,

In response to several requests for more information about what is happening in our Church, the Metropolis of Boston has compiled the attached document regarding our unity in the Orthodox Faith with the Holy Synod of the True Orthodox Church of Greece under His Beatitude, Archbishop Makarios of Athens and All Greece. This joyous unity has already been documented with official reports, countless pictures, and several videos, almost all of which are now online. The videos of the hierarchical concelebrations in Greece between the North American hierarchs and the synod of bishops under Archbishop Makarios were made and posted on the Internet by the Metropolis of Thessalonica. For the sake of those faithful who may not know where to find all of these resources, we have also added a long list of these websites, reports, pictures, and videos so that our faithful might find them more easily. We have also attached a scan of the Greek text of the Synodal Encyclical of May 20, 2013 (old style) issued by Archbishop Makarios for his Holy Synod expressing their joy at the unity we have achieved. The scan was taken from the official periodical of the Synod of Archbishop Makarios, Ὀρθόδοξον Πατερικὸν Σάλπισμα. This periodical is widely distributed in Greece, but is hard to find in North America. An English translation of this encyclical has already appeared at http://www.homb.org/2013/09/synodical-encyclical.html.

It is our hope that interested faithful will frequently return to the metropolis’s website for articles about the Holy Orthodox Faith and news about our Church.

In Christ,
+Ephraim, Metropolitan of Boston


Pilgrimage to Holy Places of Georgia



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am happy to inform you that the Metropolis of Boston is organizing a Pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Georgia. 

God willing, the Pilgrimage is planned for April 28 - May 12, 2014. The price per person is $2,900. In order to book a place, you need to get registered with Holy Nativity Convent before December 1, 2013.

Please see this flyer for more details:


With love in our Saviour,

+ Gregory, Bishop of Brookline