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

Hierarchical Concelebrations in Boston, August 2014.

St. Mark of Ephesus Cathedral 
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Holy Transfiguration Monastery 
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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.

Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston

The Faithful Steward: Our Church's Newsletter is Back

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is Risen!

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

The Return of the Cathedral of our Metropolis