Thursday, November 7, 2013

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