In Hidden Holiness, Michael Plekon challenges us to examine the concept of holiness. He argues that both Orthodox and Catholic churches understand saints to be individuals whose lives and deeds are unusual, extraordinary, or miraculous. Read more »
Once again, the Fellowship of St. John the Divine of St. Mary's is pleased to present the 2011 Learning in Lent Series. All talks will take place in the Church hall following the Friday Akathist services of Lent, which all begin at 7pm. Read more »
On Saturday, February 26th, St. Mary’s will host an evening Hafli to raise funds to send our kids to the Antiochian Village Summer Camp. Mitchell Kaltsunas and his band will be there for a night of dancing, great mazza (and kid-friendly snacks too) and wonderful company. Read more »
The Fellowship of St John the Divine is proud to report that $932 has been raised during this past Sunday's Chinese New Year's Breakfast after Liturgy, with a higher than expected turnout compared to previous years. Read more »
The Diocese of Worcester and New England is pleased to offer a
Pre-Lenten "Introduction to Byzantine Chant" workshop at St. Mary's on
Friday February 11, 7:00 - 9:30pm and Saturday February 12, 9am -
2:30pm. The classes will be taught by Fr. Michael Vanderhoef, pastor of
Annunication Greek Orthodox Church in Madison, WI and Charlie Marge,
St. Mary's Head Chanter and Director of the Boston Byzantine Choir.
This is the same course they taught this past summer to 40 students of
the Sacred Music Institute at the Antiochian Village. This course will
focus on chanting from text in the characteristics of the eight tones
and is appropriate for both beginners and those who have experience
chanting and would like their questions answered.
At St Mary’s we will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Sunday February 6 with a Chinese Missions potluck breakfast, after the Divine Liturgy, to benefit the Chinese Translation Project via the Orthodox Fellowship of All Saints of China. Read more »
During this session, the metropolitan who was elected for the archdiocese of Tripoli and Koura, archimandrite Ephrem (Kyriakos), presented himself and was congratulated by the members of the Synod, who congratulated the archdiocese for his selection. Read more »
I believe that the ideological opposites -atheism and fundamentalist
religion-often share the same fallacy: truth claims that reek of false
certainties. I also believe that there is an alternative that actually
matches the way life is lived rather than how we usually talk about
belief. I call that alternative "hopeful uncertainty." Patience with God
is taking the time to discover hope in paradox, not demanding answers
but rather finding God in ordinary life.
Why do you think people aren't more patient with God?
Because of the people who speak in God's name basically being our
national village idiots.