Monthly Reflections from Fr. Antony Hughes

Fr. Antony reading the Gospel In every edition of our parish's newsletter, Fr. Antony offers a short, but inspiring message to complement the activities, minsitries, and current events of the life of the church.  Below is a collection of these messages.

August 2020 Reflection

Are we willing to pour out our lives as Christ did for the sake of others? Are we willing to stop judging people, relatives, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and enemies and to count their welfare as more important than our own? Are we willing to share all that we have with those who have little? Are we willing to die to ourselves? That is, in part at least, the narrow gate that leads to life. Read more »
 

I am grateful

I want to take this opportunity to give thanks to God and to all of you. I look out and see a strong parish filled with love and devotion. Whether in the physical church building or out of it, we are not and can never be separated from one another. Read more »
 

May 2020

This is a time ordained for being rather than doing. For staying put. For peace and rest and for nurturing our souls. For finding and celebrating God's gracious omnipotence wherever we are. Read more »
 

April 2020

The Holy Angel told the Theotokos not to be afraid. To that message I can add only this proviso. Be cautious. Take care of yourselves and your families. Pray for one another. let us be people who wed faith with reason. Read more »
 

February 2020 Reflection

This past Sunday we read one of the five Gospel readings meant to prepare us for the Great Fast. It was the story of Zacchaeus, a profound meditation on the meaning of repentance. Zacchaeus shows us the depth of repentance that goes far beyond a one-time confession or ritual. Repentance as a way of life. Read more »
 

January 2020

If we take seriously our Lord's words that we must feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit those who are sick and in prison, and welcome strangers, then it begs the question, if we are not doing this, then what in the world are we doing and why do we as church even exist? Read more »
 

December 2019

We are so bound up in our problems that we cannot see the truth that we are loved extravagantly. We have come to see, God more often as judge and jury and not as Father and Lover. Read more »
 

November 2019

All those who desire to enter the Dance by connecting the circuit through synergy (working together with God) will experience the outpouring of love from the Trinity through Christ in the Holy Spirit. In fact, that is what happened at the prison that night. We all got caught up in the Dance. Read more »
 

October 2019

What kind of ripples are we sending into the world? During the long 90 years of her existence, the people of this community opened themselves and the church doors to everyone regardless of national origin or ethnicity. Read more »
 

September 2019

Everyone is called to this mystical life, not a simplistic imitation of the saintliness of others, but the nurturing of a holiness that is wholly unique to each person. As each one puts on the mind of Christ, the uniqueness of every person is revealed to be another magnificent facet in the jewel that includes everyone and everything. Read more »
 

Past Histories

Written on the occasion of the Golden Anniversary
of St. Mary's founding, October 1978.

Old Drawing of St. Mary Exterior

The Church of St. Mary's came into existence in 1928. It was founded by a group of families who had been parishioners of the Church of St. John of Damascus. This energetic group of families banded together to further the growth of the Orthodox Faith. These faithful and courageous individuals formed and organized the Antiochian Society of St. Mary's Church, constituted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The first assemblage of the founders was held at the Greek Orthodox Church on Union Park Street, Boston.

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August 2019 Reflection

In this time when the Faith is so often misrepresented by hate-filled purveyors of a Christianity utterly foreign to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a religion tied to the craving for power and wealth, we who love Christ are called to a different way of life. Read more »
 

June/July 2019

St. John Chrysostom's exquisite Paschal Sermon uses the Lord's parable of the Workers who come at various times and are paid the very same wage. That is not fair, of course, but grace has nothing to do with fairness. Grace is not fair, it is amazingly unfair. If that isn't Good News, then I don't know what is. Read more »
 

May 2019

If we do not see the Resurrection of Christ shining like a light through transparent nature, then we are missing the point. Read more »
 

April 2019

And while we might be thinking of Holy Pascha which is right around the comer, it might be good to remember that the Resurrection is not confined to one day only, it is every day. If the Kingdom is here and now, then Pascha is also here and now. Read more »
 

March 2019

We are extensions of the Incarnation. God's hands are our hands. God's feet are our feet. We have the choice to make his life our life, his words our words, his will our will. The choice is ours. Read more »
 

February 2019 Reflection

What is the difference between the one leper who was full of gratitude and the nine who were not? The one had eyes to see and ears to hear and a receptive and open heart, the others did not. Read more »
 

January 2019

When I read, I always keep my eyes open for beautiful things to share with you. What has been confirmed for me recently from disparate sources is that the Word of God, the Divine Logos, shines in every place and every heart that seeks the truth. The Logos_ theologians in the early church taught that the seeds of the logos are spread throughout creation. There is no place the Logos is not and we can expect that this light will break through in surprising ways from time to time. Read more »
 

November 2018

Orthodox spirituality centers on relationship. Beginning with the doctrine of the Holy Trinity our faith is imbued with an emphasis on personal connection with God and with one another. In a very real sense they are one and the same. Read more »
 

October 2018

A significant element of Orthodox ecclesiology is that the Church Universal resides in her fullness in every local parish. This means that when we gather together, particularly for the Eucharistic celebration, the whole Church is present. Each local parish is not merely a part of the Church, but a manifestation of the Church entire. Read more »
 
 
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