March 22 - Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church

25 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472 ♦ 617.924.8182—Phone ♦ 617.924.4124—Fax
Rev. Fr. Athanasios Nenes, Parish Priest
914.479.8096—Cell Phone
[email protected]—Email
Sunday, March 22—TODAY! Greek School students will celebrate Greek Independence Day
immediately following Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, March 24—Greek School—4:00 pm
Wednesday, March 25—Annunciation of the Theotokos—
Orthros/Divine Liturgy—8:30 am
Wednesday, March 25—AHEPA Bowling
Thursday, March 26—Greek School—4:00 pm
Friday, March 27—AHEPA Drop-In (Atrium)
Friday, March 27—Akathist Hymn—7:00 pm
Saturday, March 28—Greek School—10:00 am
Hymns of the Day
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal
O Merciful One, You came from on high, and
condescended to Your three day burial to save us
from suffering. You are our Life and our
Resurrection. Glory to You.
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν
καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν
παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα
Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in
the Plagal Fourth Mode
With the rivers of your tears, you have made the
barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from
deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a
hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a
light, shining upon the world. O John, our Holy
Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls.
Ταίς τών δακρύων σου ροαίς, τής ερήμου τό
άγονον εγεώργησας, καί τοίς εκ βάθους στεναγμοίς,
εις εκατόν τούς πόνους εκαρποφόρησας, καί
γέγονας φωστήρ, τή οικουμένη λάμπων τοίς
θαύμασι, Ιωάννη Πατήρ ημών, Όσιε, Πρέσβευε
Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.Seasonal
Kontakion in Plagal 4th Mode
Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having
been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the
victory festival as a thank offering. In your
irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that
I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια, ὡς
λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια, ἀναγράφω
σοὶ ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε, Ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ
κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον, ἐκ παντοίων μὲ κινδύνων
ἐλευθέρωσον, ἵνα κράζω σοί, Χαῖρε νύμφη
Sunday of St. John Climacus
The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March
30, where his biography may be found. He is
celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of
Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life,
written by a great man of prayer experienced in all
forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker
after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for
his struggles, how to detect and war against each
of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the
demons, and how to rise from the rudimental
virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility.
It is held in such high esteem that it is universally
read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great
Epistle Reading
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the
Hebrews 6:13-20
BRETHREN, when God made a promise to
Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to
swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will
bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham,
having patiently endured, obtained the promise.
Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves,
and in all their disputes an oath is final for
confirmation. So when God desired to show more
convincingly to the heirs of the promise the
unchangeable character of his purpose, he
interposed with an oath, so that through two
unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that
God should prove false, we who have fled for
refuge might have strong encouragement to seize
the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and
steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters
into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where
Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf,
having become a high priest for ever after the
order of Melchizedek.
Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 6:13-20
Ἀδελφοί, τῷ Ἀβραὰμ ἐπαγγειλάμενος ὁ θεός, ἐπεὶ
κατʼ οὐδενὸς εἶχεν μείζονος ὀμόσαι, ὤμοσεν καθʼ
ἑαυτοῦ, λέγων, Ἦ μὴν εὐλογῶν εὐλογήσω σε, καὶ
πληθύνων πληθυνῶ σε. Καὶ οὕτως μακροθυμήσας
ἐπέτυχεν τῆς ἐπαγγελίας. Ἄνθρωποι μὲν γὰρ κατὰ
τοῦ μείζονος ὀμνύουσιν, καὶ πάσης αὐτοῖς
ἀντιλογίας πέρας εἰς βεβαίωσιν ὁ ὅρκος. Ἐν ᾧ
περισσότερον βουλόμενος ὁ θεὸς ἐπιδεῖξαι τοῖς
κληρονόμοις τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τὸ ἀμετάθετον τῆς
βουλῆς αὐτοῦ, ἐμεσίτευσεν ὅρκῳ, ἵνα διὰ δύο
πραγμάτων ἀμεταθέτων, ἐν οἷς ἀδύνατον
ψεύσασθαι θεόν, ἰσχυρὰν παράκλησιν ἔχωμεν οἱ
καταφυγόντες κρατῆσαι τῆς προκειμένης ἐλπίδος·
ἣν ὡς ἄγκυραν ἔχομεν τῆς ψυχῆς ἀσφαλῆ τε καὶ
βεβαίαν, καὶ εἰσερχομένην εἰς τὸ ἐσώτερον τοῦ
καταπετάσματος· ὅπου πρόδρομος ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν
εἰσῆλθεν Ἰησοῦς, κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδὲκ
ἀρχιερεὺς γενόμενος εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.
they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three
days he will rise."
Gospel Reading
Sunday of St. John Climacus
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 9.17-31
The Reading is from
Mark 9:17-31
At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and
saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he
has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it
dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth
and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast
it out, and they were not able." And he answered
them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be
with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him
to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when
the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy,
and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming
at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long
has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And
it has often cast him into the fire and into the water,
to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity
on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you
can! All things are possible to him who believes."
Immediately the father of the child cried out and
said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus
saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked
the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf
spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never
enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing
him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a
corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But
Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he
arose. And when he had entered the house, his
disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast
it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be
driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They
went on from there and passed through Galilee. And
he would not have any one know it; for he was
teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of
man will be delivered into the hands of men, and
Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄνθρωπός τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ
λέγων, διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν μου πρός σε,
ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον. καὶ ὅπου ἂν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ,
ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ὀδόντας
αὐτοῦ, καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπον τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου
ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσι, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς
αὐτῷ λέγει· ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑμᾶς
ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός
με. καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν
εὐθέως τὸ πνεῦμα ἐσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ
τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων. καὶ ἐπηρώτησε τὸν πατέρα
αὐτοῦ· πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ;
ὁ δὲ εἶπε· παιδιόθεν. καὶ πολλάκις αὐτὸν καὶ εἰς πῦρ
ἔβαλε καὶ εἰς ὕδατα, ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλ᾿ εἴ τι
δύνασαι, βοήθησον ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς. ὁ
δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ εἰ δύνασαι πιστεῦσαι,
πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι. καὶ εὐθέως κράξας ὁ
πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου μετὰ δακρύων ἔλεγε· πιστεύω,
κύριε· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι
ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος, ἐπετίμησε τῷ πνεύματι τῷ
ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἄλαλον καὶ
κωφόν, ἐγώ σοι ἐπιτάσσω, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ
μηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν. καὶ κράξαν καὶ πολλὰ
σπαράξαν αὐτὸν ἐξῆλθε, καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρός,
ὥστε πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς
κρατήσας αὐτὸν τῆς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ
ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἰσελθόντα αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκον οἱ μαθηταὶ
αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν κατ᾿ ἰδίαν, ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐκ
ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τοῦτο
τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν
προσευχῇ καὶ νηστείᾳ. Καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες
παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα
τις γνῷ· ἐδίδασκε γὰρ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν
αὐτοῖς ὅτι ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς
χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ
ἀποκτανθεὶς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται.
Journey with us through Great Lent by
attending the many church services
that are taking place!
Take the Almsgiving Challenge
This Great Lent, we invite you to an intentional practice of the
connection between fasting and almsgiving.
In the day on which you fast you will taste nothing but bread and water; and having reckoned up the
price of the dishes of that day which you intended to have eaten, you will give it to a widow, or an
orphan, or to some person in want, and thus you will exhibit humility of mind, so that he who has
received benefit from your humility may fill his own soul, and pray for you to the Lord. If you observe fasting,
as I have commanded you, your sacrifice will be acceptable to God, and this fasting will be written down;
and the service thus performed is noble, and sacred, and acceptable to the Lord. These things, therefore,
shall you thus observe with your children, and all your house, and in observing them you will be blessed;
and as many as hear these words and observe them shall be blessed; and whatsoever they ask of the Lord
they shall receive.
From the Shepherd of Hermas, Book III, a second century early Christian text, considered scriptural by
many of the church fathers of the time
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into practice. Email us at [email protected] with details about how you plan to put the
Almsgiving Challenge into practice. We’ll share your experience anonymously with our readers.
Lenten Reading
All available in our Church Bookstore
Holy Week—Easter
is a book of the Holy
The Akathist Hymn—Profound,
devotional poem, which sings praises
of the Holy Mother and Ever-Virgin
Mary which we chant the first five
Friday’s during Lent.
Week Services.
The Lenten
Collection was
published at the
suggestion of His
Methodios of Boston
to help guide in the
preparation of Lenten
The Lenten
Covenant is a
Commentary on
the Lenten
Triodion of the
Orthodox Church.
The Orthodox Study
The Lenten Spring is for all
Christians who undertake the
yearly journey to the blessed
Pascha of our Lord will find
inspiration and guidance in these
Great Lent—Journey to Pascha
examines the meaning of Liturgy of
the Presanctified Gifts, the Prayer of
St Ephraim the Syrian, and other
neglected or misunderstood treasures
of Lenten worship.
Journey Through The
Great Fast is a book
that can serve as a map
for our Great Fast
Great Lent Unplugged is an
antidote to the human propensity
to overdo personal spiritual
loftiness. It is a book to put the
Lenten journey in perspective,.
“Let my prayer rise as incense before You . . .
And the lifting up of my hands, as an evening sacrifice.”
Lenten Pre-Sanctified Liturgies
Inter-parish prayer fellowship on the following dates:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Annunciation Cathedral Chapel, 162 Goddard Ave., Brookline, MA—6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Taxiarchae/Archangels Church, 25 Bigelow Ave., Watertown, MA—6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
St. Catherine Church, 119 Common Street, Braintree, MA—6 p.m.
Please note: Wednesdays—February 25 and March 11—services will be held
at home parishes at 6:00 p.m.
ollowing the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy on these days, the host community will offer
a Lenten dinner for all in attendance. An open discussion over dinner on a Lenten
theme will also take place.
All are invited to join in prayer on these days—young and old alike. Come and join
us as we progress through our journey of Great and Holy Lent.
Philoptochos Annual
Palm Sunday Bake Sale
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Homemade tsourekia, Greek desserts,
decorated Easter candles,
red eggs and much more!
Palm Sunday
Taxiarchae Family Luncheon
Sunday, April 5, 2015
12:30 p.m.
Complete Fish Dinner—$25 per adult
Children Under 12:
Pasta Dinner—$10 per child
Luncheon will be limited to 300 people. We ask that you please pay in advance. Please
call Lin in the church office at 617.924.8182 or email [email protected] to
make your reservation.
Palm Sunday Family Luncheon Reservation Form
Name: ________________________________________________________________
Telephone: (
) _______________________________________________________
Amount of tickets you are buying:
Adults: _____
Children: _____
Please complete and return this form, along with your payment, to:
Taxiarchae/Archangels, 25 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472.
Please make checks payable to: Taxiarchae Greek Orthodox Church
Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church
25 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472
Saturday of Lazarus
April 4, 2015
8:45 am—Orthos
9:45 am—Divine Liturgy
Followed by:
Breakfast, Weaving Palm Crosses,
Church Decorating/Cleaning, Confession
All JOY, GOYA, Sunday School, Greek School, young adults and the
ENTIRE TAXIARCHAE FAMILY are invited to join us on this day!
For more information, please call Lin in the church office at 617.924.8182
Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church
25 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472
Good Friday
Youth Retreat
April 10, 2015
Grades 1—High School—10:00 am—4:30 pm
Pre-School/Kindergarten—Begins at 1:00 pm
9:00 am—Service of the Royal Hours
10:00 am—Registration
10:30 am—Retreat Program (includes lunch)
3:00-4:30 pm—Apokathelosis Service
ALL students should be excused
from school on this holy day and
participate for the entire day.
If you need a letter to be excused from school,
please contact Lin in the church office at 617.924.8182.
The Holy Prosphoro Bakers
aints Spyridon and Nicodemus were monks in the caves of
Kievan Pechersk in the 12th century. They led very strict,
ascetic lives. They fulfilled their obedience by baking
prosphoro (holy bread used for Communion) for thirty years.
They did their work with unceasing prayer and singing of
Psalms. Once, while St. Spyridon was tending the oven, his
mantle caught fire. The fire was put out and the mantle
showed no sign of being burned.
We have a continuous need for Prosphoro, especially during the Lenten
season. Please consider making a regular offering of this holy bread. If you
need a recipe or instructions on how to make prosphoro, please call the
church office at 617.924.8182. Thank you!
Applications are now available for high school seniors and undergraduate students who will/are attending
an accredited four-year college or university. Deadline for applying is May 18, 2015. Stop by the church
office to pick up an application. For more information, please call 617.924.8182.
NEW YORK – Applications and instructions for three scholarships administered by the Department of
Philanthropy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are available for awards to be made for the
2015-2016 academic year. The George & Naouma (Gioule) Gioles Scholarship and the Katina John Malta
Scholarship are for undergraduate studies, and the Paleologos Scholarship is awarded for graduate work
of a non-theological nature. Each of these scholarships was established through generous gifts from
dedicated Greek Orthodox Christians who wanted to provide financial assistance towards the education of
young people from our Orthodox Christian community.
Applications can be accessed by visiting (scholarships are listed in the ‘SPOTLIGHT’
section on the homepage).
For more information, please email [email protected] or call 212-774-0283. The deadline for
submitting an application for any of these scholarships is Monday, April 27, 2015.
Applications are now available to high school seniors or undergraduate college students who will be or are
attending an accredited four year college or university; 24 scholarships will be awarded. Deadline for applying is May 1, 2015. For more information, please call Athanasios Vulgaropulos—781.704.7870.
Chrysostom Scholarship
are now being awarded to senior and junior division, 1st,
2nd , and 3rd place finalists in each category (oratory,
essay, and poetry) of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical
Festival, beginning at the parish level and increasing in
amount through the national level.
Students must matriculate to Hellenic College from high
school and be accepted to take advantage of their
scholarship. Please see Hellenic College Terms and
Conditions for scholarship amounts and more detailed
information at:
WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS: Please join us for fellowship immediately following the Liturgy in the
social hall. For those visiting an Orthodox Church, please be aware that Holy Communion is a sign of
unity of faith which is only offered to Baptized or Chrismated Orthodox Christians. However, all present
are welcome to partake of the Antidoro (blessed bread) which is distributed at the end of the service.
MEMORIALS: Today we offer memorial prayers for Elpiniki Tsacogianis (40 days)). May her memory be
eternal! Αιωνία η Mνήμη!
GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY: TODAY!!! Our Greek School will celebrate Greek Independence Day
immediately following the Divine Liturgy in the Metaxas Hall on Sunday, March 22. Our children have
prepared a beautiful program of poems and songs. Please join us in celebrating the birth of our Greek
Nation in recognition of the sacrifices made for our independence.
PARKING: Help us be a good neighbor. When parking at the Watertown Savings Bank, the ATM
needs to be accessible to bank patrons, even on Sunday’s! Please be considerate.
2015 TAXIARCHAE/ARCHANGELS SCHOLARSHIPS: Applications are now available for high school
seniors and undergraduate students who will/are attending an accredited four-year college or university
as a freshman. Complete applicant requirements are listed in the application. Deadline for applying is
May 18, 2015. Stop by the church office to pick up an application.
PALM SUNDAY PRE-BAKE SALE: Philoptochos has booked the church kitchen for Monday, March
30 and April 2 to bake cookies and whatever else we decide for the Palm Sunday Bake Sale. More
details to come.
PALM SUNDAY BAKE SALE: Bakers needed for the Palm Sunday Bake Sale on Sunday, April 5. It is a
busy time of year for all of us, but please try to bring something for the bake sale. This is our biggest
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Philoptochos is looking for volunteers for Good Friday morning, April 10, to
decorate the Kouvouklion, the church, and anything else that needs to be done to prepare for the
Resurrection of our Lord. Please call the church office—617.924.8182—if you can help out.
LENTEN FOOD DRIVE: The Sunday School will once again sponsor a food drive during Lent. After
Liturgy, as you leave the church, Sunday School children will be at the back doors collecting donations.
Please also consider dropping off non-perishable food items to the church office. All donations will go to
the Holy Resurrection Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Allston to fill the shelves of their food pantry. Thank
you for your help.
GRECIAN FESTIVAL 2015: We are looking for a festival chairperson! If you know of someone who
would be interested, please call the church office at 617.924.8182. Thank you!
SPECIAL FUND: The Metropolis of Boston has established a special fund to help the family of Fr.
Matthew Baker with expenses they will face immediately as well as in the long-term. Those wishing to
contribute may do so by sending a check to:
Metropolis of Boston
c/o Fr. Matthew Baker Fund
162 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445
AHEPA SENIORS DROP-IN CENTER: Please stop by on Friday’s from 10 am-1 pm to play tavli
(backgammon) in the Atrium.
AHEPA BOWLING: Bowling takes place on Wednesdays. For more information, please call Demetri
Tsatsarones through the church office—617.924.8182.
Reserve now!!!
Thursday, April 16, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Village Smokehouse
1 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA
Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot now!
Please note: cash payment will be night of the event at the door!
For planning purposes only, please fill out this form and return it to the church
office or call 617.924.8182.
Name: ________________________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________________
Best number to reach you at: (
) _________________________________
How many tickets? __________ at $25 each
Please complete and return to:
Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church
25 Bigelow Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472
RSVP by Monday, April 13, 2015
* Evening of Fellowship * Fabulous Food * Come and have a good time! *
* Evening of Fellowship * Fabulous Food * Come and have a good time! *
* Evening of Fellowship * Fabulous Food * Come and have a good time! *
* Evening of Fellowship * Fabulous Food * Come and have a good time! *
Holy Week and Pascha Decorations
Sunday, April 5—Sunday, April 12, 2015
We are still in need of general flower donations to cover the cost of
decorations. Please make your donation today. Thank you!
Holy week and pascha decorations donation form
Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________
Phone: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Donation Amount: ____________________________________________________________________________
Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church
25 Bigelow Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472