St. Mark Of Ephesus
St. Marks Welcomes You

Our mission has been in witness to Christ since 1983


Parish Priest: Father James Robinson

Church phone: (781) 585-8907
Father James:   (339) 204-3074  (paisius1@verizon.net)


Liturgy:  Sunday mornings  10:00 am  (followed by coffee hour)
 

Vespers:   first Saturday of the month 6:00 PM

 

small containers of Holy Water are available at the Church to take home (free) - you can use these throughout the year when sick or to Bless items at home

 

Patronal Feast with visit by Bishop Nikon on 1/22/17 - pot luck dinner!

Liturgical Calendars now available at the Church - Free!

 

Many interesting Saints/Feasts listed below - check them out!!!

 

 

 

Joyous Feast! Theophany

Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by the Saint John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of a dove. From ancient times this Feast was called the Day of Illumination and the Feast of Lights, since God is Light and has appeared to illumine “those who sat in darkness,” and “in the region of the shadow of death” (Mt.4:16), and to save the fallen race of mankind by grace. In the ancient Church it was the custom to baptize catechumens at the Vespers of Theophany, so that Baptism also is revealed as the spiritual illumination of mankind. The origin of the Feast of Theophany goes back to Apostolic times, and it is mentioned in The Apostolic Constitutions (Book V:13). From the second century we have the testimony of Saint Clement of Alexandria concerning the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, and the night vigil before this Feast. There is a third century dialogue about the services for Theophany between the holy martyr Hippolytus and Saint Gregory the Wonderworker. In the following centuries, from the fourth to ninth century, all the great Fathers of the Church: Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom, Ambrose of Milan, John of Damascus, commented on the Feast of Theophany. The monks Joseph the Studite, Theophanes and Byzantios composed much liturgical music for this Feast, which is sung at Orthodox services even today. Saint John of Damascus said that the Lord was baptized, not because He Himself had need for cleansing, but “to bury human sin by water,” to fulfill the Law, to reveal the mystery of the Holy Trinity, and finally, to sanctify “the nature of water” and to offer us the form and example of Baptism. On the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, the Holy Church proclaims our faith in the most sublime mystery, incomprehensible to human intellect, of one God in three Persons. It teaches us to confess and glorify the Holy Trinity, one in Essence and Indivisible. It exposes and overthrows the errors of ancient teachings which attempted to explain the Creator of the world by reason, and in human terms. The Church shows the necessity of Baptism for believers in Christ, and it inspires us with a sense of deep gratitude for the illumination and purification of our sinful nature. The Church teaches that our salvation and cleansing from sin is possible only by the power of the grace of the Holy Spirit, therefore it is necessary to preserve worthily these gifts of the grace of holy Baptism, keeping clean this priceless garb, for “As many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ” (Gal 3:27). On the day of Theophany, all foods are permitted, even if the Feast falls on a Wednesday or Friday.

upcoming events

 

Sunday 1/22           Patronal Feast of St. Mark of Ephesus - with Bishop Nikon - please try to arrive by 9:30 - pot luck afterwards - don't worry if you don't bring anything - please stay!

 

Sunday 1/29          Zaccheus Sunday - Caterine is starting a coed book group -

                                Becoming a Healing Presence by Dr. Al Rossi
                                (teacher of Pastoral Theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary)
                                 - see Catherine to order a copy

 

Sunday 2/26          Forgiveness Sunday - last day to eat cheese

Monday 2/27         Lent begins

Sunday 4/9           Palm Sunday

Sunday 4/16         Pascha and American Easter

 

 

 

Saints and Feasts for the Month

click on the words to the right of the Saint or Feast to learn more - now this opens a new windowso you don't have to hit "Back"

 
Jan 17   Saint Anthony   info here
 
Jan 25   St. Gregory the Theologian the Archbishop of Constantinople    info here
              
 
Jan 29   Sunday of Zacchaeus     info here

Feb 2     The Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple    info here
 
Feb 5     Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee Beginning of the Lenten Triodion     info here
              
Feb 12   Sunday of the Prodigal Son    info here
              
Feb 18   Memorial Saturday of Meatfare     info here
 
Feb 19   Sunday of Meatfare of the Last Judgment     info here
 
Feb 26   Sunday of Cheesefare: Expulsion of Adam from Paradise   info here
 
Feb 27   Beginning of Great Lent    info here
 
             Repose of St Raphael the Bishop of Brooklyn     info here
 
 
 


 
three excellent short resources

 

Short pamphlet on preparing for Orthodox marriage     files/CrownedBooklet.pdf (175kb)

Short pamphlet on Chhurch Etiquette     files/ParishEtiquetteBooklet.pdf (96kb)

Finishing the Race (by Concilar Press)     files/FinishingRaceBooklet.pdf (282kb)

 

Diocesan Newsletter

 
If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the Diocese newsletter, email Father Joshua Mosher, editor at
                                                   
 
 
 
 
 

 

Axios!

Our elected Council is as follows for 2017:

President:   Laura Geigle

Treasurer:   John Rusinak

Reporting Secretary:   Julie Bacon Sutton

At-Large:    George Haddad

At-Large:    Subdn. Gregory Arnold

At-Large:    Ron LePage

At-Large:    Alexandra "Sandy" Laferte

At-Large:    Catherine Condrick

At- Large:   Katina Manning

Nancy Haddad, Dan Bacon & Subdeacon Gregory Arnold have been elected to the Finance Committee

as well as Anna Wozniak as our auditor

Catherine Condrick will be managing the bookstore as wel as our lending library.

 

Saint Mark of Ephesus parish cookbook available!

St. Mark's Cookbook is on sale!  Over 200 of our favorite recipes in an easy-to-read format!
 
Contact Women's Group Co-Presidents Cookie Bakas or Nancy Haddad
 
$15 cash or check made payable to: "St. Mark's Women's Group"

ministries

St. Mark’s Ministries  2015

If you are interested in serving the church, please contact the names listed below:

Clergy: Major Orders:

Pastor: Fr. James Ransford Robinson

Fr. John T. Bacon, retired Archpriest, attached to St. Marks

Fr. R. Antony Gori, retired (living in Maine), attached to St. Marks

Fr. Vasily Gilbert, attached to Holy Annunciation, Maynard

Fr. John Bernardi, attached to St. Marks, resides in Arizona

Protodeacon Nicholas Drobot, attached to Norwich, CT, ROCOR

 

Minor Orders:

Subdeacon Gregory (Douglas) Arnold

Subdeacon Peter Condrick

Subdn. Nicholas Vantangoli

Reader Daniel Bacon (Diocesan Council Member)

 

Acolytes:

Lawrence Reardon, Evan Shortes, Nicholas Haddad, Simon Margitich, Peter Rusniak, Nicholas Williams, George Williams

 

Parish Council:

President: Laura Geigle

Treasurer: Subdn. Gregory Arnold

Secretary: Jen Paulin

At Large: George Haddad

At Large: Subdn. Peter Condrick

At Large: Maria Mojica

At Large: Ramon Mojica

 

Finance Committee:     John Wozniak        John Rusinak

Auditor:     Anna Wozniak

Choir Director: Gina Margitich (please speak to Gina about joining the choir)

Substitute Directors: Lisa Shortes, Laura Geigle, Susan Homyk (summers)

Church School Director: Jen Paulin       Assistant: Julie Sutton

Women’s Group Co- Presidents: Cookie Bakas & Nancy Haddad       Secretary: Nancy Haddad          Treasurer: Diana Masood

Webmaster: George Sowpel

Bookstore Manager & Lending Library: Catherine Condrick

Sacristan/Mower: Mark Margitich & Simon Margitich

Vestment Care: Maria Mojica

Food Pantry Box- Subdn. Gregory & Elaine Arnold

Church Cleaners

January - Margitich
February - LePage
March - Haddads
April - ALL (Pascha month!)
May - Laferte
June - Arnold
July - Ed Carlier.
August - Geigle
September - Condrick
October - Haddads
November - Zotos
December - Vantangoli

Coffee Hour Hosts - Rusinak   Geigle   Vantangoli   Mojica   Robinson   Haddad   Arnold   Shortes   Kwong   Masood

 

Please send any comments or suggestions for the website to George Sowpel at orthodox@comcast.net


Resources to check out...

excellent short film on prayer - be sure to watch part two...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnlXsWoE_Zw&feature=share


view a wonderful video featuring our Church click here

An interesting and informative article on church eitiquette can be found here:http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/inchurch/etiquet.htm

Interesting video from Serbia - Christos Voskrese song     click here

Please look at the MINISTRIES tab on the right for ways to get involved!

A wonderful link to a good basic primer/dictionary on Orthodoxy is:  http://www.stots.edu/these_truths_we_hold.html

A good online Bible with commentary approved by the Orthodox Church is at http://orthodoxstudybible.com/




Church Cleaning List


January
- Margitich                   
February - Ron and Carolyn Lepage       March - Haddads
April - ALL (Pacha month!)       May - Laferte                           June - Subdeacon Gregory and Elaine

July - Ed Carlier                        August - Laura                        September - Subdeacon Peter and Catherine     

October -  The Haddads          November - Nancy Zotos         December - Vantangolis 

 

IF YOU NEED A KEY TO GET INTO THE CHURCH, SEE LAURA GEIGLE
 

 


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