St. Mark Of Ephesus Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
261 Main Street, Kingston, Massachusetts 02364

Church Telephone: (781) 585-8907

Church Email: stmarkofephesuskingstonma@gmail.com

Donations: PayPal or Credit Card

Administrator and Dean: Archpriest Vasily Lickwar 

Church Warden: Catherine Condrick

Divine Liturgy: Please see the below schedule for upcoming services; Beginning in September of 2021, St. Mark will be resuming its schedule of having services every Sunday at 10:00 AM with the Third and Sixth Hours beginning at 9:30 AM

 

St. Mark of Ephesus is blessed with a small, but actively participating congregation. We are a warm, family-oriented body of faithful believers and our members are of all age groups and we embrace many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The parish conducts a regular and traditional cycle of Orthodox liturgical worship throughout the course of the year. The St. Mark parish participates regularly in several community charitable ministries such as on-going charities to aid local shelters, grocery collections for our on-going food pantry, and visiting the ill and shut-ins in our community. All these inititatives are supported by the free-will offerings and volunteer assistance of the parishioners. 

 

 

Message of the week from "Prayers by the Lake" by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich

To a silent tongue and a contemplative mind, You draw near, O All-Holy Spirit, bridegroom of my soul. You avoid talkative tongue as a swan avoids a stormy lake. Like a swan you swim across the quiet of my heart and make it fruitful.

 

Oh my Light, chase the darkness out of my blood. 

 

What the stars write across heaven, the grass whispers on earth. What the water gurgles in the sea, fire rumbles beneath the sea. What an angel says with his eyes, the imam shouts from his minaret. What the past has said and fled, the present is saying and fleeing. 

Weekly Calender 

Tuesday, September 28: Ven. Chariton the Confessor

 

Thursday, September 30: Hieromartyr Geoge the Illuminator, Bishop of Greater Armenia | St. Michael, First Metropolitan of Kiev (992)

 

Friday, October 1: The Protection of the Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary | Ven. Romanus the Melodist ("Sweet-Singer - 5th c.) | Ven. John (Koukouzelis) the Hymnographer of Mt.Athos (Albanian - 12th c.) | The Appearance of the Pillar with the Robe of the Lord under it in Mtshketa in Georgia (fish, wine, oil allowed)

 

Saturday, October 2: Righteous Warrior Theodore Ushakov (1817)

 

Sunday, October 3: Hieromartyr Dionysius

 

For today's scripture readings, please click on the following link: https://www.oca.org/readings

 

Please remember in your prayers: Paul, Simon, Vasily, Alexandra, Peter, Francis, Alban, Alexandra, Cecelia, Robert, Matushka Eleanor, Preist Antony, Reader George, Vasily, Ramon, Maria, Peter, Alexandra, Conor, Nicholas; the kidnapped Hierarchs Metroplolitan Paul (Boulos Yazigi) & Archbishop John (Yohanna Ibrahim); the suffering Christians of Egypt and Syria; Archpriest James (deployed as a military chaplain); Ian (recently deployed in the US Army); Travis; newly-illumined Kathering; newly departed Linda, newly departed Jason; those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, those killed in Afghanistan, Victims of Hurricane Ida and those who continue to suffer.

Parish Announcements 

Great Vespers with Confession will be on Saturday, October 2 at 5:00 pm. Note: Dates may change, so please check our website frequently.

 

The Women's Group will be meeting on Saturday, October 3 during coffee hour 

 

St. Mark Annual Harvest Fair will take place during coffee hour on Sunday, October 31. Details will be posted soon.

 

Annual Meeting: The St. Mark Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, January 16, 2022 inside the church during coffee hour. On this day, we will also be celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Mark, Archbishop of Ephesus.

 

The Saint Mark Bookstore is open. Come and browse the bookstore any time after services. We have books, icons and much more. If you would like to purchase something at the bookstore, please speak with Catherine or Nicholas.

 

New Service Books for the Faithful: Our service books will arive sometime in the fall. We have pre-ordered 12 new service books from St. Tikon's Monastery. These service books are available for purchase in the St. Mark Bookstore this fall.The cost of the books are $20 each, but because of a generous donation from a founding member of our parish, these books will cost parishioners only $5.00 per book. The $5.00 payment will be collected when the books arrive. If you would like to reserve a copy, please email Catherine. 

 

We are collecting items for distribution to those in need via a local food pantry. Please leave the items you wish to donate in the large blue bin located in the nave of the church. It is important that we continue to care for those in need during these difficult times.

 

We need volunteers to help with coffee hour and church cleaning. If you would like to help, please speak with the church warden. 

 

The Parish Council will meet on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. 

 

Upcoming Events:

St. Nicholas Church School Celebration - Sunday, December 5

 

Women's Group Ornament Swap - Sunday, December 12 (hosted by Catherine - details will be forthcoming as the season approaches)

 

Annual Christmas giving in support of the Plymouth Area Coalition - Christmas Stockings will be hung in the Bookstore - thank you to everyone who has participated in this very special giving througout the years.

 

 

 

 

Directions

From the North

Take Route 3 South to Exit 9 (route 3A). Take a right at the end of the ramp towards Kingston. After passing two stoplights, you will come to a fork - bear left onto Routes 106 and 27. That is Main Street. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile. After passing the Police Station on your left, our Church will be 50 yards up on your right.

 

From the South

Route 3 North to Exit 9 (route 3A). Take a right at the end of the ramp towards Kingston. After passing two stoplights, you will come to a fork - bear left onto routes 106 and 27. That is Main Street. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile. After passing the Police Station on your left, our Church will be 50 yards up on your right. 

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