St. Mark Of Ephesus Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church of America
261 Main Street, Kingston, Massachusetts 02364
St. Mark of Ephesus Welcomes You!

Church Phone: (781) 585-8907

Administrator and Dean: Archpriest Vasily Lickwar 

Attached Priest: Archpriest John T. Bacon 

President/Warden: Catherine Condrick 

Third & Sixth Hour: Every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy: Every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM followed by Church School and a fellowship meal

Vespers: The First Saturday of every month at 6:00 PM


To arrange a confession, baptism, marriage or funeral, please contact Fr. John Bacon.

You may also speak with him during the fellowship hour on Sundays.


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. Great Vespers takes place on the first Saturday of every month. Church School classes meet every Sunday after Divine Liturgy. The Parish Council meets the first Tuesday evening of every month, under the guidance of the parish rector to maintain and promote the wholesomeness, stability and well-being of the parish. 


Each Sunday, Divine Liturgy is followed by a time of pleasant fellowship and hospitality, as an expression of Eucharistic unity. 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.



Parish News and Events

Sunday, December 8, 2019: Venerable Patapius of Thebes and Holy 362 Martyrs in Africa (477)

Saint Patapius was born at Thebes into a pious Christian family. Reaching the age of maturity, he scorned the vanities of the world and so went into the Egyptian desert where he became known for his ascetic deeds. Though he wished to dwell in silence, people began to come to him for advice. He went eventually to Constantinople, where he obtained a cell at the city wall, near the Blachernae church. But here, too, he quickly became known. The sick began to throng about, and he having been vouchsafed the gift of healing, began to help all the needy. After a life adorned with virtue and miracles, Saint Patapius fell asleep in the Lord and was buried in the church of Saint John the Baptist.


Services for Sunday morning on December 8: Third Hour at 9:30 | Divine Liturgy at 10:00 | Fr. Kevin J. Kalish, Celebrant | Readings: Ephesians 4:1-6, St. Luke 17:12-19 | St. Nicholas Day Children's Event and Lenten Coffee Hour


Wednesday, 12/4: Great Martyr  Barbara and Martyr Juliana of Heliopolis in Syria (306); Ven John of Damascus (776); Glorification of New Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Alexander Hotovitzky, missionary to America (1994)


Friday, 12/6: St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia (ca. 345) | Fish, Wine & Oil


Saturday 12/7: St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (397) | Great Vespers at 6:00 PM


Sunday, 12/15: Monthly Memorial Service





Advent/Nativity/Theophany Schedule

CONFESSION: It is customary for Orthodox Christians to approach the Holy Chalice for the Great Feast of the Nativity with recent Repentance/Confession. Please make an appointment with Fr. John in advance via email or when you see him. No Confessions will be heard Christmas Day or Sunday, January 5.


Sunday                   December 15              Divine Liturgy                 10:00 AM             Confessions at 9:00 AM

Sunday                   December 22             Divine Liturgy                 10:00 AM             Confessions at 9:00 AM

Tuesday              December 24         Compline/Matins      4:00 PM            Christmas Eve (no confession)

Wednesday       December 25         Divine Liturgy            10:00 AM          NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

Sunday                   December 29             Divine Liturgy                 10:00 AM             Fr. Mark Sherman, Celebrant

Saturday                January 4                    No Great Vespers

Sunday                   January 5                   Divine Liturgy                 10:00 AM             Great Blessing of Waters (no confession)             

Poinsettia Donation

If you would like to contribute towards the purchase of poinsettias to beautify our sanctuary for the upcoming Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, please complete the form below and indicate whether your gracious donation is in memory or in honor of a loved one. Including the name(s) of those remembered allows us to include them on our prayer list.


Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2019




Paid:______CASH             ________CHECK              AMOUNT:______________________

(Make checks payable to the St. Mark Women's Group - suggested donation is $20)


In Memory of:







In Honor of:







Please give this form and your donation by: Sunday, December 15th to Jen, Mina or Cece

Thank you for your generosity! God Bless!

St. Nicholas's Day Children's Event

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Come join us for a special St. Nicholas Day celebration following Divine Liturgy 

There will be a special visit from St. Nicholas as well as crafts and activities.

Parents and grandparents are welcome to attend as well!


Happy St. Nicholas's Day!

Women's Group Ornament Swap

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Come and join us for this year's Ornament Swap! Children are welcome as well.


Host: Elaine A.

Time: Following Divine Liturgy with adequate time for communting to Elaine's house from church

What to bring: Your favorite dish for the potluck luncheon along with your wrapped ornament


Flyers will be handed out at church with more information and Elaine's address

Luminary Night

Saturday, December 21, 2019


Luminaries on Main Street at Christmastime began 28 years ago by the Kingston Firefighters who hoped to do something special in the area. The first year, they lined Christmas luminaries on one side of Main Street, from the Hose House to the police station, creating a glorious trail of light. By 1994, the luminaries were placed on both sides of the street. Druing this night, local churches on Main Street are open to the public with refreshments and Christmas choirs to add to the festivities and provide shelter from the cold. The Kingston Fire Department organizes Luminary Night, but asks the community to help. One and all are invited to come and join the festivities by strolling along Main Street and experiences Kingston's very own gift to her friends and neighbors.


Please find a place in your heart to come and support our beloved St. Mark by attending and/or volunteering on luminary night! Here at St. Mark, our beautiful choir sings liturgical Nativity hymns and hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes are served by our children and their parents with heartfelt warmth and joy, our bookstore is open, and St. Nicholas comes to welcome guests to our parish. Remember to please make sure you arrive before they close the roads at 5:00 PM if you wish to park in our parking lot. 


Here are the following things you can do to help out:


1. Just coming and attending luminary night is a great way to support our parish!

2. Volunteer to sing in the choir 

3. Volunteer with your child/children to serve hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes at the refreshement table

4. Volunteer to help out at the book store table

5. Be a spokesperson for the Orthodox Faith and our parish 


Children's Christmas Pageant: A Visit with the Shepherds

Sunday, December 22, 2019


Please join us on this special Sunday for this year's Church School Pageant called:


"A Visit with the Shepherds"


Written and produced by our St. Mary of Egypt church school class.

This story takes us to the hills of Bethlehem where we will see the shepherds

and their sheep hear the good tidings of Jesus's birth.


You won't want to miss this endearing story about the shepherds and their sheep at the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!