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 (401) 658-0874

Attached Priest: Archpriest John T. Bacon

Third Hour and Six Psalms: Every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM

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

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


To arrange a confession, baptism, marriage or funeral, please contact Father John at

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 for children meet every Sunday after Divine Liturgy. The Women's Group meets the first Sunday of every month. 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

Thursday, November 15: The Nativity Fast begins

Saturday, December 1: Great Vestpers at 6:00 PM

Sunday, December 9: Church School Pageant - The Story of St. Nicholas

Saturday, December 15: Luminary Night

Monday, December 24: Eve of the Nativity of Christ

Tuesday, December 25: Nativity of Christ Liturgy


All-Parish Nativity Charity

Sunday, November 17 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

This Nativity season, our parish will be preparing fleece blankets for adults and children at a local shelter.

The workshop will take place at St. Mark and all are encouraged to volunteer.


Annual Christmas Ornament Swap

Sunday, December 2 from 12:00 to 2:30 pm

This event is sponsored by the Women's Group and is a way to get together for some holiday cheer and fellowship.

Please bring a wrapped ornament and a dish to share. All the women of the parish are welcome to attend.

For more information on this blessed event, please pick up a flyer in the Book Store.


Luminary Night

Saturday, December 15 at 6:00 pm - please prepare to arrive an hour early so that you may park in our parking lot.

Please make every effort to volunteer and attend this community event.

Luminaries on Main Street at Christmastime began 28 eayrs 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 places on both sides of the street. Durin this night, local churches on Main Street are open to the public

with refreshments and music 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 experiencing

Kingston's very own gift to her friends and neighbors. 


Here at St. Mark, our Choir sings liturgical Nativity hymns and hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes are seved with heartfelt warmth and joy.

If you are new to St. Mark and the Orthodox faith, Subdeacon Peter and Ron Lepage will be there, at your service, to answer any questions.

Visitors may also browse our church book store.


Community Christmas Card Fundraiser

If you and your family would like to participate in the community Christmas card, 

please give your payment of $20 to Cookie Bakas during the fellowship hour. 

The Christmas card is a wonderful fundraiser at St. Mark and is a great way for all of us

to wish each other a blessed Nativity. Christ Is Born! Glorify Him!