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 Weekly Calendar

Sunday, March 1: Cheesefare & Forgiveness Sunday - The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise

As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam's expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendents became heirs of death and corruption.


Let us consider the benefits of fasting, the consequences of disobedience, and recall our fallen state. Today we are invited to cleanse ourselves of evil through fasting and obedience to God. Our fasting should not be a negative thing, a mere abstentation from certain foods. It is an opportunity to free ourselves from the sinful desires and urges of our fallen nature, and to nourish our souls with prayer, repentence, to participate in church services, and partake of the life-giving Mysteries of Christ. 


At Forgiveness Vespers we sing: "Let us begin the time of fasting in light, preparing ourselves for spiritual efforts. Let us purify our soul, let us purify our body. As we abstain from food, let us abstain from all passion and enjoy the virtues of the spirit."


Confession at 9:00 AM (by appointment only, please contact Fr. John | Third Hour at 9:30 AM | Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM | Archpriest John T. Bacon, Celebrant | Vespers of Cheesefare with the Rite of Forgiveness follows immediately | Church School | coffee hour hosted by the Geigle family


Thursday, 2/27: Thursday of Cheesefare | Repose of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn (1915)


Saturday, 2/29: Saturday of Cheesefare | Commemoration of All Righteous Monastics


Upcoming in March:

Sunday, 3/8: Sunday of Orthodoxy | 40th Day Memorial (Panikhida) for Matushka Elizabeth including names of loved ones remembered in February and March

Wednesday, 3/4: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at 6:00 PM

Sunday, 3/15: Parish Council Meeting following during Coffee Hour in the parish office




Tentative Liturgical Schedule

3/1: Cheesefare & Forgiveness Sunday - Cheesefare Vespers with the Rite of Forgiveness following Holy Liturgy - Beginning the Great Fast


3/4: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at 6:00 PM


3/7: Great Vespers at 6:00 PM


3/8: Daylight Savings Time begins


3/15: Father Kevin Kalish, Celebrant









10th Annual Lenten Dinner

Please join us for our 10th Annual Lenten Dinner! Family and friends are more than welcome to attend. 

Volunteers are needed to wait on tables and for set-up and clean up help. Please speak with George or Nancy if you would like to volunteer. Thank you!


Date: Friday,  March 27th

Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15 per person


Dinner includes:

Salad, Roll & Butter, Baked Haddock, Rice Pilaf, Cole Slaw, Dessert & Beverage


Please contact George or Nancy at or Cookie at to purchase tickets.







Please Remember in Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers

The ill and shut-in: Ramon (hospitalized), Archpriest M. Vranes, Harriett, G. Sowpel, Reader J. Hood (hospice), Gina, Paula & Jeff Starr, Alban F. Ryles, Mat. Eleanor, Priest Antony, Kh. Diana, Eugenia, Lydia, Reader George, Mat. Irene, Gregory, Alexandra, the kidnapped Hierarchs Metropolitan Paul & Archbishop John, the suffering Christians of Egypt/Syria, those who suffer from terrosist attacks, fires, storms, floods, earthquakes, pestilences, newly-departed Matushka Elizabeth, Catechumen Daniel.