Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church
Publish Date: 2018-12-02
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Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (617) 625-2222
  • Fax:
  • (617) 628-4529
  • Street Address:

  • 29 Central Street

  • Somerville, MA 02143

Past Bulletins

Weekly Events


Monday  - Friday, December 3rd — December 7th (Sarantaleitourgo) Divine Liturgy  8:30 a.m.— 9:30 a.m.

December 3rd—St.  Barbara, December 5th-ST. Savvas

December 6th-St. Nikolaos


PHILOPTOCHOS — The ladies of our Philoptochos will be making Vasilopites on December 10th—12th. If you would like to come and help, you are welcome! 




Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Immediately following the Divine Liturgy



          The next Dormition Family Table will be served on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 4 p.m.—6 p.m.

We are looking for volunteers to help cook and serve.  Cooking starts at 2:00 p.m.



On Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. the children of the Greek and Sunday Schools are invited to gather in the lower hall to make their very own Gingerbread House.  The PTO Committee will offer a complimentary lunch to the participating families of the Dormition Schools.  The Gingerbread Houses will be on display at Church for the entire community to adore.  The children can take home their creation on 12/23/18, after the Sunday School Christmas Pagaent.  Kindly let us know in advance, by email, if you will attend this event no later than December 2, 2018, since we need to purchase enough kits and lunch for the children. 

Also on December 8, 2018 from 3:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. all families and Church members are invited to visit the NH Motor Speedway Christmas Lights located in Loudon, NH and enjoy a 3 course dinner at a local restaurant.  We will depart by bus from the Church no later than 3:45 p.m. and return at 9:45 p.m.  Cost for the children $25.  PTO Parents $40.  Adult Church Members $45. We need at least 30 attendees to respond no later than December 2, 2018 in order to go forward with this holiday field trip.  To reserve you spot contact Michael Ververis at 781-710-4646 or via email at as soon as possible.



on December 16th

After the Divine Liturgy, in the Upper Hall.

Please join us as our children perform plays, songs and

dances for this festive season!

Afterwards, we will have a special visitor from the North Pole!


Sunday, December 23rd, 2018





Please join us for the 2018


To be held on December 30th after Liturgy in the upper hall


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 6:10-17.

Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Προκείμενον. Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 117.14,18.
Ἰσχύς μου καὶ ὕμνησίς μου ὁ Κύριος.
Στίχ. Παιδεύων ἐπαίδευσέ με ὁ Κύριος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 6:10-17.

Ἀδελφοί, ἐνδυναμοῦσθε ἐν κυρίῳ, καὶ ἐν τῷ κράτει τῆς ἰσχύος αὐτοῦ. Ἐνδύσασθε τὴν πανοπλίαν τοῦ θεοῦ, πρὸς τὸ δύνασθαι ὑμᾶς στῆναι πρὸς τὰς μεθοδείας τοῦ διαβόλου. Ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν ἡμῖν ἡ πάλη πρὸς αἷμα καὶ σάρκα, ἀλλὰ πρὸς τὰς ἀρχάς, πρὸς τὰς ἐξουσίας, πρὸς τοὺς κοσμοκράτορας τοῦ σκότους τοῦ αἰῶνος τούτου, πρὸς τὰ πνευματικὰ τῆς πονηρίας ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις. Διὰ τοῦτο ἀναλάβετε τὴν πανοπλίαν τοῦ θεοῦ, ἵνα δυνηθῆτε ἀντιστῆναι ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ πονηρᾷ, καὶ ἅπαντα κατεργασάμενοι στῆναι. Στῆτε οὖν περιζωσάμενοι τὴν ὀσφὺν ὑμῶν ἐν ἀληθείᾳ, καὶ ἐνδυσάμενοι τὸν θώρακα τῆς δικαιοσύνης, καὶ ὑποδησάμενοι τοὺς πόδας ἐν ἑτοιμασίᾳ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου τῆς εἰρήνης· ἐπὶ πᾶσιν ἀναλαβόντες τὸν θυρεὸν τῆς πίστεως, ἐν ᾧ δυνήσεσθε πάντα τὰ βέλη τοῦ πονηροῦ τὰ πεπυρωμένα σβέσαι. Καὶ τὴν περικεφαλαίαν τοῦ σωτηρίου δέξασθαι, καὶ τὴν μάχαιραν τοῦ πνεύματος, ὅ ἐστιν ῥῆμα θεοῦ·

Gospel Reading

14th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:35-43

At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

14th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 18:35-43

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ᾿Εγένετο δὲ ἐν τῷ ἐγγίζειν αὐτὸν εἰς ῾Ιεριχὼ τυφλός τις ἐκάθητο παρὰ τὴν ὁδὸν προσαιτῶν· ἀκούσας δὲ ὄχλου διαπορευομένου ἐπυνθάνετο τί εἴη ταῦτα. ἀπήγγειλαν δὲ αὐτῷ ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος παρέρχεται. καὶ ἐβόησε λέγων· ᾿Ιησοῦ υἱὲ Δαυΐδ, ἐλέησόν με· καὶ οἱ προάγοντες ἐπετίμων αὐτῷ ἵνα σιωπήσῃ· αὐτὸς δὲ πολλῷ μᾶλλον ἔκραζεν· υἱὲ Δαυΐδ, ἐλέησόν με. σταθεὶς δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐκέλευσεν αὐτὸν ἀχθῆναι πρὸς αὐτόν. ἐγγίσαντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτὸν λέγων· τί σοι θέλεις ποιήσω; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· Κύριε, ἵνα ἀναβλέψω. καὶ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀνάβλεψον· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέ σε. καὶ παραχρῆμα ἀνέβλεψε, καὶ ἠκολούθει αὐτῷ δοξάζων τὸν Θεόν· καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς ἰδὼν ἔδωκεν αἶνον τῷ Θεῷ.


Saints and Feasts

December 04

Barbara the Great Martyr

Saint Barbara was from Heliopolis of Phoenicia and lived during the reign of Maximian.

She was the daughter of a certain idolater named Dioscorus. When Barbara came of age, she was enlightened in her pure heart and secretly believed in the Holy Trinity. About this time Dioscorus began building a bath-house; before it was finished he was required to go away to attend to certain matters, and in his absence Barbara directed the workmen to build a third window in addition to the two her Father had commanded. She also inscribed the sign of the Cross with her finger upon the marble of the bath-house, leaving the saving sign cut as deeply into the marble as if it had been done with an iron tool. (When the Synaxarion of Saint Barbara was written, the marble of the bath-house and the cross inscribed by Saint Barbara were still preserved, and many healings were worked there.) When Dioscorus returned, he asked why the third window had been added; Barbara began to declare to him the mystery of the Trinity. Because she refused to renounce her faith, Dioscorus tortured Barbara inhumanely, and after subjecting her to many sufferings he beheaded her with his own hands, in the year 290.


Sunday's Sermon


(Luke 18:35-43)

            In today’s Luke’s gospel reading, we hear about the cure of a blind man in Jericho. We learn by Saint Mark the evangelist who also referred to this miracle in his Gospel, that the man’s name was Bartimaeus. The Lord performed this wayside miracle of the blind man so that even His passage along a road would yield a profitable teaching for His Disciples and for us: that we should in all things, at all times, and in every place do what is beneficial and never be idle.

  Bartimaeus was blind, a grown man sitting by the dusty road begging. He was standing by the city gates, defeated by life, no longer seeking to recover his health but wanting merely to survive. He had most probably heard about this Man, someone resembling to the prophets, who was working miracles travelling throughout Judea. One day he hears a group of people go by. He asks the people around him: «Who is it ?» and they reply «Jesus of Nazareth». In a moment all the hope and despair of his life reach a climax. He must seize the passing moment before it disappears. He cries out in desperate hope: «Jesus,  son of David, have mercy on me». For him Jesus is not a wandering prophet. All these months that he has been hearing stories about Him, he has come to realize that he is the One about whom the prophets were speaking. He believed that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. Having been raised among the Jews it is certain that he knew that the Christ would be from the seed of David. Therefore he cries out with a strong voice, «Son of David have mercy on me». His words have mercy on me, show that he understood Jesus to be divine and not merely a man. Let us marvel at his staunch confession: although rebuked by many, he did not keep silent, but cried out all the more, urged by the fervent zeal within him.

  The blind man used what later became the famous Orthodox Jesus Prayer, a prayer centered on the name of Jesus: «Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner». This prayer is one of inner stability, placing us directly face-to-face with God through a confession of faith concerning Him. According to our Faith, it is the summation of the whole Gospels. We profess the Lordship of Christ, and our whole life is within His will, and there exists no other way. The meaning of have mercy comes from the Greek Kyrie eleison.  The word eleison, is derived from the root elaion of the words for olive tree, olive or olive oil.  In the Story of Noah (Gen. 8:11) the twig of the olive tree is brought to him to signal the end of the flood. This olive twig means that the wrath of God has ended, that forgiveness is freely given and that we can start the future anew!

            The name Jesus means Savior and salvation. Jesus is present inside his name as Savior of the whole world. This is what the holy Apostle Peter assured us of, when standing in his trial in front of the Priests and the Scribes and said: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Saint Necodemus the Haghiorite, a great ecclesiastical 

writer, says: “What can be more heavenly, what sweetier or merrier for someone, than to contemplate forever the glorious, the delightful, the beloved name of Jesus Christ? That is the name with which one can ask and receive anything from the Father or from Christ Himself because He has said so to us: ‘And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13).

  One of the reasons which prevent us from being truly ourselves and finding our own way to communicate with God, is that we do not realise the extent to which we are spiritually blind. If only we knew that we were blind, how eagerly we would seek healing. We would seek it as Bartimaeus probably did, from men, doctors, priests, healers. And then having lost all hope like him, we might perhaps turn to God. But the tragedy is that we do not realise our blindness. Too many things engage our eyes,  for us to be aware of the invisible to which we are blind. The world in which we live in, can be seen and asserted.  Things visible can be affirmed, the invisible ones however cannot be asserted. We must seek this ivisible world and discover it.

  Saint Theophylactus, Archbishop of Ochrid, writes about the miracle of Bartimeus healing: «The Lord asked the blind man what he wanted and when He heard that he wanted his sight He gave him his sight; the Lord says: Your faith has made you whole. For you have believed with faith, that I am the son of David the Christ Who is now revealed, and you have shown such zeal, that you did not keep silent even when rebuked. We may learn from this tha,t when we ask with faith, God does not give something other than what we ask for, but the very same thing».

Fr Konstantinos Manetas


Wisdom of the Fathers

The Savior Himself is He Whom we are asked to put on. It is one and the same thing to say, 'Put on the whole armor of God,' and 'Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.' Our belt is truth and our breastplate is righteousness. The Savior is also called both 'truth' and 'righteousness.' On this principle He is also to be understood as the 'Gospel of peace.' He is Himself the 'shield of faith' and the helmet of salvation. He is the 'sword of the Spirit,' because He is the Word of God, living and efficacious, the utterance of which is stronger than any helmet and sharp on both sides.
St. Jerome
Unknown, 5th century