Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church
Publish Date: 2021-01-24
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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

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Weekly Events


On Sunday, a 6 month Trisagion service will be offered for the repose of the soul of  Evripides (Charles) Patras, and a 1 year Trisagion for Anastasia (Esther) Kappos.  Also, a Trisagion Services will be offered for Ekaterini, Constantinos, George & Argiro.

  Την Κυριακήθα τελεσθεί 6μηνο Τρισάγιο υπέρ αναπαύσεως της ψυχής του Ευριπίδη Πάτρα και ετήσιο Τρισάγιο για την Αναστασία Κάππος. Επίσεις θα τελεσθούν Τρισάγια γιά την Αικατερίνη, Κωνσταντίνο, Γεώργιο & Αργυρό.



ST. GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN— Monday, January 25, 2021

Orthros at 8:30 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.

THREE HIERARCHS—Saturday, January 30, 2021

Orthros at 8:30 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.


ΑΓΙΟΥ ΓΡΗΓΟΡΙΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΘΕΟΛΟΓΟΥ—Δευτέρα, 25 Ιανουαρίου, 2021

Orthros at 8:30 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.

ΟΙ ΤΡΕΙΣ ΙΕΡΑΡΧΕΣ—Σάββατο, 30 Ιανουαρίου, 2021

Orthros at 8:30 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.



Saints and Feasts

January 24

Xenia, Deaconess of Rome

Our righteous Mother Xenia of Rome was of a distinguished family. While her parents were preparing to wed her, she stole away secretly, taking two handmaids with her, and departed for Mylasa of Karia in Asia Minor, and there she completed her life in asceticism. She was ordained deaconess by Paul, her spiritual father, who became Bishop of Mylasa. Although she was originally named Eusebia, to conceal her identity, she took the name Xenia - which means "stranger" in Greek - because of her estrangement from her country.

January 25

Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople

This great Father and Teacher of the Church was born in 329 in Arianzus, a village of the second district of Cappadocia, not far from Nazianzus. His father, who later became Bishop of Nazianzus, was named Gregory (commemorated Jan. 1), and his mother was named Nonna (Aug. 5); both are among the Saints, and so are his brother Caesarius (Mar. 9) and his sister Gorgona (Feb. 23). At first he studied in Caesarea of Palestine, then in Alexandria, and finally in Athens. As he was sailing from Alexandria to Athens, a violent sea storm put in peril not only his life but also his salvation, since he had not yet been baptized. With tears and fervour he besought God to spare him, vowing to dedicate his whole self to Him, and the tempest gave way to calm. At Athens Saint Gregory was later joined by Saint Basil the Great, whom he already knew; but now their acquaintanceship grew into a lifelong brotherly love. Another fellow student of theirs in Athens was the young Prince Julian, who later as Emperor was called the Apostate because he denied Christ and did all in his power to restore paganism. Even in Athens, before Julian had thrown off the mask of piety; Saint Gregory saw what an unsettled mind he had, and said, "What an evil the Roman State is nourishing" (Orat. V, 24, PG 35:693).

After their studies at Athens, Gregory became Basil's fellow ascetic, living the monastic life together with him for a time in the hermitages of Pontus. His father ordained him presbyter of the Church of Nazianzus, and Saint Basil consecrated him Bishop of Sasima (or Zansima), which was in the archdiocese of Caesarea. This consecration was a source of great sorrow to Gregory, and a cause of misunderstanding between him and Basil; but his love for Basil remained unchanged, as can be plainly seen from his Funeral Oration on Saint Basil (Orat. XLIII).

About the Year 379, Saint Gregory came to the assistance of the Church of Constantinople, which had already been troubled for forty years by the Arians; by his supremely wise words and many labours he freed it from the corruption of heresy, and was elected Archbishop of that city by the Second Ecumenical Council, which assembled there in 381, and condemned Macedonius, Archbishop of Constantinople, the enemy of the Holy Spirit. When Saint Gregory came to Constantinople, the Arians had taken all the churches and he was forced to serve in a house chapel dedicated to Saint Anastasia the Martyr. From there he began to preach his famous five sermons on the Trinity, called the Triadica. When he left Constantinople two years later, the Arians did not have one church left to them in the city. Saint Meletius of Antioch (see Feb. 12), who was presiding over the Second Ecumenical Council, died in the course of it, and Saint Gregory was chosen in his stead; there he distinguished himself in his expositions of dogmatic theology.

Having governed the Church until 382, he delivered his farewell speech - the Syntacterion, in which he demonstrated the Divinity of the Son - before 150 bishops and the Emperor Theodosius the Great; in this speech he requested, and received from all, permission to retire from the see of Constantinople. He returned to Nazianzus, where he lived to the end of his life, and reposed in the Lord in 391, having lived some sixty-two years.

His extant writings, both prose and poems in every type of metre, demonstrate his lofty eloquence and his wondrous breadth of learning. In the beauty of his writings, he is considered to have surpassed the Greek writers of antiquity, and because of his God-inspired theological thought, he received the surname "Theologian." Although he is sometimes called Gregory of Nazianzus, this title belongs properly to his father; he himself is known by the Church only as Gregory the Theologian. He is especially called "Trinitarian Theologian," since in virtually every homily he refers to the Trinity and the one essence and nature of the Godhead. Hence, Alexius Anthorus dedicated the following verses to him:

Like an unwandering star beaming with splendour,
Thou bringest us by mystic teachings, O Father,
To the Trinity's sunlike illumination,
O mouth breathing with fire, Gregory most mighty.

January 30

Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

This common feast of these three teachers was instituted a little before the year 1100, during the reign of the Emperor Alexis I Comnenus, because of a dispute and strife that arose among the notable and virtuous men of that time. Some of them preferred Basil, while others preferred Gregory, and yet others preferred John Chrysostom, quarreling among themselves over which of the three was the greatest. Furthermore, each party, in order to distinguish itself from the others, assumed the name of its preferred Saint; hence, they called themselves Basilians, Gregorians, or Johannites. Desiring to bring an end to the contention, the three Saints appeared together to the saintly John Mavropous, a monk who had been ordained Bishop of Euchaita, a city of Asia Minor, they revealed to him that the glory they have at the throne of God is equal, and told him to compose a common service for the three of them, which he did with great skill and beauty. Saint John of Euchaita (celebrated Oct. 5) is also the composer of the Canon to the Guardian Angel, the Protector of a Man's Life. In his old age, he retired from his episcopal see and again took up the monastic life in a monastery in Constantinople. He reposed during the reign of the aforementioned Emperor Alexis Comnenus (1081-1118).


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to Timothy 1:15-17.

Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 75.11,1.
Εὔξασθε καὶ ἀπόδοτε Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Τιμόθεον α' 1:15-17.

Τέκνον Τιμόθεε, πιστὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ πάσης ἀποδοχῆς ἄξιος, ὅτι Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς ἦλθεν εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἁμαρτωλοὺς σῶσαι, ὧν πρῶτός εἰμι ἐγώ· ἀλλὰ διὰ τοῦτο ἠλεήθην, ἵνα ἐν ἐμοὶ πρώτῳ ἐνδείξηται Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς τὴν πᾶσαν μακροθυμίαν, πρὸς ὑποτύπωσιν τῶν μελλόντων πιστεύειν ἐπʼ αὐτῷ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον. Τῷ δὲ βασιλεῖ τῶν αἰώνων, ἀφθάρτῳ, ἀοράτῳ, μόνῳ σοφῶ θεῷ, τιμὴ καὶ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

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.


This Sunday is celebrated

Topics for the Sunday sermons in a form of a catechism in question and answer format / Θέματα για τα κηρύγματα της Κυριακής σε μορφή κατήχησης σέ μορφή ερωτήσεων και απαντήσεων

 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

              Last year we established a great custom of “question and answer” in the church held every third Sunday of the month. During the COVID period, we stopped doing it for no good reason. I urge you to send me your questions and we will try to restart this beautiful dialogue. 

 I offer you aspects of Church life you may consider to ask questions about. The answers will certainly be beneficial for you and the rest of the community.

 Αγαπητοί αδελφοί και αδελφές εν Χριστό

 Πέρυσι, καθιερώσαμε μια μεγάλη συνήθεια «ερωτήσης και απαντήσης» στην εκκλησία που πραγματοποιήθηκε κάθε τρίτη Κυριακή του μήνα. Κατά τη διάρκεια της περιόδου COVID, σταματήσαμε να το κάνουμε χωρίς καλό λόγο. Σας  παρακαλώ να μου στείλετε τις ερωτήσεις σας και θα προσπαθήσουμε να επανεκκινήσουμε αυτόν τον όμορφο διάλογο.

 Σας προσφέρω πτυχές της εκκλησιαστικής ζωής για τις οποίες μπορεί να εξετάσετε το ενδεχόμενο να κάνετε ερωτήσεις. Οι απαντήσεις σίγουρα θα είναι επωφελείς για εσάς και την υπόλοιπη κοινότητα.

  ➢ Communion / ➢ Κοινωνία—Fr.

➢ Repentance / ➢ Μετάνοια—Fr.

➢ Confession / ➢ Εξομολόγηση—Fr.

➢ Forgiveness of sins / ➢ Συγχώρεση αμαρτιών—Fr.

➢ Forgiveness of the others / ➢ Συγχώρεση των άλλων—Fr.

➢ Loving enemies  / ➢ Αγαπώντας τους εχθρούς—Fr.

➢ 40-day blessing / ➢ Ευλογία 40 ημερών—Fr.

➢ Blessing houses and other material things / ➢ Ευλογία σπιτιών και άλλων υλικών— Fr.

➢ Trust in God vs. believing in God / ➢ Εμπιστοσύνη στον Θεό έναντι πίστης στον Θεό—Fr.

➢ Introduction to the Bible / ➢ Εισαγωγή στη Βίβλο—Fr.

➢ Introduction to Baptism and it’s parts / ➢ Εισαγωγή στο βάπτισμα και τα μέρη της—Fr.

➢ What is a holy Icon / ➢ Τι είναι μια Iερή Eικόνα - Fr.

➢  The meaning of blood sacrifice in the Old and New Testament / ➢ Η έννοια της θυσίας αίματος στην Παλαιά και την Καινή Διαθήκη—Fr.

➢ Different parts of the Church building / ➢ Διαφορετικά τμήματα του κτηρίου της Εκκλησίας—Fr.

➢ Membership/Stewardship / ➢ Σύνθεση / Διαχείριση—

 Was presented by Angela Sherman, Dec. 6, 2020

 ➢ The orthodox worship music / ➢ Η μουσική της ορθόδοξης λατρείας—

Was presented by Richard Barrett, Dec. 13, 2020

➢ Reconciliation and Unity / ➢ Συμφιλίωση και Ενότητα—

Was presented by Narge Sparages, Dec. 20, 2020

 ➢ Finance in the Church  / ➢ Οικονομικά στην Εκκλησία—

Was presented by Bill Galatis, On Sunday, Jan. 03, 2021

 ➢ Leadership in the Church / ➢ Ηγεσία στην Εκκλησία—

 Was presented by Diane Karavitis, this Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 


Wisdom of the Fathers

We may learn from this that when we ask with faith, God does not give something other than what we ask for, but the very same thing. However, when we ask for one thing and receive something else, it is clear that either we did not make a good request or we did not ask with faith.
Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria
The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Luke, 11th Century