Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church
Publish Date: 2021-02-14
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Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church

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

  • 29 Central Street

  • Somerville, MA 02143

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Weekly Events


ST. THEODORE THE TYRO— Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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


ΑΓΙΟΣ ΘΕΟΔΩΡΟΣ ΤΗΡΩΝ—Τετάρτη, 17 Φεβρουαρίου, 2021

Όρθρος στίς 8:30 π.μ. καί Θεία Λειτουργία στίς 9:30 π.μ.



 On Sunday, memorial services will be offered for the repose of the souls of: 

Fr. Kyriakos Saravalas - 40 days

 Demetra, Michael, George, Dorothea, George & Sophia


Phillip Saroufim & Konstantinos Koutsis


 Την Κυριακή, θα τελεσθούν μνημόσυνα υπέρ αναπαύσεως της ψυχής των:

 πάτερ Κυριάκο Σαραβέλα - 40 ημέρες 

Δήμητρα, Μιχαήλ, Γεώργιο, Δωροθέα, Γεώργιο & Σοφία


Φίλιππο Σαρουφίμ & Κωνσταντίνο Κούτση



Evangelos Kechris & Katerina Leventis


Ευάγγελος Κεχρής & Κατερίνα Λεβεντή


Saints and Feasts

February 17

Theodore the Tyro, Great Martyr

Saint Theodore who was from Amasia of Pontus, contested during the reign of Maximian (286-305). He was called Tyro, from the Latin Tiro, because he was a newly enlisted recruit. When it was reported that he was a Christian, he boldly confessed Christ; the ruler, hoping that he would repent, gave him time to consider the matter more completely and then give answer. Theodore gave answer by setting fire to the temple of Cybele, the "mother of the gods," and for this he suffered a martyr's death by fire. See also the First Saturday of the Fast.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Προκείμενον. Third Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 46.6,1.
Ψάλατε τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν, ψάλατε.
Στίχ. Πάντα τὰ ἔθνη κροτήσατε χεῖρας.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 6:16-18, 7:1.

Ἀδελφοί, ὑμεῖς ἐστε ναὸς Θεοῦ ζῶντος, καθὼς εἶπεν ὁ θεός ὅτι Ἐνοικήσω ἐν αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἐμπεριπατήσω· καὶ ἔσομαι αὐτῶν θεός, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔσονταί μοι λαός. Διὸ, Ἐξέλθετε ἐκ μέσου αὐτῶν καὶ ἀφορίσθητε, λέγει κύριος, καὶ ἀκαθάρτου μὴ ἅπτεσθε· κἀγὼ εἰσδέξομαι ὑμᾶς, καὶ ἔσομαι ὑμῖν εἰς πατέρα, καὶ ὑμεῖς ἔσεσθέ μοι εἰς υἱοὺς καὶ θυγατέρας, λέγει κύριος παντοκράτωρ. Ταύτας οὖν ἔχοντες τὰς ἐπαγγελίας, ἀγαπητοί, καθαρίσωμεν ἑαυτοὺς ἀπὸ παντὸς μολυσμοῦ σαρκὸς καὶ πνεύματος, ἐπιτελοῦντες ἁγιωσύνην ἐν φόβῳ θεοῦ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Canaanite
The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.

Sunday of the Canaanite
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 15:21-28

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐξελθὼν ἐκεῖθεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὰ μέρη Τύρου καὶ Σιδῶνος. καὶ ἰδοὺ γυνὴ Χαναναία ἀπὸ τῶν ὁρίων ἐκείνων ἐξελθοῦσα ἐκραύγαζεν αὐτῷ λέγουσα· ἐλέησόν με, Κύριε, υἱὲ Δαυΐδ· ἡ θυγάτηρ μου κακῶς δαιμονίζεται. ὁ δὲ οὐκ ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῇ λόγον. καὶ προσελθόντες οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἠρώτων αὐτὸν λέγοντες· ἀπόλυσον αὐτήν, ὅτι κράζει ὄπισθεν ἡμῶν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· οὐκ ἀπεστάλην εἰ μὴ εἰς τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἀπολωλότα οἴκου ᾿Ισραήλ. ἡ δὲ ἐλθοῦσα προσεκύνησεν αὐτῷ λέγουσα· Κύριε, βοήθει μοι. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· οὐκ ἔστι καλὸν λαβεῖν τὸν ἄρτον τῶν τέκνων καὶ βαλεῖν τοῖς κυναρίοις. ἡ δὲ εἶπε· ναί, Κύριε· καὶ γὰρ τὰ κυνάρια ἐσθίει ἀπὸ τῶν ψυχίων τῶν πιπτόντων ἀπὸ τῆς τραπέζης τῶν κυρίων αὐτῶν. τότε ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῇ· ὦ γύναι, μεγάλη σου ἡ πίστις! γενηθήτω σοι ὡς θέλεις. καὶ ἰάθη ἡ θυγάτηρ αὐτῆς ἀπὸ τῆς ὥρας ἐκείνης.


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 asking 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.

➢ Participation in the Church life / ➢ Συμμετοχή στην εκκλησιαστική ζωή

 It will be presented by Domenica Karavitaki, Feb. 28, 2021 

   ➢ 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 

➢ Youth Ministry / ➢ Διακονία Νεολαίας

Was presented by Danielle Dres, Jan. 24, 2021

➢ Importance of learning Greek / ➢  Σημασία εκμάθησης της ελληνικής γλώσσας

Was presented by Anna Galbadis, Feb. 7, 2021  


Wisdom of the Fathers

He kept her waiting for an answer in order to declare that the minds of His disciples should also be merciful. As human beings they were ashamed of the clamor of the woman as she pursued them publicly, but He Himself knew the character of His mercy.
St. Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216