"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." Romans 15:7
The St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington, Massachusetts strives to be a living witness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our mission as a Parish is to "Practice Hospitality" (Romans 12:13), as St. Paul so exhorts...... Thus, it is our rich blessing to strive and bring the Light of Christ to all of God's people, through Orthodox Christian tradition, education, and philanthropy. We seek to serve the spiritual needs of our faithful parishioners through the sacramental life of the Church. By means of outreach and faith in God, we continue our growth as a living Church by inviting others into the Orthodox faith through Baptism and/or Chrismation, and educating them through the establishment of our Christian ministries, programs, schools & philanthropic activities.
On August 15th, our Holy Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Dormition of our Holy Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary. As we know, the term "Dormition" means the falling asleep in the Lord from the Latin "Dormire" which means to sleep. The Greek term is Koimisis.
In the icon above, we notice our holy Theotokos (Birth-Giver of God) reposing on her funeral bed and the disciples around her. The icon also depicts our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ receiving her soul (in the image of an infant wrapped in swaddling cloths) into Heaven.
The hymns of the Church make reference to the Theotokos going to Heaven (translation; metastasis). St. John of Damascus writing in the 8th century alludes to this and promotes the concept of a physical movement to Heaven. However, we do not have this understanding of "bodily assumption" into heaven as absolute truth in our Greek Orthodox dogmatic tradition. That is why we confirm her dormition/falling asleep, and her soul being received by our Lord into Heaven. Anything more than this understanding is in God's domain.
Schedule of Services for the Holy Dormition (Κοiμηση της Θεοτoκου)
Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11
Sunday, August 13
8:00 am Orthros, 9:15-10:30 Divine Liturgy
Monday, August 14
7:00 pm Great Vespers at the Dormition Of The Virgin Mary
Greek Orthodox Church, Somerville, MA
Tuesday, August 15
8:00 am Orthros, 9:00-10:00am Divine Liturgy
for the Holy Dormition (Κοiμηση της
St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church
Our Team has Returned Home Safely!!!
The St. Athanasius 2017 Project Mexico Home-Building Missions Team
departed Friday, July 21
On this trip, we will spend our days building a home for a worthy family in need in northern Mexico - Baja California.
In the evenings, we will participate in the vibrant Orthodox community of
St. Innocent Orphanage and other activities with Orthodox parishes
from around the United States.
Please pray for our team:
Fr. Aaron, Lukas, Efthimi, Stelia, Melia, Delia, Taso, Maria and Dean!
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We exceeded all previous years with record breaking numbers in every category!
It was a phenomenal weekend, with great weather and an event filled with positive energy! Our chefs, grill masters, gyro kings & queens, and loukoumades specialists worked nonstop, cooking enough food for a village; supply runners and table & tray cleaners of all ages navigated the tent like an obstacle course; new faces learned the secret to frying the perfect loukoumades and how to make the perfect frappe – ‘metreo, me yala’; our pastry ladies served up homemade delicacies nonstop; and a new generation of slush scoopers and sand art experts helped in our childrens’ area. Our Agora also expanded to include even more interesting items this year and a diverse group of bands, djs and dancers gave the volunteers energy and kept our guests dancing day and night! Thousands of smiles, laughs and good times had by all!
This important community event would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication, love and
Thank You - Ευχαριστουμε !!!!
Myron the Martyr of Cyzicus; Straton, Philip, Eutychian, & Cyprian the Martyrs of Nicomedea; Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; Demetrios the New, Righteous-Martyr of Samaria; Eutychios, Eutychianos and Kassiani the siblings; Paul, Juliana, and those martyred with them (the executioners)
Sunday Worship Schedule
Orthros 8:00 am
Divine Liturgy 9:15 -10:30 am
No Catechetical Sunday Church School
Parish Office Schedule
Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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