St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Update for the week Thursday, April 19- Wednesday, April 25, 2018


SUNDAY 4/22 On Sunday, April 22, the Spring Classic 5K road race will restrict access to parking around the church and behind the Post Office.  The race starts at 9:30am.  The end of Inman St. will be closed off to accommodate runners on Massachusetts Ave. until approximately 10:30am.  Traffic on Inman will be diverted, but if you advise the police officers that you are attending services at St. Mary’s they will let you down Inman to the church only (you may not be able to get onto Mass. Ave). Please plan accordingly. To view the route log on to
   + Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am; Church School lesson 22.
   + Potluck coffee hour – If you can bring something to share for this Sunday’s coffee hour, please do. And please let Teva Regule know what you’ll be bringing:
   + Talk About The Female Diaconate - You are invited to stay for a talk entitled “The FemaleDiaconate in the Orthodox Church? The State of the Questionthis Sunday after coffee hour, with speakers Teva Regule, MDiv, PhD and Dr. Ioana Popa, MD. The talk will examine the history of this order, calls for its restoration, arguments for its revitalization (both positive and negative), and how such a ministry might look today. (The talk is informational; it does not imply that the Orthodox Church and/or the Antiochian Archdiocese is currently moving in this direction.) 


SUNDAY 4/22All that Jazz, a musical reception to benefit IOCC, will be held at the Maliotis Cultural Center at Hellenic College, Brookline, on Sunday April 22, with Hors d’oeuvres followed by live jazz.  Tickets: $25, students and under 21 $10. To pre-register, go to


CALL FOR PROPOSALS – The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion, a resource for Orthodox Christian care-givers, has issued a call for proposals for this year’s conference entitled “Compliance and Resistance: Discerning the Spirit,” to be held on Thursday-Saturday, November 8-10, 2018. The keynote address, by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, will be presented by His Grace Bishop John. For proposals a one paragraph abstract is required no later than Tuesday, May 1 to For more details on the submission and conference details go to  The conference will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, NJ.

CHURCH SCHOOL – The final Church School class will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
   + Church School Recognition will be on Sunday, June 3, following Liturgy.

BLESSING OF GRAVES - On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, Fr. Antony will be blessing graves at Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park, MA. starting at 9:00 am.  If you would like him to bless the graves of loved ones in other cemeteries, please let him know by calling the Church Office at 617-547-1234 or e-mail

PARISH COUNCIL – The next meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, at 7:30 pm.


NO FASTING - There is no fasting on Wednesday or Friday until the Feast of the Ascension (May 17) - for the entire forty days.  (This is the decision of the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch.) This cessation of fasting, however, is purely voluntary; you may fast if you wish.

BIBLE STUDY – The next meeting of the biweekly Bible Study/Adult Education group will be Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00. We learn about the word of God, pray and have fellowship together.  Everyone is welcome to attend. For questions, study materials, or to be added to the email list, contact Ioana Popa at  or Steve Walker at

CHINESE NEW YEAR BREAKFAST - Please join us Sunday May 6 for the 2018 Chinese New Year Missions Breakfast to benefit the Chinese Translation Project via the Orthodox Fellowship of All Saints of China (OFASC). RSVP to Nelson Mitrophan Chin at by Wednesday May 2.  We look forward to your support of this worthwhile project and seeing you at this event! Suggested minimum donation $8/adult, $16/family (Checks made payable to “St. Mary Orthodox Church-Hospitality” earmarked “Chinese Missions”).

COFFEEHOUSE FEATURING LOCAL MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS - The St. Mary's Young Adult Ministry invites all St. Mary's parishioners to an evening coffeehouse on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The evening begins with Great Vespers at 5:00 pm, followed by a delicious dinner and live performances for the evening by our parishioners and local musicians and artists, starting at 6:15 pm. Guests of all ages are welcome! Do you have a talent you'd like to share? Email: Adam Murphy (

- Francis Maria Scholarship - The Archdiocese will be awarding several Scholarships of $2500 each to students attending an accredited 4year college.  This scholarship is available on the Archdiocese Scholarship page,  Applications must be postmarked by May 15.
   - Antiochian Women’s Scholarships are available to females 26 years of age and older in good standing of the Antiochian Archdiocese, actively involved in their parish and who demonstrate need.  The application deadline is June 1.  Applications are available in the Church Office.  E-mail with any questions.
   - Nicholas G. Beram 2018 Scholastic Achievement Awards are available for high school seniors of our Arab American Community planning to attend a 4-year college full time.   Applications are available online at .  Application deadline is June 1.

PARISH LIFE CONFERENCE – The Diocese of Worcester and New England Parish life Conference will be held Saturday and Sunday June 23-24 and hosted by the Diocese Mission Council.  All events will take place at St. John of Damascus, Dedham. Register online at 

SUMMER CAMP FOR ADULTS – Antiochian Village Adult Camp for ages 21+ will be Friday-Monday, September 14-17. Adult Camp is open to all adults who want to spend the weekend in an Orthodox Christian environment growing in their faith.  Cost of $195 includes lodging, food and activities.  More information can be found at  Registration opens May 1.

COFFEE HOUR MADE EASY! - To make sponsoring a Coffee Hour a little bit easier, St. Mary’s offers a delivery service through “Instacart”, for the basic foods necessary to host a Coffee hour.  Simply select a date, mail a check to the office and we will order the food and have it delivered to the church on that Sunday between 9:00 and 10:00 am.  You will need to be at the church to accept the order and you will be required to set up for the coffee hour and clean up both the kitchen and hall at the end of the coffee hour.  Two menus will be offered.  Menu one will include: bagels, mini muffins, fruit, hummus/Syrian bread, juice and coffee for $160.  Menu two will include: bagels, juice and coffee for $70. Prices do not include a 20% tip for delivery and are subject to change based on current market pricing of items.  Cream cheese, peanut butter, jam and coffee creamer are included with each menu.  As usual, St. Mary’s will provide the plates, cups, napkins, utensils, serving platters, and sweetener for coffee.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this service and signing up for a coffee hour please contact the office at 617-547-1234 or e-mail

JOIN US ONLINE - St. Mary’s Church services are broadcast live each week through an internet video stream. If you can't attend a service in person, or want to share this ministry with a friend or loved one, the live stream can be viewed at during regularly scheduled service times (see the schedule of services or online). If you have questions or comments about this ministry please contact us at

The angel came to the myrrh-bearing women at the tomb and said, "Myrrh is meet for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption! So proclaim: 'The Lord is risen, granting the world great mercy! '"
   - Troparion for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Christ is Risen!  Truly, He is Risen!
Arabic:          Al Maseeh ‘Am!  Ha’an ‘Am!
Greek:          Christos Anesti!  Alithos Anesti!
Slavonic:      Khristos Voskrese!  Vo Istinu Voskrese!
Romanian:   Hristos a Înviat!  Adevǎrat a Înviat!
Albanian:      Krishti u Ngjall!  Vërtet u Ngjall!
Tigrinian:       Kristos Tensiu!  Behake Tensiu!
Cantonese:   Gaydolk Folkwoot Leew!  Ta Koksut Folkwoot Leew!
Spanish:       Christo ha Resucitado!  En Verdad ha Resucitado!
French:         Le Christ est ressuscité!  En vérité, il est ressuscité!
Amharic:      ChristosTenesa!  Bergit Tenesa!