St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Update for the week Thursday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 22, 2019


SATURDAY, 5/18 – This Saturday St. Mary’s will celebrate our 90th Anniversary at the Crown Plaza in Woburn.  Cocktails 6:00-7:00pm, dinner and dancing 7:00-11:00pm. Adults $60, children 12 and under $30. Reservation deadline was Wednesday, May 1, but if you would still like to go, please call the church office TOMORROW (Friday) between 9:30am and 1:30pm.
SUNDAY 5/19 - Orthros 8:45am, Divine Liturgy 10:00am
WEDNESDAY 5/22 – The next meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 22.

BLESSING OF GRAVES – On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 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

FAMILY CAMP - Register now for Family camp at Antiochian Village, Friday-Monday, May 24-27.  The theme is “Fostering a Healthy Family” with Speaker Fr. Nicholas Louh.  Visit for more information.

NO FASTING – There is no fasting on Wednesday or Friday, not only during Bright Week (4/29-5/4) but for the entire forty days from Pascha until the Feast of the Ascension, June 6. (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.

 +Antiochian Women’s Scholarship: 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 Saturday, June 1.  Applications are available at the Bengarri and in the Church Office.  E-mail with any questions.
   + Nicholas Beram Scholastic Achievement award: applications are available for high school seniors of our Arab American Community planning to attend a 4-year college full time.  Applications are available on-line at and in the church office.  Application must be postmarked by Saturday, June 1.
CHURCH SCHOOL RECOGNITION – Church School Recognition following Liturgy, and a cookout sponsored by the Parish Council, will be Sunday, June 2. Church School children who attend church school on a regular basis will be recognized as they move up to the next grade or graduate.

ORATORICAL FESTIVAL - The Diocese of Worcester & New England Oratorical Festival will be held on Saturday, June 8 at St. George, Norwood

CROSSROAD SUMMER INSTITUTE - CrossRoad Summer Institute, a 10-day academic summer institute for Orthodox high school juniors and seniors to help them grow closer to Christ, will be held June 15-25 and July 2-12 at Hellenic College Holy Cross.  Apply today at  

PARISH LIFE CELEBRATION – The Diocese of Worcester & New England Parish Life Celebration will be held this year on Saturday, June 22 at St. George, West Roxbury, hosted by St. Stephen Church, Springfield and Emmanuel Church, Warren. Register online at Registration forms are also available at the Bengarri.

ANTIOCHIAN ARCHDIOCESE CONVENTION – This year’s Convention will be in Grand Rapids, MI, July 21-28, 2019. See 

HOSPITALITY GROUP – The St. Mary’s Donald DiFiore Memorial Hospitality Group works to build community among the larger St. Mary’s Congregation, so that we can come together in service, celebration and fellowship outside of liturgy and coffee hour.  We need members to join us, and help with planning fellowship events such as Lenten Potluck Suppers, the Dormition Feast, our annual Picnic, etc. Even if you could commit to just one event per year, this would help strengthen the sense of community and family in our parish. We also welcome new ideas for fellowship gatherings. If interested, please email Tiffany Conroy (
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

Your accumulated offenses do not surpass the multitude of God’s mercies; your wounds do not surpass the great Physician’s skill.
   - St. Cyril of Jerusalem
At the Sheep's Pool, a man lay in illness; and on seeing Thee, O Lord, he cried: "I have no man, that, when the water is troubled, he might put me in it. But when I go, another precedes me and receives the healing, and I lie in illness." And immediately, taking compassion him, the Savior said to him: "For you I became man, for you I am clothed in flesh, and do you say, 'I have no man?' Take up your bed and walk."
  All things are possible for Thee, all things are obedient to Thee, all things are subject to Thee. Remember us all and have mercy on us, O Holy One, since Thou art the Friend of man.
   - Glory of the Entreaty (Liti) from The Pentecostarion
Paschal Greetings:
            English:                     Christ is Risen!                        Truly, He is Risen!
            Albanian:                   Krishti u Ngjall!                         Vërtet u Ngjall!
            Amharic:                    Kristos Tenesa!                        Bergit Tenesa!
            Arabic:                       Al Maseeh Qam!                      Haqan Qam!
            Cantonese:              Gaydolk Folkwoot Leew!          Ta Koksut Folkwoot Leew!
            French:                     Le Christ est ressuscité!          En vérité, il est ressuscité!
            Greek:                       Christos Anesti!                       Alithos Anesti!
            Romanian:                 Hristos a Înviat!                       Adevǎrat a Înviat!
            Slavonic:                   Khristos Voskrese!                  Vo Istinu Voskrese!
            Spanish:                    Christo ha Resucitado!           En Verdad ha Resucitado!
            Tigrinian:                   Kristos Tensiu!                        Behake Tensiu!