St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Monthly Reflections from Fr. Antony Hughes

Fr. Antony reading the Gospel In every edition of our parish's newsletter, Fr. Antony offers a short, but inspiring message to complement the activities, minsitries, and current events of the life of the church.  Below is a collection of these messages.

February 2002

Orthodox Christianity is all about living in God. It is about knowing Him and loving Him not because we have to, but because He is Love itself. Therefore, Orthodoxy is not about rules and rituals and obligations. The Orthodox Faith is about life. If we believe the Faith is irrelevant to our daily lives, then I suggest it is because our perceptions are wrong. Read more »
 

January 2002

I was recently asked what a particular doctrine of the Orthodox Church attracted me most. That was an easy question to answer. There are two dogmas of supreme importance in Orthodox Christianity: the Trinity and the Incarnation. Two things that are absolutely unchanging because they deal with the one thing that does not change. These two dogmas and the Orthodox knowledge of them are what attracted me most to our Church. Read more »
 

November 2001

The Church lives at once in the past, present and the future because She lives in God, who stands outside, over, and above time. The visit of our Father in Christ, Metropolitan PHILIP, demonstrated that the grace which moved the Apostles and their successors is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Read more »
 

October 2001

This is our work as Christians, to lift up and magnify the name of the Lord both in the congregation and in the world around us. First and foremost, we do this in and through the Divine Liturgy. We also do this by living gracefully in the world as ambassadors of Christ, sharing his infinite love with everyone we meet, and doing all we can to help those in need. Read more »
 

May 2001

In the afterglow of this most holy season, let us not forget to continue to embrace one another with joy and share the spirit and content of Great and Holy Pascha. In this way, we can keep Pascha alive each and every day. Read more »
 

April 2001

May God's richest blessings be yours in this most holy season! It is time to rejoice and celebrate. Death is slain and we are endowed with life! This is the Gospel preached by the apostles and their successors and which we continue to share with the world. Read more »
 

Welcome to Our Parish

I am happy to welcome you to our website. Hopefully, you will leave here with a glimpse of the unique and beautiful community that is St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Perhaps you will even accept our heartfelt invitation to visit us if you are ever in the Boston area. Read more »
 

Our Clergy at St. Mary Church

V. Rev Antony Hughes, Pastor

Fr Antony HughesFr. Antony Hughes has been pastor of St. Mary’s since 1993 when he came to Cambridge with Carol and his sons, Alexander and Gregory, from a parish in California. He received his MDiv from Oral Roberts University where he converted to Orthodoxy in 1980 and continued his education at St. Vladimir’s Seminary.

Rev.

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A History of St. Mary Orthodox Church

Written on the occasion of the Golden Anniversary
of St. Mary's founding, October 1978.

Old Drawing of St. Mary Exterior

The Church of St. Mary's came into existence in 1928. It was founded by a group of families who had been parishioners of the Church of St. John of Damascus. This energetic group of families banded together to further the growth of the Orthodox Faith. These faithful and courageous individuals formed and organized the Antiochian Society of St.

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Our Church Building

Exterior DrawingSt. Mary's acquired the church house of the First Universalist Church in 1954. It is the second oldest church building in Cambridge, having been built in 1821. St. Mary's Parish is located at 8 Inman Street, however, the church building originally graced the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street, approximately one half-mile from its current location. The Universalist congregation had moved the entire building from its original location in the latter decades of the 19th century (the reason for this move is lost in the mists of history).

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Our Parish Community

On Inman Street in Cambridge, St. Mary's Orthodox Church is an intriguing and complex religious institution. The community is characterized by an acceptance of diversity and eclecticism, an emphasis on the notion of the congregation as a family, and a deep commitment to the act of devotion. Read more »
 
 
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