Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Epiphany
A parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
963 South Street
Roslindale (Boston), Massachusetts 02131-2309
- Protodeacon Alexander Jarostchuk
- Deacon Victor Ganson
- Parish Warden: Dr. George Ganson
- Senior sister: Tamara Boriakoff, tel. (978) 562-2293
Romanov 400th Anniversary Celebrations to be held at Holy Epiphany Church
With the blessing of the New England Dean Archpriest George Larin, our parish will host the New England Deanery’s celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty.
On Monday, November 4, the feast day of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, divine services will be led by Fr. George who is coming from New York, in concelebration with the parish clergy and clergy from the New England region. The All-Night Vigil will be held on Sunday, November 3 at 6:00 PM; hours and Divine Liturgy on Monday morning, November 4 at 9:00 AM.
Holy Epiphany’s jubilee celebrations will conclude on Sunday, November 10, when our parish school, named in honor of the Holy Martyr Tsarevich Alexey, will perform a play honoring their patron saint and the 400th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty after Liturgy in the parish trapeza.
As noted in the Easter American Diocesan website: “The House of Romanov ruled Russia for 304 years, beginning in 1613 with Tsar Michael Romanov. Their reign brought an end to the Time of Troubles, years of bitter civil war by false claimants to the throne, and the occupation of Russia by Poland-Lithuania. It was under the leadership of the Romanovs that St. Petersburg – a crown jewel among European cities – was founded and made the new capital, Russian borders were expanded to the Himalayas and the Pacific Ocean, and Napoleonic tyranny was crushed. Perhaps most significant for the Orthodox world at large was the reign of Tsar-Liberator Alexander II, who oversaw not only the abolition of serfdom, but the end of the Turkish yoke in Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, and Romania. Despite nationwide celebrations in 1913 heralding the 300th Anniversary of the Dynasty and its long service to the realm, Romanov rule ended with the Russian Revolution in 1917, with the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II and the subsequent martyric death of his family in 1918.”
Russian affairs viewed from across the ocean, and more, in the words of Protopriest Alexis Duncan, Rector of the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Albany, NY
Some five years ago, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia reunited. It is difficult to imagine what lay behind the official chronicle of this event. Were we in fact separated? Did we really unite? Protopriest Alexis Duncan, Rector of the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Albany, NY, who is visiting Russia with a youth delegation. We discussed the viewpoint of Russian affairs from across the ocean with Fr Alexis.
-The unification of the Churches met many obstacles: our Soviet past, theological differences, conflicts over property. Maybe we unified too soon?-Yes, we remember the damage the Soviet Union did with regard to the Church for many, many years. It is impossible to erase all problems and bring healing to everything. But gradually, this is happening…
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Church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus in Ma'loula destroyed by militants
Militants have destroyed the ancient Christian Church of Holy Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus in Ma'loula and have stolen or demolished its world-famous icons. A correspondent of ITAR-TASS agency saw it for himself on September 29.
This construction, which was the oldest in the Middle East, had been built in the early 4th century. There was a convent here lately; but after the coming of the terrorists and militants .... Read more here.
Borschfest 2012 - VideoWatch the video from last year's Borschtfest.
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September - October Parish News
Parish PicnicOn September 29 the Sisterhood is organizing a parish picnic on the church grounds after Liturgy. All are welcome to join and participate!
Registration for the parish school is now openPlease visit the parish school website, http://www.holyepiphanyparishschool.org, for information on the 2013-14 school year. As in the past years our program is divided into two parts: the Saturday Russian language and culture program, and the Sunday Law of God classes. You can register online on the parish school website.
Church and Building RenovationsProgress was made this summer on the upkeep of our church properties. The bases of the church domes were painted, and the installation of the church windows was completed. Furthermore, three stained glass windows were added to the new windows in the Altar which greatly adds to the beauty of the church and unifies the church frescos. The roof on the church/school house was repaired as well and the classroom floors on the second floor were all sanded and varnished. The Rector thanks all who donated financially and with their time in the maintenance/upkeep of our church and property.
Stained Glass Windows for the Nave of the ChurchMany people noted the beauty of the stained-glass windows in the Altar and expressed a desire for the 6 main windows in the nave of the church to be decorated with the same design. This will greatly add to the beauty of our church. Each stained-glass window will cost $3,500 (the stained-glass window is attached directly onto the existing window). The parish is looking for six individuals to sponsor a window each. If you are interested and/or have any questions on how this will look, please contact Fr. Victor directly.
Latest News on the Church Expansion ProjectLast February Vladyka Metropolitan Hilarion blessed the architectural plans for the expansion of the church and basement, and in April the proposed plans were approved by parishioners at the Annual Church Meeting. As is well known, adding to an existing public building in Boston is a complicated bureaucratic process that requires approval from various city boards. The Parish Council and architects have received nearly all needed preliminary approvals, and September 4th will be the last meeting prior to submitting for a building permit this month.
Metropolitan Hilarion visited Holy Epiphany Church
On Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of February, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Epiphany Church in Boston, MA. The Metropolitan had intended to visit one week prior, but was delayed by a snowstorm that shut down much of New England.
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