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With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston is establishing a School of Byzantine Music that will equip its students with a mastery of the skills required for chanting the sacred hymns of the Orthodox Church.

On Wednesday, February 19, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios and the newly elected Mayor of the City of Boston, Martin J. Walsh met in Boston.

Prologue to Lent: Remembering Middle East Christians Two weeks ago, on February 2nd, Orthodox Christians entered into a liturgical cycle of five Sundays that theologian Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diocletia has summed up as the “Prologue to Lent.” For most Orthodox Christians, the Sundays of Zacchaeus, the Publican and the Pharisee, the Prodigal Son, the Last Judgment, and Forgiveness, signal a time of preparation for us as we begin that journey of mystery, passion, prayer, and Tradition that we know as Great and Holy Lent. The Church in all its wisdom has given us these five Prologue Sundays as a kind of roadmap, with very specific signposts—clear vision, humility, repentance, judgment, and forgiveness—guiding us towards Lent.

The Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos fourth annual Lenten retreat for women will be held on March 14-15 at the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, New Hampshire.

I am pleased to inform you that I have appointed Eleni Kalioras as the new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for our Metropolis effective immediately. Eleni was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire. She recently completed the undergraduate Elementary Education program at Hellenic College. During the past four years, Eleni has been very active in our Metropolis ministries including the Metropolis of Boston Camp, youth and young adult retreats, "Orthodoxy On Tap" discussions, as well as a wide variety of administrative and educational programs. Eleni has served as the Sunday School Director, Youth Coordinator, and Vacation Church School Director of the St. Catherine Church of Braintree. Eleni will be working in close cooperation with Michael Sintros and our entire MBC Youth Ministry Staff to continue to offer innovative and dynamic ministry opportunities for the young people across New England. I ask you to join me in welcoming Eleni to this new position and extend to her your assistance and support.

School of Byzantine Music
Monday, January 27, 2014

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston is establishing a School of Byzantine Music that will equip its students with a mastery of the skills required for chanting the sacred hymns of the Orthodox Church.

On Saturday, January 25, 2014 Metropolitan Methodios joined Cardinal Sean O'Malley and other religious leaders for an “Ecumenical Prayer for the Martyrs” Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service. The service took place at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston. Metropolitan Methodios offered the closing blessing.

On Saturday, January 25, Metropolitan Methodios will join Cardinal Sean O'Malley and other religious leaders for an “Ecumenical Prayer for the Martyrs” Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service. The service will take place at 2 pm at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston on this coming Saturday, January 25. Cardinal Sean will preach the sermon and Metropolitan Methodios will offer the closing blessing. The faithful of our Metropolis are all invited to attend and participate.

The Metropolis of Boston hosted a reception honoring Mayor Thomas Menino on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the St. Nektarios Church in Roslindale Massachusetts. His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios expressed his gratitude for the love and support Mayor Menino provided for the Greek Americans during his tenure as Mayor of Boston.

Following is Metropolitan Methodios' Christmas Reflection in both English and Greek.

Announcement
Friday, December 13, 2013

The Metropolis of Boston is seeking to identify a Director for the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, New Hampshire. The Director must be a Greek Orthodox Christian knowledgeable of our faith, qualified to administer all aspects of the Center with special emphasis on the Retreat House. The Director reports to the Metropolitan of Boston who is advised by a seven-member committee. While we seek to engage the services of a clergyman, qualified Orthodox laymen will be given every consideration. For further information, please call the Metropolis at 617-277-4742.

On Sunday, November 24, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the newly decorated St. Catherine's Church in Braintree, Massachusetts. Ever since the Church Doors were open in 2008 the community has awaited for the church to be filled with authentic Byzantine Iconography.

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