New Pictorial Book Offers History of Metropolis of Boston and its Parishes

METROPOLITAN METHODIOS INTRODUCED THE BOOK "GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCHES OF NEW ENGLAND--THE METROPOLIS OF BOSTON AND ITS PARISHES" TO THE PARISH COUNCIL PRESIDENTS WHO MET WITH HIM IN THE GREAT ROOM OF THE RETREAT HOUSE DURING THE OPEN HOUSE AT THE SAINT METHODIOS FAITH & HERITAGE CENTER ON SATURDAY, JULY 24.

The Metropolis of Boston has published a new book which contains its history and that of the parishes that comprise it.  The hardcover volume is illustrated with magnificent color photographs.  It contains brief historic synopses and photographs depicting the exteriors and interiors of all Greek Orthodox Churches in New England.  "We thank Almighty God for the pioneers of Orthodoxy, the hierarchs, priests and deacons as well as the faithful laity----our great-grandparents, grandparents and parents who bequeathed our Faith and heritage to the present generation," says Metropolitan Methodios.   "Reading through the text, one is impressed with what the founders accomplished, and comes to appreciate the sacrifices made so that Orthodoxy and Hellenism not only survive, but prosper in New England and throughout America."

The tome also contains an article titled, "Why We Should Be Interested in the History of Our Metropolis and its Communities," a brief history of the Metropolis and the hierarchs who served it, and a section on Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.  There are also articles and photographs of  the Metropolis Administration Center, the Philoxenia House, and the Saint Methodios Faith & Heritage Center and Retreat House.

The inspiring vignettes from the parish histories include the following:  "To raise funds for the church, the organizers asked every Greek house to contribute five cents per person weekly and a penny tax was levied upon each loaf of bread purchased from the Greek bakery."  "Church records show that approximately 50 young men and women served in the armed forces in World War II.  Parishioners at home were active in defense plant employment, working on farms, preparing gift packs, organizing blood drives, wrapping Red Cross bandages and helping to fund the war through the purchase of war bonds."   "The astounding achievements of the founders are a testimony to the power of faith, the greatness of the Hellenic Spirit and the strength of a Community that stands united."

The book was designed and compiled by Anastasia Tanis Smith.  Almost all photographs were taken by George Panagakos.

Great Benefactors George and Margo Behrakis underwrote the publication of the magnificent volume which is available at all parishes of the Metropolis.

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