Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville celebrates its 95th Anniversary
On August 6, 1916, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, Massachusetts was established, and on October 29, 2011 the parish celebrated its 95th Anniversary with a gala event at the Museum of Fine Arts. Over 300 participants attended (despite the stormy weather) to share memories and stories, as well as to rekindle friendships established at the Dormition Church. A special guest of the evening was Bishop John of Amorion, who was raised in Somerville and who would later have the honor of serving the church as its pastor nearly forty years ago. In his comments, Bishop John was overcome with emotion as he reflected on the immense sacrifice his parents made, as well as what it meant to be home again.
Speaking to the attendees, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios reflected on the rich history of the parish, as well as his personal memories. He shared how, as a young seminarian, he would often go to the Dormition Church to assist (and learn from) the late Father George Tsoumas with the Divine Services. Father Tsoumas would not only serve the parish with distinction, but he was also one the great deans of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Indeed, honoring the pious generations who have come before us and sacrificed was a shared theme of His Eminence's moving words.
The evening was memorable for everyone who attended.
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