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The parish of St. Andrew was formed in 1954 and draws people of the Orthodox faith, both of Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian heritage. Worshippers give glory to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The faithful of the parish seek a close and personal relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, divine services, reading of Sacred Scripture, reception of the sacraments, fasting and acts of charity.

It is the intention of its parishioners to remain faithful to the Sacred Traditions of the Holy Orthodox Church as well as to the customs of the Ukrainian Church. As Christians, church members adhere to the commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ to "teach all nations". Therefore, it is within this spirit that the Parish welcomes everyone to pray together.








Fr. Roman Tarnavsky, Pastor - Phone 617-522-3323 – Cell 1-617-780-8552 -


Great and Holy Lent 2015


   During Great Lent all Orthodox Christians are encouraged to pray, fast, and be charitable. We should make an extra effort to attend Lenten Services, as well. We are encouraged to keep the Laws of Fasting. If the entire Law is not possible to keep, we are encouraged to keep as many of the regulations as possible. We abstain from meat and dairy products from Monday,

February 23, 2015, the first day of Lent, until PASCHA, April 12, 2015


During Lent Holy Confession will be heard Saturday evenings after Vespers,

Sundays from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, and Palm Sunday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. It is required that we attend confession at least once a year preferably during the Lenten period.


The Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life do not give me the spirit of laziness, meddling, self-importance and idle talk. (Prostration) 
Instead, grant me, Your servant, with the spirit of modesty, humility, patience, and love. 
 Indeed, my Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults, and not condemn my brothers and sisters, for You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. 
(Twelve deep bows, saying each time: O God, cleanse me, a sinner.)

Ephraim of Edessa, Deacon and Hymn-Writer June 10, 373 AD

Ephraim (or Ephren or Ephraim or Ephrain) of Edessa was a teacher, poet, orator, and defender of the Faith. (To English-speakers, the most familiar form of his name will be "Ephraim." It is the name of the younger son of Joseph, son of Jacob (see Genesis 41:52), and is thus the name of one of the largest of the twelve tribes of Israel.) Edessa (now Urfa), a city in modern Turkey about 100 kilometers from Antioch (now Antakya), was an early center for the spread of Christian teaching in the East. It is said that in 325 he accompanied his bishop, James of Nisibis, to the Council of Nicea. Certainly his writings are an eloquent defense of the Nicene faith in the Deity of Jesus Christ. He countered the Gnostics' practice of spreading their message through popular songs by composing Christian songs and hymns of his own, with great effect. He is known to the Syrian church as "the harp of the Holy Spirit." Ephraim retired to a cave outside Edessa, where he lived in great simplicity and devoted himself to writing. He frequently went into the city to preach. During a famine in 372-3 he worked distributing food to the hungry, and organizing a sort of ambulance service for the sick. He worked long hours at this, and became exhausted and sick, and so died. Among Orthodox he is best known for a fasting prayer.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cheesefare and Forgiveness Sunday

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy


Monday, February 23, 2015

First full day of Great and Holy Lent

6:00 PM Canon of St. Andrew of Crete


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

6:00 PM Canon of St. Andrew of Crete


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

6:00 PM Canon of St. Andrew of Crete


Thursday, February 26, 2015

6:00 PM Canon of St. Andrew of Crete


Saturday, February 28, 2015

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy and Sorokousty for the Deceased

5:00 PM Vespers and Holy Confession


Sunday, March 1, 2015 Sunday of Orthodoxy

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Holy Confession

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

6:00 PM Lamentations of the Mother of God


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Memorial Saturday

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy and Sorokousty

for the Deceased

5:00 PM Vespers and Holy Confession


Sunday, March 8, 2015

St. Gregory Palamas

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Holy Confession

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

6:00 PM Liturgy of Pre-sanctified Gifts


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lenten Mission Day - Visiting Priests: Fr. Anthony Perkins and Fr. Peter Preble

9:15 A.M. Confession

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

12:00 Noon – Luncheon and Guest Speaker Fr. Peter Preble (heard on Ancient Faith Radio) sponsored by St. Olha’s Sisterhood

5:00 PM Vespers and Holy Confession


Sunday, March 15, 2015 - Sunday of the Holy Cross 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Holy Confession 10:00 AM Veneration of the Holy Cross & Divine Liturgy


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

6:00 P.M. Lamentations of the Mother of God


Sunday, March 22, 2015 St. John of the Ladder 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Holy Confession

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

6:00 PM Canon of St. Andrew of Crete


Saturday, March 28, 2015

10:00 A.M. Akafist – Glorification of the Birth-Giver of God


Sunday, March 29, 2015 St. Mary of Egypt

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Holy Confession

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy


Saturday, April 4, 2015 Lazarus Saturday

9:00 AM to 9:30 AM Holy Confession

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

5:00 PM Vespers and Holy Confession


Sunday, April 5, 2015 Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Holy Confession

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Paska Bake Sale after the Liturgy


Theophany - Baptism of Christ - Great Sanctification of Water

Monday, January 19, 2015



Fall Bazaar a Big Success

(click photo to see local news article)



News Updates

Metropolitan Antony and Bishop Daniel Visit for Patron Saint's Day

On Sunday, December 1, 2013, the Parish of Saint Andrew the First Called Apostle Ukrainian Orthodox Church welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel to Boston. They were invited by the parish to celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day and to bless the renovated and restored interior of our 60-year-old edifice. Our Hierarchs were presented with flowers by the children of the parish and greeted with the traditional bread and salt by parish president, Jane Yavarow. Very Reverend Roman Tarnavsky, pastor of the church, offered them the cross. Thus began a many faceted morning. The blessing service took place first. The Hierarchs walked throughout the church sprinkling holy water on the newly painted walls. Bishop Daniel took great pleasure in dousing choir members as they sang, “Oh, Lord, Save Thy People”.

Next, 17 year old Sviatoslav Kotyk, was ordained a sub-deacon. Originally from Ukraine, Sviat is an altar server and reads the Sunday epistle regularly in both English and Ukrainian. Metropolitan Antony reminded him of the importance of the reader who must prepare weekly to fully understand what he is reading and to impart it with conviction.

After these services, the bilingual Hierarchical Divine Liturgy began. Serving with our Hierarchs and Fr. Roman were Fr. Anthony Perkins from Woonsocket, RI and Hierodeacon Vasyl from Boston. Seminarian Adrian Mazur joined them from St. Sophia’s Seminary. Metropolitan Antony offered an insightful sermon revolving around the word restoration, not only in the physical sense, but also most importantly, in the spiritual sense. Bishop Daniel offered an especially meaningful prayer for Ukraine in light of the turmoil she has endured in the past and is being confronted with today.

Before the dismissal, a “Testament of Blessing” was bestowed on four of the faithful parishioners of the church: Valentina Dingle and Vera Geba, co-presidents of St. Olha’s Sisterhood, Eugene Moroz, choir director and Jane Yavarow choir director and parish president. This was a surprise and great honor to all who received this blessing.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Metropolitan Antony called all of the faithful to the front of the church for a group picture.

While the Liturgy was going on upstairs, a delicious banquet of lobster bisque and baked sole was being prepared by Chef Michael Maggiani, and parishioners Len Kondratiuk, Mark Walling, George Wons, and Dan Smith. Over 130 guests were in attendance in the hall beautifully decorated by Tanya Tereshko-Little. Between the first two courses, mistress of ceremonies, Iryna Warvariv-Priester, directed the audience to the stage to view a welcoming dance by the Ukrainian dance ensemble ISKRA from NJ under the direction of Andrij Cybyk. They performed a number of other dances during the afternoon ending with a lively and crowd rousing hopak. The crowd was also entertained by local talent Sophia Raniuk who performed a piano medley of Ukrainian songs. She then accompanied bass singer Eugene Moroz as he preformed two Ukrainian folk songs.

Jane Yavarow, parish president, welcomed all in attendance and thanked those who contributed to the Restoration Fund. She acknowledged Fr. Roman Tarnavsky and Iryna Warvariv-Priester with whom she worked to fulfill the goals of the Church Restoration Committee. Valentina Dingle, Vera Geba and Pearl Smith were thanked for their contributions, as well.

 The day was rounded out with a birthday celebration to honor Joseph Charyna on his 100th birthday. Metropolitan Antony presented him with a “Testament of Blessing”, and birthday wishes from President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Joseph joins Mary Wons and Mary Schlitz who, in June, both turned 100 years old. Our parish is blessed to have three parishioners in the “Century Club”.

St. Andrew’s Day 2013 was a memorable and joyous occasion for all who worshipped together, broke bread together and shared in the very special fellowship found at our parish.


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24 Orchardhill Road; Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 US
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