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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.




A Paschal Greeting from Fr. Roman


Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! I greet you all on this glorious day of the Pascha of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! This is a Pascha of the faithful, a Pascha that has opened for us the gates of Paradise, a Pascha that makes us all holy. On this day of renewal, I ask you to take the message of Jesus Christ into your hearts and your souls. Glorify Him in your daily lives. Come and worship with us together every Sunday, so that the spirit of this day stays with you throughout the year. 



Holy Week 2014 Schedule


Fr. Roman realizes it is difficult for some adults and children to attend the Pascha services at midnight. He will serve an “Obidna” service at 8 A.M. on Sunday, April 20, 2014 followed by the blessing of Paschal Baskets.


FRIDAY, April 18, 2014          HOLY FRIDAY

                7:00 P.M. Vespers and the Procession of the Holy Shroud


                11:30 P.M. Nocturns


                12:00 A.M. MIDNIGHT

                                Paschal Matins

                                Paschal Divine Liturgy

                                Blessing of Paschal Baskets

                8 A.M. Obidna Service and Blessing of Paschal Baskets

MONDAY, April 21, 2014       BRIGHT MONDAY

                10:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy

TUESDAY, April 22, 2014      BRIGHT TUESDAY

                10:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy

SUNDAY, April 27, 2014        ST. THOMAS SUNDAY

                10:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

                12:30 P.M. Provody at Mt. Hope Cemetery


                10:00 A.M. Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

                Noon: SVIACHENE - Pascal Dinner at Christ the King

 SVIACHENE Pascal Dinner


Sunday, May 4, 2014 Please join us for our POST-EASTER “SVIACHENE” Pascal Dinner. This year we will celebrate together with Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church. They will host the event this year.


 Parish Board Thanks


May the Victorious Christ bless all of us with His kindness and love. May the joy of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection fill our hearts and souls.

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! The Parish Board thanks you for the financial support you give the Church on an ongoing basis. During this Pascal season, we are grateful for your generosity. We have restored the dome and painted the church. Now we will focus on new furnaces. We will be happy to accept your sacrificial gift of love, so that we may continue to maintain our church.


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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