The Freedom Concert is a Fundraiser to End Trafficking and Support survivors. It will be held Saturday, April 1st at Christ the King Church in Cambridge. The Freedom Concert is a night of music, food, and storytelling dedicated to helping raise awareness and advocacy for women in the sex industry and survivors of trafficking. The Freedom Concert has proven to be a safe space for other survivors and supporters to attend and embrace healing. Additionally, it is an invitation to the community of Greater Boston to participate in this fight to end trafficking. All funds raised from this event will go directly to Route One Ministry, a local anti-trafficking effort.
Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, MA invites you to experience a unique event – a Byzantine rite All-Night Vigil (Vespers, Orthros, and Divine Liturgy served together) commemorating St. Richard of Wessex, one of the great saints of early medieval England.
While St. Richard is celebrated on the Greek Orthodox calendar, the full liturgical office for him, save for a lone Latin antiphon, was only recently composed and first celebrated last year.
Come and share this unique blessing with us – an All-Night Vigil commemorating a saint of the British Isles who died in Italy traveling to Jerusalem, celebrated today by a Greek Orthodox community in New England, with an office composed in English specifically for Greek Orthodox use, that will be sung according to the tradition and practice of Byzantine chant.
And if your name is Richard – come celebrate your name day with us!
A BRIEF LIFE:
St. Richard of Wessex (+722 A.D.) was a king in Anglia who, with his wife St. Wuna, raised his children Ss. Willibald, Winnibald, and Walpurga in the Christian faith, but remained focused on his own worldly concerns and privileges as king.
Eventually, St. Richard’s children lovingly reproached him. They implored him to set a Christian example for them, just as Noah had first entered the Ark ahead of his children, and to heed the words of our Lord to give away all that he had and follow Christ.
St. Richard heard his children’s rebuke and repented. With tears in his eyes, he cast off his crown and distributed his wealth. His sons convinced him to go with them on pilgrimage to visit holy sites in Rome and Jerusalem, and they set out on the journey.
In Lucca, Italy, St. Richard fell ill and reposed in the Lord. Ss. Willibald and Winnibald buried him at the church of Saint Frigdian (San Frediano).
Miracles and healings began to occur at St. Richard’s tomb, leading to his veneration and glorification as a saint. His son, St. Willibald, became bishop of Eichstätt in modern-day Bavaria, and had relics of his father translated to his cathedral there as well.
Join us for a Christmas Eve service of song, sermon, and prayer entirely in German. Kid-friendly, relaxed, with well-known German carols.
UniteBoston is partnering with local Christian artists for a backyard concert in Dorchester! Featured artists include sytE, Chantel P. Walls and Freddrick Hallelujah, with Shay Mae’ Lee, Unnoticed Potential and Vincent Tesoro who will be bringing sounds of Rhythm & Praise, Christian Hip-Hop and Punk Rock. The theme is “Death to Life,” and participants will be given the opportunity to share how God has taken them on a journey from death to life.
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