Yesterday at Sts. Anargyroi we had the pleasure of a visit from Nancy and Basil “Bill” Tolos, who of course are no strangers to our community. Bill is the vice-president of the New England Amputee Association, a group which provides support for new amputees. From their website:
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April 22nd, 2013 by Fr. Greg
Our team of Amputee Coalition Certified Peer Visitors are ready to assist victims and their families from the recent bombing in Boston. Our Peer Visitors are trained in and offer the following services at no charge:
Moral and emotional support for the amputee and their family
Answers to the many questions about limb loss from the perspective of someone who has been through it
Sharing of experiences and resources
Guidance for “what’s next?” in the recovery process
Bill underwent a leg amputation several years ago, and in true Bill fashion is now a certified peer advisor and VP of the organization. He understands the difficulty of all of a sudden being without a limb and not knowing what comes next. We passed a tray at the end of service to benefit the group and raised $400. For those who were not there or perhaps did not have cash on them you can click on the link above to donate to the group.
A fun postscript to this story – Bill recently got a new prosthetic leg and decided to go all out – it has the Boston Red Sox logo on it!
As we wait and watch minute by minute to the ever changing circumstances of this developing crisis on the streets and neighborhoods of our cities, we pray to Almighty God for a peaceful and safe conclusion of this nightmare. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been personally traumatized by the events of the past several hours and days. We pray for the healing of those injured and the eternal repose of those who have tragically lost their lives. For all those who have witnessed with their eyes these tragedies, may the Lord bless, health, protect and strengthen you and your families.
During these days of prayer and fasting of the Great Lent, let us recommit ourselves to living a life of love through the Gospel, and spread the Light of Christ to all we come into contact with in order to dispel this darkness of evil. Our Metropolis website is being updated with resources for parents to begin talking to our children about this crisis. May the Lord keep you, your families and our children safe in His loving embrace.
With Archpastoral love,
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April 19th, 2013 by Fr. Greg
Message of His Eminence
Metropolitan Methodios of Boston
On the Tragedy of the Boston Marathon
On a day particularly rich with symbolism, an act of terrorism wounded the beautiful heart of our city and broke our hearts with the tragedy endured by innocent victims and their loved ones.
We reflect on the meaning of the Marathon runners which, even though forgotten most of the times, becomes especially poignant in the face of today’s tragedy: the first Marathon runner was a herald of victory—he covered the distance from the battleground of Marathon to Athens in order to announce to his fellow citizens the joyous news: ???????????! “We have won!” Historians claimed that in the battle of Marathon the European civilization won over an empire that devalued freedom and democracy. It was a victory of humanity against the forces of evil and that mentality which depreciated the values of individuality for which the Athenian city-state proud itself.
The Boston Marathon always coincides with another special holiday of our Commonwealth: Patriot’s Day. In that day we commemorate another victory on behalf of humanity, the victory of the first battles of the War of Revolution that gave birth to our Nation and to the liberties for which America stands.
Today’s terrorist attack becomes particularly meaningful when viewed under the light of this double association. It was an attack not only against our City, not only against our Nation, but, like every act of terrorism and regardless of its perpetrator, it was an attack against our civilization. The Boston Marathon is an international event and, therefore, the effects of today’s tragedy are felt worldwide.
We offer our condolences and prayers to the victims of this tragedy: to the innocent people who lost their lives and were injured senselessly. We stand in solidarity with every citizen of our Commonwealth, our Nation and every person of good will who shares the values of our civilization. We pray that our God, healer of our souls and bodies, bring healing to everyone affected by today’s events and peace in our hearts and in our world.
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April 15th, 2013 by Fr. Greg
Yesterday was the annual Boston Greek Independence Day Parade. Sts. Anargyroi again participated, and we had about 50 people (up by about 20 from our initial participation last year) walking behind our banner. Many thanks to all who walked in the parade with us as well as Enosis Philoptochos, who paid for our entry fee, the Gagas family and Family House of Pizza of Marlborough for our lunch, and the Evangelous family and Gemini Signs who made our banner. As we passed the reviewing stand, the radio announcers spoke about how awesome (to use their term) our banner was, because it had our website, Facebook, QR code, and Twitter info. It was the perfect ending to a great day! Last year we survived torrential downpours; this year it was pleasant weather punctuated by insane bursts of hurricane-like wind. Welcome to New England in the spring!
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April 8th, 2013 by Fr. Greg