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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022 12:22 PM | Anonymous
    Registration for Sunday School is now open! Classes are available for kids 2yo to 12th grade and will meet after Holy Communion most Sundays until 11:15 AM. Classes begin with an orientation September 11th and end with graduation on May 7th.


    Register here.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/bs-md-father-dean-to-leave-annunciation-cathedral-20220726-rkh2b272grcutkdoh5nxrx2sv4-story.html

    Greek Orthodox leader chosen as assistant bishop, will leave Baltimore cathedral for Western region
    JONATHAN M. PITTS
    July 26 at 7:00 AM ET


    The Very Rev. Constantine Moralis, the longtime dean and parish priest of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, will soon move on from the post he has held for two decades at the historic parish in Midtown Baltimore.


    Moralis, known to parishioners as Father Dean, has been selected as assistant bishop of the Metropolis of Denver — a jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that includes all or part of 14 states in the West, Midwest and South. That means he’ll leave his current position in his hometown of Baltimore sometime in October.


    He has served as leader of Annunciation, the oldest Greek Orthodox parish in Maryland and one of the largest Greek Orthodox churches in a major American city, since 2002.


    One parish leader said the congregation is sorry to know their spiritual leader is on the verge of departing but that members are confident he’ll excel in his new, higher-profile assignment.


    “While we are saddened to lose Father Dean, we are proud of him and excited for this next chapter in his spiritual journey,” said Evangelos Iaonnou, the president of the cathedral’s parish council. “He is a man of strong faith who serves the faithful with humility and compassion. He will be an exceptional bishop.”


    The reassignment was set in motion after the leader of the Denver metropolis requested that the primate of the church in America, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, consider the new appointment for the 55-year-old Moralis.


    The metropolis encompasses about 1.3 million square miles in Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas and 10 other states, including the western portions of Louisiana and Missouri.


    Elpidophoros convened a teleconference last week with members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, a governing body of the worldwide Greek Orthodox Church, to consider the recommendation. It approved the choice of Moralis, and the American archdiocese announced Monday that the global leader of the faith, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, reached out to Elpidophoros to accept the recommendation.


    Moralis will assume the title of Bishop of Sassima. Moralis, who was packing for a trip to Denver, said he didn’t have time Monday afternoon to discuss the change.


    One expert on the Greek Orthodox Church classified it as major news.

    “This is a big deal,” George Demacopolous, a professor of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University, wrote in an email to The Baltimore Sun. “Episcopal office is rare. Even though he [will] only be an assistant bishop, it is still a mark of distinction. Using rough figures, there are probably 500-600 priests in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of the United States, there are about 15 bishops, including assistant bishops.”


    Moralis’ work for the past two decades has been that of a parish priest, which means he had “an active ministry” to the roughly 1,000 families who belong to Annunciation, Demacopolous said, performing sacraments such as baptisms, marriages and funerals, while serving as a face of the church.


    As an assistant bishop, the professor added, Moralis will soon be more of an administrator. He will oversee diocese initiatives and travel from parish to parish every week, Demacopolous said.


    Annunciation was founded in 1906. It is one of the 18 Greek Orthodox parishes in Maryland and is the largest of the four Baltimore-area parishes. It is part of the Metropolis of New Jersey, which encompasses New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and parts of Virginia.


    Annunciation has long been an important center of life in Baltimore’s Greek-American community. Its annual Greek Festival has drawn thousands of visitors nearly every year since the early 1970s.


    Born in Baltimore in 1966, Moralis was baptized at Annunciation. He started as an altar server at the cathedral at age 9 and grew up a member of the community. He graduated from the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1994.


    “It’s a wonderful and unique occurrence when a parish has a young man who serves as an altar boy, goes off to Holy Cross seminary and returns to his home church and returns to his home church and serves as its parish priest,” Ioannou, the parish council president, said. “Father Dean was raised in the Annunciation and returned to serve as our spiritual Father.”


    Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Moralis’ service to the cathedral, but the parish postponed its celebration of the milestone due to the coronavirus pandemic. A sellout crowd of 700 attended the delayed ceremony at a banquet hall in Cockeysville last month.


    Ioannou called the turnout a testament to “how much Father Dean is loved and respected by the Orthodox community.


    Among the bishop-elect’s accomplishments at Annunciation are starting an array of youth programs and establishing a senior center.


    The Greek Orthodox Church is part of the larger Eastern Orthodox church, or Eastern Orthodoxy, the second-largest Christian church in the world with about 220 million adherents. About 1 million of those live in the United States.


  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    The 2022-23 Greek School Calendar and Registration are now available!

    Download Calendar & Schedule

    Register here

  • Thursday, May 05, 2022 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    We are very excited to announce a brand new music ministry here at our Cathedral. "GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT" is a ministry that will involve sharing our faith through performing, recording and writing faith based music. We invite anyone 13 years old and older to be involved. Anyone with the willingness to profess our faith and work with other Orthodox brothers and sisters in a creative environment are welcome. No music ability necessary! We will have our first gathering on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30pm in the AOC.

    For more information, please contact John Hall at jhall@annunciationbaltimore.org
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Holy Week is upon us and there are a number of preparations that are underway.  

    For all of the services, parking is available on both of our lots, and after 5 PM, behind the Annunciation Orthodox Center at the MedChi Building, along with the Associated Jewish Charities. Security will also be present.  

    On Holy Friday and Holy Saturday evening (Anastasis), both of our lots will have uniformed parking attendants to help maximize parking.  You may be required to present your car keys so we can safely park as many vehicles as possible on our lots.  

    On Friday and Saturday nights, where candles are used as part of the services, you may purchase them upon entering the Cathedral.  Cash/Checks are accepted.  You may also use credit cards. 

    We look forward seeing you!

  • Saturday, April 16, 2022 4:57 PM | Anonymous

    Monday, April 18
    9:00 AM- Ninth Hour and Presanctified Divine Liturgy
    6:30 PM- Service of the Bridegroom

    Tuesday, April 19
    9:00 AM- Ninth Hour and Presanctified Liturgy
    6:30 PM- Service of the Bridegroom

    Wednesday, April 20
    9:00 AM- Ninth Hour and Presanctified Liturgy
    4:00 PM- Sacrament of Holy Unction
    7:00 PM- Service of the Bridegroom with anointing to follow

    Thursday, April 21
    8:00 AM- Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great
    6:30 PM- The Passion of our Lord

    Friday, April 22
    9:00 AM- Royal Hours
    3:00 PM- The Apokathelosis
    6:30 PM- The Lamentations of our Lord and Procession

    Saturday, April 23
    8:00 AM - Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great
    11:00 PM- The Canon of Pascha 

    Sunday, April 24
    12:00 AM - The Orthros of Resurrection (Courtyard)
    12:45 AM- Divine Liturgy
    11:00 AM- The Agape Vespers
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