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Coffee Hour Schedule

Vestment making on Saturdays beginning at 11 am.

For more information, contact Nevine Nassif.

Choir rehearsals on alternate Sundays after the Coffee Hour.

Adult Education class meets every other Sunday after Divine Liturgy.


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

To Irina’s daughter Maria Furman, to Irina’s family, to her friends – to all those she loved and who loved her – I extend to you the peace of Christ and my sincerest condolences.

Though I am at this time not able to be with you I would like to share some impressions of Irina that have come to mind since I learned of her repose.

For me Rena was one of those extraordinary persons whose openness to God and to those around her was particularly perceptible in the way she kept in touch with culture. Her mind and heart were not closed off from the world but, on the contrary, were opened to it. This spiritual and psychological desire to embrace all that is good, true and beautiful was continuously cultivated and expanded her insights into the depth and beauty of life created and blessed by God.

Being an artist herself, Irina was keenly aware of the diversity of life. She was attuned to and greatly valued the multi-faceted and indeed the eternal dimensions of the human person and human relationships. Consequently, Rena’s life as a Christian was not driven by a self-centered moralism, or by a judgemental asceticism but by a Christ-like love and care for the other knowing that the other is created in God’s image and likeness. Rena’s love for the other brought her boundless joy and also great suffering. Seeking to love the other she was troubled and pained when her love was not reciprocated. Yet, even unreciprocated love could not deter her from seeking after the other.

We all know how much Rena enjoyed art, literature and cinema. They influenced and sharpened her appreciation for life. They brought her joy because they parted the veil of darkness and sin which prevent so many of us from seeing the hand of God upholding and nurturing life even when life is assailed by oppression and deception, even when life is assailed by illness and death.

Most of Rena’s life was spent in the former Soviet Union. Like many others, she personifies generations of people held captive within a cruel and unrelenting “utopia” that systematically sought to crush the human spirit. I believe she was able to withstand this assault because she was a woman of deep prayer.

Rena was a believer for whom the words of Scripture, prayer and liturgy rested in her mind and heart. Her life in the Church – her life in Christ – provided the hermeneutic by which she interpreted and assessed art and culture. Her life in Christ brought her among the believing and unbelieving, the sophisticated and simple, the elderly and the young. I believe that her life in Christ helped her to forge a very special relationship with her beloved cat Fyodor who brought her so much happiness.

Rena’s life in Christ made her a free person. Even when held prisoner under communism she and all who sought after the transcendent God were able to glimpse and taste the new life in Christ by being open to the irrepressible creativity of the Divine Spirit.

Rena’s legacy to her family and friends is truly great. It is a legacy of openness and unselfish love which reveals Christ among us here and now. This is the legacy that brings us face to face with Christ. As did her life so too does her death confirm the magnificent words of Saint Paul: “…whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” (Romans 14:8-9).


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It has been almost a year that the HTOC community began to offer monthly dinners to the residents of the Fenway neighborhood. The dinners are funded from the donation-supported St. Herman Food Pantry. The effort, led by Alice Carter, Dave O'Neal and Father Robert, with the help by many of our parishioners, is drawing an ever-increasing diverse group of people from our neighborhood - seniors, residents of McBride House for people living with HIV, some homeless people, and others. What started as a small group has grown in the last months to a lively crowd of 80+ regulars and newcomers.

The dinners have provided a valuable connection to residents of the neighborhood in which we’re located but where few of us parishioners actually live, as a way of making us in a small way more a part of the community. It has also been a way for us to express generosity by offering people who are financially or emotionally in need a free meal that can be partaken of in a friendly, non-institutional environment. The growing connection has been emphasized last Monday by a presentation of one of our Chinese neighbors of a beautiful watercolor painting of the Cathedral.

If you wish to help with future dinners, please contact Alice Carter or Dave O'Neal.

Here is a gallery of photos from this winter.


On Sunday, September 25th Holy Trinity Cathedral community celebrated the 25th anniversary of Walter Obleschuk's ministry as the cathedral choir director. After Divine Liturgy, Walter was awarded the commendation of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the OCA and presented with the family icon of his patron saint St. Vladimir. A festive banquet with HTOC choir presentation, a slideshow of Obleschuks' 25 years at the parish, and presentation of a number of highly useful professional gifts followed. Click here to go to the photo gallery of the celebration and here for a message from Father Robert.

On Sunday, December 12, 2010, our community celebrated 100th birthday of our lifelong parishioner Olga Riedl. St. Herman's Church School dedicated their Christmas play production to Olga.


On Sunday, September 26, 2010 Jeffrey Frate was ordained to Holy Diaconate by His Grace, Bishop Nikon.

Click here for photo gallery

On Thursday, October 1, 2009 Father Robert delivered a lecture on sacred space to two classes of architecture and interior design students from Boston Architectural College and New England School of Art and Design.

Click here to view the photo gallery.

Aridas' Ministry 25th Anniversary

On Sunday May 31, 2009 our parish together with His Grace, Bishop Nikon celebrated the 25th anniversary of Father Robert and Susan Arida's ministry in the Holy Trinity Cathedral parish. Click here to go to the photo gallery of the celebration.


Father Robert honored with jeweled cross

On Sunday, June 15, 2008, at the Divine Liturgy for the Holy Pentecost, on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America His Grace Bishop Nikon awarded Father Robert Arida the jeweled cross in honor of his faithfulness and priestly ministry.

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TOWN HALL MEETING in preparation for the OCA 15th All-American Council

took place at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in Boston on Thursday, August 21. The meeting was conducted in conciliatory and loving atmosphere. The minutes of the meeting are posted here.

For information on previous "town hall" meetings and on the work of the Pre-Conciliar Commission read the AAC blog.



Installation of His Grace, Bishop Nikon

On Saturday, December 17, 2005, at the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Cathedral the clergy and the faithful of the Diocese of New England celebrated the Installation of His Grace, Bishop NIKON of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese as Bishop of New England.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman presided over the celebration of the Liturgy, with His Eminence, Archbishop Job and His Grace, Bishop Nikon concelebrating.Photo gallery of the Installation services

Interview with Bishop Nikon in The Boston Globe