St. Xenia Orthodox Church
170 N. Lowell St. (P.O. Box 147)
Methuen, MA 01844
Welcome to our parish!

One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require; even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the Lord, and to visit His holy temple. (Psalm 26:4)

 St. Xenia’s is a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Church Services are primarily conducted in the English language. Parish members and communicants come from many different communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
St. Xenia’s is a vibrant, growing parish with many families and children. This web site might give you some glimpse of our parish life, but we encourage your personal visit to our community.

Annual Harvest Festival

Our Annual Fall Festival was held on Thursday, October 31st, the eve of the Feast of St. John of Kronstadt.
By God's Grace, the strong rain and winds of earlier in the day stopped at the beginning of the event so the children were able to have the outside games and activities that were planned.

We paused the games at 5 PM for a Moleben to St. John of Kronstadt for his blessing upon our children and our community.

A wonderful "chili bar" dinner followed. Cupcakes provided by Elena Rodzianko and Katia Pekar were the desert of choice for the children who competed for first dibs. Bingo in the basement and other activities followed, culminated by a fire pit outdoors and s'mores for all.

Many thanks to Meghan Nettleton, who organized the activites and provided the dinner, and to all those parents and adults that helped make it a memorable evening for all.

Click here for pictures taken by Mat. Kaleria Sarantakis

Archpastoral Visit

His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION made an archpastoral visit to St. Xenia's for our Altar Feast on Monday/Tuesday, September 23/24.

Joining His Eminence for the Vigil on Monday were Archpriest Victor Boldewskul, rector of Holy Epiphany Church in Boston, Archpriest Spyridon Schneider, rector of St. John the Russian Church in Ipswich and Abbot Tikhon of Holy Protection Hermitage in New Jersey. Local clergy serving were Archpriest Michael Crowley, rector, Priest Constantine Desrosiers, Deacons Alexander Doohovskoy, Dimitri Doohovskoy, John Sarantakis, and Subdeacon David Nettleton.
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was served on Tuesday morning with the exception of Archpriests Victor and Spyridon, and the addition of Archpriest Brendan Crowley, rector of St. NIcholas Church in Enfield, CT, Archpriest Dimitri Jakimowicz, rector of St. Nicholas Church, Stratford, CT, and Deacon Joseph Kimball of St. Alexander Nevsky Church, Richmond, ME.
During the reading of the Hours, Reader Robert Stauffer of the parish was blessed to wear the crossed orarion.
Though a weekday service, the church was full of faithful parishioners and visitors, many of whom communed the Holy Mysteries.
His Eminence spoke of the 100th anniversary of the ROCOR coming up next year and the heroic actions of the early emigres who made possible the glorification of Sts. John of Kronstadt and Xenia long before anyone else.
The Sisterhood, with the help of Nicholas Chaplain, provided a bounteous banquet under tents on the church grounds after the Cross Procession.
 
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Upcoming Events & Services
Saturday, 24 November / 7 December
3:30 Children's Choir & Adult Class
5:30 All-Night Vigil
Sunday, 25 November / 8 December
25th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 8
9:30 Hours and Divine Liturgy
Saturday, 1 / 14 December
3:30 Children's Choir & Adult Class
5:30 All-Night Vigil
Sunday, 2 / 15 December
26th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1
9:30 Hours and Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 5 / 18 December
6:30 Vigil
Thursday, 6 / 19 December
St. Nicholas
9:00 Hours & Divine Liturgy (St. Nicholas, Enfield)