St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-26
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (651) 222-6220
  • Fax:
  • (651) 225-9276
  • Street Address:

  • 1111 Summit Avenue

  • Saint Paul, MN 55105

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Services Schedule

Sunday Morning Orthros/Matins 8:15am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am; Saturday Great Vespers 5:00pm (October thru May); Weekday Services (see Online Calendar, Sunday Bulletin & Monthly Newsletter); Confession (by appointment).

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Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Annunciation of the Theotokos in the Fourth Tone

Today marks the crowning of our salvation and the revelation of the mystery before all ages. For the Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin, and Gabriel proclaims the grace. Wherefore, we also cry out with him, "Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you."

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

O Lord by Your sacred Cross You abolished death, and granted unto the thief blessed paradise. The Myrrh-bearers ceased lamenting and turned to joy. The apostles did preach the Good News at Your command, that You had risen from the dead O Christ Our God, bestowing Your mercy upon the world ever more.

Apolytikion of Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O John, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Mode

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"

Saints and Feasts

March 26

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.

March 26

Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel

This festive Synaxis is celebrated to the glory of the Archangel Gabriel, since he ministered to the marvelous mystery of God's incarnate dispensation.

March 26

Irenaeus the Hieromartyr of Hungary

March 26

26 Martyrs in Crimea


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

At that time, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century



Message from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Holy and Great Lent 2017


With this light that shines in our hearts we will also offer a witness through our observance of Lent and through our lives. As we know and experience God’s grace, others will see His offering of forgiveness. They will see the power of grace to transform life and bring healing and restoration. They will find salvation in Christ as the grace of God works in and through us to show all His redeeming love.

Fr. Rick's Sermon

The Cross- God’s Rest Stop for Lent (3-19-2017)

   When was the last time you took a road trip—a long car ride for several hours? Did you drive straight through? Not likely. Probably you stopped somewhere along the way. A truck stop, a convenience store, a restaurant or an interstate rest stop or rest area are the most likely places. Our own group of families here at St. George have done it many times travelling to and from basketball tournaments. Why did we break up the long trip with stops along the way? Many reasons actually—besides the obvious “going to the bathroom,” perhaps we’re tired and we need some fresh air or coffee to wake us up; maybe we get sore sitting for so long in our automobile and we need to stretch and walk and get the blood flowing to our extremities; if the trip takes us past noon or 6pm, we’ll stop for lunch or dinner. If traveling the interstate, and you exit to a designated rest area, what’s one of the common rituals, even if you have GPS on your phone or navigator? It’s looking at the big map on the wall and finding the spot or location that is labeled “You Are Here.” We do this because we can get the whole picture of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going.

   It’s the same thing during our road trip of Great and Holy Lent. If you’re fasting, if you’re going to Lenten worship services, if you’re praying more, if you’re helping the poor and the needy, then Lent certainly feels like a long journey. And the Church, knowing the limitations of the human mind and body, gives us little rest stops each week during Lent. We get a little break from fasting each Saturday-Sunday by drinking wine and oil. And we can refuel with Holy Communion every Wednesday at the Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

   But we also have rest stop for the whole six-week (eight weeks when you count from Meatfare through Holy Week) journey to Pascha. That rest stop is today, the Third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent. We are at the mid-point of our trip, halfway to our destination. We know that not just by counting weeks but more importantly by the sign-post that is placed here—the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. If we are engaged in the Lenten way of fasting, praying, worshiping, and giving alms then we should be at least a little tired, feeling the need for some refreshment or re-energizing.

   Seeing the Cross today and remembering the great kenotic or self-emptying, self-sacrificing love of Christ our Lord, we are provided encouragement to continue our ascetic self-sacrificing journey. If Jesus could do so much for me, then I can do this for Him. I can deny myself a little food and take what I save and give it to the poor and the hungry. If Jesus prayed, sweating blood, for me in the Garden of Gethesemane, then I can pray more each day and worship Him more each week.

   In the ancient world, especially in arid climates, travelers looked for an oasis, because that’s where the water was. And how could one tell there was water there? Because there were trees and lots of plant life. In the Scriptures and liturgical hymnology, the Cross is often referred to as a tree. For example, the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden is interpreted by the Church Fathers as the original Cross in creation. The Cross that Jesus was crucified on was made from the wood of a tree. An oasis of trees not only marked the source of fresh water, but they also provided shade from the sun. The Cross of Christ provides shade to weary travelers on the road of Great Lent. It does this mystically, almost imperceptibly because the Cross has real power but God’s power often works behind the scenes so to speak.

   At the end of the Divine Liturgy we will conduct the service of the Veneration of the Cross. We will take it in procession, we will bow down before it and we will kiss it to show our love, veneration and respect for Christ’s death on our behalf. Sergius Bulgakov, an eminent Russian theologian of the 20th century, cautioned Orthodox Christians about the Veneration of the Cross celebration. He said it can be inspiration for the diligent and dedicated but for the lazy and the negligent it can become a condemnation, a shaking of our conscience, and a poking of our heart. We must be super-careful that our bowing before the Cross are not like the mocking genuflections of the soldiers who crucified Christ. We must be extremely cautious that when we kiss the Cross it is not like the betraying kiss of Judas. This can happen when we are uncaring and careless about our salvation, neglecting to pray and participate in worship, when we are insensitive to the cries of the needy, poor and homeless.

   St. Theophylact, the 11th century Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria reminds us that Christ does not compel us against our own will to take up our Cross. In today’s Gospel Christ says, “Whoever desires to come after Me…” (Mark 8:34). If we do desire to come after Christ, then we are presented a myriad of choices: fasting or dining out with friends; praying or doing chores around the house; worshiping or sports; almsgiving or spending lavishly on ourselves. Well my brothers and sisters, we can’t have it all and follow Christ. We must deny ourselves and take up our Cross (v.34). If we consistently and regularly chose the worldly things, we will eventually lose them and our soul as well. If we choose to lose them now, then God will save your soul for eternity. We cannot take all those worldly things and at the end exchange them for eternal life (vv.36-37). Hell is not a jail where God confines and punishes unrepentant transgressors. Rather, it is the weight of our own sins that keeps us in hell. The only way out is through repentance and confession where God Himself removes the weight of sin from our soul. Ask yourself, when was the last time I went to the rest stop of Sacrament of Confession? Amen!


News and Events



March 26, 2017                                                                                SUNDAY OF ST. JOHN CLIMACUS


TODAY’S EVENTS: Greek Independence Celebration, 12pm; Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers and reception at St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church at new church on 125 Congress Street E.; 4pm; Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS 4pm.


Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati                                                      Prosfora: Angie Cender

Memorial: Ringo Cender (9 months)                                                 Fellowship: AHEPA Luncheon                                         

Head Usher: Bill Clemons


Monday       03-27     GREAT COMPLINE (by readers)                                                                               6:00PM

                                      Catechism Class: The Goal- Second Coming & Living the Christian Life                7:00PM

Tuesday       03-28     Choir Practice                                                                                                          6:30PM   

Wednesday 03-29     NINTH HOUR                                                                                                           5:30PM

                                      PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY                                                                                      6:00PM

                                      Lenten Meal & Lecture on Modern Heresies with Fr. Richard Andrews                    7:30PM

Thursday     03-30     OCF at University of St. Thomas                                                                             12:00PM

Friday          03-31     GREAT VESPERS with SALUTATIONS                                                                     6:00PM

                                      Lenten Meal & Lecture on the Torah, aka the Pentateuch with Fr. Marc Boulos      7:30PM

Saturday      04-01-   GREAT VESPERS                                                                                                  5:00PM

Sunday         04-02     ORTHROS (8:15 am) & DIVINE LITURGY – ST. MARY OF EGYPT                        9:30AM

                                      Greek School                                                                                                       12:00PM

                                      Youth Ministry meeting                                                                                       12:00PM

                                      Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS                                                                                       4:00PM

                                      Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers & Reception at St. George Antiochian Orthodox  4:00PM



Memory Eternal! The servant of God Helen Zubulake fell asleep in the Lord on March 18th. Visitation is today from 3-7pm, with Trisagion Prayers at 6:30pm, at Willwerschied Mortuary. Funeral service is tomorrow, Monday, March 27th at 11am, with Burial service at Roselawn Cemetery and Makaria Luncheonat church.

The servant of God Spero Thomaidis reposed in the Lord on March 21st. Funeral was Friday, March 24th.

Hierarchical Visit: to our parish with Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos on Palm Sunday April 9th. Please come welcome him! The Ahepa will host their annual fish luncheon that day. Tickets available at door. See insert.

Think About It: Afflictions for God’s sake are dearer to Him than any prayer or sacrifice.               St. Isaac the Syrian (+700AD)

Final Lenten Lectures: "Modern Heresies" on Wednesday Fr. Rick speaks on Phyletism. Friday on "The Torah-Pentateuch" with Fr. Marc Boulos speaking about Deuteronomy. Thanks to all who attended this year!

Loukoumades Fundraiser: next Sunday, April 2, 2017, after Liturgy. Sponsored by Daughters of Penelope.

Youth: On April 8th we have our annual Lazurus Saturday youth retreat from 10am-2pm, when we will clean the church in preparation for Great and Holy Pascha. We will have our Holy Friday youth retreat on April 14th from 11am-3pm. Please contact Nathaniel Kostick to RSVP for these events. We hope to see you there!

Parent Volunteers Needed: We are looking for a parent for both Saturday of Lazarus April 8th and Holy Friday April 14th to coordinate the potluck meals. The sign-up sheet is in the social hall. Thank you!

75th Anniversary Album Update: Thank you to everyone for their patience as the 75th Anniversary Commemorative Album is reaching its final stage of production. Thanks to all who submitted materials including family pages. Thanks also to Dawn Lampros, Denise Smith and Julie Delton for their tireless efforts to bring forth a top quality history of our parish. It is very typical for parish anniversary publications to take a year or more to complete. We anticipate a finished product by early summer--well within normal parameters. 

The Church Fathers Speak: If you notice that your mind constantly wanders off to various chores that you have to do, you must realize that you are not doing well spiritually, and this should alarm you because you have distanced yourself from God.                                         St. Paisios the Athonite (+1994)

Philoptochos: will hold a combined April/May meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 1:30pm. 2017 memberships are now due. Payments can be placed in the Philoptochos mailbox outside the conference room, or mailed to Tina Sageotis, 1000 Forest Glen Court, Burnsville, MN 55337. A reminder that a total of $25 from each membership contribution goes to the national and diocesan Philoptochos.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers: Your name O Mary ever-virgin, is a precious ointment which breathes forth the scent of Divine Grace. Let this ointment of salvation enter the innermost recesses of our soul.                                   St. Ambrose of Milan (+397)

Daughters of Penelope & AHEPA: will meet on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7pm.

Stewardship 2017: Our theme is You are the Voice of Christ in a Changing World: As the Father Has Sent Me, So I Send You (John 20:21). We have received 92 pledge cards for 2017 with a total of $149,886 and an average of $1,629. When pledging be sure to increase your pledge, even if only a few dollars. This reflects spiritual growth and overcomes stagnation. We encourage everyone to give a minimum of 2% pledge of gross yearly income to become a self-sustaining community. This is far less than the biblical ideal of tithing, giving 10%.

Summer Camp Early Bird Registration: will open on April 18th at 10am. Registration fees are as follows: Early Bird Discount:  $425 from April 18- May 5, 2017; Standard Fee:  $475 from May 6-25, 2017 at 4:30pm. Please register at: Summer Camp dates are July 1-7, 2017.

Patristic Wisdom: Do not allow human respect to get in your way when you hear someone slandering his neighbor. Instead, say to him, “Brother, stop it!” If you say, “I do worse things every day, how can I criticize him?” Remember, you accomplish two things when you tell him to stop: You heal yourself and you heal your neighbor with one bandage.                                                        St. John Climacus (+606)

Pictorial Directory 2015: is now available for $5 per copy. They can be purchased either from Julie in the office or in the bookstore (limit, one per family).

Greek Cookbooks: various vintage hardcover editions in Greek are available in the bookstore.

Greek Dancing: parents, if you would like your child to participate in Greek dancing lessons and performances organized by the Greek School, please contact Angela Mortari or Stella Hofrenning. Both a Children's group and a Teen group will perform at the Greek Independence Day Celebration today and at the Festival of Nations in May. Practices are on Sundays after liturgy in the social hall starting at noon.

Save the Date! The St. George Greek Festival will be August 19-20. 2017. More volunteers are needed to serve on committees; if you are interested, please contact Jon Kennedy, Phyllis Kapetanakis or Alexis Bighley.

Welcome Visitors Thank you for joining with us in prayer and fellowship. The worship of the Orthodox Church is deeply rooted in and very similar to that of the early Christian Church. Unique sensory stimuli and mystery are elements that go back even to the liturgy of the Jewish temple. Everything in an Orthodox Christian church communicates the majestic presence of God the Holy Trinity with His Saints. It is literally heaven on earth. It is a sad consequence of the divisions in Christianity that we cannot extend a general invitation to receive Holy Communion. Visitors are invited to receive the blessed bread (antithoron) at the conclusion of the liturgy. We pray and work for the reconciliation and unity of all Christians. If you are interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Rick at We are proud of our Greek heritage but one does not have to be of Greek descent, nor speak Greek to be a Greek Orthodox Christian.

Note to Orthodox about Holy Communion: Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ is one of the most Holy experiences for a Christian in order to be granted the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. We are never worthy to partake of Divine Nature. Yet, it is essential that we prepare ourselves for this sacred Communion by constant prayer, reading the Scriptures, regular fasting and periodic Confession. At a minimum, we should fast all morning before Communion, arrive at the beginning of Liturgy, and come for Confession at least once a year. In addition, we should not have separated ourselves from the Church through serious sin. Otherwise, please refrain from Communion to avoid “judgment…not discerning the Lord’s body” (1Cor. 11:29). Contact Fr. Rick for pastoral guidance.

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