St. George Church
Publish Date: 2017-05-21
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St. George Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (734) 283-8820
  • Fax:
  • (734) 283-8866
  • Street Address:

  • 16300 Dix Toledo Highway

  • Southgate, MI 48195
  • Mailing Address:

  • 16300 Dix Toledo Highway

  • Southgate, MI 48195

Contact Information

Services Schedule


9 am - Orthros

10 am - Divine Liturgy


Weekday Services:

Please check the Sacred Services schedule in the bulletin or call the Church office.

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode

To the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation, let us, the faithful, give praise and worship. For He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, to endure death and raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.

Apolytikion for Constantine and Helen in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Your Apostle among the Rulers, St. Constantine, who once beheld in the sky the image of Your Cross, and who like Paul received his calling not from man, once entrusted the Ruling City into Your hand. We entreat You to restore it in peace forever, at the intercession of the Theotokos, O Lord who loves humanity.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Though You went down into the tomb, O Immortal One, yet You brought down the dominion of Hades; and You rose as the victor, O Christ our God; and You called out "Rejoice" to the Myrrh-bearing women, and gave peace to Your Apostles, O Lord who to the fallen grant resurrection.

Saints and Feasts

May 21

Sunday of the Blind Man

The Lord Jesus was coming from the Temple on the Sabbath, when, while walking in the way, He saw the blind man mentioned in today's Gospel. This man had been born thus from his mother's womb, that is, he had been born without eyes (see Saint John Chrysostom, Homily LVI on Matthew; Saint Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book V:15; and the second Exorcism of Saint Basil the Great). When the disciples saw this, they asked their Teacher, "Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" They asked this because when the Lord had healed the paralytic at the Sheep's Pool, He had told him, "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14); so they wondered, if sickness was caused by sin, what sin could have been the cause of his being born without eyes. But the Lord answered that this was for the glory of God. Then the God-man spat on the ground and made clay with the spittle. He anointed the eyes of the blind man and said to him, "Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam." Siloam (which means "sent") was a well-known spring in Jerusalem used by the inhabitants for its waters, which flowed to the eastern side of the city and collected in a large pool called "the Pool of Siloam."

Therefore, the Saviour sent the blind man to this pool that he might wash his eyes, which had been anointed with the clay-not that the pool's water had such power, but that the faith and obedience of the one sent might be made manifest, and that the miracle might become more remarkable and known to all, and leave no room for doubt. Thus, the blind man believed in Jesus' words, obeyed His command, went and washed himself, and returned, no longer blind, but having eyes and seeing. This was the greatest miracle that our Lord had yet worked; as the man healed of his blindness himself testified, "Since time began, never was it heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind," although the Lord had already healed the blind eyes of many. Because he now had eyes, some even doubted that he was the same person (John 9:8-9); and it was still lively in their remembrance when Christ came to the tomb of Lazarus, for they said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have caused that even this man should not have died?" Saint John Chrysostom gives a thorough and brilliant exposition of our Lord's meeting with the woman of Samaria, the healing of the paralytic, and the miracle of the blind man in his commentaries on the Gospel of Saint John.

May 21

Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles

This great and renowned sovereign of the Christians was the son of Constantius Chlorus (the ruler of the westernmost parts of the Roman empire), and of the blessed Helen. He was born in 272, in (according to some authorities) Naissus of Dardania, a city on the Hellespont. In 306, when his father died, he was proclaimed successor to his throne. In 312, on learning that Maxentius and Maximinus had joined forces against him, he marched into Italy, where, while at the head of his troops, he saw in the sky after midday, beneath the sun, a radiant pillar in the form of a cross with the words: "By this shalt thou conquer." The following night, our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him in a dream and declared to him the power of the Cross and its significance. When he arose in the morning, he immediately ordered that a labarum be made (which is a banner or standard of victory over the enemy) in the form of a cross, and he inscribed on it the Name of Jesus Christ. On the 28th Of October, he attacked and mightily conquered Maxentius, who drowned in the Tiber River while fleeing. The following day, Constantine entered Rome in triumph and was proclaimed Emperor of the West by the Senate, while Licinius, his brother-in-law, ruled in the East. But out of malice, Licinius later persecuted the Christians. Constantine fought him once and again, and utterly destroyed him in 324, and in this manner he became monarch over the West and the East. Under him and because of him all the persecutions against the Church ceased. Christianity triumphed and idolatry was overthrown. In 325 he gathered the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, which he himself personally addressed. In 324, in the ancient city of Byzantium, he laid the foundations of the new capital of his realm, and solemnly inaugurated it on May 11, 330, naming it after himself, Constantinople. Since the throne of the imperial rule was transferred thither from Rome, it was named New Rome, the inhabitants of its domain were called Romans, and it was considered the continuation of the Roman Empire. Falling ill near Nicomedia, he requested to receive divine Baptism, according to Eusebius (The Life of Constantine. Book IV, 61-62), and also according to Socrates and Sozomen; and when he had been deemed worthy of the Holy Mysteries, he reposed in 337, on May 21 or 22, the day of Pentecost, having lived sixty-five years, of which he ruled for thirty-one years. His remains were transferred to Constantinople and were deposed in the Church of the Holy Apostles, which had been built by him (see Homily XXVI on Second Corinthians by Saint John Chrysostom).

As for his holy mother Helen, after her son had made the Faith of Christ triumphant throughout the Roman Empire, she undertook a journey to Jerusalem and found the Holy Cross on which our Lord was crucified (see Sept. 13 and 14). After this, Saint Helen, in her zeal to glorify Christ, erected churches in Jerusalem at the sites of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, in Bethlehem at the cave where our Saviour was born, another on the Mount of Olives whence He ascended into Heaven, and many others throughout the Holy Land, Cyprus, and elsewhere. She was proclaimed Augusta, her image was stamped upon golden coins, and two cities were named Helenopolis after her in Bithynia and in Palestine. Having been thus glorified for her piety, she departed to the Lord being about eighty years of age, according to some in the year 330, according to others, in 336.


Ecclesiastical Feast

Of the 6th Sunday of Pascha (of the Blind Man) on which we celebrate the miracle done by our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ for the man blind from his birth.

Of the Holy, Glorious, Great, and God-crowned Rulers and Equals-to-the-Apostles, Constantine and Helen.


Upcoming Church Services

Thursday, May 25

9 & 10 am - Orthros/Liturgy

Saturday, May 27

5:00 pm - Great Vespers/Confession

 Saturday, June 3

8 & 9 am - Orthros/Liturgy (Note the time)

NO Great Vespers

Saturday, June 10

5:00 pm - Great Vespers/Confession

Saturday, June 17

9 & 10 am - Orthros/Liturgy

5:00 pm - Great Vespers


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eighth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:11-18

At that time, Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that He had said these things to her.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 26:1, 12-20.

IN THOSE DAYS, King Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense: "I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining round me and those who journeyed with me. And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It hurts you to kick against the goads.' And I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand upon your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and bear witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from the people and from the Gentiles-to whom I send you to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' "Wherefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and perform deeds worthy of their repentance."

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Blind Man
The Reading is from John 9:1-38

At that time, as Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man's eyes with the clay, saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, "Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?" Some said, "It is he"; others said, "No, but he is like him." He said, "I am the man." They said to him, "Then how were your eyes opened?" He answered, "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash'; so I went and washed and received my sight." They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know."

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, "He put clay on my eyes and I washed, and I see." Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" There was a division among them. So they again said to the blind man, "What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself." His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess him to be Christ he was to be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age, ask him."

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, "Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become his disciples?" And they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The man answered, "Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?" And they cast him out.

Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, "Do you believe in the Son of man?" He answered, "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and it is he who speaks to you." He said, "Lord, I believe": and he worshiped him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

"Can you place your hope in the world? Whom has it not deceived? To whom has it not lied? It promises much, but gives very little. Only those who hope in the Lord, according to the words of the Prophet David, do not sin, i.e., they are not deceived in their hope!"
St. Anthony of Optina


Digging Deeper into the Divine Liturgy

No Update this Week.


Shut-ins and Hospital Visitation

I am available for hospital visitations, but hospitals don't give out patient information any more.  Please call me, or have someone in your family call me, and I will be happy to come visit you.



From Fr. Anthony - Office Hours

I do my best to be available in the office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday from 12-4. However, I'm often called away to a hospital, Deaconess, the Grecian Center, or the park, or am with another appointment, so it's best to call and let me know you're coming. I'm also happy to meet you at other times if you can't make it during those hours. Please call me.

Church Etiquette

We ask that the doors of the Narthex be closed and no one enters the Church during the following portions of the service:

Epistle, Gospel, Sermon, Great Entrance, Creed, Consecration, and Lord's Prayer.

Please be respectful of the prayer and attention of those who are in the Church as you enter.

When it is time for Holy Communion, please remain in your pews until the young people of the Sunday school have finished receiving Communion. When they are finished, the Parish Council will usher you forward by row.

Epistle Reader Today:  James Malonson, 6th Grade


The Five Loaves are offered today by John & Maria Margaritis in honor of their children's nameday - Kostandinos and Eleni. The Five Loaves are also offered by Antigone Callis for the health and salvation of the Callis and Dionyssopoulos families.

Forty-Day Blessing

The Forty-Day blessing today is for Dimitrios Callis and his mother, Fotini. Congratulations to Kostantinos & Fotini on the birth of their son!

Prayers for the Deceased on Memorial Day

On Monday, May 29, Fr. Anthony will visit the cemeteries as follows:


OUR LADY OF HOPE: 10:30 am

FERNDALE: 12:15 pm


If you would like to meet Father at a different cemetery, please contact him directly to make the arrangements.

June Picnic/Graduation Announcement

This year, the Sunday School graduation Sunday falls on the Sunday of Pentecost (June 4). As a result, we are making some adjustments to the normal festivities. We will complete the Sunday Liturgy, and the Kneeling Vespers, inside the Church, as normal. We will then go out to the Park, where a simpler picnic, with hamburgers, hot dogs, and some side dishes, will be prepared. We will then hold the graduation exercises in the pavilion while everyone eats and relaxes. Instead of charging for individual meal items, we will simply charge $5 for admission to the Park for the picnic. You can pay in advance and reserve your place by filling out the form on the table in the hallway, or call the Church office to make your reservations next week. If you wish to attend the graduation without eating, there will of course be no charge.

Coffee Servers - Urgent Needed

Please sign-up outside the Church office next to the bulletin board to help serve Coffee on Sunday mornings during Coffee Hour. We need at least 3 individuals each week. Thank you!

High School and College/University Graduates

Please submit to the Church office by Wednesday, May 24, the following: 1) name of school, 2) degree received or future plans, and 3) a graduation photo (photos will be returned). Thank you!


St. George, Bloomfield Hills, will hold its Festival Memorial Day weekend (May 26,27,28) and St. Nicholas, Ann Arbor, will hold its annual Festival June 9,10,11. See the flyers at the Literature Rack or posted outside the Church office. Fun for all!

Rose City Summer Camp

Information on Rose City Camp can be found at Camp Fee: $400. You pay $100 per child and the Parish will pay $300 for each camper. Please contact the Church office if participating.

Request for Financial Assistance

There is a family overseas whose child is suffering from a grave illness. If anyone feels moved to offer assistance (any amount would be a blessing), please speak with Fr. Anthony for details.

The Rule of Faith - Orthodox Study

Fr. Anthony is preparing a weekly presentation on a catechetical topic, and posting an audio recording at You can comment there, call, email, or speak with him in person with comments or questions.

Scholarship Information

Check out the Literature Rack for Scholarship information. Check back often as information comes in frequently!

Literature Rack

Please take a moment and look over the information available, including the latest copy of the Shepherd’s Staff.

Philoptochos Sponsors

We continue to welcome you to become a Sponsor of any of the Philoptochos luncheons for the year. Please speak with Julie Colovos if you would like to become a sponsor.

Our Website:

We have a live calendar, video and audio recordings of sermons, services, and other events, and an archive of the last two months' Sunday bulletin. You can also reserve and pay for your seat to any upcoming lunch or dinner that has been scheduled.

"Like" Us on Facebook!

Be sure to "like" the Church's facebook page (! Events and happenings are posted here as well as on our website.

Greek Speaking Caregiver Needed

Angela Lefas is seeking a Greek speaking caregiver to help care for her 98 year old mother, Marika Lefas, in Marika's Allen Park home. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Angela directly at 586.945.4453. Thank you.

Library Coordinator

We need someone to organize, categorize, and upkeep our Church Library. This person needs to be efficient in reading Greek as well as English because we have books in both languages. If you are interested and are somewhat familiar with this type of task, please let Fr. Anthony or the office know. Thank you!

Cemetery Plots

The family of Angelo & Erasmia Mihalis has 2 cemetery plots available for sale at Our Lady of Hope. If you are interested, please contact Athena Gill at 850.556.1390.

FOCUS Detroit Bags of Food for Needy Schoolchildren

Volunteers and Donations Needed!

Please use the link below to get to the sign-up sheet for this monthly event. You will notice that you can now sign-up all the way through May if you’d like. Please remember to list how many from your family will be coming to help out. Our goal is to provide enough supplies for all 420 bags!

Please consider donating any of the following: Boxes of individual oatmeal packets - Cereal bowls or small individual cereal boxes - Fruit cups - Individual Cheez-Its or Goldfish bags - Mac and Cheese Cups - Chef Boyardee/spaghettios pop top cans or cups - Ramen Noodles - Fruit snacks (the kind with real fruit juice and added Vitamin C 100%) - Cereal bars or granola bars.

Please call Eleni Gikas at 313-300-4903 to let her know what you plan to donate, or if you prefer to make a cash donation. All donated items can be dropped off in the Activity Room. Our next meeting date will be THIS Wednesday, MAY 24, at 7:00 pm.


Upcoming Events


12:15 pm - Philoptochos Board Elections

Tuesday, May 23

5:30-7:30 pm - Greek School

5:30 pm - Grecian Center

7:00 pm - Deaconess

Wednesday, May 24

7:00-8:30 pm - FOCUS Detroit

Thursday, May 25

7:15-8:30 pm - Book Club


Coffee Servers

Today: Memorial Luncheon/Philoptochos

5/28: Servers Needed

6/4: No Coffee, Parish Picnic in Park

6/11: Lauren Tougas

 Coffee Servers are needed!

Please sign up outside the Church office next to the bulletin board. We need 3 servers per week. Thank you for serving in this ministry.


Memorial Service

Aspasia Papachrist - 40 days

May the Lord our God grant rest to her soul where the righteous repose, in a place where there is no pain, no sorrow, and no suffering, but rather everlasting life.

May her memory be eternal.

A luncheon is provided by the family in the Apollo Hall (please enter from outside).

All are invited.