St. George Church
Publish Date: 2017-08-06
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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 for Holy Transfiguration in the Grave Mode

You were transfigured upon the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Your disciples Your glory as much as they could bear. Do also in us, sinners though we be, shine Your everlasting light, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Giver of light. Glory to You.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Grave Mode

Upon the mountain were You transfigured, and Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they were able, O Christ our God; so that when they would see You crucified they might understand that Your Passion was deliberate, and declare to the world that in truth You are the Father's radiance.

Saints and Feasts

August 06

Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Our Lord had spoken to His disciples many times not only concerning His Passion, Cross, and Death, but also concerning the coming persecutions and afflictions that they themselves would endure. Since all these evils were near at hand, but the enjoyment of good things which they hoped to receive in their stead was yet to come, our Savior desired to give them full assurance, evidently and openly, concerning that glory which is prepared for those who endure to the end. Therefore, fulfilling that which He had promised shortly before, that "there be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom" (Matt. 16:28), He took His three foremost disciples and ascended Mount Tabor, where He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as the light. Suddenly, together with this dread and marvelous effulgence of light, there appeared those pinnacles of the Prophets, Moses and Elias, who spoke with the Lord Jesus concerning His saving Passion which was about to take place. Standing before Him as reverent servants, they showed that He is the Lord of both the living and the dead, for Moses came forth from Hades, having died many centuries before, and Elias, as it were from heaven, whither he had been taken up while yet alive. After a little while a radiant cloud overshadowed them and out of the cloud they heard that same voice which had been heard at the Jordan at the Baptism of Christ, testifying to the Divinity of Jesus and saying: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased; hear ye Him" (Matt. 17: 5).

Such are the marvels, truly worthy of God, celebrated in this present feast, which is an image and prefiguring of the future state of the righteous, whose splendor the Lord spoke of, saying: "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun" (Matt. 13:43). It is because of this that the Kontakion of this Feast is said daily (when there is not a great feast) in the Service of the Typica in perpetual commemoration of the glory that will be the lot of the Saints. According to tradition, the Lord's Transfiguration came to pass forty days before His Crucifixion; this is why the Transfiguration is celebrated forty days before the Exaltation of the Cross.

August 07

The Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius

This Martyr, who lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, was a Persian by race and an idolater by religion. He was catechized by a certain Christian named Abarus. He went to Nisibis, a city of Mesopotamia, where he was baptized and donned the monastic habit in a certain monastery. He afterwards ascended a mountain and there endured in extreme ascetical struggles, working miracles for those that came to him, and converting many unbelievers. Julian the Apostate learned of these things as he was marching against the Persians in 363, and at his command the Saint and his two disciples were stoned to death, as they were chanting the Sixth Hour.

August 08

Emilian the Confessor & Bishop of Cyzikos

This Saint was one of the illustrious Orthodox Bishops called to Constantinople by the holy Patriarch Nicephorus to defend the veneration of the holy icons against Leo the Armenian (see Mar. 8). Saint Emilian was sent into exile by Leo about the year 815, and gave up his soul to the Lord amidst many afflictions and sufferings for the sake of his confession.

August 09

The Holy Apostle Matthias

After Judas by transgression fell from his apostleship (Acts 1: 25), and hanging himself out of despair ended his life with a wretched and shameful death (Matt. 27: 5), then, that the number of the Twelve not be lacking, all the disciples gathered in one place after the Ascension of the Savior (the number of men and women being 120), and they chose two men from among them, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was also surnamed Justus, and Matthias, and they set them in the midst. Then they prayed to God and cast lots, "and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles" (Acts 1: 15-26). And thus, having taken the place of Judas, Matthias fulfilled the work of apostleship and the prophecy concerning Judas, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David: "And his bishopric let another take" (Ps. 108:7). After this, it is said, Matthias preached the Gospel in Ethiopia, and completed his life there in martyrdom.

August 10

Laurence the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Rome

This Saint, who was born in Spain, was the Archdeacon of the Church of Rome, caring for the sacred vessels of the Church and distributing money to the needy. About the year 257, a harsh persecution was raised up against the Christians by Valerian. Pope Sixtus, who was from Athens, was commanded to worship the idols, and refused; before his martyrdom by beheading, he committed to Laurence all the sacred vessels of the Church. When Laurence was arrested and brought before the Prefect, he was questioned concerning the treasures of the Church; he asked for three days' time to prepare them. He then proceeded to gather all the poor and needy, and presented them to the Prefect and said, "Behold the treasures of the Church." The Prefect became enraged at this and gave command that Laurence be racked, then scourged with scorpions (a whip furnished with sharp iron points - compare II Chron. 10:11), then stretched out on a red-hot iron grill. But the courageous athlete of Christ endured without groaning. After he had been burned on one side, he said, "My body is done on one side; turn me over on the other." And when this had taken place, the Martyr said to the tyrants, "My flesh is now well done, you may taste of it." And when he had said this, and had prayed for his slayers in imitation of Christ, he gave up his spirit on August 10, 258.

August 11

Euplus the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Cantania

This Martyr was from Catania in Sicily and contested during the reign of Diocletian. He presented himself of his own accord to Calvisianus the Governor, who put him to exceedingly harsh torments. As Euplus was on the rack, Calvisianus commanded him to worship Mars, Apollo, and Aesculapius; he answered he worshipped the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He was beheaded in the year 304.

August 12

The Holy Martyrs Photius and Anicetus of Nicomedia

These Martyrs contested in Nicomedia about the year 288. When Diocletian stirred up his persecution of the Christians, Anicetus presented himself openly and said that all who worship idols are blind and senseless. He was beaten with rods so ruthlessly that his bones appeared from the rents and wounds in his flesh. As he was suffering further torments, his nephew Photius came and embraced him, calling him his father and his uncle. He was also put to many tortures with him. They were then imprisoned together for three years. Finally they were cast into a furnace, where they gave up their spirits, and their bodies were preserved unharmed. Saint Anicetus is one of the Holy Unmercenaries.


Ecclesiastical Feast

For Sunday.

The Transfiguration of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ.


Upcoming Church Services

Monday, August 7

6:00 pm - Small Paraklesis

Wednesday, August 9

6:00 pm - Small Paraklesis

Friday, August 11

6:00 pm - Small Paraklesis

Saturday, August 12

5:00 pm - Great Vespers/Confession

Monday, August 14

6:00 pm - Vespers AT ASSUMPTION (Grand Blanc)

7:00 pm - Vespers AT ASSUMPTION (St. Clair Shores)



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
The Reading is from Luke 9:28-36

At that time, Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white. And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah" - not knowing what he said. As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, my Beloved; listen to him!" And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Peter's Second Universal Letter 1:10-19.

BRETHREN, be more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall; so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased," we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Gospel Reading

Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
The Reading is from Matthew 17:1-9

At that time, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear." And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead."


Wisdom of the Fathers

"When mind and heart are united in prayer and the soul is wholly concentrated in a single desire for God, then the heart grows warm and the light of Christ begins to shine and fills the inward man with peace and joy. We should thank the Lord for everything and give ourselves up to His will; we should also offer Him all our thoughts and words, and strive to make everything serve only His good pleasure."
St. Seraphim of Sarov


Digging Deeper into the Divine Liturgy

by Fr. Anthony Cook

Part 8 (first published 11-10-2013)

Last week we discussed what used to be the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, or rather, what used to be the final elements of the procession to the Church in preparation for the beginning of the Liturgy. The 3rd Antiphon, during which the clergy and the people entered the Church, led by the Deacon or Priest carrying the Gospel book, is like the other Antiphons in that it has verses from the Psalms that are sung or intoned by a leader, in alternation with a response by all. These response hymns were originally the full text of the Beatitudes, the famous "Blessed are they" sayings of Christ from Matthew 5, the Sermon on the Mount. These would be well known, and the people would be able to sing along as they found their place inside the Church. Following these, however, would be sung several particular hymns of the feast being celebrated, and in all likelihood the choirs would have taken a more primary role in this, as the people would not necessarily know all those hymns. The service is still celebrated in this way on occasion, with the full text of the Beatitudes and several other hymns of the day, but this is done infrequently, as it is lengthy.

Instead, the hymns of the day are reduced to the Resurrectional Hymn (or Apolytikion), together with the Apolytikion for the Saint of the day, the Apolytikion for the Church, and any other hymns that may be called for (as, for instance, if a Memorial Service is to be celebrated, then the Kontakion hymn for the Departed is also sung at this point). In conclusion is sung the Kontakion for the current festal season in the Church (or, when there is no particular festal Kontakion, the Kontakion to the Theotokos is sung instead).

These hymns are those that are sung by the choir and chanters immediately after the Small Entrance. They are some of the few variable elements remaining in the Divine Liturgy as celebrated in the average parish - the choirs often call them "the changes" to reflect that they are the part of the service that require the most attention in the weekly choir practice. It is important, however, that we remember the pomp and splendour with which these hymns would have been sung in the ancient Church, as all the ranks of the clergy (bishops, priests, and deacons), the Emperor, his courtiers, and all the people gathered for worship proceeded into the Church and took their place there.

Still more importantly, we should remember the purpose for which these hymns are here; they highlight for us the theme of the day, the life of the saint, the events of the feast day, the identity of our own Church, the grief and comfort of those who mourn, and the ongoing intercession on our behalf of the Theotokos and all the saints. These hymns, in short, together with the Trisagion hymn and prayer that immediately follow, remind us who we are, where we come from, where we are going, and how are called to live our lives. They are a summary of our life in Christ.

Part 9 (first published 11-17-2013)

A couple weeks ago we reached the point of the Small Entrance in our examination of the Divine Liturgy, and with that concluded our examination of the Three Antiphons. This portion of the service now comprises the first fifteen minutes of the Divine Liturgy, but originally was the prelude, the preparation for the Divine Liturgy, which began properly at the point of the Trisagion Hymn. Once the hymns for the day (the remainder of the Third Antiphon) have been completed by the Choir, we move directly into the Trisagion Hymn -- we would expect that the prayer which the priest reads during the singing of the hymn should have a profound significance, as it was originally the first full prayer read inside the Church, as the Divine Liturgy gets fully under way.

What we find is indeed significant, a statement of Who God is, who we are, and what we are doing in the Church. The text of the prayer is as follows:

1) Holy God, You dwell among Your saints. You are praised by the Seraphim with the thrice-holy hymn and glorified by the Cherubim and worshiped by all the heavenly powers. 2)You have brought all things out of nothing into being. You have created man and woman in Your image and likeness and adorned them with all the gifts of Your grace. 3) You give wisdom and understanding to the supplicant and do not overlook the sinner, but have established repentance as the way of salvation. 4) You have enabled us, Your lowly and unworthy servants, to stand at this hour before the glory of Your holy altar and to offer to You due worship and praise. Master, accept the thrice-holy hymn also from the lips of us sinners and visit us in Your goodness. Forgive our voluntary and involuntary transgressions, sanctify our souls and bodies, and grant that we may worship and serve You in holiness all the days of our lives, by the intercessions of the holy Theotokos and of all the saints who have pleased You throughout the ages.

The elements of the prayer are broken down by number. It begins, at 1, with an essential description of the Glory of God - as is appropriate for us as we enter the Church to worship Him. Then, at 2, it clarifies who we are - God's creation, made in His image and likeness. At 3, it states how people are to approach God - in repentance. And from 4 through to the end, it establishes what we are doing in the Church - coming, by God's grace, to seek forgiveness, sanctification, and communion with Him.

Since this prayer is read while the Trisagion (Thrice-Holy Hymn) is sung, it should be understood as a description of the intention with which we should come before God to glorify Him as Trinity, Three Persons in One Essence: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal - to ask for mercy and salvation. It is truly a summary of the very point of the Liturgy.


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.

Greek Fest Yard Signs

Please pick up a Greek Fest yard sign outside the Church office and display in your front yards. Please sign the "sign out" sheet on the bulletin board and do not throw out the yard sign after the Fest. We kindly ask that you store the sign or return it and we will store it for re-use (stickers will go over the date). Thank you!

Dance Group

Stella Kircos is putting together dance groups for our upcoming Greek Fest (Sept. 17). If your child is interested and you have not heard from Stella, please call 313.299.0347 or email and let her know of your interest!

Mark Your Calendars!

This year's Greek Festival will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 (Noon-7:00 pm).

The Rule of Faith - Orthodox Study

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

Coffee Servers - Urgent Need

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!

FOCUS Summer Feeding Program

FOCUS Detroit isn't only active during the school year. Over the summer, the Summer Feeding Program will be preparing and serving 4,000 meals for undernourished chidren in Detroit. feeding Volunteer opportunities are weekdays for all ages in Midtown or West Detroit from 8am to 12:30pm. In addition, there is an evening volunteer opportunity for 18 and over volunteers in Inkster from 4-8pm. Sign-up for a shift, bring your family, or a group from your church or business or civic organization! Let's impact Detroit and feed kids in need. Visit the link below for more information.

Philoptochos Sponsors

We continue to welcome you to become a Sponsor of any of the Philoptochos luncheons for the year. Please speak with Maria Kostaras or 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.



Upcoming Events


12:30 pm - Philoptochos

Wednesday, August 9

6:00 pm - Greek Fest

7:00 pm - Investment Oversight

Thursday, August 17

Noon - Seniors Luncheon

7:00 pm - Parish Council

Sunday, August 20

5:00 pm - GOYA Game Night 


Coffee Servers

Today: Lauren Tougas, Fran Kontos

8/13: Genie Papaioannou



 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

Asimakis Kostaras - 6 months

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

May his memory be eternal.