Saint George Church Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-09-15
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Saint George Church Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (845)331-3522
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 3062

  • Kingston, NY 12402

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Matins/Morning Service 9:00 am

Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sunday School after Holy Communion - students should sit with their families and come to the Sunday School section when Fr Jim calls them down, just before Holy Communion. They will have a short sermon, those that wish to receive Holy Communion will do so and they will then proceed to the Sunday School area.


Week Day Liturgies 10:00 am

Evening Services 7:00 pm

Past Bulletins

Welcome to St George Church of Kingston


Your Spiritual Home

Come home to St George this Sunday!





Sunday Worship Services:

Divine Liturgy (Eucharist) 10:00 AM

 Put Sunday Worship back in Your Life 


 and Usually Ends around 11:15

Stay for Coffee and Fellowship

Coffee Hour is offered this Sunday by Debbie and Stavros Kariolis

Thank you!

Please sign up in the Narthex to Host a Coffee Hour

 Of the 168 hours in every week with which we have been blessed, we offer back the short time we spend in church on Sunday morning and other services, gathered together as the Body of Christ. We are united in prayer and united in Holy Communion. We become His hands and feet carrying out His work in the world.  As we offer ourselves and our time as His Church, we are part of something much bigger than we can imagine – much bigger than the project we support, the service we provide, the prayer we offer.


A Sponsor is Needed for our Beautiful 2020 Church Calendar

We order 150 Calendars at a cost of approximately $250.

A sponsor would be listed prominently on the calendar.

Please see Fr Jim if you would like to be our sponsor for 2020.



The Parish Council Meets this Tuesday at 7:30 PM

The Women's Club Meets this Wednesday at 8:00 PM




“Every temple of the Lord is a house of divine Presence and a house of prayer.
Every temple is also a house of peace. May the soul of all those who enter into this holy
temple to take part in the assembly of God, become itself a house of peace.”

from Serve the Lord With Gladness by A Monk of the Eastern Church




George Thomas
has fallen asleep in the Lord.
Visitation & Funeral at St George Church of Kingston
Visitation on Monday, September 16 10:30-11:30 AM
Orthodox Christian Funeral follows Visitation at 11:30 AM
Interment at Wiltwyck Cemetery






  Sunday School Has Begun!
Click HERE to see our full-year calendar
and Register Online.
We will be studying the Parables of Jesus.


Katerina will be returning as our Greek School Instructor.

Greek School Has Begun!

Click HERE to see our full-year calendar

and Register Online.



The 2019 Saint George Greek Bazaar

November 22-23-24

Mark Your Calendar / Tell your Friends






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to set up automatic stewardship donations

to our beloved Saint George.


“It does not matter how much we give,

but how much love we put into our giving.”

Mother Theresa


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“…a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is “a time for every purpose,” as the verse from Ecclesiastes instructs us: “…a time to plant, a time to reap….” the challenge is to appropriately allocate our time to the various purposes that make claims on it.  The passage teaches us to make the most of God’s great gift of time.







Please click HERE to open our online form listing 7 brief questions. When you have completed the form, just click on the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page. The form should not take more than 5 minutes to complete.
Thank you for your assistance, And thank you to the 40 households that have responded.


  The Work of Jesus Christ: “…it is our Orthodox teaching that the Church continues the work of Christ on earth.  When laypeople sing in the choir, teach Sunday school, instruct their children to pray, etc., they are doing the work of the Church.”  

- Fr. Stanley S. Harakas, Contemporary Moral Issues


“With us everything should be secondary compared to our concern with children, and their upbringing in the instruction of the Lord."

 St John Chrysostom


 Parish Council Meets 7:30 Tuesday, September 17


Your 2019 Parish Council

Fr Jim, Priest

Anthony Moustakas, President

Xenakis Loizou, Vice President

Mary Matthews, Treasurer

George Kotzias, Secretary

Bill Kresser

Phil Lettre

 John Zacharia

  Nick Maouris

Ephie Trataros

Dennis Larios

Saint George Church seeks to offer:

  1. A sense of Peace and the Presence of God in worship;
  2. Opportunities to Serve Others;
  3. Meaningful opportunities for Fellowship;
  4. Education in aspects of the Faith for all ages; and
  5. A well-maintained and inspiring place of worship & fellowship
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Is a Member of our St George Family
in the Hospital, Rehab or Extended Care?
Please contact Fr Jim with the name and location of any members of our Saint George family that may be in the hospital, Rehab or Extended Care/Nursing Home. Please indicate whether the need is urgent. Call Fr Jim's office 646-519-6721 or email Please leave a clear message and a contact number in case additional information is needed.
     “The oil of religion should be used to soothe and heal the wounds of others,
not to ignite the fires of hatred.” 
-Archbishop Anastasios of Albania
Stewardship is what a person does after saying "I believe," as proof of that belief.

(Williams & McKibben in Oriented Leadership)


Saint George E-List We are developing an e-list (listserv) for parish communication. Your email will not be disclosed through the list or to other members of the list. The list will be used for weekly bulletins and timely information. Please send your email to and request to be added to the Saint George Kingston e-list.


“Faith is collaboration: thinking together, praying together, acting together.

The Church is not the place of my prayer but of our prayer.

We pray together and are responsible for each other.”

Archbishop Anastasios of Albania




 "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers:

for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

Hebrews 13:2 (KJV)







Attend for your parents, your grandparents, yourself, your children.



Making it Easier to Say Good-bye: Do You Have a Plan?

 “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek that city which is to come.”  Saint Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 12:13

Death is something that awaits all of us and our loved ones – yet we often wish to avoid thinking about it. As Orthodox Christians, we know that "Christ is risen from the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:20) and understand earthly death both as an encounter with the Risen Christ and the door to what the Lord Jesus calls “eternal life” (John 3:16).  In this sense, for believers, death is not the end but a new beginning. Christians, as St. Paul writes, “do not grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

It is important to recognize this and plan for passing.  You should consider preparing a will and a “Living Will”. Your wishes must be communicated to those that will carry them out and it is important that all recognize the uniqueness of Orthodox Christian customs and traditions. If you do not signify your wishes with the appropriate documents, your wishes may not be carried out and important Orthodox traditions may not be followed.  

As part of your planning, you will likely prepare a will and a ‘Living will”. You will consider loved ones and important organizations and causes in your life.  For all of us, the Church has played an important roll in our lives.  It is where we find ourselves in the most joyous and most sorrowful times of our lives.  Throughout your life you have committed faithfully to support the various ministries of your church.  You probably participated in numerous efforts to support special needs, such as building the church, iconography or paying off the mortgage.  Each gift you’ve made is an expression of your love for the Church and your thankfulness for God’s Blessings in your life.  As you plan, we ask you to consider joining the Eternal Light Society.  Through the Eternal Light Society you can continue to support your Church for years and even generations to come. To join the Eternal Light Society of your parish or to receive more information, contact your parish priest or a member of the parish’s Planned Giving Committee.

LIVING WILLS: When doing your estate planning it is common to also include a “Living Will”.  This deals with how medical care will be provided if you can’t give the instructions yourself. In your living will, you designate a “Health Care Agent” to be your representative and make the decisions you can’t make yourself.  For our Orthodox faithful, is important that the Living Will reflect an Orthodox perspective. There are many prayers and observances that can give great comfort to the patient and family. These may be missed if the Living Will doesn’t reflect an Orthodox perspective. The Stewardship Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has prepared an Orthodox Living Will that can be filled in and reviewed by your family, doctor and legal advisor. We urge you to contact Fr. Jim for a copy of the Orthdox Living Will.

PREPARING FOR THE FUNERAL: Orthodox funerals are distinct from other Christian traditions.  Thus, it helps to secure the services of a funeral home with experience in this regard.  You probably know of an appropriate funeral home in your area, but if you don’t, contact your priest for guidance.  Your funeral director will guide you through the process of choosing a burial plot, headstone, clothing, obituary, pallbearers, florist and any photos that are needed.  He or she should also be instructed to coordinate all arrangements with the priest and the funeral director can guide you through the process of obtaining a death certificate – of which at least 5-10 copies are needed for Social Security, Veteran, insurance and other purposes.  Concerning the obituary, today many newspapers allow families to buy space for an obituary of their composition.  It is helpful if a family member or friend who is skilled in writing researches and composes one in advance.  Given the grief and confusion that often accompanies a passing; no one is too young to have made arrangements for a plot, headstone and burial in advance.  All things being equal, funerals should ideally take place within three or so days from a person’s passing.  Extending arrangements beyond this interferes with the deceased’s right to be laid to rest in quick and dignified fashion.

AUTOPSIES:  When a person dies for reasons that are uncertain, a qualified medical examiner may, with the permission of the next of kin, perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  In some states, this is required by law.  Often an autopsy may add to the body of medical knowledge and help ameliorate illnesses for others in the future.  In all cases, however, the Orthodox Church expects that the body of the deceased be treated with respect and dignity and kept in a state that allows for an open-casket funeral.

ORGAN DONATION:  The Church considers organ donation an act of love and, as such, encourages it.  The donation of an organ from a deceased person can help a recipient live a longer and fuller life. Such donations are acceptable if the deceased donor had willed such action and/or if surviving relatives permit it – providing that it was in harmony with the desires of the deceased. Such actions can be approved as an expression of love if they express the self-determination of the donor.  Organ transplants should never be commercialized nor coerced nor take placed without proper consent. The death of the donor should never be hastened in order to harvest organs for transplantation to another person.  Finally, Orthodoxy does not approve of “giving one’s body to ‘science’” – as this precludes a proper Orthodox funeral (with the body present) and can be detrimental to the dignity that should be afforded the body.  Donation of organs and other body parts should always be made with a mind toward allowing an open-casket funeral to take place.

SUICIDE:  The Church teaches that Suicide – the taking of one's own life – is a sin.  One may repent for the killing of another and be forgiven through the sacrament of Confession.  However in the case of suicide, the possibility of repentance is, by definition, eliminated.  More importantly, suicide may be evidence of a lack of hope and faith in our loving, forgiving, sustaining God. If a person has committed suicide as a result of a belief that such an action is rationally or ethically defensible, the Orthodox Church denies that person a Church funeral because such beliefs and actions separate a person from the community of faith.  It should be noted though that the Church shows compassion on those who have taken their own life as a result of mental illness or severe emotional stress, when this condition of impaired rationality can be verified by a physician.  In this case, permission for the funeral must be granted in consultation with the presiding hierarch of the Metropolis or District.

MANNER OF INTERMENT / PROHIBITION OF CREMATIONS:  It is Orthodox Christian tradition is to bury the dead.  Cremation is prohibited and is not an option if an Orthodox funeral is desired.  Because Orthodoxy affirms the fundamental goodness of creation, it understands the body to be an integral part of the human person and the temple of the Holy Spirit, and expects the bodily resurrection of the dead.  The Church therefore considers cremation to be inconsistent with our belief in bodily resurrection, and requires that the body be buried so that the natural process of decomposition may take place.  It is important to be aware that cremation would preclude a Church funeral, either in the church or at the funeral home or at any other place.  In addition, memorial services with kolyva (boiled wheat) are not allowed in such instances, inasmuch as the similarity between the "kernel of wheat" and the "body" no longer exists.  The body of the deceased is respectfully placed in a casket and set in a grave. The body of the deceased, which St. Paul describes as “a temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19), is returned to the earth from which it was taken (Genesis 2:7).

OPEN CASKET: Our tradition as Orthodox Christians is that the casket normally be open during services at the mortuary and the Church.  It is well documented that allowing for an open casket assists survivors with processing their grief.  The reasoning that people don’t want their family and friends to “see them that way” cannot stand when compared to thousands of years of Orthodox Christian tradition.  The open casket is especially important during the funeral service at church, since it symbolizes the last time the deceased will gaze upon the Holy Altar – from whence they obtained the Holy Eucharist during their lifetimes.  A closed casket will be contemplated only in cases of severe disfigurement (catastrophic accident, fire, etc.) or advanced state of decomposition and, then, only in consultation with the presiding priest.  The casket is normally closed for the graveside Trisagion.

MEMORIAL DONATIONS:  Thousands of dollars can be spent by family and friends for funeral flowers. As Orthodox Christians we believe it is far more consistent with our values to, in lieu of flowers, choose Orthodox-related organizations or institutions as recipients for donations that will leave a constructive legacy behind.  To this end, many designate, and we encourage you to designate our parish of Saint George and/or other Orthodox Christian causes such as Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) or International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) – and note this preference in the obituary.

VIEWING/VISITATION: The viewing – or visitation – as it is commonly known is held the late afternoon and early evening the day(s) before the funeral with the Trisagion being held in the evening. The Trisagion is a brief service, no more than ten minutes in length. During this service – as at the Funeral Service the next day – we pray that the Lord will grant forgiveness of sins and rest to soul of the deceased “in the bosom of Abraham” (Luke 16:22-23) with Christ and the saints where “there is no pain no sorrow and no suffering” (Revelation 21:4).  Although the visitation has commonly been held at the funeral home, in recent years there has been a trend toward holding it in the church temple.  Please consult with Fr Jim for more information on this option.

FUNERAL:  The Funeral is held at Church and lasts about 35 minutes.  However, including the eulogy and the final farewell by family and friends, one should count on the entire proceedings lasting for about an hour or more if a large gathering is expected. The Funeral Service consists primarily of the singing of verses from Psalm 119, a series of hymns on the meaning of life and death composed by St. John of Damascus (676-749AD), Scripture readings from St. Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:13-18 and the Gospel of John 5:24-30 and a brief homily/eulogy by the priest. In the Scripture readings, prayers and hymns of the Funeral Service, a dramatic dialogue takes place between God, the deceased and everyone in attendance. The service acknowledges the painful realities of human existence and the frailty of life, yet reminds those present of God's infinite mercy and love. It asks that we "ponder how brief our life is" but also speaks of the power of the Risen Christ, the Kingdom of God, the resurrection of the dead and immortality. At the conclusion of the service, everyone present is invited to come forward to venerate the icon of the Resurrection and offer their final respects to the deceased. After the congregation and family have offered what the Funeral Service calls "the final kiss" to their loved one, the priest anoints the body of the deceased in the form of a cross with oil and earth reciting several verses from the Scriptures. During the anointing with oil, the priest says: "You shall sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be made clean.  You shall wash me and I shall become whiter than the snow" (Psalm 51:7); and then, with the placing of earth, he says: “The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and all that dwells therein.” (Psalm 24:1) and "You are dust and unto dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19). 

It should be especially noted that the Orthodox funeral tradition stipulates that only the priest offers a homily/eulogy during services in Church. Family members and friends who wish to speak and share memories may do so at the Makaria.

Following the Funeral Service held at the Church the deceased is taken to the cemetery where another Trisagion is prayed at the graveside, where the deceased will await the Second Coming of Christ.  Weather and conditions allowing, there are families who choose to witness the lowering of the casket into the ground before leaving the graveside.  This often helps lend an air of finality and ultimate closure to the funeral services

THE MAKARIA OR "MEAL OF BLESSING": Following the graveside service, it is customary to invite mourners to a meal called, in Greek, the Makaria.  The aim of the meal is create an atmosphere of simplicity, where the emphasis is on remembering the life and accomplishments of the deceased and where families do not vie with one another in offering the choice beef, lamb, lobster or other delicacy.  This is why Greek Orthodox tradition stipulates that the main Makaria dish be a simple meal of fish. There are several reasons for this.  The first meal that the Lord Jesus ate with His disciples following His resurrection from the dead consisted of broiled fish and bread, as recorded in the Gospel of John 21:12-13.It is also one of the foodstuffs that Jesus chose to multiply (Matthew 14:13-18, Matthew 15:29-39, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15) when He fed the masses.  The fish was also an early Christian symbol for Christ – ΙΧΘΥΣ – which spells “fish” in Greek.  “ΙΧΘΥΣ” is an acrostic, a word formed from the first letters of several words:  Jesus–Christ-God's-Son-Savior (Ἰησοῦς-Χριστός- Θεοῦ-Υἱός-Σωτήρ.)  Then there is also Christ’s promise to His disciples to make them “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:14-18).  All in all, this meal is a reminder of Christ’s resurrection and His closeness to those who believe in Him. It is never appropriate to serve meat at a Makaria that immediately follows a funeral.

A Christian funeral places a person's entire life and even death in the context of our faith in the Crucified and Risen Christ. It also enables family and friends to gather together to begin the process of accepting the painful reality of death and to express their love, grief and support for one another.

MEMORIAL SERVICES:  Set me as a seal upon your heart; for love is as strong as death. (The Song of Songs 8:6)

Prayer for the dead is seen by Orthodox Christians as an essential component of our faith in Jesus Christ. Praying for those who have died is not merely an expression of mourning, it is a proclamation that Christ has risen from the dead and that, in His love, even death cannot separate us from one another! Forty days after the death of a loved one (or on the Sunday nearest to the 40 days), it is the custom of our Church to celebrate a prayer service in remembrance of the deceased known in English as a Memorial Service. In this service we ask God to “grant rest” to the deceased “in the bosom of Abraham” (Luke 16:22-23) and to place him/her “in a place of light, a place of happiness, a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, no sorrow and no suffering” (Revelation 21:4) as we did during the funeral service.

A tray of boiled wheat, raisins, pomegranate seeds and powdered sugar – called “kolyva” in Greek – is prepared for the service and distributed to parishioners at the Coffee Hour. This practice is based on the words of Jesus used to describe His own death and resurrection when He said, “Amen, I say to you: unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains a single grain of wheat. But if it dies, it brings forth a good harvest” (John 12:24). The tray of kolyva is a symbol of our faith in the life giving death and resurrection of Christ.

It is meaningful for a family to offer kolyva that has been prepared at home.  However, for those who do not have the stamina, skill or time to prepare the kolyva, contact Fr Jim to make alternative arrangements for its preparation.

In addition to the 40 day Memorial Service, Memorial Services are normally held annually on or near the anniversary of the loved one’s death. Memorials or Trisagion services (celebrated without kolyva) should be arranged by contacting your local priest at least two weeks before the desired date. Please note that memorial services are not customarily celebrated on major feast days nor (with the exception of 40-day memorials) on the Sundays of Great Lent.  Everyone – especially those with loved ones whose anniversary of passing falls during Lent and Holy Week – is encouraged to remember their departed loved ones annually by submitting their names to be commemorated on the Saturdays of Souls associated with Great Lent and the celebration of Pentecost.

HOW WISHES ARE COMMUNICATED: It is critical that you make your wishes and plans known to your loved ones.  Our world today requires that many of these wishes be documented in a will or trust.  Also, a living will and burial instructions can be prepared so there is no confusion at a time when it is easy to overlook important orthodox traditions because stress and emotions are running high.  The Stewardship Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has prepared an Orthodox Living Will that can be filled in and reviewed by your family, doctor and legal advisor. It is important, and we urge you to seek competent legal and financial advice and also the advice of your parish priest.  We also ask that consider joining the Eternal Light Society of your local parish and that you remember the Church in your will. 


 “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”

Romans 14:8







Gospel and Epistle Readings

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. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Nothing comes without effort. The help of God is always ready and always near, but is given only to those who seek and work, and only to those seekers who, after putting all their powers to the test, then cry out with their whole heart: "Lord, help us."
St. Theophan the Recluse
19th Century

The key to knowledge is the humility of Christ. The door of the Kingdom of Heaven is open, not to those who only know in their learned minds the mysteries of faith and the commandments of their Creator, but to those who have progressed far enough to live by them.
St. Bede the Venerable
Unknown, 8th century


Saints and Feasts

September 15

Nikitas the Great Martyr

This Saint was of high birth among the Goths beyond the Danube River. He was taken by Athanaric, pagan ruler of the Goths, and after being tortured, was burned to death for his confession of Christ. According to some, this took place during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great; according to others, under the Emperor Gratian.

September 15

Philotheos the Righteous

September 15

Bessarion of Larissa

September 15

Righteous Father Symeon, Archbishop of Thessolonica

September 15

John the New Martyr of Crete

September 15

Porphyrios the Actor