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St. Spyridon Church
Publish Date: 2020-01-21
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St. Spyridon Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (708)385-2311
  • Fax:
  • (708) 385-0166
  • Street Address:

  • 12307 S. Ridgeland

  • Palos Heights, IL 60463
  • Mailing Address:

  • 12307 S. Ridgeland

  • Palos Heights, IL 60463


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sunday Orthros - 8:00 a.m. followed by the Divine Liturgy

Saturday Vespers - 6:00 p.m.


Past Bulletins


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 115.15,12.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 1:12-20.

Brethren, I want you to know that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the praetorian guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ; and most of the brethren have been made confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, and are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear. Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel; the former proclaim Christ out of partisanship, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I shall rejoice. For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope.


Gospel Reading

Maximus the Confessor
The Reading is from Luke 12:8-12

The Lord said to His disciples, "Every one who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And every one who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious how or what you are to answer or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."


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Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Maximus the Confessor in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, luminary of the world, God-inspired adornment of monastics, O wise Maximos, by thy teachings thou hast enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Apolytikion of St. Spyridon in the First Mode

O Father, God-bearer, Spyridon, you were proven a champion and Wonder Worker of the First Ecumenical Council. You spoke to the girl in the grave and turned the serpent to gold. And, when chanting your prayers, most sacred One, angels ministered with you. Glory to Him who glorified you; glory to Him who crowned you; glory to Him who, through you, works healing for all.

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.
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Saints and Feasts

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January 21

Maximus the Confessor

The divine Maximus, who was from Constantinople, sprang from an illustrious family. He was a lover of wisdom and an eminent theologian. At first, he was the chief private secretary of the Emperor Heraclius and his grandson Constans. When the Monothelite heresy became predominant in the royal court, out of hatred for this error the Saint departed for the Monastery at Chrysopolis (Scutari), of which he later became the abbot. When Constans tried to constrain him either to accept the Monothelite teaching, or to stop speaking and writing against it - neither of which the Saint accepted to do - his tongue was uprooted and his right hand was cut off, and he was sent into exile where he reposed in 662. At the time only he and his few disciples were Orthodox in the East (See also August 13).


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January 21

Maximus the Confessor

The divine Maximus, who was from Constantinople, sprang from an illustrious family. He was a lover of wisdom and an eminent theologian. At first, he was the chief private secretary of the Emperor Heraclius and his grandson Constans. When the Monothelite heresy became predominant in the royal court, out of hatred for this error the Saint departed for the Monastery at Chrysopolis (Scutari), of which he later became the abbot. When Constans tried to constrain him either to accept the Monothelite teaching, or to stop speaking and writing against it - neither of which the Saint accepted to do - his tongue was uprooted and his right hand was cut off, and he was sent into exile where he reposed in 662. At the time only he and his few disciples were Orthodox in the East (See also August 13).


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January 21

Neophytos the Martyr of Nicaea

The Martyr Neophytos, who was from Nicea in Bithynia, was the son of pious parents, Theodore and Florence. Led by grace from his childhood, he took up his dwelling in a cave upon Mount Olympus at the age of nine and lived there in asceticism and prayer. At the age of fifteen, during the reign of Diocletian about the year 290, he presented himself to the local Governor named Decius. Roused to fury by his unexpected boldness, Decius had him scourged, then laid out on a bed of fire. When he had been preserved by grace through these torments, he gave him up to wild beasts. But since the Saint remained unharmed, a certain pagan fell on him with a sword and slew him.


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Saint Spyridon Calendar

  • Saint Spyridon Calendar

    January 21 to February 5, 2020

    Tuesday, January 21

    Maximus the Confessor

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    Wednesday, January 22

    Fasting Day

    The Righteous Martyr Anastasius of Persia

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    6:00PM Iconography

    7:00PM Floga Practice

    8:00PM Goya

    Thursday, January 23

    The Holy Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    Friday, January 24

    Fasting Day

    Xenia, Deaconess of Rome

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    4:30PM Plutarchos Academy

    Saturday, January 25

    Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople

    8:00AM St. Gregory, Orthros & Liturgy

    11:00AM Byzantine Music

    2:00PM Baptism

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, January 26

    NO SACRAMENTS

    Xenophon & his Companions

    8:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    9:30AM Jr. Choir

    11:00AM Sunday School

    Monday, January 27

    Removal of the Relics of John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    10:00AM Greek Bible Study

    4:30PM Plutarchos Academy

    7:00PM Bible Study

    Tuesday, January 28

    Venerable Ephraim the Syrian

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    Wednesday, January 29

    Fasting Day

    Removal of the Relics of Ignatius the God-bearer

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    6:00PM Iconography

    7:00PM Goya

    Thursday, January 30

    Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

    8:00AM Three Hierarchs, Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    7:00PM Paradosis Dance Practice

    Friday, January 31

    Fasting Day

    Cyrus & John the Unmercenaries

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    4:30PM Plutarchos Academy

    8:00PM Greek Night at Milwaukee Bucks

    Saturday, February 1

    NO SACRAMENTS

    Trypho the Martyr

    7:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Byzantine Music

    Sunday, February 2

    The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

    8:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    9:30AM Psaltes

    11:00AM Sunday School

    Monday, February 3

    The Synaxis of the Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-Receiver and the Holy Prophetess Anna

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    10:00AM Greek Bible Study

    4:30PM Plutarchos Academy

    7:00PM Bible Study

    Tuesday, February 4

    Isidore of Pelusium

    9:00AM Archangels Academy

    7:00PM Parish Council

    Wednesday, February 5

    Fasting Day

    Agatha the Martyr

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Coming Events

    Stewardship Forms 2020

    Stewardship Forms 2020

    “A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven” The Stewardship of Time Dear Faithful of Saint Spyridon, The Stewardship forms for the New Year may be found at: http://www.saint-spyridon.org/stewardship.html Your stewardship donation is most meaningful when accompanied by your presence, by your willingness to serve, by your prayers, and by your commitment. We are grateful for your kind generosity and assistance to our parish family and we kindly ask that you continue to support our efforts. I offer you my thanks for your dedication to our parish and your participation in Christ’s work of salvation. Wishing all of you a blessed and joyous New Year 2020! Rev. Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos


    Metropolis of Chicago Servant Leadership Award

    Metropolis of Chicago Servant Leadership Award

    Metropolis of Chicago Servant Leadership Awards The Metropolis will host its inaugural Servant Leadership Awards Dinner on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Cotillion Banquets in Palatine, Illinois. On that date, the Metropolis will gather as one to recognize laypersons from our parishes who have distinguished themselves for their acts of service, leadership and innovation on behalf of our Holy Church. His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael wishes to use this occasion to formally acknowledge and reward the hard work and achievements of the lay servant leaders in our parishes, and hopes that by highlighting their efforts, others will be inspired to get involved in the life of the Church. Tickets to the Servant Leadership Awards Dinner will go on sale in March. 


    Philoptochos Fundraiser

    Philoptochos Fundraiser

    Our Saint Spyridon Philoptochos is having a winter fundraiser lunch package “Winter warm-up, Greek style” where you can pre-order avgolemono soup, lagana (bread) and rice pudding/karithopita. This lunch pick up will be after church on Sunday January 26th. Once again, half of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to a not for profit. Please pre-order to ensure that we are able to meet everyone’s needs. There will be pre-order forms available every Sunday during the coffee social.


    Archangels Academy 15th Anniversary Breakfast

    Archangels Academy 15th Anniversary Breakfast

    Come celebrate the 15th Anniversary of our Archangels Academy of Sunday, February 9th, 2020.


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