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St. Spyridon Church
Publish Date: 2020-07-15
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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. Fourth Mode. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 13:11-14; 14:1-5.

BRETHREN, when I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified.


Gospel Reading

The Holy Martyrs Cyricus and His Mother Julitta
The Reading is from Matthew 17:24-27; 18:1-4

At that time, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay the tax?" He said, "Yes." And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?" And when he said, "From others," Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself."

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."


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Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Martyr Julitta & Cyricus in the Fourth Mode

Blessed Julitta, Christ God's rational ewe-lamb, with holy Cyricus, her three-year-old offspring, stood at the judgment seat and with authority and great boldness they proclaimed the true Faith of the Christians. In no wise were they afraid of the threats of the tyrants; and now in Heaven, wearing precious crowns, they both rejoice as they stand before Christ our God.

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 Second Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
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Saints and Feasts

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July 15

The Finding of the Head of St. Matrona of Chios


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July 15

The Holy Martyrs Cyricus and His Mother Julitta

Saint Julitta was from the city of Iconium. Fearing the persecution of Diocletian, she took her son Cyricus, who was three years old, and departed for Seleucia; but finding the same evil there, she went over to Tarsus in Cilicia, where the ruler arrested her. He took her son from her and tried with flatteries to draw the youth to himself. But the little one, in his childish voice, called on the Name of Christ and kicked the ruler in the belly so hard, that the tyrant became enraged and cast him down the steps of the tribunal. In this manner, the child's head was crushed, and he gave up the spirit. As for his blessed mother, she first endured many torments, and finally was beheaded in the year 296.


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July 15

The Holy Martyrs Cyricus and His Mother Julitta

Saint Julitta was from the city of Iconium. Fearing the persecution of Diocletian, she took her son Cyricus, who was three years old, and departed for Seleucia; but finding the same evil there, she went over to Tarsus in Cilicia, where the ruler arrested her. He took her son from her and tried with flatteries to draw the youth to himself. But the little one, in his childish voice, called on the Name of Christ and kicked the ruler in the belly so hard, that the tyrant became enraged and cast him down the steps of the tribunal. In this manner, the child's head was crushed, and he gave up the spirit. As for his blessed mother, she first endured many torments, and finally was beheaded in the year 296.


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Saint Spyridon Calendar

  • Saint Spyridon Calendar

    July 15 to July 30, 2020

    Wednesday, July 15

    The Holy Great Prince Vladimir, Equal of the Apostles

    Fasting Day

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Thursday, July 16

    Hieromartyr Athenogenes

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Friday, July 17

    Fasting Day

    Holy Great Martyr Marina

    8:30AM First Hour & Divine Liturgy

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Saturday, July 18

    Holy Martyr Emilian

    Sunday, July 19

    Saint Macrina

    8:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    Monday, July 20

    Holy Prophet Elijah

    8:30AM First Hour & Divine Liturgy

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Tuesday, July 21

    Holy Prophet Ezekiel

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Wednesday, July 22

    Fasting Day

    Holy Myrrh-Bearer Equal of the Apostles Mary Magdalene

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Thursday, July 23

    Holy Martyrs Trophimus & Theophilus

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Friday, July 24

    Martyr Christina

    Fasting Day

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    7:00PM Akathist Hymn

    Saturday, July 25

    Saint Anna

    Saint Olympias

    8:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    3:30PM baptism

    Sunday, July 26

    Saint Paraskeve

    8:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    1:00PM baptism

    Monday, July 27

    Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon

    8:30AM First Hour & Divine Liturgy

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Tuesday, July 28

    Saint Irene Chrysovalantou

    8:30AM First Hour & Divine Liturgy

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Wednesday, July 29

    Holy Martyr Callinicus

    Fasting Day

    9:00AM Church Office Open

    Thursday, July 30

    Holy Apostle Silas of the Seventy

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Coming Events

    23rd Annual Golf Outing

    23rd Annual Golf Outing

    This year’s Golf Outing will take place at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park on August 18th, 2020. All measures will be taken to provide a safe and comfortable experience for all our golfers. Thanks to your support over the years and the work of our dedicated volunteers and generous donors, this annual event is becoming increasingly successful as a fellowship and fundraising opportunity for our parish family. All the proceeds from our Saint Spyridon Golf Outing benefit the Building Fund. We hope and pray that through your support of our 23rd Annual Golf Outing, we will continue to beautify our parish home and make it safe and welcoming for generations to come. For registration forms please visit: http://www.saint-spyridon.org/golf-outing.html


    Stewardship Forms 2020

    Stewardship Forms 2020

    Stewardship 2020 With the Covid-19 pandemic impacting everyday life, we thank you for your unwavering support and wish you and your loved ones continued health and joy in our Lord. During this difficult period, your prayers and kind generosity have helped our beloved parish continue its ministry to those in need and to face the various challenges as best we can. Slowly our worship life has resumed while ensuring the safety of the attendees and all our parish members. Given the situation, we are not able to host any social events this summer, including our parish festival which serves as an important event in our community life and a vital fundraiser that supports our parish operations. This reality makes our stewardship support all the more important to the well-being of our parish community. If we can all give our fair share as stewards of our church, while also inviting new stewards to join our parish family, we can hope to achieve our goal where at least half of our parish support comes from stewardship. We wish to thank the 250 Stewards who have committed their stewardship for 2020. Stewardship contributions can be made online at our website: www.Saint-Spyridon.org through Tith.ly or PayPal. You can also send in your stewardship by mail or by stopping by the church during office hours.


    Orthodox Food Store

    Orthodox Food Store

    Dear Faithful of Saint Spyridon, We hope everyone has been healthy and safe in these times of crisis. The Orthodox Christian community has started a new initiative with the guidance of our spiritual leader, his Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael. It is a food relief program in which all twenty-six Chicagoland Greek Orthodox Churches are participating. The program calls for donors to make different "kits" to assist those less fortunate. There are three different kinds of kits: 1. COVID kit (one-gallon Ziploc bags, face masks, latex or plastic gloves, small hand sanitizer, antibacterial bars of soap, Band-Aids, small bottles of hand moisturizer) 2. CARE kit (bottles of water, snack/granola bars, small packs of crackers-sealed, small deodorant, small bars of antibacterial soap, small bottles of shampoo, small tubes of toothpaste, sealed toothbrushes, one-gallon Ziploc bags) 3. DINNER Kit (cans of corn, cans of green beans, pasta – 1- or 2-pounds bags or boxes, jars of pasta sauce, jars of jelly/jam, bags of uncooked rice, cans of beans, boxes of graham crackers) These kits are to be pre-packaged at home with all the necessary materials included. The items for the COVID and Care kits are to be packaged in one large Zip-Lock bag and the Dinner Kit should be put in a large paper bag (ex. Trader Joe's bag). The specific items for each kit are laid out in the image below. You may drop-off kits on Thursdays from 3 PM to 5 PM. Large plastic bins will be placed outside the front doors near the office for kits to be deposited. Our first drop off day will be on Tuesday, June 23rd. For any questions, or if you wish to drop off a kit sometime other than the designated time, please contact the office at (708)-385-2311. Thank you for supporting the Orthodox Store Mini stry.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

'God is love', and he who seeks to establish its bounds is like a blind man attempting to count the grains of sand in the deeps of the sea. In quality, love is the likeness of God, as far as this is possible to mortals; in action, it is intoxication of the soul; in its properties, it is the source of faith, the abyss of long-suffering, the sea of humility. Love is real renunciation of every contrary thought, for it 'thinketh no evil' (I Cor. 13:5). Love, passionlessness and sonship differ only in name. As light, fire and flame are combined in one single action, so it is with these three.
Monks Callistus and Ignatius
Directions to Hesychasts no. 90, Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart; Faber and Faber pg. 257

...but also set the child in the midst, by the very sight abashing them, and persuading them to be in like manner lowly and artless. Since both from envy the little child is pure, and from vainglory, and from longing for the first place; and he is possessed of the greatest of virtues, simplicity, and whatever is artless and lowly. Not courage then only is wanted, nor wisdom, but this virtue also, humility I mean, and simplicity.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 58 on Matthew 17, 4th Century

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Daily Announcements

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Dear Faithful of Saint Spyridon,
Thank you for your kind and generous support of our Festival Raffle and for your continued prayers and devotion to our beloved Saint Spyridon parish.
 
This week's schedule is as follows:
 
Friday, July 17th - St. Marina 
First Hour & Divine Liturgy - 8:30 a.m.
 
Saturday, July 19th
Orthros & Divine Liturgy - 8:!5 a.m.
 
All services are streamed on the parish website and on our YouTube channel.  Click here to subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC68WCiYHUYSTCqlelnAWLvQ
 
In His Service, Fr. Tilemahos
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