St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-03-14
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St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (281) 679-5395
  • Fax:
  • (281) 679-5397
  • Street Address:

  • 1100 Eldridge Parkway

  • Houston, TX 77077

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Orthros: 8:30 AM

Sunday Divine Liturgy: 9:30 AM

Weekday Liturgies: 9 AM




Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

By Your cross, O Lord, You shattered death; to the thief You opened paradise. You transformed the Myrrhbearers' lamentation, and commanded Your Apostles to proclaim that You arose, Christ our God, granting to the world Your great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment. Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, "O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen."

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4.

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

Gospel Reading

Forgiveness Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Here it were well to sigh aloud, and to wail bitterly: for not only do we imitate the hypocrites, but we have even surpassed them.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 20 on Matthew 6, 4th Century


Saints and Feasts

March 14

Forgiveness Sunday

The Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam's exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments. For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind. The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands. Taking occasion from today's Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.



Current Community Update 


This Sunday

  • Join your Spiritual Family at Sain Basil's in the celebrtion of the Divine Liturgy! 

Lenten Services

  • Mondays 6:30pm, Compline Service
  • Wednesdays 6:30pm, Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
  • Fridays 6:30pm, Salutations to the Theotokos
  • Saturday of Souls 3/13, 3/20 -- 9:00am, Divine Liturgy & Memorial Service

For additional pastoral services, please contact the church office.

Ministries, Community Events, Meetings & Gatherings 

  • Youth Education Program (YEP):  This Sunday we will be bak inside of the Geroge J Kostas Education Building.  We will offer Face 2 Face class experience, with safety protocols based upon the experience offered in our local public school districts.  Classes will be held outdoors when possible, when inside then distancing, hand sanitizing and the wearing of masks are suggested and expected, as per the practice in our local public school districts.
  • Bible Sunday: Sunday Readings.  Continues online this Wednesday at 11am.  In person participation will be offered next month.


85 households have made Stewardship Commitments to Sanit Basil's in 2021.  Over 350 households served by Saint Basil's are yet to do so.  Where are you?

We have begun 2021 with a renewed focus on God in our lives. Foundational to God-centered focus in our lives is the actionable experience of stewardship: offering back to God a smalll amount of what He has given to you.  With responsible stewardship, comes the abundance of God's Grace.  Saint Basil's wants the Grace of God to flow richly in the life of our community and the individual lives of the faithful, therefore, Saint Basil's continues to offer a Stewardship program to help facilitate the experience of good stewardship in the lives of our parishioners.

Please see the stewardship letter attached and complete the stewardship card attached to this weekly bulletin, and return it to the church office this week, or this weekend by bringing it with you to the Divine Liturgy this Sunday.

Your good stewardship helps our community grow forward toward greater stability and service to Christ.  Saint Basil's has been there for all of us -- will you be there for Saint Basil's?  

 Prayer of Protection from the Coronavirus 

O God Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in Your ineffable goodness, look down upon Your people gathered in Your name.  Be our helper and defender in this day of affliction.  You know our weakness.  You hear our cry in repentance and contrition of heart.  O Lord who loves mankind deliver us from the impending threat of the corona virus.  Send Your Angel to watch over us and protect us.  Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus.  Guide the hands of physicians and preserve those who are healthy that we may continue to serve You in peace and glorify Your most honorable and majestic Name, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

*full service for the Protection from the Coronavirus in the attachment section of this bulletin.