St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-10-11
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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 1st Tone

Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of Mankind!

Apolytikion for Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal 4th Tone

You are greatly glorified, O Christ our God, who established our Fathers as luminaries upon the earth, and through them led us all to the true Faith. O Most compassionate, glory to You.

Apolytikion of Saint Basil the Great in the 1st Tone

Your voice resounded throughout the world that received your word by which, in godly manner, you taught dogma, clarified the nature of beings, and set in order the character of people. Venerable father, Royal Priesthood, intercede to Christ God to grant us great mercy.

Εἰς πᾶσαν τὴν γὴν ἐξῆλθεν ὁ φθόγγος σου, ὡς δεξαμένην τὸν λόγον σου, δι' οὗ θεοπρεπῶς ἐδογμάτισας, τὴν φύσιν τῶν ὄντων ἐτράνωσας, τὰ τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἤθη κατεκόσμησας, Βασίλειον Ἱεράτευμα, Πάτερ Ὅσιε, Χριστὸν τὸν Θεὸν ἱκέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ἡμῖν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Tone

The protection of Christians unshameable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, do not turn from the prayerful cries of those who are in sin; instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: Hasten to intercession and speed now to supplication as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


Wisdom of the Fathers

When you see life's pleasures, beware that they might not distract you, for they conceal death's snares. Likewise a fisherman casts not his hook to no purpose. As bait for his hook, the enemy uses the delusion of sensuality to arouse desire, that he might thereby catch men's souls and subject them to himself. A soul which has been caught to serve the enemy's will then serves as a snare for other souls, for it conceals the grief of sin with its apparent delight.
St. Ephraim the Syrian
A Spiritual Psalter no 43, pg. 74, 4th century


Saints and Feasts

October 11

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.



Current Community Update 

We continue to journey through our liturgical worship with faith and grace! Furthermore, we continue with current temporary adjustments to Saint Basil life, in accordance with directives from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver.

Metropolis of Denver Announcement

  • As previously announced, the Reverend Deacon Paul Zaharas who has served the Metropolis of Denver faithfully in multiple roles for 20 years, has been announced as the new Director of United States Programs for IOCC.  We wish Deacn Paul all of the Lord's blessings in his new ministerial endeavor! 
  • His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver has appointed the Reverend Father Lou Christopoulos as the new Chancellor of the Metropolis of Denver.  May our Lord bless Father Lou with all of His Grace as he begins this new ministerial role in the Lord's Vineyard!
  • To both Father Lou and Deacon Paul, we proclaim: AXIOS!

Technology Updates

  • We are in the process of converting to a completely new parish software system called, Servant Keeper.  Servant Keeper is recognized as one of the premier church softward systems available and will streamline many of our functions currently taking place through multiple experiences.  Servant Keeper will help our Saint basil family stay better connected, and will even provide easier means to support our Spiritual Home!  More updates will be given as we are trained on this new and exciting program.
  • The parish website has been experienceing multiple challenges, including updates and calendar syncronization.  We are working to remedy this, however, at this time please refer to the calander attached to this bulletin or in the Basilian Newsletter.
  • In the last several weeks there have been challenges in many of your recieving parish emails.  We are hopeful that this will be fixed with our update into Servant Keeper.  Please continue to also check your spam or junk folders.


National, State and local directives are changing rapidly, including in references to churches.  Our Church hierarchy is in constant communication with public directives, guidlines and the prayerful consideration of how to reopen liturgical life. 

This Sunday

  • As previously announced, social distancing measures will be in effect, limiting the number of people inside.  All parishioners inside or outside of the sanctuary are asked to follow the direction of our parish council members and ushers, who will facilitate the process of approaching to receive the Holy Sacrament.

Multiple Liturgies

  • Through the remainder of August, Saint Basil's will celebrate the Divine Liturgy multiple times each week, to provide ample opportunity for the faithful to participate in the Divine Liturgy and receive Holy Communion, without forcing a large gathering.  Anyone in an 'at risk' demographic is encouraged to come to the weekday Liturgies. 

This Week's Liturgical Schedule:

Monday: Divine Liturgy 9 am, Saint Symeon the New Theologian

Saturday: Divine Liturgy 9 am, Prophet Hosea

Memorial Services

  • We now are allowing koliva to be brought to the church, to be included in the experience of praynig the Memorial Serivce.  The koliva will be blessed during the service, yet not distributed to the faithful.  The family that brought the koliva for the memorial service will be expected to take the koliva home with them.

For additional pastoral services, please contact the church office.

Ministries, Community Events, Meetings & Gatherings 

Youth Ministry

  • Oue Youth Education Program (YEP) is in full swing! If you are yet to participate -- start this Saturday online!
  • If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Rigas 281-844-5839.
  • October 18th will be our monthly Youth Activity Sunday - bring a change of clothes, it could get messy!


Online Ministries

  • Please see the attached flyer for a list of all Online mnistries currently offered.


Support your Spiritual Home during this unique time! In addition to sending checks, Saint Basil’s can currently accept offerings through PayPal and credit card payments by clicking on the Donate to the Church button at the top of the parish website:  We are continuing to research additional forums to make it easier for all the faithful to make offerings back to God through His Church during this time when recognition of our need for God and His Church is heightened in our daily experience.

All Saint Basil’s faithful are asked to please pray in this chapter of human need!  Included in this eblast, please find the Prayer of Protection from the Coronavirus for daily offering.  May our Patron, Saint Basil the Great, intercede to the Lord on our behalf!

In His Service,

Father Luke

 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.





  • Saint Basil Calendar

    October 11 to October 18, 2020

    Sunday, October 11

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, October 13

    7:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, October 14

    6:30AM Saint Basil's ZOOM Mens Ministry: Are You Adam?

    11:00AM Online ZOOM Bible Study

    Sunday, October 18

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy



    October Calendar

    October Calendar

    October Calendar

    Online Ministries

    Online Ministries

    Online Ministries

    Prayer Service for Protection from the Coronavirus

    Prayer Service for Protection from the Coronavirus

    Prayer Service for Protection from the Coronavirus

    Be Part of the Family at Saint Basil's

    Be Part of the Family at Saint Basil's

    The gathering of faithful (Ekklesia) at Saint Basil's is a spiritual family that is waiting for you! The healing Love of God and fellowship of those who seek It, are what binds us together and we hope that you stay or join! Welcome to Saint basil's - Welcome to your Spiritual Family!

    2020 Stewardship Card

    2020 Stewardship Card

    Offer back to God a little from all that He has given you. It is good for your soul and supports the sustainability and growth of parish ministries at Saint Basil's. Become a Steward today by completing the 2020 Stewardship Card and returning it to the church office.