St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-03-10
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Fax:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Street Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301-5315

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Orthros - 8:30 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.


Evening Vespers - 6:00 p.m.


Past Bulletins

St. George News and Events



Sunday Service
Orthros 8:30 am
Divine Liturgy 9:30 am



1 year memorial service on Sunday for Anne Drulias, and the Drulias family is hosting the coffee social.

40 day Memorial for Denna Theodore will be March 24th.  Coffee Hour to be hosted by family.


 General Announcements

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Please help a parishioner who is looking for a 2 bedroom apartment/duplex/house here in Bakersfield.
Please call church office (661) 325-8694 or email the secretary at

Lent and Holy Week Needs 2024

The following list contains the needs of the Church for Lent and Holy Week for all the planned services. Some things have already been donated (names listed); there are other items that still are needed. If you would like to donate an item, please call the church office at (661) 325-8694 or email the secretary at All items are to arrive on the date before services begin (or the day before).

5 Fridays of Lent (March 22nd, March 29th, April 5th, April 12th, April 19th):

Flowers for the Icon of the Virgin Mary - Angela Becerra and Family

3rd Sunday of Lent – Sunday of the Holy Cross (April 7th):

Flowers for the Service of the Cross – Tom and Elaine Dorlis and Family

Saturday of Lazarus (April 27th):

Palm Leaves for making Crosses for Palm Sunday - ____________

Palm Sunday Evening (April 28th):

Flowers for the Icon of the Bridegroom - The Southerd Family

Holy Wednesday (May 1st):

Cotton Balls, Swabs – The McNaughton Family

Holy Thursday (May 2nd):

Flower Wreath for the Holy Cross – Stephen and Nicole Strategos and Family

Beeswax Candles (15) – The Cisneros Family

Holy Friday (May 3rd):

Linen Sheet -  Demestihas Family

Rose Petals - ____________

Flowers for Epitaphios – Tray passed to congregation on Palm Sunday/Philoptochos

Holy Saturday (May 4th):

Bay Leaves – The Al-Sheikh Family

Flowers for Icon of the Resurrection - ____________

Flowers for Banner of the Resurrection - ____________

100 (approx) red dyed Eggs - ____________

Paschal Candle – Manny and Erin Strategos and Family

Easter Lilies (30) - The Pierucci Family


From Fr. Jim

Children in Church

Our children are blessings from our Lord.  We are entrusted to provide and equip them with the proper tools to one day navigate through life with its joys and challenges.  Church is one environment where we can begin to show children proper behaviors that will benefit them through life.  Scripture tells us to raise them with wisdom and instruction.  Each age has its own challenges.  Each age has the potential for growth.  Teach your children how to behave while in church.  There is a proper prayer attitude.  There is proper respect to be shown to all the people who are here to pray with them. 


For those with infants and toddlers, it's never too early to show them proper posture in prayer.  Yes, prayer can be singing and prayer is also quiet. Prayer is subtle movement in place.  Prayer is not playtime.  Prayer is a time to focus our attention toward God.


For older children, it is time to show them what is written in our Liturgical Books.  Teach them to follow along while we read and singing the services.  As Psalm 46:10 teaches us “Be still and know that I am God”.  Prayer teaches us how to be attuned to our God.  Prayer in church helps us to be disciplined in worship.


House blessings have started
Please contact our church secretary Susan at 325-8694
or via email at
This sign up is NOT for memorials, please contact the secretary at the above number or email her to schedule your memorial.
Coffee Hour Sign Ups
3/3/24 Antonaros and Londquist
3/10/24 Drulias 
3/17/24 Cisneros 
3/24/24 🍇 Theodore
3/31/24 🍇 Patrick Snitchler 
4/7/24 🍇
4/14/24 🍇Becerra 
4/21/24 🍇Greek School
4/28/24 🐟Parish Council
5/5/24 Pascha 
5/19/24 McNaughton 
6/9/24 Ayoub and Asmeron


8/4/24 🍇
8/11/24 🍇

Why Coffee Hour?
-Most of us are hungry, especially children 
-Coffee goes well with a snack 
-Keeps us united as a parish
Coffee Hour Ideas:
Cookies of any kind 
Donuts- regular or mini 
Yogurt cups 
Bagels and cream cheese
Cheese and crackers
Granola bars
Raw Veggies and dip
Chips and salsa
Bottled water is always needed 
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:8-9)
Contact Joyce Cisneros at to be added to the coffee hour schedule. 
St. John the Baptist Lent Retreat
March 29-31, 2024
At the beautiful Pali Retreat Center
Running Springs - San Bernardino Mountains
St. John the Baptist Lent Retreat
Greetings GOYANS and families!
We are VERY excited to announce this year's SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOYA LENTEN RETREAT! 
Friday March 29 - Sunday March 31
This is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to come together in faith, fellowship, nature, and a lot of fun to be had!
The retreat will be held at the BEAUTIFUL Pali Retreat Center in the San Bernardino Mountains near Running Springs.
All Southern California GOYAns are invited to participate in a wonderful retreat and getaway filled with delicious meals, zip lining, archery, hiking, basketball, volleyball, discussions, worship, Divine Liturgy, and plenty of time to play games, hang out, and get to know one another.
Registration includes: 2 Nights lodging, all meals and activities (Zip Line, Archery, etc) beginning Friday evening (meeting at Prophet Elias San Bernardino, to Sunday lunch).
Note: GOYAns who are participating in GOBL basketball WILL be able to be back for the games on Sunday, so no need to stress about any conflict!
Please be sure to sign up as soon as possible!
This is going to be an amazing experience you don't want to miss!
The Philoptochos General Meeting will be held on Sunday March 24th after church in the Hall. Please make every effort to attend.
Your Philoptochos chapter continues its good works with your membership commitment. Your generosity during our membership drive helps those around us and meets our commitments at the National, Metropolis and Local level.
It is that time again where we ask you to commit and give of your heart to help the work of Philoptochos. Your annual commitment should be based on your ability and willingness to give at your particular level of spiritual growth and we prayerfully ask that you remember all our charities in your offering.
Remember, anyone can join: Women AND Men, Orthodox AND Non-Orthodox. The only criteria is that you are at least 18 years of age or older.
Please download the membership form included in this bulletin, you can fill it out and email it to and you can make your contribution click here --> VENMO or speak to a Philoptochos Board Member about your commitment. 
We invite anyone who is interested in joining the choir, or just interested in "why we sing what we sing on Sundays" to our first CHOIR CLINIC to be held on Saturday, April 6th beginning at 9AM. Spend the morning with us learning the church hymns.
Interested in learning Greek?
St George is offering Greek School on Sunday's 11:30am-1:30pm. Please see attached registration form and General Information & Expectations. Some classes have started, but if interested, please call Kathy Exarchoulakos 661-805-4736.
Please see the registration form and general info documents at the end of this bulletin.


February, 2024
Dear Members and Friends of St George, 
We are excited to celebrate the 100th Year Anniversary of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community. Over 100 years ago, our ancestors founded this beautiful community in Bakersfield. 
This celebration comes full circle by honoring our community with a special Greek Dinner and Dance on Saturday, June 1st, 2024. In addition, we will have a Commemorative Book available for purchase that will highlight the historical significance of our wonderful community. 
The evening begins with a hosted Champagne and Wine reception in the Hellenic Hall from 6:00-7:00pm. In addition, the church will be open for visitation. At 7:00pm, guests will be escorted to the park for an Authentic Greek Dinner under the stars. The price for the event is $100 per person. A no-host bar will also be available during dinner. 
This event would not be complete without the beautiful sounds of Greek Music in the air provided by the Helios Band. Everyone is welcome to dance. Also, enjoy a special performance by our very own St. George Dance Troupe. 
A Commemorative Book representing the past 100 years of our community includes histories of our founding families and the origin of our church. It will also include various ethnicities that have become a part of our church community today. You can honor your family by purchasing space in the book which will include a family photo(s).
The deadline to submit a photo(s) is March 17th.
Supporters and friends within the Bakersfield community may also show their appreciation by placing an ad in the Event Program that all guests will receive.
The deadline to submit ads is April 15th.
See the forms below for more information and payment options.
For any questions, please contact Susan, St. George Church Secretary, at 661-325-8694 or email:
We look forward to seeing everyone at this very special event on
Saturday, June 1st, 2024.
Thank you for your continued support. 
Dr. Emmanuel Strategos                 100th Anniversary Celebration Committee
Parish Council President 

100 Year Anniversary Celebration

100 Year Anniversary Celebration


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100 Year Anniversary Celebration

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All proceeds benefit St. George Greek Orthodox Church - Bakersfield



Youth Group Announcements

Youth Group


*Donations to St. George Youth Group are always welcome!


Stavros will continue with evening reader services
Thursday through Saturday 6pm


Secretary office hours are 9 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday.
Please note these hours may need to be adjusted on occasion.


If you want to be included in the email announcements and notices, please send your email to or call church office, 325-8694 and give your info and request to be added.
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This is the fastest way to get updated for services changes and other important church information.

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Open every Sunday following Divine Liturgy and by appointment, by calling 661.342.2407
Special orders available.

ALL are welcome, stop by, check out the variety of gifts, books & icons.


Senior Zoomers 

Our 55 and over group, self named The Senior Zoomers, meets Wednesdays at 11:00am on Zoom. Join us for good conversation and activity planning during our weekly meetings.  To join us click the follow link, or go to and enter the meeting ID and passcode located below.Click --> Join Zoom Meeting 
Meeting ID: 843 4423 5872
Passcode: 510033
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128 

Morning Bible Study

Meet with Fr. Jim Pappas Wednesday at 9:30am on ZOOM for Morning Bible Study.  We look forward to studying God’s word together.Click --> Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 863 0526 5618

Passcode: 537328
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128



2024 Stewardship News

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.
Deuteronomy 16:17
Please see attached informational trifold and the stewardship form at the end of this bulletin.
God bless you and your families.

Donate here via paypal or Credit Card


"Every Christian, without exception, ought to dwell always in prayer."

      - St. Gregory Palamas

Click here to read more and get the app for daily prayer



Congratulations to our 2024 Parish Council members.

You may visit our website for the list of members & officers at Parish Council
Next Parish Council meeting is 3/28/24 at 7:00pm at the back office.


Social Media & website

Follow and join us on Facebook

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield

St George Christian Outreach Facebook Page

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield YouTube channel


Leave your mark!
Consider naming St. George Church as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy. It's a great legacy gift to your parish and very easy to do...just ask your provider for the change beneficiary form and complete and return to them.  The legal name for the church is Hellenic Community St. George Church Tax ID #95-3575365 God bless you.


Click here to read how you can leave a lasting legacy to your parish.
Church Beautification and Capital Improvements. Click here for the 2021 update.

Text Notifications

If you would like to be part of our system, please provide your phone number to the church secretary at

This service will only be used to notify parishioners of any changes to service times or to provide information on events or occurrences that affect the entire parish.  We see this as being used infrequently but feel that we need to an effective way to communicate important information quickly. 


Prayers for Thanksgiving-Healing and Help:

Please add to your daily prayers 

Orthodox: Chris Paul, Penny, Kyriakos, Eleni, Spiros, Fred, John, Ernie, George, Abram, Vickie, Elaina, Maher, Nabel, Magdy, Daniel, Natalia and family, Nickolas, Irene, Pamela, Virginia, Paraskevi, Michael, Dimitris, Margarita, Jennifer, Nikolas, Pamela.

Non-Orthodox: Judith, Nayeli and David, Peggy, Patricia

For the rest of the soul of our departed:

Orthodox: Penny, Fr. Daregas, Vasiliki, Vasilli, Fouad, Bert, Nicolas, Louise, George, George, Sooad, Leonid, Nikos, Vivian, John, Mary, Louise, Nektarios, Nicholas, Elephtheria, Kyriakos, Candess, George Lardakis. 


Elaine:  1/21, 2/18, 3/17,4/14, 1/5,6/2,7/7,8/11, 9/15, 10/27, 11/17, 12/22
Joyce:   1/7, 3/31, 5/19, 6/30, 8/4, 9/8, 11/3, 12/29
Mary:  1/28, 2/25, 3/24, 4/21, 5/12, 6/9, 7/14, 8/18, 9/22, 10/20, 11/24, 12/15
Basema:  2/4, 3/3, 6/16, 7/21, 8/25, 9/29, 10/13, 12/1
Olympia:  1/14, 2/11, 3/10, 4/7, 4/28, 5/26, 6/23, 7/28, 9/1, 10/6, 11/10, 12/8


Father Jim would like the Prosphoro brought to the church Sunday morning between 7:30 AM and no later than 8:30 AM. We are looking for more people to make the blessed bread. Please approach Father if interested to be put on the 2023 baking schedule for prosphora then let Joyce Cisneros know. Learn More




3/4 Naguib & Mary Mekhel
3/31 Ray & Brittany Southerd


3/2 Demetrius Strategos
3/4 Yohannes Mesfin
3/4 Luna Little
3/8 Demetrios Southerd
3/7 Andrea Strategos
3/9 Nektarios Chaffee
3/9 George Demestihas
3/9 Katerina Copeland
3/11 Mary Jennings
3/12 Kathy Exarchoulakos
3/13 Ray Southerd
3/21 Pam Liascos
3/23 Panayotis Chaffee
3/25 Natalie Becerra
3/25 George Mansour
3/28 Mary Andrews

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. Psalm 146.5;134.3.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power.
Verse: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2.

Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.

Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 146.5;134.3.
Μέγας ὁ Κύριος ἡμῶν, καὶ μεγάλη ἡ ἰσχὺς ἀὐτοῦ.
Στίχ. Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον, ὅτι ἀγαθός.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους α' 8:8-13, 9:1-2.

Ἀδελφοί, βρῶμα ἡμᾶς οὐ παρίστησιν τῷ θεῷ· οὔτε γὰρ ἐὰν φάγωμεν περισσεύομεν, οὔτε ἐὰν μὴ φάγωμεν ὑστερούμεθα. Βλέπετε δὲ μήπως ἡ ἐξουσία ὑμῶν αὕτη πρόσκομμα γένηται τοῖς ἀσθενοῦσιν. Ἐὰν γάρ τις ἴδῃ σε τὸν ἔχοντα γνῶσιν ἐν εἰδωλείῳ κατακείμενον, οὐχὶ ἡ συνείδησις αὐτοῦ ἀσθενοῦς ὄντος οἰκοδομηθήσεται εἰς τὸ τὰ εἰδωλόθυτα ἐσθίειν; Καὶ ἀπολεῖται ὁ ἀσθενῶν ἀδελφὸς ἐπὶ τῇ σῇ γνώσει, διʼ ὃν Χριστὸς ἀπέθανεν; Οὕτως δὲ ἁμαρτάνοντες εἰς τοὺς ἀδελφούς, καὶ τύπτοντες αὐτῶν τὴν συνείδησιν ἀσθενοῦσαν, εἰς Χριστὸν ἁμαρτάνετε. Διόπερ εἰ βρῶμα σκανδαλίζει τὸν ἀδελφόν μου, οὐ μὴ φάγω κρέα εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, ἵνα μὴ τὸν ἀδελφόν μου σκανδαλίσω. Οὐκ εἰμὶ ἀπόστολος; Οὐκ εἰμὶ ἐλεύθερος; Οὐχὶ Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν τὸν κύριον ἡμῶν ἑώρακα; Οὐ τὸ ἔργον μου ὑμεῖς ἐστε ἐν κυρίῳ; Εἰ ἄλλοις οὐκ εἰμὶ ἀπόστολος, ἀλλά γε ὑμῖν εἰμι· ἡ γὰρ σφραγὶς τῆς ἐμῆς ἀποστολῆς ὑμεῖς ἐστε ἐν κυρίῳ.

البروكيمنون. Fourth Tone. مزمور 146: 5، 134: 3.
عظيم هو ربنا وعظيمة هي أفعاله
Verse: سبحوا الرب لأن الرب صالح

فصل من رسالة بولس الاولى الى اهل كورنثس 8: 8-13 9: 1-2.

يَُّا إِخْوَة، إِنَّ الطَّعَامَ لاَ يُقَدِّمُنَا إِلَى اللهِ لأَنَّنَا إِنْ أَكَلْنَا لاَ نَزِيدُ وَإِنْ لَمْ نَأْكُلْ لاَ نَنْقُصُ. وَلَكِنِ انْظُرُوا لِئَلاَّ يَصِيرَ سُلْطَانُكُمْ هَذَا مَعْثَرَةً لِلضُّعَفَاءِ. لأَنَّهُ إِنْ رَآكَ أَحَدٌ يَا مَنْ لَهُ عِلْمٌ مُتَّكِئاً فِي هَيْكَلِ وَثَنٍ أَفَلاَ يَتَقَوَّى ضَمِيرُهُ إِذْ هُوَ ضَعِيفٌ حَتَّى يَأْكُلَ مَا ذُبِحَ لِلأَوْثَانِ؟ فَيَهْلِكَ بِسَبَبِ عِلْمِكَ الأَخُ الضَّعِيفُ الَّذِي مَاتَ الْمَسِيحُ مِنْ أَجْلِهِ. وَهَكَذَا إِذْ تُخْطِئُونَ إِلَى الإِخْوَةِ وَتَجْرَحُونَ ضَمِيرَهُمُ الضَّعِيفَ تُخْطِئُونَ إِلَى الْمَسِيحِ. لِذَلِكَ إِنْ كَانَ طَعَامٌ يُعْثِرُ أَخِي فَلَنْ آكُلَ لَحْماً إِلَى الأَبَدِ لِئَلاَّ أُعْثِرَ أَخِي. أَلَسْتُ أَنَا رَسُولاً؟ أَلَسْتُ أَنَا حُرّاً؟ أَمَا رَأَيْتُ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحَ رَبَّنَا؟ أَلَسْتُمْ أَنْتُمْ عَمَلِي فِي الرَّبِّ؟! إِنْ كُنْتُ لَسْتُ رَسُولاً إِلَى آخَرِينَ فَإِنَّمَا أَنَا إِلَيْكُمْ رَسُولٌ لأَنَّكُمْ أَنْتُمْ خَتْمُ رِسَالَتِي فِي الرَّبِّ.

Gospel Reading

Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)
The Reading is from Matthew 25:31-46

The Lord said, "When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 25:31-46

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· Ὅταν δὲ ἔλθῃ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐν τῇ δόξῃ αὐτοῦ καὶ πάντες οἱ ἅγιοι ἄγγελοι μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ, τότε καθίσει ἐπὶ θρόνου δόξης αὐτοῦ, καὶ συναχθήσεται ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, καὶ ἀφοριεῖ αὐτοὺς ἀπ᾿ ἀλλήλων ὥσπερ ὁ ποιμὴν ἀφορίζει τὰ πρόβατα ἀπὸ τῶν ἐρίφων, καὶ στήσει τὰ μὲν πρόβατα ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ, τὰ δὲ ἐρίφια ἐξ εὐωνύμων. τότε ἐρεῖ ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῖς ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ· δεῦτε οἱ εὐλογημένοι τοῦ πατρός μου, κληρονομήσατε τὴν ἡτοιμασμένην ὑμῖν βασιλείαν ἀπὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου. ἐπείνασα γάρ, καὶ ἐδώκατέ μοι φαγεῖν, ἐδίψησα, καὶ ἐποτίσατέ με, ξένος ἤμην, καὶ συνηγάγετέ με, γυμνός, καὶ περιεβάλετέ με, ἠσθένησα, καὶ ἐπεσκέψασθέ με, ἐν φυλακῇ ἤμην, καὶ ἤλθετε πρός με. τότε ἀποκριθήσονται αὐτῷ οἱ δίκαιοι λέγοντες· κύριε, πότε σε εἴδομεν πεινῶντα καὶ ἐθρέψαμεν, ἢ διψῶντα καὶ ἐποτίσαμεν; πότε δέ σε εἴδομεν ξένον καὶ συνηγάγομεν, ἢ γυμνὸν καὶ περιεβάλομεν; πότε δέ σε εἴδομεν ἀσθενῆ ἢ ἐν φυλακῇ, καὶ ἤλθομεν πρός σε; καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐρεῖ αὐτοῖς· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐφ᾿ ὅσον ἐποιήσατε ἑνὶ τούτων τῶν ἀδελφῶν μου τῶν ἐλαχίστων, ἐμοὶ ἐποιήσατε. τότε ἐρεῖ καὶ τοῖς ἐξ εὐωνύμων· πορεύεσθε ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ οἱ κατηραμένοι εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ αἰώνιον τὸ ἡτοιμασμένον τῷ διαβόλῳ καὶ τοῖς ἀγγέλοις αὐτοῦ. ἐπείνασα γάρ, καὶ οὐκ ἐδώκατέ μοι φαγεῖν, ἐδίψησα, καὶ οὐκ ἐποτίσατέ με, ξένος ἤμην, καὶ οὐ συνηγάγετέ με, γυμνός, καὶ οὐ περιεβάλετέ με, ἀσθενὴς καὶ ἐν φυλακῇ, καὶ οὐκ ἐπεσκέψασθέ με. τότε ἀποκριθήσονται αὐτῷ καὶ αὐτοὶ λέγοντες· κύριε, πότε σε εἴδομεν πεινῶντα ἢ διψῶντα ἢ ξένον ἢ γυμνὸν ἢ ἀσθενῆ ἢ ἐν φυλακῇ, καὶ οὐ διηκονήσαμέν σοι; τότε ἀποκριθήσεται αὐτοῖς λέγων· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐφ᾿ ὅσον οὐκ ἐποιήσατε ἑνὶ τούτων τῶν ἐλαχίστων, οὐδὲ ἐμοὶ ἐποιήσατε. καὶ ἀπελεύσονται οὗτοι εἰς κόλασιν αἰώνιον, οἱ δὲ δίκαιοι εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)
متى 25: 31-46

31 قال الرب مَتَى جَاءَ ابْنُ الإِنْسَانِ فِي مَجْدِهِ وَجَمِيعُ الْمَلاَئِكَةِ الْقِدِّيسِينَ مَعَهُ ،فَحِينَئِذٍ يَجْلِسُ عَلَى كُرْسِيِّ مَجْدِهِ. 32وَيَجْتَمِعُ أَمَامَهُ جَمِيعُ الشُّعُوبِ ،فَيُمَيِّزُ بَعْضَهُمْ مِنْ بَعْضٍ كَمَا يُمَيِّزُ الرَّاعِي الْخِرَافَ مِنَ الْجِدَاءِ، 33فَيُقِيمُ الْخِرَافَ عَنْ يَمِينِهِ وَالْجِدَاءَ عَنِ الْيَسَارِ. 34ثُمَّ يَقُولُ الْمَلِكُ لِلَّذِينَ عَنْ يَمِينِهِ: تَعَالَوْا يَا مُبَارَكِي أَبِي ،رِثُوا الْمَلَكُوتَ الْمُعَدَّ لَكُمْ مُنْذُ تَأْسِيسِ الْعَالَمِ. 35لأَنِّي جُعْتُ فَأَطْعَمْتُمُونِي. عَطِشْتُ فَسَقَيْتُمُونِي. كُنْتُ غَرِيباً فَآوَيْتُمُونِي. 36عُرْيَاناً فَكَسَوْتُمُونِي. مَرِيضاً فَزُرْتُمُونِي. مَحْبُوساً فَأَتَيْتُمْ إِلَيَّ. 37فَيُجِيبُهُ الأَبْرَارُ حِينَئِذٍ قَائِليِنَ : يَارَبُّ ،مَتَى رَأَيْنَاكَ جَائِعاً فَأَطْعَمْنَاكَ ،أَوْ عَطْشَاناً فَسَقَيْنَاكَ؟ 38وَمَتَى رَأَيْنَاكَ غَرِيباً فَآوَيْنَاكَ ،أَوْ عُرْيَاناً فَكَسَوْنَاكَ؟ 39وَمَتَى رَأَيْنَاكَ مَرِيضاً أَوْ مَحْبُوساً فَأَتَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ؟ 40فَيُجِيبُ الْمَلِكُ وَيَقَوُلَ لَهُمْ : الْحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: بِمَا أَنَّكُمْ فَعَلْتُمُوهُ بِأَحَدِ إِخْوَتِي هَؤُلاَءِ الأَصَاغِرِ ،فَبِي فَعَلْتُمْ.41((ثُمَّ يَقُولُ أَيْضاً لِلَّذِينَ عَنِ الْيَسَارِ: اذْهَبُوا عَنِّي يَا مَلاَعِينُ إِلَى النَّارِ الأَبَدِيَّةِ الْمُعَدَّةِ لِإِبْلِيسَ وَمَلاَئِكَتِهِ، 42لأَنِّي جُعْتُ فَلَمْ تُطْعِمُونِي. عَطِشْتُ فَلَمْ تَسْقُونِي. 43كُنْتُ غَرِيباً فَلَمْ تَأْوُونِي. عُرْيَاناً فَلَمْ تَكْسُونِي. مَرِيضاً وَمَحْبُوساً فَلَمْ تَزُورُونِي. 44حِينَئِذٍ يُجِيبُونَهُ هُمْ أَيْضاً قَائِليِنَ : يَارَبُّ مَتَى رَأَيْنَاكَ جَائِعاً أَوْ عَطْشَاناً أَوْ غَرِيباً أَوْ عُرْيَاناً أَوْ مَرِيضاً أَوْ مَحْبُوساً وَلَمْ نَخْدِمْكَ؟ 45فَيُجِيبُهُمْ قَائِلاً : الْحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: بِمَا أَنَّكُمْ لَمْ تَفْعَلُوهُ بِأَحَدِ هَؤُلاَءِ الأَصَاغِرِ فَبِي لَمْ تَفْعَلُوا. 46فَيَمْضِي هَؤُلاَءِ إِلَى عَذَابٍ أَبَدِيٍّ وَالأَبْرَارُ إِلَى حَيَاةٍ أَبَدِيَّةٍ)). 




Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας, ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

حطمت بصليبك الموت، وفتحت للص الفردوس، وحولت نوح حاملات الطيب، وأمرت رسلك ان يكرزوا ، بانك قد قمت ايها المسيح الاله ، مانحاً العالم الرحمة العظمى.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Tone

As a liberator of prisoners, and as a guardian of the poor, a doctor of the sick, a defender of kings. Trophy bearer, O Great Martyr George. Intercede to Christ our God, and save our souls.

Ως των αιχμαλώτων ελευθερωτής και των πτωχών υπερασπιστής, ασθενούντων ιατρός, βασιλέων υπέρμαχος, τροπαιοφόρε, μεγαλομάρτυς Γεώργιε, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τω Θεώ σωθήναι τα ψυχάς ημών.

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Tone

O God, when You come upon the earth in glory, the whole world will tremble. A river of fire will bring all before Your Judgment Seat and the books will be opened, and everything in secret will become public. At that time, deliver me from the fire which never dies, and enable me to stand by Your right hand, O Judge most just.
Ὅταν ἔλθῃς ὁ Θεός, ἐπὶ γῆς μετὰ δόξης, καὶ τρέμωσι τὰ σύμπαντα, ποταμὸς δὲ τοῦ πυρὸς πρὸ τοῦ Βήματος ἕλκῃ, καὶ βίβλοι ἀνοίγωνται, καὶ τὰ κρυπτὰ δημοσιεύωνται, τότε ῥῦσαί με, ἐκ τοῦ πυρὸς τοῦ ἀσβέστου, καὶ ἀξίωσον, ἐκ δεξιῶν σου μὲ στῆναι, Κριτὰ δικαιότατε.