St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-03-24
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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


Sunday of Orthodoxy—Sunday March 24


The restoration of icons, and their proper veneration, is annually commemorated on the first Sunday of Great Lent. We call this the “Triumph of Orthodoxy.” Please have your children bring icons to carry in the procession.


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
holy week services schedule

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




As the prophets beheld, as the apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the teachers have declared, as the world has agreed, as grace has shown forth, as truth has been revealed, as falsehood has been disputed, as wisdom has be-come manifest, as Christ awarded; thus we proclaim Christ our true God, and honor His saints in words, writings, thoughts, sacrifices, churches, and holy icons– on the one hand, worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord, and on the other, honoring the saints as true servants of the same Lord of all, and offering them proper veneration. This is the faith of the apostles. This is the faith of the fathers. This is the faith of the Orthodox. This is the faith of which the world is established.

 House blessings have started

Please contact our church secretary Susan at 325-8694
or via email at
There is no better time during Great Lent to remember a clergyman or monastic than the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, this year to be celebrated on April 7th. Purchase a candle to honor or commemorate the memory of the priest that officiated at your wedding, or that baptized your child, or even the one that offers you guidance. You can also honor or remember Deacons, Nuns, Monks and Hierarchs that hold a special place in your family memories and hearts. 
The 7-day candles will be sold by the Philoptochos for $20 each on Sundays March 24th and 31st, and will be lit on the Sunday of Holy Cross in honor or in memory of that individual who has been there for you in your walk as an Orthodox Christian. 
Each family has the opportunity to purchase up to 2 candles. One to be lit and placed in church, the other can be taken home to be used as a BRIGHT WEEK LAMBADA, for your family to light with their candle from Pascha service.
Proceeds from this event will go to support the Seminary at Holy Cross, our St Nicholas Ranch, and other charities that our Philoptochos helps.
Please return the form found at the end of this bulletin or in the church hall (in person) on March 24th or 31st with your payment (Venmo, Credit Card, Cash or Check) OR mail this form to: 7727 Davin Park Drive, Bakersfield, 93311 with payment. Extra forms will be available in the hall for your convenience. A limited number of candles are being sold this year, order as soon as you can.  
Stewardship committee members needed!
The Parish Council is seeking individuals to work together to revamp the stewardship committee. Ideally three people will serve on the committee to formulate a plan, print pledge cads and or marketing materials (Greek archdiocese has materials online) set goals, monitor the endowment account, present planned giving options for parishioners and organize stewardship Sunday.
Contact Danny at 661-331-0723 to inquire
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.

If you are not receiving the bulletin, either send your name & email to or apply from our website here, or directly here or call church office, 325-8694 and give your info and request to be added to the weekly bulletin.



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. 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 the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40.

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -- who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated -- of whom the world was not worthy -- wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Tone. Δανιήλ 3.26-27.
Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Ὅτι δίκαιος εἶ ἐπὶ πᾶσιν, οἷς ἐποίησας ἡμῖν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 11:24-26, 32-40.

Ἀδελφοί, πίστει Μωϋσῆς μέγας γενόμενος ἠρνήσατο λέγεσθαι υἱὸς θυγατρὸς Φαραώ, μᾶλλον ἑλόμενος συγκακουχεῖσθαι τῷ λαῷ τοῦ θεοῦ ἢ πρόσκαιρον ἔχειν ἁμαρτίας ἀπόλαυσιν· μείζονα πλοῦτον ἡγησάμενος τῶν Αἰγύπτου θησαυρῶν τὸν ὀνειδισμὸν τοῦ Χριστοῦ· ἀπέβλεπεν γὰρ εἰς τὴν μισθαποδοσίαν. Καὶ τί ἔτι λέγω; Ἐπιλείψει γὰρ με διηγούμενον ὁ χρόνος περὶ Γεδεών, Βαράκ τε καὶ Σαμψών καὶ Ἰεφθάε, Δαυίδ τε καὶ Σαμουὴλ καὶ τῶν προφητῶν· οἳ διὰ πίστεως κατηγωνίσαντο βασιλείας, εἰργάσαντο δικαιοσύνην, ἐπέτυχον ἐπαγγελιῶν, ἔφραξαν στόματα λεόντων, ἔσβεσαν δύναμιν πυρός, ἔφυγον στόματα μαχαίρας, ἐνεδυναμώθησαν ἀπὸ ἀσθενείας, ἐγενήθησαν ἰσχυροὶ ἐν πολέμῳ, παρεμβολὰς ἔκλιναν ἀλλοτρίων. Ἔλαβον γυναῖκες ἐξ ἀναστάσεως τοὺς νεκροὺς αὐτῶν· ἄλλοι δὲ ἐτυμπανίσθησαν, οὐ προσδεξάμενοι τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν, ἵνα κρείττονος ἀναστάσεως τύχωσιν· ἕτεροι δὲ ἐμπαιγμῶν καὶ μαστίγων πεῖραν ἔλαβον, ἔτι δὲ δεσμῶν καὶ φυλακῆς· ἐλιθάσθησαν, ἐπρίσθησαν, ἐπειράσθησαν, ἐν φόνῳ μαχαίρας ἀπέθανον· περιῆλθον ἐν μηλωταῖς, ἐν αἰγείοις δέρμασιν, ὑστερούμενοι, θλιβόμενοι, κακουχούμενοι - ὧν οὐκ ἦν ἄξιος ὁ κόσμος - ἐν ἐρημίαις πλανώμενοι καὶ ὄρεσιν καὶ σπηλαίοις καὶ ταῖς ὀπαῖς τῆς γῆς. Καὶ οὗτοι πάντες, μαρτυρηθέντες διὰ τῆς πίστεως, οὐκ ἐκομίσαντο τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν, τοῦ θεοῦ περὶ ἡμῶν κρεῖττόν τι προβλεψαμένου, ἵνα μὴ χωρὶς ἡμῶν τελειωθῶσιν.

البروكيمنون. Fourth Tone. دانيال 3: 26-27.
مبارك أنت يارب إله آبائنا
Verse: لأنك عدل في كل ما صنعت

فصل من رسالة بولس الى العبرانيين 11: 24-26 32-40.

يَُّا إِخْوَة، بِالإِيمَانِ مُوسَى لَمَّا كَبِرَ أَبَى أَنْ يُدْعَى ابْنَ ابْنَةِ فِرْعَوْنَ، مُفَضِّلاً بِالأَحْرَى أَنْ يُذَلَّ مَعَ شَعْبِ اللهِ عَلَى أَنْ يَكُونَ لَهُ تَمَتُّعٌ وَقْتِيٌّ بِالْخَطِيَّةِ، حَاسِباً عَارَ الْمَسِيحِ غِنًى أَعْظَمَ مِنْ خَزَائِنِ مِصْرَ، لأَنَّهُ كَانَ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى الْمُجَازَاةِ.وَمَاذَا أَقُولُ أَيْضاً؟ لأَنَّهُ يُعْوِزُنِي الْوَقْتُ إِنْ أَخْبَرْتُ عَنْ جِدْعُونَ، وَبَارَاقَ، وَشَمْشُونَ، وَيَفْتَاحَ، وَدَاوُدَ، وَصَمُوئِيلَ، وَالأَنْبِيَاءِ، الَّذِينَ بِالإِيمَانِ قَهَرُوا مَمَالِكَ، صَنَعُوا بِرّاً، نَالُوا مَوَاعِيدَ، سَدُّوا أَفْوَاهَ أُسُودٍ، أَطْفَأُوا قُوَّةَ النَّارِ، نَجَوْا مِنْ حَدِّ السَّيْفِ، تَقَّوُوا مِنْ ضُعْفٍ، صَارُوا أَشِدَّاءَ فِي الْحَرْبِ، هَزَمُوا جُيُوشَ غُرَبَاءَ، أَخَذَتْ نِسَاءٌ أَمْوَاتَهُنَّ بِقِيَامَةٍ. وَآخَرُونَ عُذِّبُوا وَلَمْ يَقْبَلُوا النَّجَاةَ لِكَيْ يَنَالُوا قِيَامَةً أَفْضَلَ. وَآخَرُونَ تَجَرَّبُوا فِي هُزُءٍ وَجَلْدٍ، ثُمَّ فِي قُيُودٍ أَيْضاً وَحَبْسٍ. رُجِمُوا، نُشِرُوا، جُرِّبُوا، مَاتُوا قَتْلاً بِالسَّيْفِ، طَافُوا فِي جُلُودِ غَنَمٍ وَجُلُودِ مِعْزَى، مُعْتَازِينَ مَكْرُوبِينَ مُذَلِّينَ، وَهُمْ لَمْ يَكُنِ الْعَالَمُ مُسْتَحِقّاً لَهُمْ. تَائِهِينَ فِي بَرَارِيَّ وَجِبَالٍ وَمَغَايِرَ وَشُقُوقِ الأَرْضِ. فَهَؤُلاَءِ كُلُّهُمْ، مَشْهُوداً لَهُمْ بِالإِيمَانِ، لَمْ يَنَالُوا الْمَوْعِدَ، إِذْ سَبَقَ اللهُ فَنَظَرَ لَنَا شَيْئاً أَفْضَلَ، لِكَيْ لاَ يُكْمَلُوا بِدُونِنَا.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of Orthodoxy
The Reading is from John 1:43-51

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."

Sunday of Orthodoxy
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 1:44-52

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἠθέλησεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐξελθεῖν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν· καὶ εὑρίσκει Φίλιππον καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· ἀκολούθει μοι. ἦν δὲ ὁ Φίλιππος ἀπὸ Βηθσαϊδά, ἐκ τῆς πόλεως ᾿Ανδρέου καὶ Πέτρου. εὑρίσκει Φίλιππος τὸν Ναθαναὴλ καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· ὃν ἔγραψε Μωϋσῆς ἐν τῷ νόμῳ καὶ οἱ προφῆται, εὑρήκαμεν, ᾿Ιησοῦν τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ᾿Ιωσὴφ τὸν ἀπὸ Ναζαρέτ. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Ναθαναήλ· ἐκ Ναζαρὲτ δύναταί τι ἀγαθὸν εἶναι; λέγει αὐτῷ Φίλιππος· ἔρχου καὶ ἴδε. εἶδεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τὸν Ναθαναὴλ ἐρχόμενον πρὸς αὐτὸν καὶ λέγει περὶ αὐτοῦ· ἴδε ἀληθῶς ᾿Ισραηλίτης, ἐν ᾧ δόλος οὐκ ἔστι. λέγει αὐτῷ Ναθαναήλ· πόθεν με γινώσκεις; ἀπεκρίθη ᾿Ιησοῦς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· πρὸ τοῦ σε Φίλιππον φωνῆσαι, ὄντα ὑπὸ τὴν συκῆν εἶδόν σε. ἀπεκρίθη Ναθαναὴλ καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· ῥαββί, σὺ εἶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, σὺ εἶ ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ. ἀπεκρίθη ᾿Ιησοῦς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ὅτι εἶπόν σοι, εἶδόν σε ὑποκάτω τῆς συκῆς, πιστεύεις; μείζω τούτων ὄψει. καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἀπ᾽ ἄρτι ὄψεσθε τὸν οὐρανὸν ἀνεῳγότα, καὶ τοὺς ἀγγέλους τοῦ Θεοῦ ἀναβαίνοντας καὶ καταβαίνοντας ἐπὶ τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου.

Sunday of Orthodoxy
يوحنا 1: 44-51

44 في ذلك الزمان كَانَ فِيلُبُّسُ مِنْ بَيْتِ صَيْدَا، مِنْ مَدِينَةِ أَنْدَرَاوُسَ وَبُطْرُسَ. 45فِيلُبُّسُ وَجَدَ نَثَنَائِيلَ وَقَالَ لَهُ: ((وَجَدْنَا الَّذِي كَتَبَ عَنْهُ مُوسَى فِي النَّامُوسِ وَالأَنْبِيَاءُ يَسُوعَ ابْنَ يُوسُفَ الَّذِي مِنَ النَّاصِرَةِ)). 46فَقَالَ لَهُ نَثَنَائِيلُ: ((أَمِنَ النَّاصِرَةِ يُمْكِنُ أَنْ يَكُونَ شَيْءٌ صَالِحٌ؟)) قَالَ لَهُ فِيلُبُّسُ: ((تَعَالَ وَانْظُرْ)).47 وَرَأَى يَسُوعُ نَثَنَائِيلَ مُقْبِلاً إِلَيْهِ، فَقَالَ عَنْهُ: ((هُوَذَا إِسْرَائِيلِيٌّ حَقّاً لاَ غِشَّ فِيهِ)). 48قَالَ لَهُ نَثَنَائِيلُ: ((مِنْ أَيْنَ تَعْرِفُنِي؟)) أَجَابَ يَسُوعُ وَقَالَ لَهُ: (( قَبْلَ أَنْ دَعَاكَ فِيلُبُّسُ وَأَنْتَ تَحْتَ التِّينَةِ، رَأَيْتُكَ)). 49 أَجَابَ نَثَنَائِيلُ وَقَالَ لَهُ: (( يَا مُعَلِّمُ، أَنْتَ ابْنُ اللَّهِ! أَنْتَ مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ!)) 50أَجَابَ يَسُوعُ وَقَالَ لَهُ : ((هَلْ آمَنْتَ لأَنِّي قُلْتُ لَكَ إِنِّي رَأَيْتُكَ تَحْتَ التِّينَةِ؟ سَوْفَ تَرَى أَعْظَمَ مِنْ هَذَا!)) 51وَقَالَ لَهُ: (( الْحَقَّ الْحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: مِنَ الآنَ تَرَوْنَ السَّمَاءَ مَفْتُوحَةً، وَملاَئِكَةَ اللَّهِ يَصْعَدُونَ وَيَنْزِلُونَ عَلَى ابْنِ الإِنْسَانِ)). 




Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First 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!
Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων, καὶ στρατιωτῶν φυλασσόντων τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα, ἀνέστης τριήμερος Σωτήρ, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὴν ζωήν. Διὰ τοῦτο αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν ἐβόων σοι Ζωοδότα· Δόξα τῇ ἀναστάσει σου Χριστέ, δόξα τῇ Βασιλείᾳ σου, δόξα τῇ οἰκονομίᾳ σου, μόνε Φιλάνθρωπε.

ان الحجر لما ختم من اليهود ، وجسدك الطاهر حُفظ من الجند ، قمت في اليوم الثالث ايها المخلص ، مانحاً العالم الحياة فلذلك قوات السماوات هتفوا اليك ياواهب الحياة : المجد لقيامتك ايها المسيح ، المجد لملكك ، المجد لتدبيرك يامحب البشر وحدك.

Apolytikion for Sun. of Orthodoxy in the Second Tone

We worship Thine immaculate icon, O Good One, asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst fashioned. Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully: Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.
Τὴν ἄχραντον Εἰκόνα σου προσκυνοῦμεν Ἀγαθέ, αἰτούμενοι συγχώρησιν τῶν πταισμάτων ἡμῶν, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός· βουλήσει γὰρ ηὐδόκησας σαρκὶ ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ Σταυρῷ, ἵνα ῥύσῃ οὓς ἔπλασας ἐκ τῆς δουλείας τοῦ ἐχθροῦ· ὅθεν εὐχαρίστως βοῶμέν σοι· Χαρᾶς ἐπλήρωσας τὰ πάντα, ὁ Σωτὴρ ἡμῶν, παραγενόμενος εἰς τὸ σῶσαι τὸν Κόσμον.

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 Plagal Fourth Tone

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια, ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια, ἀναγράφω σοὶ ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε, Ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον, ἐκ παντοίων μὲ κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον, ἵνα κράζω σοί, Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.