St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-08-18
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (651) 222-6220
  • Fax:
  • (651) 225-9276
  • Street Address:

  • 1111 Summit Avenue

  • Saint Paul, MN 55105

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Morning Orthros/Matins 8:15am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am; Saturday Great Vespers 5:00pm (October thru May); Weekday Services (see Online Calendar, Sunday Bulletin & Monthly Newsletter); Confession (by appointment).

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Mode

From on High did You descend, O merciful Lord, for us did You endure, three days in the tomb that we may be, released from passions in this world, You who are our resurrection and our life Glory unto You O Lord.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Dormition in the 1st Mode

In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions.

Apolytikion for the Church in the 4th Mode

As the deliverer of captives, and the protector of the poor; a physician of the sick, the defender of kings; O Great Martyr St. George Victorious, intercede to Christ our God, to save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Mode

Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life.

Saints and Feasts

August 18

9th Sunday of Matthew

August 18

Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

August 18

John & George, Patriarchs of Constantinople

August 18

Floros & Lauros the Monk-martyrs of Illyria

These Martyrs were twin brothers, and stonemasons. After the martyrdom of their teachers Proclus and Maximus, they left Byzantium and came to the city of Ulpiana in Illyricum, where a certain Licinius hired them to build a temple for the idols. The wages he gave them, they distributed to the poor, and when the temple was built, Floros and Lauros gathered the paupers, and with their help put ropes about the necks of the idols, pulled them to the ground, and furnished the temple as a church. When Licinius learned of this, he had the paupers burned alive in a furnace. Floros and Lauros were tormented, then cast into a deep well, where they gave up their souls to the Lord. When their holy relics were recovered years later, they poured forth myrrh and worked many miracles; they were enshrined in Constantinople.

August 18

Hermos the Martyr

August 18

Relics of Arsenios the Righteous of Paros

August 18

Matthew the New Martyr of Gerakari

August 18

Constantine the New Martyr of Capua

August 18

Leontus the martyr


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Ninth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Mode. 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 First Letter to the Corinthians 3:9-17.

Brethren, we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw - each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and that temple you are.

Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 14:22-34

At that time, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."

And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they entered the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.


Wisdom of the Fathers

The principle and source of the virtues is a good disposition of the will, that is to say, an aspiration for goodness and beauty. God is the source and ground of all supernal goodness. Thus the principle of goodness and beauty is faith or, rather, it is Christ, the rock of faith, who is principle and foundation of all virtues. On this rock we stand and on this foundation we build every good thing (cf. I Cor. 3:11).
St. Gregory of Sinai
On Commandments and Doctrines no. 83, Philokalia Vol. 3 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 228, 14th century

The very fire which purifies gold, also consumes wood. Precious metals shine in it like the sun, rubbish burns with black smoke. All are in the same fire of Love. Some shine and others become black and dark. In the same furnace steel shines like the sun, whereas clay turns dark and is hardened like stone. God is a loving fire, and He is a loving fire for all: good and bad. There is, however, a great difference in the way people receive this loving fire of God. The difference is in man, not God.
Dr. Alexandre Kalomiros
The River of Fire, pp. 17 & 19, 20th century


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News


Ecumenical Patriarchate Canonized Saint Luke of Simferopol


A Delegation from the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SCOOCH) Visits Archbishop Elpidophoros


NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros met today, Monday, August 12, 2019, with a delegation from the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches

Archbishop Elpidophoros Meets with Metropolitan Tikhon of the OCA


NEW YORK – Archbishop Elpidophoros received today Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) for their first official visit. The two hierarchs discussed the developing relationship between the Archdiocese and the OCA in recent years, committing to deepening cooperation.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Meets with NCC Delegation


NEW YORK – On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros met with a delegation from the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCC), including The Rt. Rev. W. Darin Moore (Chair), Jim Winkler (General Secretary and President), and Dr. Tony Kireopoulos (Associate Secretary General).


News and Events


Fr. Perry Kallis, Pastor – (651) 706-9672 cell -

1111 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105, (651) 222-6220,


August 18, 2019                                                                                 9th SUNDAY OF MATTHEW


College/University Student Blessing: Please join us today, immediately following Liturgy, for a brief blessing for new and continuing College and University Students at approx. 10:30am.

TODAY’S EVENTS: College Student Blessing, Greek Festival.


Epistle Reader: Parry Paraschou                          Prosfora: Rita Kanavati

Fellowship: Greek Festival                                  Greeters: Yodahe Gamada, Andrea Walkush



Thursday     08-22     Glad Tidings mailing – Volunteers needed!                                                          10:00AM

                                   Parish Council meeting                                                                                          6:30PM

Friday          08-23     Office closed

Saturday     08-24     Divine Liturgy in Eau Claire, WI                                                                              9:30AM 

Sunday        08-25     ORTHROS (8:15am) &LITURGY-10th SUNDAY OF MATTHEW                                   9:30AM

                                   Sunday School meeting                                                                                      11:30AM




Axios to the newly ordained Fr. Kyrillos! Fr. Kyrillos is the son of George and Rita Kanavati and grew up in our church. He was recently ordained a deacon by the hands of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at St. Anthony’s Monastery in Florence, AZ on August 6.

Patristic Wisdom: "Everywhere are people of God. You never know if the one you see today might tomorrow be a saint." Mother Gavrilia

Video Townhall Meeting: on September 4 or 5 Metropolitan Nathanael invites you to join a discussion regarding the 2019 Clergy-Laity Assembly agenda and key issues facing the Metropolis. Delegates are strongly encouraged to participate via Zoom. Anyone interested is welcome to join the call. See insert or posting in social hall for details.

Office Closed:the office will be open on Monday August 19th, but closed from August 23 through September 10th, while Julie is on vacation. We apologize for the inconvenience. Fr. Perry will be available during this time. If he is out of the office, he is reachable at his cell phone: (651) 706-9672. Barring any pastoral emergency, Fr. Perry will be available in the church office from 10am-2pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. He may be in the office at other times during the week, but please call before dropping by in case he is on a visit or at a meeting.

Clergy Laity Update:Sept 25-29, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bloomington, MN, co-hosted by St. George GOC and St. Mary’s GOC. Please consider a sponsorship (deadline August 20) and registering as an observer with choice of a la carte meals. Registration materials were mailed in early July, or register online at We have two paid ticket social events – one on Thursday night and one on Friday night, which are open to all parishioners. The entire conference is open to observers (registration required) at no cost unless you plan to join us for a meal, for which there is a charge. There will be many volunteer opportunities over the four day event—watch for announcements! Come join us at the conference for the opportunity to meet His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael and potentially, Archbishop Elpidophoros. Contact Alexis Bighley with any questions.

Wisdom from the Teachers of the Church: “Peace and joy are the greatest riches in this world and in the world to come.” Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Note from Treasurer: expense requests received by 5pm Friday are processed over the weekend. General Operations, Fundraiser (e.g. Greek Festival) and Memorial/Dedicated Expense Forms are available in the conference room and church office. Allow 1-2 weeks for payment. Please plan ahead since non-budgeted expenses require PC approval and immediate payment to service providers is not available. Thank you!

Interested in Hosting? if your family or group would like to host a Sunday Social Hour following Divine Liturgy, please contact Rita Kanavati at or sign up at Please note that if you have signed up but are unable to host, you are responsible for finding your own replacement. Likewise, if the date you would like to host is already taken, you are responsible for contacting the assigned hosts to see if they are willing to reschedule. Please contact the office if you need assistance!

Labor Day Weekend Family Retreat: Join other Orthodox families at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Wisconsin, August 30-Sept 1, 2019. Fr. Josiah Trenham will speak on “Spiritual Athleticism in Family Life”. See posting in social hall or visit Register by Aug 21.

A Taste of Greece: Minneapolis Greek Festival at St. Mary’s GOC Friday September 6 throughSunday, September 8. For more information, visit or call St. Mary’s at 612.825.9595.

MCP Fundraising Gala: Sunday, September 15, 4-7pm on the terrace of the Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street N, Stillwater. Tickets for the Medical Crisis Program Annual Fundraising Gala are $35 per person, available online or at the door. See insert or posting in social hall for details.

Taste of Northeast: hosted by St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in northeast Minneapolis September 27-28, 2019. See postings in social hall or visit for info on being a sponsor or marketplace vendor (deadline Sept 2).

Bible StudyAugust 28, 1:30pm to 3pm in the conference room at church. If you do not have a bible, you may borrow one from the pews for the meeting. All are welcome. Forquestions, contact Kathy Ryan at 651-292-9948 or

Youth Minister Position Open: applications are being accepted for this part time position. Email a resume, cover letter and two references to parish council president George Mastrogiorgis at

2020 Basketball Tourney: will be hosted by our parish here in Saint Paul, MN on February 7-8-9, 2020. The parish council approved at February meeting and planning committee is formed. The last time we hosted was 2012. For more info or to volunteer, contact tournament co-chairs Milam Paraschou and Dan Simon.

Metropolis of Chicago Hands of Mercy campaign: This campaign is meant to provide our Metropolis with the financial stability necessary to operate effectively. Unrestricted gifts are directed for greatest needs at the discretion of the Metropolitan and the Metropolis Council. Contributions will support: Religious Ed., Clergy Wellness, Youth Ministries, Mentoring & Leadership plans, Family Care resources, Camping ministries, Hospital & Prison ministries, College Campus ministries. For more info:

Welcome Visitors! Thank you for joining with us in prayer and fellowship. The timeless worship of the Orthodox Church is deeply rooted in the practices early Christian Church. Services engage all the senses and incorporate elements that go back all the way to the liturgy of the Jewish temple. Everything in an Orthodox Christian Church communicates the majestic presence of God the Holy Trinity with His Saints. It is literally heaven on earth. It is a sad consequence of the divisions in Christianity that we cannot extend a general invitation to receive Holy Communion. However, visitors are invited to receive the blessed bread (antithoron) at the conclusion of the liturgy. We pray and work for the reconciliation and unity of all Christians. If interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, contact Fr. Perry at We are proud of our Greek heritage, but one does not have to be of Greek descent, nor speak Greek to be an Orthodox Christian.

Note to Orthodox about Holy Communion: Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ is one of the most Holy experiences for a Christian in order to be granted the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. Although we can never be worthy, it is essential that we prepare ourselves to receive the holy gifts through constant prayer, reading the Bible, regular fasting, avoiding sin and periodic Confession. At a minimum, we should fast all morning before Communion and come for Confession at least once a year. In the words of Saint Paul, preparation is critical so that we do not receive unto “judgment…not discerning the Lord’s body” (1Cor. 11:29). Catechumens and those refraining from receiving are encouraged to seek a blessing from the priest during Holy Communion. Please contact Fr. Perry for pastoral guidance.

Glad Tidings deadline: The 10th of each month.  Glad Tidings email:  Sunday Bulletin Deadline: Wednesday Noon each week.  Email:


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