St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-02-16
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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 & Weekday Services (see Online Calendar, Sunday Bulletin & Newsletter); Confession (by appointment).

Parish Mission Statement: “St. George Greek Orthodox Church is a Christ-centered
Community that:

  • Inspires faith and worship
  • Cultivates spiritual growth and fellowship, and
  • Encourages benevolence and outreach”


Past Bulletins


  • Upcoming Events

    February 16 to February 23, 2020

    Sunday, February 16


    8:15AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Sunday School

    11:30AM Greek School

    12:00PM Choir Practice

    Monday, February 17


    7:00PM Catechism Class "Church II- Councils, Creeds, Bible, Tradition"

    Tuesday, February 18

    6:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, February 19


    1:30PM Bible Study

    Thursday, February 20

    7:00PM AHEPA Meeting

    Friday, February 21


    Saturday, February 22



    10:00AM MEMORIAL

    5:00PM VESPERS

    6:00PM Youth Writers' Circle

    Sunday, February 23



    8:15AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Sunday School

    11:30AM Stewardship Meeting

    11:30AM Greek School invites our Youth & Family Ministry for an Apokries (away with eating meat) Celebration!

    4:30PM Greek Dance Practice



Memory Eternal
It is with a heavy heart, but with hope in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we share with you the passing of +Cecelia Johnson. Sympathies to the Arvanitis family. Visitation 10:00am in the exonarthex and funeral service 11:00am will be at St. George on Monday, February 17. 

Bible Study
Wednesday February 19 @ 1:30 pm. We are beginning to study the miracles of Jesus starting with Feeding the Five Thousand, Luke 9, 1-36.

Looking for 3 Judges
to review speeches and/or vocal performances for St. George's Oratorical Festival on March 1st, right after Divine Liturgy. Judges will be provided with all the information they need. If interested please contact Aida at 651-434-7826 or 

Apokries Celebration
Greek School invites all St. George youth & families for an Apokries (away with eating meat) Celebration! Join us following fellowship hour on Sunday, February 23. Food, costumes, games, and music. “Apokries” is a traditional celebration that takes place before Great and Holy Lent begins. Families get together for fun and fellowship and the final opportunity to eat meat before the Great Fast. We hope to see you there! 

Youth Writers Circle
Join us on Saturday February 22 at 6pm (after Vespers) for a Youth Writers Circle to prepare for the Oratorical Festival. Fr. Perry and a few Sunday School teachers will be available to assist with speech prep and presentation practice. Snacks and drinks will be available. Youth grades 7th-12th are invited and encouraged to attend!



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh." But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


Saints and Feasts

February 16

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Through the parable of today's Gospel, our Saviour has set forth three things for us: the condition of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God's compassion. The divine Fathers have put this reading the week after the parable of the Publican and Pharisee so that, seeing in the person of the Prodigal Son our own wretched condition -- inasmuch as we are sunken in sin, far from God and His Mysteries -- we might at last come to our senses and make haste to return to Him by repentance during these holy days of the Fast.

Furthermore, those who have wrought many great iniquities, and have persisted in them for a long time, oftentimes fall into despair, thinking that there can no longer be any forgiveness for them; and so being without hope, they fall every day into the same and even worse iniquities. Therefore, the divine Fathers, that they might root out the passion of despair from the hearts of such people, and rouse them to the deeds of virtue, have set the present parable at the forecourts of the Fast, to show them the surpassing goodness of God's compassion, and to teach them that there is no sin -- no matter how great it may be -- that can overcome at any time His love for man.


Wisdom of the Fathers

But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he did obtain, but would have been consumed with hunger, and so have undergone the most pitiable death: ...
St. John Chrysostom

... but since he repented, and did not despair, he was restored, even after such great corruption, to the same splendour as before, and was arrayed in the most beautiful robe, and enjoyed greater honours than his brother who had not fallen.
St. John Chrysostom


Hymns of the Day

Seasonal Kontakion in the 3rd Tone

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, "I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants."

In Other News

Roselawn Program Update
The St. George Roselawn Cemetery Program continues to offer lots at Roselawn in Roseville for a 15% discount off list prices. All revenue from lots supports our church and its ministries. All lots are in the St. George section, adjacent to the “Greek” section, and easily identifiable by the monument/altar table installed a few years ago. Contact the church office for more information. 2020 Prices: Monument Lot/2 graves - List $7400, SGGOC pricing = $6290; Marker Lot/2 graves - List $4800, SGGOC Pricing = $4080; Single Marker/1 grave (Limited Availability) List $2800, SGGOC Pricing = $2380.

Discover OCF
Calling all High School Juniors and Seniors! The college students at the University of  Minnesota want to meet YOU and share all about the Orthodox opportunities in college! We are inviting you to join us on Friday, February 28th from 6-8 pm in Bruininks Hall on East Bank Campus. Dinner will be provided! RSVP to 

Family Camp 2020
Save the dates: October 9-11, 2020. This year’s speaker will be Bishop Anthony Michaels from the Midwest Region of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Watch for updates! 

Help FOCUS MN Purchase a Freezer
The OCA Diocese of the Midwest is collecting funds to purchase a new freezer for FOCUS Minnesota. They have thus far collected $1400 and need an additional $1600 for the purchase. Money collected over and above the $1600 will go to FOCUS Minnesota to support additional needs there. Help FOCUS to serve those in need in the Twin Cities by donating online.


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