St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-03-24
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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).

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Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

O Gregory the Miracle Worker, light of Orthodoxy, support and teacher of the Church, comeliness of Monastics, invincible defender of theologians, the pride of Thessalonica, and preacher of grace, intercede forever that our souls may be saved.

Apolytikion of Forefeast of the Annunciation in the Fourth Tone

Today is the prelude of universal joy; let us keep the forefeast in gladness. For, behold, Gabriel cometh with fear and wonder unto the Virgin, bringing her the good tidings: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 2nd Mode

When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, then, the light of Your divinity destroyed Hades. When You raised the dead from the depths of darkness, all the heavenly powers cried out, "Glory to You our Christ, the Giver of Life."

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 4th Mode

At the great Archangel's voice, O Theotokos, the All-holy Spirit came upon thee and thou didst conceive Him that is one in essence and throne with God the Father, O Adam's recovery.

Saints and Feasts

March 24

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.

His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.

March 24

Theonas of Thessolonica

March 24

Bp. Artemon

March 24

Zachariah the Recluse

March 24

Forefeast of the Annunciation


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Tenth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:1-14

At that time, being raised from the dead, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 2nd Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3.

"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"


Wisdom of the Fathers

Now Matthew indeed saith, that "they brought him," but the others, that they also broke up the roof, and let him down. And they put the sick man before Christ, saying nothing, but committing the whole to Him.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 1. B#54, pp. 195, 196, 4th Century

For though in the beginning He Himself went about, and did not require so much faith of them that came unto Him; yet in this case they both approached Him, and had faith required on their part. For, "Seeing," it is said, "their faith;" that is, the faith of them that had let the man down.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 1. B#54, pp. 195, 196, 4th Century


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News


White House Greek Independence Day Celebration


WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump welcomed the Greek American Community and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America to the White House, Monday, March 18, 2019 for the annual White House Reception for Greek Independence, a 32-year-tradition. Following the remarks, the President signed the Presidential Proclamation for Greek Independence Day.

Message from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios


Archbishop’s Encyclical for the Feast of the Annunciation and the Day of Greek Independence (2019)


It is the Feast of the Annunciation, and we celebrate God’s revelation of His grace to the Virgin Mary. It is a new day as the Archangel Gabriel announced the Incarnation of Christ, saying to the Theotokos, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. (Luke 1:31) Today we commemorate a sacred event, when the love and divine will of God was made known to humankind.

Fr. Rick's Sermon


18. HOLY COMMUNION (6-19-2004; 3-17-2019)

   Just two days, on the first Friday of Great Lent, during the Service of Akathistos/Salutations to the Mother of God, we heard the Gospel reading (John 15:1-7) in which Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (v.5). ‘Abide’ is a word that is not often used or necessarily well known, but it means “to live or remain with.” How do we live in Christ and have Him remain with us? The simple answer can be found earlier in the Gospel of John 6:

   “53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”

   This of course brings us to the Eucharist, Holy Communion, in our series on the Divine Liturgy and reminds us of last week’s topic of the Lord’s Prayer connecting to “our daily or super-essential bread” (Τὸν ἄρτον ἡμῶν τὸν ἐπιούσιον; Mt.6:11).

   The prayers the priest reads between the Lord’s Prayer and Holy Communion speak to the power of the Eucharist:

   “We give thanks to You invisible King. By Your infinite power You created all things and by Your great mercy You brought everything from nothing into being. Master look down from heaven upon those who have bowed their heads before You; they have bowed not before flesh and blood but before You the awesome God. Therefore Master, guide the course of our life for our benefit according to the need of each of us. Sail with those who sail; travel with those who travel and heal the sick, Physician of our souls and bodies.”

   Basil- Lord, Master, the Father of mercies and God of every consolation, bless, sanctify, guard, fortify and strengthen those who have bowed their heads to You.  Distance them from every evil deed.  Lead them to every good work and make them worthy to partake without condemnation of these, Your most pure and life-giving mysteries, for the forgiveness of sins and for the communion of the Holy Spirit.

   “Lord Jesus Christ our God, hear us from You holy dwelling place and from the glorious throne of Your kingdom. You are enthroned on high with the Father and are also invisibly present among us. Come and sanctify us and let Your pure Body and precious Blood be given to us by Your mighty hand and through us to all Your people.”

   These prayers affirm that God is the initiator and completer of Mystery of the Eucharist. They also show us that God works in our unique personalities and set of circumstances to help us become better, more holy and loving people through a consistent set of unchanging principles, morals and values. However, we need to let God be the navigator. We steer the ship, but we must follow God’s map or plan for our life in order to arrive at the common destination of salvation. Salvation is not just eternal life but healing and wholeness provided by Christ the Physician in His hospital—the Church. We come because we are sick, we are not well. We need the healing of God’s love.

   After the priest makes three prostrations saying, “God be gracious to me and have mercy on me a sinner.”, he takes the Holy Amnos in his hands and raises it up saying, “Let us be attentive. The Holy Things for the Holy people of God.” This is the last time of several in the liturgy that we hear the word ‘proskomen’ or ‘let us be attentive.’ We might respond a little differently if the priest exclaimed, “Pay Attention!” Everyone’s eyes and minds wander during the liturgy. We are constantly distracted by other people and our own thoughts. Thus, the priest is reminding us to focus our attention in the right direction, towards the right person—our Lord Jesus Christ.

   Now, the preparation of the Holy Eucharist begins. The priest breaks the Amnos, which is the center of the prosphoro cut and prepared during the Proskomide before the liturgy. He  says, “Broken and distributed is the Lamb of God, broken but not divided, He is forever eaten yet never consumed, but He sanctifies those who partake of Him.” ‘Amnos’ is the Greek for ‘Lamb,’ reminding us that Jesus is the sacrificial lamb whose blood frees us from slavery to sin and thus protects us from the death of separation from God. This Amnos is broken into four parts, IC, XC, NI, KA respectively. The IC is placed in the chalice as the priest says, “The fullness of the Cup of faith of the Holy Spirit.” Then warm water is blessed, “Blessed is the fervor of Your Saints Lord, always…” and poured into the chalice saying, “The warmth of Faith, full of the Holy Spirit.” The priest then begins reciting the Prayers before Holy Communion.

   As the priest receives Communion, he says: “Behold, I draw near to Christ my immortal King and God. It is imparted unto me (Name) the unworthy presbyter, the most precious and all-holy Body/Blood of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ for the remission of my sins and life everlasting.” And afterwards, “This has touched my lips, this takes away all my transgressions and cleanses me from all my sins.”

   Here we understand that Body and Blood of Christ is the very vehicle of our salvation. As the faithful receive communion, the priest says, “The servant/slave of God (Name) receives the most precious and all-holy Body and Blood of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins and life everlasting. Amen.” Here is the culmination of the Divine Liturgy, the whole reason for this greatest act of common action and worship. Regular Communion taken in humility, sincerity and contrition is the greatest source of saving grace available. It is how Jesus Christ abides in us and we in Him. It is how we have eternal life. Without the Eucharis we have no life.

   Thus, for Orthodox Christians, receiving the Eucharist is not optional. Yet, we must have a correct understanding and practice of how best to receive Holy Eucharist. First, we must not approach too casually. We must plan and prepare ourselves each week through fasting from both food and sin, through daily and pre-communal prayer, through periodic regular Holy Confession, and belief in the Church and her doctrines. God cannot make us holy during Communion if we have not made the effort to be holy the rest of the week. final preparation is the whole Liturgy itself. Thus, arriving at Church 30, 45, 60 minutes or more after Liturgy has started is not proper preparation for receiving the Eucharist.

   Secondly, infrequent Holy Communion, receiving only two or three times a year is not appropriate either. If it was, then we would be like some Protestant churches that only offer communion on Christmas and Easter. The Orthodox Church offers the Body and Blood of Christ every Sunday and at every Divine Liturgy. Therefore, we should be preparing and seeking to receive the Eucharist as often as possible. Many of us were to only commune two or three times a year. However, this teaching emphasizes our unworthiness versus the holiness of God. If we’re unworthy to receive 50 weeks a year, what makes us suddenly worthy those two or three times a year?

   In conclusion, the key to Eucharistic participation is balance. We should not be too casual, nor should we be too strict. The preparation and reception of Holy Communion is best determined with the help of the priest as spiritual father. Seek his guidance on these matters. If and when we receive the Eucharist, then we best believe in the reality of its power and the claims or demands it puts on our lives. As the Apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, whoever eats this Bread or drinks this Cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord. But let everyone examine themselves and so let them eat of that Bread and drink of that Cup. For they who eat and drink unworthily eat and drink judgment to themselves, not discerning the Lord’s body.” (1Cor. 11:27-29). Remember, “Receive-believe; Believe-receive.” Amen!


News and Events


 Rev. Fr. Richard Demetrius Andrews, Presbyter

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


March 24, 2019                                                                                SUNDAY of ST. GREGORY PALAMAS


TODAY’S EVENTS: Greek Independence celebration 12pm; Pan-Orthodox Annunciation Vespers here at St. George 4pm.


Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati                                   Prosfora: anonymous

Fellowship: AHEPA Independence Celebration                 Greeters: Andrea Walkush, Diane Anastos


Monday       03-25     ORTHROS (8:00am) &LITURGY- ANNUNCIATION                                                9:00AM

                                   COMPLINE SERVICE                                                                                         6:00PM

                                   Catechism Class “Sacraments III- Marriage & Monasticism” with Fr. Proctor          7:00PM

                                   Youth Ministry Planning meeting                                                                         7:00PM

Tuesday       03-26     Choir practice                                                                                                    6:30PM

Wednesday  03-27     Bible Study                                                                                                       1:30PM

                                    NINTH HOUR (5:30PM) & PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY                                           6:00PM

                                   Lenten Meal & Lecture: “Siena Italy- Cathedral & Baptistery” with Fr. Rick           7:30PM

Friday          03-29     AKATHISTOS – SALUTATIONS                                                                            6:00PM

                                    Lenten Meal & Lecture – “Cappadocian Fathers/Doctors” with Fr. Morbey             7:30PM

Saturday      03-30     Divine Liturgy in Eau Claire, WI                                                                          9:30AM

                                   VESPERS                                                                                                          5:00PM

Sunday         03-31     ORTHROS (8:15am) &LITURGY- SUNDAY of HOLY CROSS                                  9:30AM

                                    PAN-ORTHODOXLENTEN VESPERS at St Mary Romanian in St. Paul                     4:00PM



Welcome! to Fr. Moses Berry, our Lenten retreat speaker. Fr. Moses serves Theotokos Unexpected Joy Orthodox Church (OCA) in Ash Grove, Missouri. Fr. Moses is the homilist at Vespers this evening.

Greek Independence will be celebrated today immediately following liturgy. The St. George Greek School will have a short program and the Greek Dancers of Minnesota will perform. AHEPA will serve lunch. $15 for adults; $10 for kids 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the St. George Gekas Scholarship Fund.

Memory Eternal: Chris Georgantones fell asleep in the Lord on March 12; funeral was March 18. Sympathies and condolences to wife Mary, children: Stephanie, Peter and Jimmy, and grandchildren.

Think About It: The 40 day fast is to be observed as a memorial to our Lord’s way of life and His teachings. Didache of the Apostles (1st cent.)

Good Cooks Wanted: throughout the year, we have community meals. We need volunteer cooks to help with these important events. Please contact George Mastrogiiorgis ( to volunteer. Don’t worry, we have resources and help to organize, serve and clean-up. This is a great way to serve and share your culinary talents. Next event is Pascha Lamb dinner on late evening / early morning of April 27-28.

Community Blood Drive: Lexington-Hamline Community Council will sponsor a Blood Drive in the social hall on Tuesday, April 9 from 1-7pm. Please consider donating blood or volunteering to help with the event. For more information, call LexHam at 651.645.3207 or visit giveblood. A representative from LexHam Council will be available after liturgy today to answer questions or assist with signing up.

Pan-Orthodox Sunday Lenten Vespers- All services begin at 4pm followed by a Lenten meal at 5pm. March 31st Fr. Thaddeus Wojcik at St. Mary Romanian, Fr. Richard Andrews at Holy Trinity OCA, April 14th Fr. Jonathan Proctor St. George Antiochian, April 21st Fr. Jason Houck at St. Herman OCA. Let us come together to worship God and support each other in the Journey to Pascha!

Loaves and Fishes- We will be serving our second meal of 2019 on Monday, April 1. Volunteers are always needed starting at 4:30pm, we serve from 5-6pm and clean up is usually done by 7pm. Location is St. Matthews, 490 Hall Avenue in West Saint Paul. Please join us in helping feed the hungry.

Wisdom from the Fathers: If a person only turns to God in prayer when misfortunes beyond his power happen, and only then does he begin to hope in God, such a hope is vain and false.           St. Seraphim of Sarov (+1883)

Lenten Lectures- Wednesday theme is Christian Italy in which Fr. Rick shares images, memories and history from his recent trip including Venice, Florence, Sienna, Pisa & Rome. Friday’s theme is Patrology and Patristics: Church Fathers in Orthodoxy including The Cappadocians of the 4th cent (March 29th Fr. Andrew Morbey), Greek Fathers (April 6th Fr. George Dokos) and the Syriac/Desert Fathers (April 13th Fr. Paul Wesche). Each preceded by Presanctified Liturgy & Lenten meal.

Church Fathers Speak: Silence the man who utters slander. Otherwise you sin twice over: first, you accustom yourself to this deadly passion and, second you fail to prevent him from gossiping against his neighbor.             St. Maximos the Confessor (+662)

Strategic Planning Mission Statement is intended to describe why an organization exists and its purpose for being. The Strategic Planning Ministry compiled individual and organizational Word-Exercise responses to draft a mission statement. "St. George Greek Orthodox Church is a Christ-centered community that inspires faith, worship, spiritual growth, benevolence and outreach." Please give us your feedback with positive and constructive critical comments. Thank you!

Exterior Restoration- Brick, block and tuckpointing have been completed. Cost of project is $118,647. We have raised over $86,305 from our parishioners and friends. Please join us in this important work. Thank you!

Patristic Wisdom: On three pillars faith stands firm, devotion remains constant and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy (almsgiving). Prayer knocks on the door, fasting obtains and mercy receives. Prayer, fasting and mercy: these three are one and they give life to one another.       Bishop Peter Chrysologos of Ravenna (+450)

Stewardship 2019: Theme is “All things are possible to the one who believes in Christ” (Mark 9:23). 87 pledges have been received averaging $1,776, total $154,535. Three things to do: 1) pray for God’s inspiration and guidance, 2) plan-budget stewardship first, 3) give generously and sacrificially, at least three percent (3%) of gross yearly income. We thank you for supporting the ministries of our parish!

St. Mary’s Summer Camp 2019: will be held at Camp Wapogasset in Amery, WI from Saturday June 29 to Friday July 6. Registration opens Tuesday April 16 at 10am. Early Bird Discount: 4/16 through 5/3: $445. Standard Fee: 5/4 through 5/23: $495. Registration closes Thursday May 23 at 4:30pm. For more info visit

Choir Practices: on the third Sunday of each month after Divine Liturgy. Also, in preparation for Lent and holy Week: March 26th, April 2nd, April 9th – 6:30 pm, April 15th 7:00pm.

Youth Ministry Updates: youth & family events scheduled for April 20 & 26, and May 11. Next organizational planning meetings will be Monday March 25th at 7pm, and Wednesday May 15th.

Welcome Visitors Thank you for joining with us in prayer and fellowship. The worship of the Orthodox Church is deeply rooted in and very similar to that of the early Christian Church. Unique sensory stimuli and mystery are elements that go back even 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. 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 you are interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Rick at We are proud of our Greek heritage, but one does not have to be of Greek descent, nor speak Greek to be a Greek 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. We are never worthy to partake of Divine Nature. Yet, it is essential that we prepare ourselves for this sacred Communion by constant prayer, reading the Scriptures, regular fasting and periodic Confession. At a minimum, we should fast all morning before Communion, arrive at the beginning of Liturgy, and come for Confession at least once a year. In addition, we should not have separated ourselves from the Church through serious sin. Otherwise, please refrain from Communion to avoid “judgment…not discerning the Lord’s body” (1Cor. 11:29). Contact Fr. Rick 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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