Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-05-30
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Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (651) 222-6220
  • Street Address:

  • 1111 Summit Ave

  • St. Paul, MN 55105

Contact Information

Services Schedule


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Worship Sunday Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 9:30 am

Confession (by appointment)

Weekday Services (


Fellowship Hour Sunday following Divine Liturgy

Office Hours Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Our Mission 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.

Our Vision Ascending together to the fullness of Life.

Past Bulletins


  • Upcoming Events

    May 30 to June 6, 2021

    Sunday, May 30

    Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Youth & Family - St. Eleni & the Vasiliko (basil)

    Monday, May 31

    11:00AM Memorial Prayers at Roselawn Cemetery

    Tuesday, June 1

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, June 2


    1:30PM Daytime Bible Study

    Friday, June 4


    Sunday, June 6

    Sunday of the Blind Man

    8:30AM ORTHROS



Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Tone

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Tone

The joyful news of your resurrection was proclaimed by the angel to the women disciples. Having thrown off the curse that fell on Adam, they ran elatedly to tell the apostles: Death has been vanquished; Christ our God is risen from the dead, blessing all the world with his great mercy.

Apolytikion for Mid-Pentecost in the Plagal 4th Tone

In the midst of this Paschal season, Savior, let my thirsty soul partake of the waters of true worship; for you call out inviting all: Let those who thirst come to me and drink. O Fountain of Life, Christ our God, glory to you.

Apolytikion for St. George in the 4th Tone

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

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

Into the grave you descended, Immortal One, yet you destroyed the power of Hades, and as victor you arose, O Christ our God; you proclaimed to the myrrhbearing women a greeting of joy, you brought peace to your holy apostles, and to the fallen you granted resurrection.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
The Reading is from Acts of the Apostles 11:19-30

In those days, those apostles who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number that believed turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad; and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a large company was added to the Lord. So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians. Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabos stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world; and this took place in the days of Claudius. And the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brethren who lived in Judea, and they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
The Reading is from John 4:5-42

At that time, Jesus came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?" Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."

Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly." The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he."

Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, "What do you wish?" or, "Why are you talking with her?" So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city and said to the people, "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?" They went out of the city and were coming to him.

Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." So the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought him food?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."

Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony. "He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard ourselves, and we know that this is indeed Christ the Savior of the world."



Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ανέστη!

Greeters:  Paul Werger & Dean Natto

Fellowship Hour: Thank you to Richard & Natalie Kanavati for hosting this Sunday.

Saint Eleni & the Vasiliko (basil) 

Join your St. George youth friends at church Sunday, May 30th right after the Divine Liturgy. We will be outside (weather permitting), with a light picnic lunch on the lawn followed by a St. Eleni Voyage Hunt and special planting of the Vasiliko. Be ready to have some fun- and maybe get a little dirty too!

Roselawn Memorial Day Prayer Service

Fr. Perry will offer memorial prayers at the Greek Orthodox section of Roselawn Cemetery at 11 am on Monday, May 31. Parishioners and friends are invited to attend. (We will not have prayers on Sunday, May 30, but if you have names of departed you would like to submit for Monday, please give them to Fr. Perry. Koliva is not required on Monday, but welcome.)

Office Closed

The office will be closed on Tuesday, June 1 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Daytime Bible Study

Bible study has been meeting regularly for 3 1/2 years and continues to welcome new members and visitors. We will continue the story of Joseph in Genesis 39, 1-41.57 this Wednesday, June 2 at 1:30 pm on zoom: Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 881 6525 3383; Passcode: 745603; or call +1 312 626 6799.

Teen Loaves and Fishes Month!

Inviting all Teenagers- June is Teen Loaves and Fishes Month! Sign up here: to be part of the St. George All-Teen crew to serve at Loaves and Fishes on Monday, June 7th from 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm. Fr. Perry & Anastasia will be leading. You will prepare take-out containers with the St. George meal while wearing masks and physical distancing. Our volunteer number is limited, so sign-up early to reserve your spot and get additional details. Carpool from church at 4:15 PM or meet us directly at St. Matthews (15 Winifred St W, St Paul, MN 55107).

Chrismated in Christ!

Congratulations and welcome to the St. George family to Grier Belter, who was chrismated on May 23; the godparents are Dan and Jackie Matushka.

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to graduating high school seniors: Taylor Canas, Jose Corbera, Jonathan Paraschou, and Sam Syvertson! Congrats also to college graduates: Lisbeth Corbera, Ekaterina Hofrenning, and Danielle Pathos. See flyers in the Inserts section.

Pitsavas Scholarship Essay Contest

Stay tuned for details about the topics and guidelines for this year's scholarship essay contest open to high school seniors and college undergraduates for the 2021-22 academic year.


Wisdom of the Fathers

The example of the good Samaritan shows that we must not abandon those in whom even the faintest amount of faith is still alive.
St. Ambrose of Milan
Two Books of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Concerning Repentance, Chapter 11

He shows that she is worthy to hear and not to be overlooked, and then He reveals Himself. For she, as soon as she had learnt who He was, would straightway hearken and attend to Him; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 31 on John 3, 4th Century


In Other News

5k Run for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)

Run with Fr. Perry! If you are a runner and would like to participate, please contact Fr. Perry. We would like to get a small group to participate.

Join OCMC on Sunday, June 20 at St. Mary’s GOC for Pan-Orthodox Vespers at 4 pm followed by laps around Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun), dinner, and presentation. Register online at: ($25 donation). See flyer in the inserts section.

Dance Practice Resumes

Time to dust off the dancing shoes! The Greek Dancers of Minnesota are resuming practice starting Sunday, May 23 from 7-8 pm at St. George GOC in the hall. Masks are required. New this year: a youth division will be coached by Marisa Mortari. New members welcome!  For more info, please contact Marisa or Angela Mortari at 651-730-1652.

IOCC Serv-X-Treme!

Calling all rising high school seniors - IOCC is hosting their annual Serv-X-Treme! Conference this July, and this year there will be TWO conferences: July 17-23, 2021 and July 24-30, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN.

During each week-long conference, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • forge new friendships with their pan-Orthodox peers and advisors
  • put their understanding of Orthodox philanthropy and diakonia (service) into practice with hands-on service projects
  • acquire leadership skills that will benefit the Church as well as local, national, and global communities
  • gain a new understanding of how important giving of their time and talents is
  • learn about volunteer opportunities available through IOCC’s US disaster response programming 


  • High-school seniors as of fall 2021
  • Participants may apply or be nominated by their bishop


  • If nominated by a hierarch, the cost is $100 and IOCC will be covering airfare
  • If not nominated, the cost is $350 per participant (which covers housing, meals, workshops, transportation, and other activities for the week) as well as airfare/travel costs
  • Limited scholarships are available.

 For more information visit

Nickitas Camp Scholarship Fund

We are thankful to Mr. James Nickitas, of blessed memory, for having the vision to set up this scholarship fund. The fund has been integral in providing the opportunity for many of our St. George youth to attend Summer Camp. Contributions to the fund are welcome to ensure that it will effectively support our St. George youth for years to come! If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to St. George GOC and note "Nickitas Camp Scholarship Fund" on the check. PayPal contributions ( are also welcome. Again, please note "Nickitas Camp Scholarship Fund" on the transaction.

Volunteer for the Greek Festival

Click here to sign up for our Greek Fest volunteer email list.

Sermons on YouTube Channel

Click the following link to view past sermons: 

Support for those in Need

Please contact Fr. Perry or our Ladies Philoptochos if you or someone you know is in need (food, clothing, shelter, etc.). Our Ladies Philoptochos, Missions & Benevolence, Discretionary support, FOCUS MN, etc. are here to help.


Saints and Feasts

May 30

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

One of the most ancient cities of the Promised Land was Shechem, also called Sikima, located at the foot of Mount Gerazim. There the Israelites had heard the blessings in the days of Moses and Jesus of Navi. Near to this town, Jacob, who had come from Mesopotamia in the nineteenth century before Christ, bought a piece of land where there was a well. This well, preserved even until the time of Christ, was known as Jacob's Well. Later, before he died in Egypt, he left that piece of land as a special inheritance to his son Joseph (Gen. 49:22). This town, before it was taken into possession by Samaria, was also the leading city of the kingdom of the ten tribes. In the time of the Romans it was called Neapolis, and at present Nablus. It was the first city in Canaan visited by the Patriarch Abraham. Here also, Jesus of Navi (Joshua) addressed the tribes of Israel for the last time. Almost three hundred years later, all Israel assembled there to make Roboam (Rehoboam) king.

When our Lord Jesus Christ, then, came at midday to this city, which is also called Sychar (John 4:5), He was wearied from the journey and the heat, and He sat down at this well. After a little while the Samaritan woman mentioned in today's Gospel passage came to draw water. As she conversed at some length with the Lord and heard from Him secret things concerning herself, she believed in Him; through her many other Samaritans also believed.

Concerning the Samaritans we know the following: In the year 721 before Christ, Salmanasar (Shalmaneser), King of the Assyrians, took the ten tribes of the kingdom of Israel into captivity, and relocated all these people to Babylon and the land of the Medes. From there he gathered various nations and sent them to Samaria. These nations had been idolaters from before. Although they were later instructed in the Jewish faith and believed in the one God, they worshipped the idols also. Furthermore, they accepted only the Pentateuch of Moses, and rejected the other books of Holy Scripture. Nonetheless, they thought themselves to be descendants of Abraham and Jacob. Therefore, the pious Jews named these Judaizing and idolatrous peoples Samaritans, since they lived in Samaria, the former leading city of the Israelites, as well as in the other towns thereabout. The Jews rejected them as heathen and foreigners, and had no communion with them at all, as the Samaritan woman observed, "the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans" (John 4:9). Therefore, the name Samaritan is used derisively many times in the Gospel narrations. After the Ascension of the Lord, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the woman of Samaria was baptized by the holy Apostles and became a great preacher and Martyr of Christ; she was called Photine, and her feast is kept on February 26.



Archdiocese News

Spotlight on Orthodox Families: Fr. Kosmas & Anna Kallis


Mari & Despina interview Fr. Kosmas & Anna Kallis, a clergy couple who have been married for almost 8 years with 2 children (their youngest was born just weeks after this podcast was recorded). Fr. Kosmas & Anna discuss the joys of being seen by their children, the struggle with the loss of freedom in parenting, and how structuring/scheduling each week is important for marital connection.

Judging You, Judging Me Webinar (May 26th)


Have you noticed how judging has become a national pastime lately? Christ is very clear about judging others. What can we do when we are feeling judged or worse yet, judging others? Fr. Timothy Pavlatos, will be on hand to discuss what the church has to say about this important topic and will share practical suggestions as we grapple with this very present judging epidemic. Join us!




Our 2021 Archdiocesan Stewardship theme comes from Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians, "…the greatest of these is love" (13:13). We are excited for 2021 and continuing the challenge of fulfilling our mission at St. George, especially through developing the gift of love.

2021 Stewardship Goal

$89,431 of $250,000 (through April)


Please consider submitting a 2021 pledge card and becoming active in our 2021 program today! Pledge cards are available on the candle stand. Please contact the office to have one sent to you, or print one from a pdf by clicking here. Pledge cards can be filled out and emailed digitally to or mailed to the church office. We thank you for supporting the ministries of our parish!

Welcome Visitors!
Thank you for joining us in worship. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian or this is your first visit to an Orthodox Church, we are pleased to have you with us. Although Holy Communion is offered only to baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians, all are invited to receive the Antidoron (blessed bread) at the end of the service. The Antidoron is reminiscent of the agape feast that followed worship in the early Church. One does not have to be of Greek descent, nor speak Greek, to be an Orthodox Christian and member of our parish. All people, of any background, are welcome to join the Orthodox Church. For those interested in learning more about the Christian Faith or becoming a member of our church, please contact Fr. Perry after services or at or (651) 222-6220. You may also sign our Guest Book with your preferred contact and we will follow up. Finally, we hope you will join us in our hall upstairs after service this morning for fellowship and refreshments.