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St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-08-07
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (405) 751-1885
  • Fax:
  • (405) 751-1889
  • Street Address:

  • 2101 NW 145th Street

  • Oklahoma City, OK 73134
  • Mailing Address:

  • 2101 NW 145th Street

  • Oklahoma City, OK 73134


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Services Schedule

Every Saturday we have Great Vespers (unless otherwise noted) at 6:00 p.m. Every Sunday - Orthros at 8:50 a.m., Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. Weekday Services are as listed on the Calendar and Community News.


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Community News

Weekday Services...

Every Sunday we have Orthros beginning at 8:50 a.m. and Divine Liturgy beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Saturday evenings we have Great Vespers at 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.  Weekday services are listed below and begin at 9:00 a.m. with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy. Unless otherwise stated service will be at St. George.

(Note: For the weekday feast - all services are at 9:00 a.m. and at St. George unless otherwise noted)

August

1st, Monday - Paraklesis 7 p.m.

3rd, Wednesday - Paraklesis 7 p.m.

5th, Friday - Great Vespers for Transfiguration 7 p.m.

6th, Saturday - Transfiguration of our Lord & Saviour (Orthros/Liturgy 9 a.m.)

8th, Monday - Paraklesis 7 p.m.

10th, Wednesday - Paraklesis 7 p.m.

12th, Friday - Paraklesis 7 p.m.

15th, Monday - Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthros/Liturgy 9 a.m.)

29th, Monday - Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Orthros/Liturgy 9 a.m.)

 

Community Connections 

Holy Transfiguration - August 6th

 

On Mount Tabor, the Lord revealed for a short while to His disciples precisely what He is like as God, to the extent that it was humanly possible to witness.  The Lord was always like that, but He hid Himself.  We should know generally that, as long as we are in this world, all the things of God are hidden – for our own good, not to our detriment.  You see, as soon as the disciples were stunned by the light, they entered into this joy and forgot themselves completely, saying: “It is good for us to be here” (Luke 9:33).  They forgot everything and wanted to stay there.  But that wasn’t in their interest!  Man was in paradise, and they lost it!  At every moment, God could reveal to man the things of heaven – but it is not in our interest.  And for that reason, at the moment they said: “This is My beloved Son: hear Him" (Luke 9:35). Things are not like you imagine them to be.  The time will come, but now you much listen to My Son.”

 

+Fr. Symeon Kragiopoulos

The Storehouse of all our thoughts

When we strive with diligent sobriety to keep watch over our rational faculties, to control and correct them, how else can we succeed  in this task except by collecting our mind, which is dispersed abroad through the senses, and bringing it back into the world within, into the heart itself, which is the storehouse of all our thoughts?

St. Gregory Palamas 

Outside is death: within is the kingdom

Here within are the riches of heaven, if you desire them.  Here, O sinner, is the kingdom of God within you.  Enter into yourself, seek more eagerly and you will find it without great travail.  Outside you is death, and the door to death is sin.  Enter within yourself and remain in your hear, for there is God

St. Ephraim the Syrian 

Speaks of Dust

You must gather yourself together within your heart and stand there before the Lord.  This will show up any speck of dust.  Pray, and may God grant your prayer.

St. Theophan the Recluse

Festival Baking Schedule (so far…)

Pastichio – evenings of Wednesday, August 31st & Thursday, September 1st

Soutzoukakia – evening of Thursday, September 8th.

 

Community News

Sunday, July 31st - 40-Day Memorial for Mary Chalos & 1-Year Memorial for Yvonne Tsaras.  Breakfast following in memory of Mary Chalos.  May their memory be eternal.

Sunday, August 21st - Memorial for Zigo Tesfai' father.  May his memory be eternal.  A luncheon will be held in his memory.

Sunday, August 28th - Memorial for George and Alice Sarinopoulos.  May their memory be eternal.  A luncheon wll be held in their honor.   

Sunday, October 9th - 1 Year Memorial for Maria Papasarantou.  May her memory be eternal.  A breakfast will be held in her honor.  

Sunday, September 18th - A luncheon will be held in honor of Sophia Dantes’ nameday.  

 

Sunday, October 9th - 1 Year Memorial for Maria Papasarantou.  May her memory be eternal.  A breakfast will be held in her honor.

Sunday, October 16th - 1 Year Memorial for Nick Pagonis.  May his memory be eternal.  A breakfast will be held in Nick's memory.

Bible Study

Our Bible Study will resume here in August.  Bible Study will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.  For the month of August, we will meet on the 2nd and 16th at 7:00 p.m.  We will be studying the Wisdom of Sirach.

Monthly Family Night

St. George will be starting a monthly fellowship night that is open and welcome to ALL—families, kids, adults, single, married, friends—literally everyone! We have such a wonderful church family and are so excited to gather again, we’d love to see as many there as possible, the more the merrier!

In an effort to help people plan ahead, we will plan to have something typically the 3rd Sunday of each month and will send out further information through email, social media, and the bulletin as we get closer to each month’s date. 

For now, please mark your calendars for the following:

1. Sunday, August 21st 5pm - 7pm:  Movie Night: Cliffs of Freedom*.  Church Hall

 

*Cliffs of Freedom is rated R because of the violence (it is the beginning of the Greek Revolution).  We will be having a Movie in another room for the kids

 

Please reach out to Kimberly Yates or Christine Chiconas if you have any questions or ideas, we’d love your input! 

 

Church Directory

 

We have a draft of the church directory in the hall, please take a look at your information and make sure it is up to date and, if necessary, please make any updates or changes.  If you would like to include a family photo in the directory (which is strongly encouraged) Please email a picture to Jade at:  

st.george.secretary@coxbusiness.net

Please format the picture, as follows: firstname_lastname.jpg

If you DO NOT wish to have your information published in the directory, please let us know. 

Once we have had the opportunity to update everyone's information, we will get an updated directory published to the community.

 

 

Philoptochos Corner

Philoptochos' book club is moved to the second Monday of each month at 7pm.  For the month of August the Book Club will meet on Aug. 17th, not the 8th.

Homeless Outreach - Saturda, August 20th.  Open to the entire community.  We will be gathering essential items for the homeless and delivering them on Saturday.  Meet at the Church at 8:00 a.m.

We look forward to seeing all ladies that can make it!  Check out our Facebook page for more information.  Ask any current board member if you have any questions!

Prosfora Schedule

August

6th, Sautrday                 Holy Transfiguratin                Tasia Vrentas

7th, Sunday                   8th Sunday of Matthew           Vicky Tsaras

14th, Sunday                 9th Sunday of Matthew           Fofo Bargeliotis

15th, Monday                Dormition of the Theotokos   Fofo Bargeliotis

21st, Sunday                  10th Sunday of Matthew         Elaine Bappert

28th, Sunday                 11th Sunday of Matthew         Vana Economopoulos

29th, Monday                Beheading of St. John             Vana Economopoulos

 

 

St. Paul writes, "The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body which is for you.  Do this in rememberance of me.'" (1 Cor. 11:24).

We are in need of Prosfora bakers.  Our ladies and gentlemen have diminished over the years.  The greatest part of this is everyone qualifies! Anyone young and old can make Prosfora.  We would only ask a few times per year to prepare bread for a Divine Liturgy.  What better way for a family to give of themselves and their love for the Church.

Prosfora can be kneaded in a bread machine, with a mixer that has dough hooks, or by hand.  It can easily bge an individual's or an offering made by the whole family.  Children love to knead bread or be able to put the seal on and for the children it is a learning experience.  It is a great offering of life and love to God.

Please call the Church office if you would like to offer this gift.

 

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eighth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:11-18

At that time, Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus has lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabboni," which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, "Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God." Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and she told them that He had said these things to her.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 1:10-17.

Brethren, I appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.


Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 14:14-22

At that time, Jesus saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

And another thing too we learn, the self-restraint of the disciples which they practised in necessary things, and how little they accounted of food.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century

For being twelve, they had five loaves only and two fishes; so secondary to them were the things of the body: so did they cling to the things spiritual only. And not even that little did they hold fast, but gave up even it when asked.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century

The miracle of the bread revealed the One through Whom the soil, when planted with seed, multiplies. What was done invisibly, once brought to light, proclaimed Who it is that always works invisibly. It was not only at that time that Jesus with five loaves does many great things. In the world He was not idle or inactive but was always at work feeding everyone and taking nothing for Himself. Because He was unknown, therefore, He came feeding, eating and feeding, so that through those things that are seen, He Who was unseen might appear.
Eusebius of Emesa
Homily 8.12. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol: Matthew 14-28. Intervarsity Press, 2002, p. 9.

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Transfiguration in the Grave Mode

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure. Shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending, through the prayers of the Theotokos. Light-bestower, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Saint George in the Fourth Mode

Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Grave Mode

You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.
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Saints and Feasts

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August 07

8th Sunday of Matthew


Allsaint
August 07

The Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius

This Martyr, who lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, was a Persian by race and an idolater by religion. He was catechized by a certain Christian named Abarus. He went to Nisibis, a city of Mesopotamia, where he was baptized and donned the monastic habit in a certain monastery. He afterwards ascended a mountain and there endured in extreme ascetical struggles, working miracles for those that came to him, and converting many unbelievers. Julian the Apostate learned of these things as he was marching against the Persians in 363, and at his command the Saint and his two disciples were stoned to death, as they were chanting the Sixth Hour.


Allsaint
August 08

Emilian the Confessor & Bishop of Cyzikos

This Saint was one of the illustrious Orthodox Bishops called to Constantinople by the holy Patriarch Nicephorus to defend the veneration of the holy icons against Leo the Armenian (see Mar. 8). Saint Emilian was sent into exile by Leo about the year 815, and gave up his soul to the Lord amidst many afflictions and sufferings for the sake of his confession.


Triantaphillus
August 08

Holy New Martyrs Triantaphillus of Zagoras and Anastasius of Thessolonica


Allsaint
August 09

Matthias, Apostle of the 70

After Judas by transgression fell from his apostleship (Acts 1: 25), and hanging himself out of despair ended his life with a wretched and shameful death (Matt. 27: 5), then, that the number of the Twelve not be lacking, all the disciples gathered in one place after the Ascension of the Savior (the number of men and women being 120), and they chose two men from among them, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was also surnamed Justus, and Matthias, and they set them in the midst. Then they prayed to God and cast lots, "and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles" (Acts 1: 15-26). And thus, having taken the place of Judas, Matthias fulfilled the work of apostleship and the prophecy concerning Judas, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David: "And his bishopric let another take" (Ps. 108(109):8). After this, it is said, Matthias preached the Gospel in Ethiopia, and completed his life there in martyrdom.


Allsaint
August 10

Laurence the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Rome

This Saint, who was born in Spain, was the Archdeacon of the Church of Rome, caring for the sacred vessels of the Church and distributing money to the needy. About the year 257, a harsh persecution was raised up against the Christians by Valerian. Pope Sixtus, who was from Athens, was commanded to worship the idols, and refused; before his martyrdom by beheading, he committed to Laurence all the sacred vessels of the Church. When Laurence was arrested and brought before the Prefect, he was questioned concerning the treasures of the Church; he asked for three days' time to prepare them. He then proceeded to gather all the poor and needy, and presented them to the Prefect and said, "Behold the treasures of the Church." The Prefect became enraged at this and gave command that Laurence be racked, then scourged with scorpions (a whip furnished with sharp iron points - compare II Chron. 10:11), then stretched out on a red-hot iron grill. But the courageous athlete of Christ endured without groaning. After he had been burned on one side, he said, "My body is done on one side; turn me over on the other." And when this had taken place, the Martyr said to the tyrants, "My flesh is now well done, you may taste of it." And when he had said this, and had prayed for his slayers in imitation of Christ, he gave up his spirit on August 10, 258.


Allsaint
August 11

Euplus the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Cantania

This Martyr was from Catania in Sicily and contested during the reign of Diocletian. He presented himself of his own accord to Calvisianus the Governor, who put him to exceedingly harsh torments. As Euplus was on the rack, Calvisianus commanded him to worship Mars, Apollo, and Aesculapius; he answered he worshipped the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He was beheaded in the year 304.


Niphon
August 11

Our Holy Father Niphonus, Patriarch of Constantinople


Spyridon
August 11

Commemoration of St. Spyridon's Miracle in Corfu against the Turkish invasion of 1716


Maximosconfes
August 13

Maximus the Confessor

The divine Maximus, who was from Constantinople, sprang from an illustrious family. He was a lover of wisdom and an eminent theologian. At first, he was the chief private secretary of the Emperor Heraclius and his grandson Constans. But when the Monothelite heresy became predominant in the royal court, out of hatred for this error the Saint departed for the Monastery at Chrysopolis (Scutari), of which he later became the abbot. When Constans tried to constrain him either to accept the Monothelite teaching, or to stop speaking and writing against it - neither of which the Saint accepted to do - his tongue was uprooted and his right hand was cut off, and he was sent into exile, where he reposed in 662. At the time only he and his few disciples were Orthodox in the East. See also January 21.


Allsaint
August 13

Dorotheus, Abba of Gaza

Saint Dorotheos was born in Antioch, Syria, in the year 506 or 508 A.D. He began his education very early in life and profited from the social statusof his parents. He received a classical education in the Greco-Roman world, which included medical studies, thus allowing him to work as a physician. Despite his great mind, Dorotheos yearned for a life of seclusion in the monastery. He inquired through letters with the holy men Barsanuphius and John (see February 6th) as how to begin the process towards monasticism. Many of these letters exist to this day and provide insight to the life of Dorotheos and his relationship with his mentors.

Dorotheos entered the monastery of Thawatha where Barsanuphius and John lived. His quick mind and advanced education made life in the monastery difficult as he struggled with social encounters and even challenged his abbot when he knew of better ways to run the monastery. This struggle against pride lasted a great while and served as an ongoing lesson for Dorotheos. He worked as assistant to the holy father John and enjoyed this position of communication between John and the rest of the community.

As he progressed in the spiritual life, Dorotheos was given spiritual charge over younger monks to which he was hesitant to accept as he struggled with interactions with others. Despite his reservations, Dorotheos took charge over a young man named Dositheos and taught him the monastic life, a relationship which proved to be difficult but beneficial for both. When John died, Dorotheos left the monastery of Thawatha and founded his own monastery where he took charge of many young monks, training them in the spiritual art.


Allsaint
August 13

Tikhon of Zadonsk

Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk was born in 1724 into a very poor family of the Novgorod province, and was named Timothy in holy Baptism. In his youth he was sent to seminary in Novgorod where he received a good education and later taught Greek and other subjects. Having received the monastic tonsure with the name Tikhon, in the same year he was ordained deacon and priest, and appointed two years later as rector of the Seminary in Tver. In 1761 he was consecrated Bishop of Kexholm and Ladoga, and in 1763 nominated Bishop of Voronezh, a difficult diocese to administer because of its large size and transient population, which included many schismatics. Feeling the burden of the episcopacy to be beyond his strength, the Saint resigned in 1767, retiring first to the Monastery of Tolshevo, and later to the monastery at Zadonsk, where he remained until his blessed repose. In retirement, he devoted all his time to fervent prayer and the writing of books. His treasury of books earned him the title of "the Russian Chrysostom", whose writings he employed extensively; simple in style, replete with quotes from the Holy Scriptures, they treat mostly of the duties of Christians, with many parables taken from daily life. In them the Christian is taught how to oppose the passions and cultivate the virtues. A large collection of the Saint's letters are included in his works, and these give a wealth of spiritual guidance directed both to the laity and monastics. Saint Tikhon reposed in peace in 1783, at the age of fifty-nine. Over sixty years later, in 1845, when a new church was built in Zadonsk in place of the church where he was buried, it was necessary to remove his body. Although interred in a damp place, his relics were found to be whole and incorrupt; even his vestments were untouched by decay. Many miracles were worked by Saint Tikhon after his death, and some three hundred thousand pilgrims attended his glorification on August 13, 1863. He is one of the most beloved Russian Saints, and is invoked particularly for the protection and upbringing of children.


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