St. George Church
Publish Date: 2024-04-14
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St. George Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (734) 283-8820
  • Fax:
  • (734) 283-8866
  • Street Address:

  • 16300 Dix Toledo Highway

  • Southgate, MI 48195
  • Mailing Address:

  • 16300 Dix Toledo Highway

  • Southgate, MI 48195

Contact Information

Services Schedule


9 am - Orthros

10:15 am - Divine Liturgy


Weekday Services:

Please check the Services schedule in the bulletin or call the Church office.

Past Bulletins

Parish Calendar

  • Church Calendar

    April 14 to April 21, 2024

    Sunday, April 14

    8:50AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy - Sunday of St. John Climacus

    3:00PM Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade

    Wednesday, April 17

    5:00PM Grecian Center Meeting

    6:00PM Liturgy of the Presanctified (followed by Lenten meal)

    Thursday, April 18

    12:00PM Senior Luncheon

    Friday, April 19

    6:00PM Final Salutations to the Theotokos

    Sunday, April 21

    8:50AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

    12:30PM General Assembly


Church Announcements


Angelis Kotsogiannis - 3 years

May the Lord our God grant rest to his soul where the righteous repose, in a place where there is no pain, no sorrow, and no suffering, but rather everlasting life. May his memory be eternal. The coffee is offered by the family.

Parking Update for Church this Sunday, April 14

Important Announcement

This Sunday, April 14, the Grecian Center has two large bookings that will impact parking.  Professional valet service attendants will be present to assist parishioners with parking or offering valet services free of charge and no gratuity required.   

For those who have their vehicle parked for them and when leaving Church, please see one of the valet attendants in front of the Church entrance.

Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade

Please join us as we march in the Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade today, at 3:00 pm. In addition, our parish's Greek Dancers will also be performing in the parade. 

Important Note for those who are planning to march in the Parade

Please try to be at the starting location by 2:40 pm. Our parish is in marching unit #101 which is the first of all the parishes. 

Because of events related to the NFL draft, the parade route is different this year. The parade will begin on Brush and then go to Monroe. The parade will line up behind the Old County Building on Brush north of Congress. Parade marshals will be available for any assistance as we line up. 

For more details, please visit the following link for a map of the starting position of the parade and the route:

Spring General Assembly

Our Spring General Assembly will be held on Sunday, April 21, immediately following the Divine Liturgy. In this General Assembly, preliminary information will be presented on parish renovations. We highly encourage all parishioners to be part of this important meeting. To participate, please be up to date with your 2023 stewardship (minimum $300 per family or minimum $200 for seniors). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the church office or to speak with Fr. John concerning any difficulties with stewardship commitments. A light luncheon will be served to those in attendance.

Lenten Services

During Great Lent, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be prayed each Wednesday at 6:00 pm followed by a Lenten Potluck meal. In addition, each Friday we will pray the Salutations to the Theotokos service at 6:00 pm.

Seniors Luncheon

The 55 & Over Club will meet this Thursday, Apirl 18, at noon, in the Apollo Hall. Lunch is $9. If you plan to attend, you must call the church office (734.283.8820) to make a reservation. 

Kouvouklion/Epitaphio Decorating

We will decorate the Kouvouklion between Thursday and Friday because of Friday's 9 am church service. If you would like to help, here is the time frame: Thursday, May 2-prepping and assembling will occur between 10 am until 4 pm. Friday, May 3-meet at 9 am in the Activity room to finish assembling the flowers. Once the service is over, we will move to the church to complete decorating the Kouvouklion. Everything must be done, cleaned, and ready for the 3 pm service by 2:30 pm.

Please come out and help by signing up here:

Hope/Joy Easter Egg Hunt

On Holy Saturday after church, the children will hunt for eggs in the park. See the attached flyer. Snacks are needed. If you can help supply a snack, please sign up here:

Salutation & Sunday of the Holy Cross Flowers

The Salutation flowers each Friday have been donated in memory of Bobby Kozaitis and George Kotsou. The daffodils for the Sunday of the Holy Cross were donated in memory of Stavroula Minton, and an anonymous donor. Thank you!

Easter/ Feast Day Flowers - Donations Needed

Donations are needed for Easter and Feast Day flowers to help defray the costs associated with these events. You can make donations HERE, by check (in memo line: Easter/Feast Day flowers), or by cash (please give us your name). Thank you!

Sunday School Missions Coinbox Drive

Parents, now through Palm Sunday, your child/family can participate in the Orthodox Missions coinbox ministry. This is an important opportunity to teach your child(ren) about helping Orthodox missionaries around the world. Coinboxes are in your child's classroom.

Open Registration and Parish Scholarships for Rose City Summer Camp

Camp registration is now open! Visit to register and learn more! All first-time campers receive a $525 scholarship from the parish (parents pay $50) towards the $575 camp fees. Repeat campers receive a $325 scholarship (parents pay $250). To be reimbursed, families must submit a Camp Reimbursement form and have met at least half of their stewardship contributions for the 2024 year. Copies can be found on the candle counter or contact the church office to have the form emailed to you.  We want all families to be members of the parish and for all kids to have the opportunity to go to camp. If there are any financial hardships with stewardship or camp tuition,  please do not hesitate to speak with Fr. John.  

Week Zero: June 23 – June 29
Week 1: June 30 – July 6
Week 2: July 7 – July 13
Week 3: July 14 – July 20
Week 4: July 21 – July 27
Week 5: July 28 – August 3 ~  Fr. John will be attending Week 5

Men's Clothing Collection

Philoptochos is collecting men's clothing (including sweatshirts/pants, socks, blankets, winter coats, and boots) for Feeding Detroit and Downriver. Boxes are located in the Narthex and activity room.

PLEASE NOTE: Philoptochos are not collecting women's or girls' clothings, only men's items mentioned above are being accepted at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Prayer / Candle Requests

If you would like for us to light a candle in the Church in prayer for you and your family, please use the Prayer/Candle Request form found here or on the home page of the church website. You can pay by credit card or send a check in the mail to the Church.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and had rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal Fourth Mode

With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O John our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Apolytikion for the Church 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 Plagal Fourth Mode

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"

Saints and Feasts

April 14

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.

April 14

Aristarchos, Pudens, Trophimos the Apostles of the 70

Saint Aristarchus is mentioned in the Epistle to the Colossians (4:10), and also in the Epistle to Philemon (v. 24). By his ascetical manner of life, this Saint proved to be another Saint John the Baptist. He became Bishop of Apamea in Syria, and brought many to the Faith of Christ. Saints Pudens and Trophimus are mentioned in II Timothy 4:20-21. Also, Acts 21:29 mentions that Trophimus was from Ephesus. According to sources that Saint Dorotheus of Tyre (celebrated on June 5) found written in Latin in Rome, these Apostles were beheaded in Rome during the reign of Nero (54-68).

April 15

Crescens the Martyr

This Martyr was from Myra of Lycia, born of an illustrious family. Of his own accord he went amidst the idolaters and admonished them to leave off their futile religion and worship the only true God, Who is worshipped by the Christians; for this he was arrested. When asked by the ruler what his name and lineage were, the Saint would answer only that he was a Christian; counseled to offer sacrifice to the idols, he refused. For this, he was hung up and beaten, was scraped, and then was cast into fire, in which he gave up his holy soul into the hands of God, though not even the hair of his head was harmed by the flames.

April 16

Agape, Chionia, and Irene, the Holy Martyrs

When the Emperor Diocletian was at Aquileia, he learned that these Saints were Christians, and had them brought before him. Because they would not deny Christ, he had them imprisoned, and when he went into Macedonia, he committed them to Dulcitius the Prefect, who, however, lost his understanding and became incapable of doing them any harm. Diocletian then gave Count Sisinius charge over them. He had Saints Agape and Chionia burned; he ordered that Saint Irene be put in a brothel, but by the providence of God this was not accomplished, and she was shot with an arrow. These holy sisters suffered martyrdom in Thessalonica in the year 295.

April 17

Symeon the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Persepolis, and those with him

This Martyr was Bishop of the royal cities Seleucia and Ctesiphon in Persia. As the number of Christians increased in Persia, building churches and appointing clergy, the Magi, guardians of the Persian religion, and the Jews, who also envied them, accused Symeon to Sapor II, King of Persia, saying that Symeon was a friend of the Roman Emperor and his spy. Then began Sapor's persecution of the Christians of Persia, about the year 343. The Magi together with the Jews destroyed the churches. Saint Symeon was brought before Sapor, and, refusing to worship the sun, was imprisoned. On Holy and Great Friday of that year, Saint Symeon was brought out of prison with a hundred others, bishops, priests, and deacons. As each was taken to be slain, Saint Symeon exhorted him to be of good courage; he was slain last of all. It is said that 1,150 Martyrs were slain; an innumerable multitude of Christians were slain throughout Persia during this persecution, among them Saints Acepsimas, Joseph, and Aethalas (see Nov. 3).

April 18

Holy Father John the Righteous, disciple of St. Gregory of Decapolis

This Saint took up the monastic life from his youth and became a disciple of Saint Gregory of Decapolis (see Nov. 20). After his elder, Saint Gregory, reposed (in the first half of the ninth century), he came to Jerusalem and finally reposed in peace in the Monastery of Saint Chariton.

April 19

Paphnoutios the Holy Martyr

All that is known concerning this Saint is that he was a bishop and that he suffered many torments by fire, the sword, and wild beasts.

April 20

5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn

About the year 626, the Persians, Avars, and Slavs came with a great host and besieged the imperial city of Constantinople while the Emperor Heraclius and the main body of the Byzantine army were absent in the East. Enemy ships filled the sea, especially the Golden Horn, and on land the adversaries were ready for attack with foot-soldiers, horses, and engines of war. Though the citizens courageously withstood them, yet they were few in number and would be unable to repulse the attack of such a great host. Hence, they could not count on any other means of salvation, except the protection of the Theotokos. And truly, suddenly a violent tempest broke up all the ships and submerged them, and the bodies of the invaders were cast out near the Blachernae quarter of the city where the famous Church of the Theotokos stood. Taking courage from this, the people went forth from the city and repulsed the remaining forces, who fled out of fear. In 673, the city was miraculously delivered yet again, this time from an invasion of the Arabs. Then in 717-718, led by the Saracen general Maslamah, the Arab fleet laid siege once more to the city. The numerical superiority of the enemy was so overwhelming that the fall of the Imperial City seemed imminent. But then the Mother of God, together with a multitude of the angelic hosts, appeared suddenly over the city walls. The enemy forces, struck with terror and thrown into a panic at this apparition, fled in disarray. Soon after this, the Arab fleet was utterly destroyed by a terrible storm in the Aegean Sea on the eve of the Annunciation, March 24, 718. Thenceforth, a special "feast of victory and of thanksgiving" was dedicated to celebrate and commemorate these benefactions. In this magnificent service, the Akathist Hymn is prominent and holds the place of honour. It appears that even before the occasion of the enemy assaults mentioned above, the Akathist Hymn was already in use as the prescribed Service for the Feast of the Annunciation, together with the kontakion, "When the bodiless one learned the secret command," which has the Annunciation as its theme. It was only on the occasion of the great miracle wrought for the Christian populace of the Imperial City on the eve of the Annunciation in 718 that the hymn "To thee, the Champion Leader" was composed, most likely by Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople.

Historians have ascribed the Akathist Hymn to Patriarch Sergius of Constantinople (638), to Saint George the Confessor, Bishop of Pisidia (818), or even to Saint Photius the Great (891), all of whom lived either at the time of or after the above-mentioned sieges. However, it appears most likely from its language, content, and style that the true composer of the Akathist Hymn is Saint Romanus the Melodist (6th century).


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century


Prayer List


Please remember in your prayers the following: Aristea Stamoulou, Fanis Nikitaras, Nikos Papadakis, Eftihia Kapetanakis, Sarah Nitz, Nick Gerazounis

Please contact the church office to add your name to the Prayer List. Thank you.


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