St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church Of Nashville
Publish Date: 2021-11-28
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St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church Of Nashville

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (615) 957-2975
  • Street Address:

  • 4602 Indiana Avenue

  • Nashville, TN 37209
  • Mailing Address:

  • P.O. Box 90162

  • Nashville, TN 37209

Contact Information

Services Schedule

* Visit our Facebook page for an archive of Services. 

Past Bulletins



"Do this in remebrance of me."

This solemn injunction of our Lord is an 'Anamnesis' or remembrance in the form of thanksgiving (eucharistia).  Gratitude is the proper response of man to the benevolence or philanthropia of God.  As a response to the saving Providence of God... Christian worship is primarily an expression of grateful acknowledgement... it culminates in doxology... 'for all glory, honor, and worship befitteth Thee...' 

From The Festal Menaion, translated by Mother Mary and Kallistos Ware


*To learn about the faith, go to:

*In order to provide for our ongoing spiritual education, we will be offering a Presentation/Dialogue with the Icon of the Nativity, by Professor Denis Zhernokleyev. 

*We will also be using the book Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky as a concise exposition of Orthodox faith.

Beginning this Thursday, Dec 2 at 6 p.m., and alternating Thursday evenings at 6 p.m./Saturday afternoons, 3:30 p.m. These will be Livestreamed and recorded on our Church Facebook page. Questions, email Fr. Parthenios at:


We now have a good collection of Orthodox books, Icons, crosses, incense, etc. in the Bookstore.

Making your purchases at the Bookstore helps to support your Church.

For Bookstore hours of operation, or to request an appointment, please email:


Traditionally in the Church the instruction of inquirers was not solely the responsibility of the priest, but rather of everyone. This is why we have the need to learn more of our faith so that we may give a good answer to those who ask a question  of us. You may learn more at: 


Facebook Page-

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If you are interested in learning more, or becoming a sponsor for adult converts to Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Parthenios at: for more information.


Services Calendar


    November 28 to December 12, 2021

    Sunday, November 28

    8:30AM Matins/Orthros


    Wednesday, December 1

    6:00PM Small Paraklesis Service

    Saturday, December 4

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, December 5

    8:30AM Matins/Orthros


    Wednesday, December 8

    6:00PM Small Paraklesis Service

    Saturday, December 11

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, December 12

    8:30AM Matins/Orthros



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10

Brethren, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God: not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."


Saints and Feasts

November 28

Stephen the New

The righteous Stephen was born in Constantinople in 715 to pious parents named John and Anna. His mother had prayed often to the most holy Theotokos in her church at Blachernae to be granted a son, and one day received a revelation from our Lady that she would conceive the son she desired. When Anna had conceived, she asked the newly-elected Patriarch Germanus (see May 12) to bless the babe in her womb. He said, "May God bless him through the prayers of the holy First Martyr Stephen." At that moment Anna saw a flame of fire issue from the mouth of the holy Patriarch. When the child was born, she named him Stephen, according to the prophecy of Saint Germanus.

Stephen struggled in asceticism from his youth in Bithynia at the Monastery of Saint Auxentius, which was located at a lofty place called Mount Auxentius (see Feb. 14). Because of his extreme labours and great goodness, he was chosen by the hermits of Mount Auxentius to be their leader. The fame of his spiritual struggles reached the ears of all, and the fragrance of his virtue drew many to himself.

During the reign of Constantine V (741-775), Stephen showed his love of Orthodoxy in contending for the Faith. This Constantine was called Copronymus, that is, "namesake of dung," because while being baptized he had soiled the waters of regeneration, giving a fitting token of what manner of impiety he would later embrace. Besides being a fierce Iconoclast, Constantine raised up a ruthless persecution of monasticism. He held a council in 754 that anathematized the holy icons. Because Saint Stephen rejected this council, the Emperor framed false accusations against him and exiled him. But while in exile Saint Stephen performed healings with holy icons and turned many away from Iconoclasm. When he was brought before the Emperor again, he showed him a coin and asked whose image the coin bore. "Mine," said the tyrant. "If any man trample upon thine image, is he liable to punishment?" asked the Saint. When they that stood by answered yes, the Saint groaned because of their blindness, and said if they thought dishonouring the image of a corruptible king worthy of punishment, what torment would they receive who trampled upon the image of the Master Christ and of the Mother of God? Then he threw the coin to the ground and trampled on it. He was condemned to eleven months in bonds and imprisonment. Later, he was dragged over the earth and was stoned, like Stephen the First Martyr; wherefore he is called Stephen the New. Finally, he was struck with a wooden club on the temple and his head was shattered, and thus he gave up his spirit in the year 767.

November 28

Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste

Saint Irenarchos, who was from Sebastia, lived during the reign of Diocletian. In his youth he ministered to the holy Martyrs during the time of their punishment in prison. Once, on beholding seven women being tormented in behalf of Christ, and marvelling at their courage, and seeing how, although they were weak in body, they nonetheless became like men before the tyrant and put him to shame, the Saint was enlightened by divine grace and confessed Christ with boldness. Tried by fire and water, he was beheaded together with the holy women in the year 298.


Archepiscopal Message

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Thanksgiving


My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we prepare to celebrate the National Day of Thanksgiving, our American holiday that calls us to the mindset of gratitude for all of God’s blessings in our lives and in our Country, I note with great satisfaction and thankfulness the recent Apostolic Visit of His All-Holiness our Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.


Archdiocese News

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Grants $300,000 in Scholarships


The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce that it has granted approximately $300,000 in scholarships to those in need of financial assistance in 2021.

Communique From the Holy Eparchial Synod


On November 22, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened the Holy Eparchial Synod via video conference for a regularly scheduled meeting.

Sunday Sermon Series Launched by Department of Religious Education


With new leadership for the Department of Religious Education comes a new initiative. The Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the launch of the Sunday Sermon Series.

“How-to” Green Your Parish, Episode 31: "How-to" Green Your Parish – It’s Not Politics!


This week’s “How-to” Green Your Parish episode features Franchesca Duval “It’s Not Politics!”