St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church Of Nashville
Publish Date: 2020-09-20
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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

Services will be live-streamed via our Facebook page: St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Nashville, TN.

Please see online Calendar for schedule of Services.

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All Orthodox Churches under the General Assembly of Bishops are required to allow 6’ distancing between individuals/ family groups. This requires the Churches to have a signup list for good order.

Please note that if there is a shortage of space, in order to give everyone an equal opportunity to attend, priority will be given to those individuals who have not recently attended services.  We thank you for your understanding.

If you do come without a space being confirmed for you, we respectfully ask that you wait until the beginning of the service to allow the Usher to see if there is room available.

If you sign up and do not attend, that could prohibit someone else from having the opportunity to attend the Divine Liturgy. Please contact us as soon as possible if you have a confirmed spot, but will not be able to attend.

On the day of the service, if you are unable to attend, please immediately text to this number (615.957.2975) to allow someone else the opportunity to attend. 

Matins begins at 8:30 am and the Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 amIf you are signed up to attend, please be sure to arrive on time, as there may be someone else waiting to take your place if you are not here.

These are indeed difficult times, and these protocols are given to make available to as many people as possible the opportunity to attend the Divine Services of the Church.

At this time, adults are still wearing masks and allowing 6' distancing.

Families may come with children, if the children are able to stay with their family.

Masks are available at the front door, however, we respectfully ask that you bring your own Masks if possible.

With the approach of cooler weather, we could begin to have outdoor fellowship.  

Services continue to be Live-streamed on our Facebook page: St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Nashville, TN


Thank you to those who have continued to offer their financial support of the Church!

Fewer people attending Services means fewer donations. Each and every offering is valued and appreciated!

Due to the extra administrative time and expense for the bookeeping firm to record online donations, the preferred and most efficient way to make an offering is either by a personal check, or by going online to your bank, and do a one-time set up for a free, regular (weekly/monthly) automatic check to be mailed from your bank.

Please send all checks and correspondence to:

St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church

P.O. Box 90162

Nashville, TN 37209


Thank you!


At this time, with the exception of the Divine Services, we are not having any indoor group meetings as outlined by Metropolitan Nicholas in a previous email.

Father is available to meet indiviually/ family groups following the standard Protocols. If the weather permits, outside in the Courtyard is a pleasant setting to visit.

Please use for correspondence.


Weekly Calendar

  • St. John Chrysostom Church Calendar

    September 20 to October 4, 2020

    Sunday, September 20

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, September 23

    5:30PM Small Paraklesis (Prayers of supplication in times of distress).

    Saturday, September 26

    5:30PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, September 27

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, September 30

    5:30PM Small Paraklesis (Prayers of supplication in times of distress).

    Saturday, October 3

    5:30PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, October 4

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


Saints and Feasts

September 20

Sunday after Holy Cross

Cross surrounded by flowers

Our Own Personal Cross

Homily for the Sunday After the Exaltation 
of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
Archpriest Alexander Webster
(September 17/30, 2018)


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spir­it.

When the Lord Jesus Christ was cru­ci­fied, St. Peter the Apos­tle fledfrom the Cross!

When the Lord Jesus Christ was cru­ci­fied, St. James the Apos­tle fled from the Cross!

When the Lord Jesus Christ was cru­ci­fied, St. Andrew the Apos­tle fled from the Cross!

In fact, the only Apos­tle who stood fast by Jesus in His hour of great­est tri­al … was St. John—and he was a mere youth! Where were the Apos­tles, the cho­sen dis­ci­ples, those future lead­ers of the Ortho­dox Church? Hid­ing! Scared for their lives! As far from the Cross as they could pos­si­bly be in Jerusalem! Oh, how weak-willed, how human in the worst sense they were at that moment! But they were and are not alone in their shame.

I’ve often won­dered how many of us Ortho­dox Chris­tians in Amer­i­ca today would be will­ing to risk our lives for a cause greater than our­selves. How many of us would be will­ing to suf­fer for our Lord if con­front­ed by a hos­tile power—say, a Hit­ler­ian Ger­many, or a Stal­in­ist Rus­sia, or a fanat­i­cal Mus­lim enti­ty like the Turks of old or Iran today, or some rogue ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion. ISIS, any­one? Or even our own U.S. gov­ern­ment, if it were to turn on us Ortho­dox Chris­tians? How many of us would glad­ly take up the Cross? How many of us would not flee?

I’ll tell you how many—not many!

The Protes­tant the­olo­gian H. Richard Niebuhr crit­i­cized the lib­er­al “social gospel” move­ment in 1937 as advo­cates of this fan­ta­sy: “A God with­out wrath brought men with­out sin into a king­dom with­out judg­ment through the min­is­tra­tions of a Christ with­out a cross.”1

Many of us Ortho­dox Chris­tians, sad to say, are spir­i­tu­al cow­ards who would flee from the Cross before its shad­ow could even dark­en our path. And we have even less of an excuse than the Holy Apostles—even lessYou see, until our Lord’s Res­ur­rec­tion, the Apos­tles and dis­ci­ples had no com­pelling rea­son to stand firm­ly in their faith, to sac­ri­fice them­selves for the cause of Christ, to take up their own cross­es. Either they weren’t lis­ten­ing care­ful­ly when our Lord Jesus Christ proph­e­sied about His death and res­ur­rec­tion, or their faith at that time wasn’t strong enough.

But we know bet­ter! We live in the light of the Res­ur­rec­tion! We have some 2,000 years of Chris­t­ian wit­ness behind us! And yet we, many of us, would still flee from the Cross!

Now, I know this sum­mons to the Cross is not a pop­u­lar thing to preach. I know it doesn’t fit the “hap­py, care­free reli­gion” so many of us crave in this coun­try. I know it scares some of us, “turns off” oth­ers, and depress­es still oth­ers. But I also know it’s what the Apos­tle Paul preached! I also know it’s what our Lord Jesus Christ asked of us in the Gospels! I also know it’s the des­tiny God has decreed for us Ortho­dox Christians—each one of us!

In today’s Gospel for the Sun­day after the Holy Cross, our Lord exhorts who­ev­er would fol­low Him to “deny him­self and take up his cross”.2“His cross” —that means you and I, our own per­son­al cross!

I wear a cross every day. As a priest, I wear this rather large pec­toral cross when­ev­er I’m wear­ing a cas­sock or rias­sa, which is, of course, most of the time. As a U.S. Army chap­lain, I used to wear a cross sewn onto my uni­form, as well as a triple-bar met­al cross attached to my “dog tags” hang­ing on a chain around my neck, under­neath my uni­form. Per­haps you, too, wear a cross. They come in all sizes and designs: sim­ple Roman, triple-bar, Celtic, Mal­tese, Jerusalem.

e wear the cross as a reminder of our fideli­ty to Christ and to wit­ness on behalf of our Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian faith to oth­ers. A ter­ri­ble means of tor­ture, dis­hon­or, and painful, igno­min­ious death has become for us Chris­tians a sym­bol of vic­to­ry, love, for­give­ness, and sal­va­tion!

But is that all that our Cru­ci­fied Sav­ior means when He bids us to take up our cross? Is wear­ing a cross enough? Is ven­er­at­ing the Holy Cross in church today enough? Is singing, “Before Thy Cross we bow down in wor­ship,” enough?

The sec­ond cen­tu­ry Church Father Ter­tul­lian of Carthage — in his ear­li­er, Ortho­dox years — explained the Lord’s sum­mons this way: “Your cross” means your own anx­i­eties and your suf­fer­ings in your own body, which itself is shaped in a way like a cross.Anoth­er Church Father in the West, Cae­sar­ius of Arles in Gaul, offered this insight in the fourth cen­tu­ry, from the Lord’s per­spec­tive:

What does this mean, “take up a cross”? It means he will bear with what­ev­er is trou­ble­some, and in this very act he will be fol­low­ing me. When he has begun to fol­low me accord­ing to my teach­ing and pre­cepts, he will find many peo­ple con­tra­dict­ing him and stand­ing in his way, many who not only deride but even per­se­cute him.4

But the “Gold­en Mouthed,” St. John Chrysos­tom, in his com­men­tary on the par­al­lel Gospel say­ing in Matthew 16:24, wrote this, which may give each of us pause:

“Let him take up his cross;” set­ting forth the reproach­ful death; and that not once, nor twice, but through­out all life one ought so to do. “Yea,” saith He, “bear about this death con­tin­u­al­ly, and day by day be ready for slaugh­ter. For since many have indeed con­temned rich­es, and plea­sure, and glo­ry, but death they despised not, but feared dan­gers; I,” saith He, “will that my cham­pi­on should wres­tle even unto blood, and that the lim­its of his course should reach unto slaugh­ter; so that although one must under­go death, death with reproach, the accursed death, and that upon evil sur­mise, we are to bear all things nobly, and rather to rejoice in being sus­pect­ed.”5

Our Lord declares, Whoso­ev­er will come after me, let him deny him­self, and take up his cross, and fol­low meWhat “cross” has our Lord assigned to you? What is your per­son­al cross?

Per­haps you have a chron­ic ill­ness or phys­i­cal defect that sim­ply won’t go away. That may be your cross!

Per­haps you have a weak­ness for a par­tic­u­lar pas­sion or vice such as anger, or lust, or glut­tony, or envy, or pride. That may be your cross!

Per­haps there was some­thing ter­ri­ble you did or some­thing good you did not do ear­li­er in your life, which you deeply regret and which sim­ply won’t fade from mem­o­ry, the guilt per­sist­ing and con­vict­ing you of sin, even after you’ve con­fessed it in Holy Con­fes­sion. That may be your cross!

Per­haps you have a bad mar­riage or a poor rela­tion with a son or daugh­ter or moth­er or father or broth­er or sis­ter, and, no mat­ter what efforts you make, noth­ing seems to help. That may be your cross!

Per­haps some­one you know and love suf­fers from a fatal dis­ease or a bur­den­some hand­i­cap, and there’s noth­ing you can do about it except pray for that per­son and care for that per­son. That may be your cross!

What­ev­er your per­son­al cross hap­pens to be, know that you have one. Each of us Chris­tians has one — per­haps more than one. It stands square­ly in the door­way to the King­dom of Heav­en. There’s no way around it. If we wish to enter our Lord’s King­dom, we will, soon­er or lat­er, have to pick up that cross and car­ry it with us into the King­dom.

May our Lord God and Sav­ior Jesus Christ give each of us the strength to do so. 

September 20

Eustathius the Great Martyr, his wife and two children

The holy Martyr Eustathius before his baptism was an illustrious Roman general named Placidas in the days of the Emperor Trajan. While hunting in the country one day, he was converted to the Faith of Christ through the apparition of an uncommonly majestic stag, between whose antlers he saw the Cross of Christ, and through which the Lord spoke to him with a human voice. Upon returning home, he learned that his wife Tatiana had also had a vision in which she was instructed to become a Christian. They sought out the Bishop of the Christians and were baptized, Placidas receiving the name Eustathius, and Tatiana the name Theopiste; their two sons were baptized Agapius and Theopistus. The family was then subjected to such trials as Job endured. Their servants died, all their goods were stolen, and on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem they were scattered abroad, each not even knowing if the others were still alive. By the providence of God, they were united again after many years, and returned to Rome in glory. Nevertheless, when they refused to sacrifice to the idols-a public sacrifice from which no Roman general could be absent-the Emperor Hadrian, who had succeeded Trajan, had them put into a large bronze device in the shape of a bull, which was heated with fire until they died. When their holy bodies were removed, they were found to be without harm. They suffered martyrdom about the year 126.


Archepiscopal Message

Address at the 4th Annual National Advanced Orthodox Leadership Conference


greet all of you with a salutation of peace at the beginning of this new Church year which, as you all know, also coincides with the day of prayer for the protection of the environment on September 1st. I mention this because I believe there can be no leadership without stewardship.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

List of Clergy Candidates for Election to the Episcopacy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America


In accordance with Article 14 of the Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the pertinent Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Archdiocese publishes a list of candidates eligible for election to the Office of Metropolitan or Auxiliary Bishop.

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross at the Chapel of the Holy Cross at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.