St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church Of Nashville
Publish Date: 2019-01-13
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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

Saturday, Great Vespers 5:30 PM

Sunday Matins/Orthros 8:30 AM

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Wednesday Paraklesis, and all weekday evening services, 6 PM

Past Bulletins



*Father Bob Sanford will be filling in for me this Sunday at St. John.  Please come and welcome him.

I am on home rest for 10 days following surgery this past Tuesday.  I expect six weeks of modified activity with a few months of rehabilitation which should not interfere with my normal duties.

Thank you to each and everyone of you for your kindest thoughts and prayers on my behalf.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Parthenios



  •  Great Vespers, 5:30 PM 
  •  Confession by appointment before/after Vespers 


  •  Matins, 8:30 AM 
  •  The Divine Liturgy, 10 AM 

Policy regarding Confession and visitations...

* A Reminder: It has been our long-standing policy and practice that during Confession, House-calls, and Visitations, Father requires that a third adult to be present while still maintaining the appropriate privacy during Confession.  It is also our policy that during Confession we are not asked to reveal details of a personal or private nature.  It is possible to discuss issues that we may be struggling with, but the real intent is to try and identify the motivating factors that cause us to err, and then to seek reconciliation. This may also involve the recomendation to seek appropriate professional help. If you would simply like to meet with Father for a visit outside of confession, a preffered place would be a local coffee shop :-)

For more information on the Sacrament of Confession, please see:

Regarding Trapeza

Hello St. John,

Trapeza is going to be done a bit differently this year. We will try this new way for a few months and see if it works well. Please email me any time with ideas, suggestions, complaints, or to volunteer for something specific. 
Here is how we will do it: 
1. Every week, every one who is able should bring a little something for trapeza. So we aren't being assigned a week anymore, we just bring food as we are able. If you can't bring food, consider helping set up or clean before or after trapeza.
2. Coffee still needs to be made before church and the modular still needs to be clean before we all leave. There will be laminated checklists that we can check off the needed items as we do them. This will require a bit of first-come-first-serve, taking initiative. For example, if I get to church and see that coffee hasn't been made yet, I will make it. There will be instructions on the checklist when needed. When I am ready to leave after my family has eaten, I will choose to check off one or two of the items on the cleanup checklist before we go. For example, I can have Flannery clean the bathroom while I gather loose plates and load them in the dishwasher. Someone else might wipe off the tables, help put food away, or clean the coffee pot. So things will be more fluid. And things getting done will depend on all of us.
3. We will have a theme for trapeza each week just for fun. Feel free to bring anything you can, the theme is just for inspiration if you need it. Please email me if you have a particular theme you'd like to see. 
4. There will be a Google Sheet link in the bulletin so you can tell others what you are bringing and see what is needed, and what the theme is. You can also volunteer for something on the sheet like "I will set up coffee this week." Here is an example of the sheet, feel free to go in and practice putting in info: 
I understand this is all different, and it may take us a while to try it out and get the hang of it. If it doesn't work, we will go back to the old ways! The problem is that the old way seems to bring a lot of stress so we hope things will be more joyful in the future.
Love in Christ,
Naomi Spaulding


Thank you to each parishioner who has made a financial commitment to Stewardship, or is increasing their offering towards fulll Stewardship.  (*Stewardship is offering a tithe, or a tenth of our income to the Church.)

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room for it."  Malachi 3:10

Cleaning our Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Naomi Spaulding has volunteered to coordinate a Cleaning Schedule for the Fellowship Hall.  If we have enough volunteers, each person/family would have a scheduled week every couple of months, so one could plan in advance.  It would also be nice to do the cleaning with another family, for safety reasons, for fellowship, and for getting the work done faster. So, I am creating a cleaning schedule. The more people who volunteer, the more the burden will be shared. I will try to schedule two families/volunteers together, and when it's your week, you can chose any day before Sunday to do the cleaning, so that it fits into your plans. I will also try to have checklists so you will know what needs to be done, and cleaning supplies. 

If anyone has any suggestions for cleaning that needs to be done, how to organize things, or issues they have when cleaning, please email me and let me know. Please email me with your phone number and email, if you're willing to help. And finally, please let me know if you have any restrictions, such as only being able to come early in the month, or anything else. I want to make this as convenient as possible for everyone!
Thank you in advance for your help,
Naomi Spaulding



Weekly Calendar

  • Parish Calendar

    January 13 to January 27, 2019

    Sunday, January 13

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, January 16

    6:00PM Paraklesis

    Saturday, January 19

    9:00AM Men’s Breakfast

    4:00PM Choir (Kliros) Practice

    5:30PM Vespers (Hesperinos)

    Sunday, January 20

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, January 23

    6:00PM Paraklesis

    Saturday, January 26

    4:00PM Choir (Kliros) Practice

    5:30PM Vespers (Hesperinos)

    Sunday, January 27

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday after Epiphany
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Epiphany
The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Eighth Tone

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Theophany Afterfeast in the First Tone

When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople in the Eighth Tone

Grace like a flame shining forth from thy mouth has illumined the universe, and disclosed to the world treasures of poverty and shown us the height of humility. And as by thine own words thou teachest us, Father John Chrysostom, so intercede with the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

You have appeared today to the inhabited earth, * and Your light, O Lord has been marked upon us * who with knowledge sing Your praise. * You have come, You are made manifest, * the Light that no man can approach.

Prayer Request

Prayers for Health and Salvation

Ray, Melissa, Sam, and Loa, Katie K., Timothy S., Michael and Nancy Pittman, Debbra Ickes, John and Barbara Kelly, John and Linda Marchetti, Cerrito

*Please send Father a note with any names that you would like to have included in this prayer list. 



Saints and Feasts

January 13

Sunday after Epiphany

January 13

The Holy Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus

Saints Hermylus and Stratonicus contested for piety's sake during the reign of Licinius, in the year 314. Saint Hermylus was a deacon, and Stratonicus was his friend. For his confession of Christ, Hermylus was beaten so fiercely that his whole body was covered with wounds. Stratonicus, seeing him endure this and other torments that left him half dead, wept with grief for his friend. From this he was discovered to be a Christian, and when he had openly professed his Faith and had been beaten, he and Hermylus were cast into the Danube River, receiving the crown of martyrdom.

January 17

Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony, the Father of monks, was born in Egypt in 251 of pious parents who departed this life while he was yet young. On hearing the words of the Gospel: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor" (Matt. 19:21), he immediately put it into action. Distributing to the poor all he had, and fleeing from all the turmoil of the world, he departed to the desert. The manifold temptations he endured continually for the span of twenty years are incredible. His ascetic struggles by day and by night, whereby he mortified the uprisings of the passions and attained to the height of dispassion, surpass the bounds of nature; and the report of his deeds of virtue drew such a multitude to follow him that the desert was transformed into a city, while he became, so to speak, the governor, lawgiver, and master-trainer of all the citizens of this newly-formed city.

The cities of the world also enjoyed the fruit of his virtue. When the Christians were being persecuted and put to death under Maximinus in 312, he hastened to their aid and consolation. When the Church was troubled by the Arians, he went with zeal to Alexandria in 335 and struggled against them in behalf of Orthodoxy. During this time, by the grace of his words, he also turned many unbelievers to Christ.

Saint Anthony began his ascetic life outside his village of Coma in Upper Egypt, studying the ways of the ascetics and holy men there, and perfecting himself in the virtues of each until he surpassed them all. Desiring to increase his labors, he departed into the desert, and finding an abandoned fortress in the mountain, he made his dwelling in it, training himself in extreme fasting, unceasing prayer, and fierce conflicts with the demons. Here he remained, as mentioned above, about twenty years. Saint Athanasius the Great, who knew him personally and wrote his life, says that he came forth from that fortress "initiated in the mysteries and filled with the Spirit of God." Afterwards, because of the press of the faithful, who deprived him of his solitude, he was enlightened by God to journey with certain Bedouins, until he came to a mountain in the desert near the Red Sea, where he passed the remaining part of his life.

Saint Athanasius says of him that "his countenance had a great and wonderful grace. This gift also he had from the Saviour. For if he were present in a great company of monks, and any one who did not know him previously wished to see him, immediately coming forward he passed by the rest, and hurried to Anthony, as though attracted by his appearance. Yet neither in height nor breadth was he conspicuous above others, but in the serenity of his manner and the purity of his soul." So Passing his life, and becoming an example of virtue and a rule for monastics, he reposed on January 17 in the year 356, having lived altogether some 105 years.