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St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church Of Nashville
Publish Date: 2019-10-13
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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 6:00 PM

Sunday Matins/Orthros 8:30 AM

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM

All weekday, Evening Services, 6 PM.


Past Bulletins


Announcements

THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK...

SATURDAY, October 12

  • 6 PM Great Vespers

SUNDAY, October 13

  • 8:30 AM Matins
  • 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Readings for Sunday

The Epistle:  Titus 3:8-15

The Gosple:  Luke 8:5-15

SUNDAY SCHOOL this Sunday

WEDNESDAY, October 16

  • 6 PM Paraklesis Service (Prayers to the Theotokos for those in need) This is where we read our Parish Prayer List. (Bring names of the living)
  • Please see:

    www.goarch.org/-/learn-to-chant-paraklesis


ORTHODOX MEN'S GROUP

Let's get our Orthodox Men's Group going again! Some ideas for meeting venues: a local Brewhouse for Happy Hour, alternatively, breakfast together for Bible study, or any other topics we may want to cover. Together we strengthen our Orthodox faith!


CHURCH ETIQUETTE FAQ'S

Who may receive Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church? 

Holy Communion is a Sacrament within the Orthodox Church and therefore is offered to Baptized and/or Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Everyone is welcome to receive the Blessed Bread (Antidoron) at the end of the Divine Liturgy.

How should I dress in the Orthodox Church?

Wear modest and appropriate attire.  Common sense and good judgment should prevail.  Please avoid wearing chapstick/lipstick when venerating the icons and receiving Holy Communion. 

Why do the Ushers ask us to wait before entering at certain times of the service?  

There are several parts of the Liturgy where all movement within the Sanctuary should be restricted, including entering the Nave from the Narthex.  These parts are:

1)       Procession of the Priest and Acolytes with the Gospel

2)       The reading of the Epistle and Gospel

3)       The priest’s homily (sermon)

4)       The Great Procession of the Priest and Altar Boys with the Holy Gifts

5)       The recitation of the Nicene Creed

6)        The prayers of offering and consecration (From “Thine own of thine own…” until “Especially for our most Holy Lady….”

7)       The recitation of the Lord’s Prayer

8)       Special services (40-day blessings, memorials, processions…) 

My child is being noisy.  What should I do?

Children are a great blessing in Church.  It is very special to hear our young people begin to participate in the Liturgy, by reciting the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and singing along with our hymns.  It is also important that children are present from a very young age to absorb the holy atmosphere of the Divine Liturgy.  But sometimes, children have a hard time being quiet or sitting still.   Little noises here and there are not worrisome, but in those times when the situation becomes very boisterous, there is a cry room located in the back of the Sanctuary and the Narthex to watch the Liturgy while the child calms down.


LAST WEEK...

Fathers Report:

  • Successful Metropolis Clergy-Laity Congress completed in Detroit.
  • New guidelines and policies for youth safety from the Archdiocese.
  • Pastoral duties; house blessings, pastoral visitations at local coffee shops, etc.
  • Continuing to work with neighborhood out reach on an individual basis. Getting to know neighbors, keeping Up relationships in the neighborhood.
  • Working with increasing church membership and Catechism.
  • Working with the Orthodox Christian Fellowship OCF on the Vanderbilt campus.
  • Office duties; organizing church files and purging old files, paying and recording bills.
  • Coordinating and meeting various contractors for upcoming church improvements, plumbing, painting, HVAC, and routine maintenance of church property.
  • Fr. and Presvytera will be taking a vacation for two weeks over the last two Sundays in October, 20 & 27. Metropolis approval, Permission granted.
  • Questions: How can we be transparent and allow interested parish members to join online Parish Council meetings? When, and how?

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

Father and Presvytera will be traveling from Saturday, October 19 through Saturday, November 2. Father Bob Sanford will serve Liturgy on Sunday the 20th and Fr. Christopher Stanton on Sunday, the 27th. -Please come and welcome them.


FRIENDS OF THE METROPOLIS

Please. If you have made an online contribution to the Friends Of The Metropolis this year, please send a brief email to Harriet (Metropolis secretary) at: office@detroit.goarch.org

In your email, please note that you are a member of St. John Chrysostom Parish, Nashville.

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Weekly Calendar

  • St. John Chrysostom Church Calendar

    October 13 to October 27, 2019

    Sunday, October 13

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, October 16

    6:00PM Paraklesis

    Saturday, October 19

    4:30PM Choir (Kliros) Practice

    6:00PM Vespers (Hesperinos)

    Sunday, October 20

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, October 23

    6:00PM Paraklesis

    Saturday, October 26

    4:30PM Choir (Kliros) Practice

    6:00PM Vespers (Hesperinos)

    Sunday, October 27

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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Saints and Feasts

Allsaint
October 13

Meletios of Pegas, Patriarch of Alexandria


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

For by seed here He means His doctrine, and by land, the souls of men, and by the sower, Himself .... For as the sower makes no distinction in the land submitted to him, but simply and indifferently casts his seed; so He Himself too makes no distinction of rich and poor, of wise and unwise, of slothful or diligent, of brave or cowardly; but He discourses unto all, fulfilling His part, although foreknowing the results.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 44 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

When you see life's pleasures, beware that they might not distract you, for they conceal death's snares. Likewise a fisherman casts not his hook to no purpose. As bait for his hook, the enemy uses the delusion of sensuality to arouse desire, that he might thereby catch men's souls and subject them to himself. A soul which has been caught to serve the enemy's will then serves as a snare for other souls, for it conceals the grief of sin with its apparent delight.
St. Ephraim the Syrian
A Spiritual Psalter no 43, pg. 74, 4th century

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Archbishop Elpidophoros To Lead Delegation to Hurricane-Ravaged Bahamas

10/10/2019

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will arrive in the Bahamas on October 13 for a pastoral visit to areas recently affected by Hurricane Dorian. Leading a delegation from the Archdiocese, His Eminence is scheduled to celebrate a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at the parish of the Annunciation of the Mother of God in Nassau.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Visits Saint Basil Academy

10/09/2019

On October 3, 2019, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America was joyously welcomed by Saint Basil Academy’s administrators, children and staff. The Archbishop began with a Trisagion service at the gravesite of Archbishop Michael of blessed memory.

Assembly of Bishops of the USA and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches Revive the Joint Commission of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches

10/08/2019

NEW YORK – Representatives of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christian churches met today at the Armenian Cathedral of St. Vartan for the first meeting of the joint commission in nearly a decade. The meeting began with a common prayer service followed by open discussions.
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