St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church Of Nashville
Publish Date: 2019-10-20
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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

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



SATURDAY, October 12

  • 6 PM Great Vespers

SUNDAY, October 13

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

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)
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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!


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.


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?


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.


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:

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


Weekly Calendar

  • St. John Chrysostom Church Calendar

    October 20 to November 3, 2019

    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

    Wednesday, October 30

    6:00PM Paraklesis

    Saturday, November 2

    4:30PM Choir (Kliros) Practice

    6:00PM Vespers (Hesperinos)

    Sunday, November 3

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


Saints and Feasts

October 20

Gerasimus of Cephalonia

Saint Gerasimus was from the Peloponnesus, the son of Demetrius and Kale, of the family of Notaras. He was reared in piety by them and studied the Sacred writings. He left his country and went throughout various lands, and finally came to Cephalonia, where he restored a certain old church and built a convent around it, where it stands to this day at the place called Omala. He finished the course of his life there in asceticism in the year 1570. His sacred relics, which remain incorrupt, are kept there for the sanctification of the faithful.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

6th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 9:6-11

Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever." He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

Gospel Reading

6th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 8:26-39

At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For if we, going about on the earth which is familiar and well known to us, being encompassed with a body, when we are journeying in a strange road, know not which way to go unless we have some one to lead us; how should the soul, being rent away from the body, and having gone out from all her accustomed region, know where to walk without one to show her the way?
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 28 on Matthew 8, 4th Century

Some say, 'Why do they [demons] possess people?' I answer those who wish to have this explained that the reason of these things is very deep. Somewhere one of His saints addressed God by saying, 'Your judgments are a vast abyss.' As long as we bear this in mind, we will perhaps not miss the mark.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on Luke, Homily 44. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; vol 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)


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Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today, just four months after my arrival in the United States, and only five months from my election as your Archbishop, I can promise each of you that our beloved Archdiocese of America is back on course and headed to the safe harbor of stability, progress and growth. This is not to say that all the painful repercussions of the past are behind us.

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