St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church Of Nashville
Publish Date: 2020-08-30
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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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Services are Live-streamed on our Facebook page: St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Nashville, TN

In order to be available to more people we need your help.  If you are able, would you consider offering some of your time and skills to help us have a presence on other Streaming platforms?


Thank you to those who have continued to offer their financial support.

Fewer people attending Services means fewer donations.  If you are not currently attending services out of health concerns, please remember to send in your donation.

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

St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church

P.O. Box 90162

Nashville, TN 37209


We may not know exactly when this current pandemic will end, but it too will pass.  Throughout history there have been pandemics. Yet the Church has continued to grow through the centuries. The majority of the members of our Parish are preferring to heed the common precautions that are proven to be the most effective means of preventing the spread of disease.  Among our brothers and sisters, think of those who might be most at risk within our parish community.  There may be those who have underlying health conditions that place them in harm's way.  Let's be mindful of our vulnerability, and comply with the guidelines that health professionals around the world have asked everyone to embrace.  Let's humble our pride that tells us that we are invincible.  Let's think of others well-being, rather than our own 'freedom'.  All this being said, this does not prevent us from coming to church to maintain and support the church. Let's ask ourself, 'How could the Church (and our Faith and the Gospel) have survived through the centuries if people did not come to maintain and support the church'?  This can be done now on an individual basis or with someone else as long as we follow the health guidelines.  Many of the needs can be accomplished indoors.  Some needs are outdooors and allow greater freedom.



Along with your weekly/monthly offering, you may include a list of names to be commemorated at the Sunday Liturgy.  We will light a candle for you for each list of names submitted. You will be able to see your candle lit livestream if you wish.

May the Lord be gracious to us and bless us, and shine the light of His countenance upon us, and have mercy on us, and drive away every malady and despondency!


Weekly Calendar

  • St. John Chrysostom Church Calendar

    August 30 to September 13, 2020

    Sunday, August 30

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, September 2

    5:30PM Paraklesis, Prayers of supplication in times of distress.

    Saturday, September 5

    5:30PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, September 6

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, September 7

    5:30PM Evening Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, September 8

    Nativity of Mary, the Mother of God (Theotokos)

    Wednesday, September 9

    5:30PM Paraklesis, Prayers of supplication in times of distress.

    Saturday, September 12

    5:30PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, September 13

    8:30AM Matins (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


Saints and Feasts

August 30

Apodosis of the Feast of the Forerunner

August 30

Alexander, John, and Paul the New, Patriarchs of Constantinople

Saint Alexander was sent to the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea as the delegate of Saint Metrophanes, Bishop of Constantinople (see June 4), to whose throne he succeeded in the year 325. When Arius had deceitfully professed allegiance to the Council of Nicaea, Saint Alexander, knowing his guile, refused to receive him into communion; Arius' powerful partisans threatened that they would use force to bring Arius into the communion of the Church the following day. Saint Alexander prayed fervently that God might spare the Church; and as Arius was in a privy place relieving nature, his bowels gushed forth with an effusion of blood, and the arch-heresiarch died the death of Judas. Saint Alexander was Bishop from 325 until 337, when he was succeeded by Saint Paul the Confessor, who died a martyr's death at the hands of the Arians (see Nov. 6). The Saint John commemorated here appears to be the one who was Patriarch during the years 562-577, surnamed Scholasticus, who is also commemorated on February 21. He was from Antioch, where he had been a lawyer (scholasticus); he was made presbyter, then was sent to Constantinople as representative (apocrisiarius) of the Patriarch of Antioch, and was appointed Patriarch of Constantinople by the Emperor Justinian. Saint Paul was Bishop of Constantinople during the years 687 - 693, in the reign of Emperor Justinian II, and presided over the Quinisext Council in 692.

September 01

Ecclesiastical New Year

For the maintenance of their armed forces, the Roman emperors decreed that their subjects in every district should be taxed every year. This same decree was reissued every fifteen years, since the Roman soldiers were obliged to serve for fifteen years. At the end of each fifteen-year period, an assessment was made of what economic changes had taken place, and a new tax was decreed, which was to be paid over the span of the fifteen years. This imperial decree, which was issued before the season of winter, was named Indictio, that is, Definiton, or Order. This name was adopted by the emperors in Constantinople also. At other times, the latter also used the term Epinemisis, that is, Distribution (Dianome). It is commonly held that Saint Constantine the Great introduced the Indiction decrees in A.D. 312, after he beheld the sign of the Cross in heaven and vanquished Maxentius and was proclaimed Emperor in the West. Some, however (and this seems more likely), ascribe the institution of the Indiction to Augustus Caesar, three years before the birth of Christ. Those who hold this view offer as proof the papal bull issued in A.D. 781 which is dated thus: Anno IV, Indictionis LIII -that is, the fourth year of the fifty-third Indiction. From this, we can deduce the aforementioned year (3 B.C.) by multiplying the fifty-two complete Indictions by the number of years in each (15), and adding the three years of the fifty-third Indiction. There are three types of Indictions: 1) That which was introduced in the West, and which is called Imperial, or Caesarean, or Constantinian, and which begins on the 24th of September; 2) The so-called Papal Indiction, which begins on the 1st of January; and 3) The Constantinopolitan, which was adopted by the Patriarchs of that city after the fall of the Eastern Empire in 1453. This Indiction is indicated in their own hand on the decrees they issue, without the numeration of the fifteen years. This Indiction begins on the 1st of September and is observed with special ceremony in the Church. Since the completion of each year takes place, as it were, with the harvest and gathering of the crops into storehouses, and we begin anew from henceforth the sowing of seed in the earth for the production of future crops, September is considered the beginning of the New Year. The Church also keeps festival this day, beseeching God for fair weather, seasonable rains, and an abundance of the fruits of the earth. The Holy Scriptures (Lev. 23:24-5 and Num. 29:1-2) also testify that the people of Israel celebrated the feast of the Blowing of the Trumpets on this day, offering hymns of thanksgiving. In addition to all the aforesaid, on this feast we also commemorate our Saviour's entry into the synagogue in Nazareth, where He was given the book of the Prophet Esaias to read, and He opened it and found the place where it is written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for which cause He hath anointed Me..." (Luke 4:16-30).

It should be noted that to the present day, the Church has always celebrated the beginning of the New Year on September 1. This was the custom in Constantinople until its fall in 1453 and in Russia until the reign of Peter I. September 1 is still festively celebrated as the New Year at the Patriarchate of Constantinople; among the Jews also the New Year, although reckoned according to a moveable calendar, usually falls in September. The service of the Menaion for January 1 is for our Lord's Circumcision and for the memorial of Saint Basil the Great, without any mention of its being the beginning of a new year.



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