St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-05-15
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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (727) 937-3540
  • Fax:
  • (727) 937-1739
  • Street Address:

  • 36 North Pinellas Avenue

  • Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
  • Mailing Address:

  • 17 East Tarpon Avenue

  • Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sundays / Κυριακή
7:45am - Matins / Όρθρος
9:00am - Divine Liturgy (Greek) / Θεία Λειτουργία / (English) / Θεία Λειτουργία

Monday through Saturday

6:00 pm Small Compline

Past Bulletins

Dean's Message


Nobody is Alone

Early in Jesus' earthly ministry, He came across a man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years, who was lying by the Pool of Bethesda. At certain times during the year, an angel of the Lord would come down from heaven, stir the water, and the one who entered the water first after the angel, would be healed. This man whom Jesus met, time after time, was too slow dragging himself into the pool. Though he failed to be healed after so many years, he never gave up hope. He never stopped waiting for God's mercy. Then one day, God arrived.

Jesus asked this man, "Do you want to be made well?" (John 5.6) This was a common dialogue between Jesus and those who would be healed, and the Gospel shares this with us for our inspiration? We should hear the question as if Jesus is asking YOU AND ME, "Do WE want to be healed?" Once we can open our hearts to Him, then He can heal us. This paralyzed man shared his need, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool," and Jesus met his need.

I had the blessing to visit the Pool of Bethesda just weeks before the pandemic crippled our nation and community in 2020. Now, more than two years later, I imagine myself gazing down at the Pool and asking God to heal our community, city, and society. Many in our community are suffering, but feel alone without hope for healing. Many of us are sitting by watching ‘to see’ if they will be able to ‘get in the pool’ before anyone else. It is us to the Church to ‘be’ Christ for each of those who are suffering.

As I meet more community members who are either themselves suffering from addiction, or who may have family and friends suffering from addiction, I think about the Pool of Bethesda. Nobody is alone, nor should anyone be without hope for healing. It doesn’t matter if we suffer from addiction or some rare illness. We all have someONE Who is our help and our hope.

Are you suffering from addiction? God can heal you. Do you have a friend or family member suffering from addiction, or some other illness? Don’t just sit and watch. God can heal them. Join us for our monthly Saint Anastasia’s Fellowship on the 1st Friday of each month. Together we can ‘get in the pool’ and ask God to heal, and He will heal.



Fr Theofanis


Ὁ Κύριος ἦρθε στὰ Ἰεροσόλυμα καὶ πῆγε στὸ σπίτι τοῦ πόνου καὶ τοῦ ἐ­λέους τοῦ Θεοῦ, στὴ Βηθε­σδὰ ὅπως λεγόταν στὰ ἑβραϊκά. Τί ἦταν ἡ Βη­θεσδά; Μία μικρὴ φυσικὴ λίμνη κον­τὰ στὴν προβατικὴ πύλη, πρὸς τὸ βόρειο τεῖ­χος τῆς πόλεως, ποὺ τὰ νερά της κάποιες στι­γμὲς ἀ­ποκτοῦσαν ἰαματικὴ ἰδιότητα. Κατὰ δι­αστήματα ἡ ἐ­πι­φάνειά της ἀ­ναταρασσόταν ἀ­πὸ ἄγγελο Κυρίου, καὶ ὁ ἀ­σθενὴς ποὺ θὰ πρόφθανε νὰ πέ­σῃ πρῶτος στὸ νερὸ θεραπευόταν ἀ­μέσως, ὅποια κι ἂν ἦταν ἡ ἀσθένειά του. Ἡ θε­ραπεία ἦταν ἀπὸ τὸ Θεό, ὄχι ἀπὸ τὸ νερό. Γι᾽ αὐτὸ γύρω ἀπ᾽ τὴ λίμνη συνωστί­ζον­ταν πλῆθος ἀσθενεῖς, κάτω ἀπὸ πέντε στοές, κ᾽ ἐκεῖ περίμεναν μὲ ἀγωνία τὴν ταραχὴ τοῦ νεροῦ.

Ὁ Κύ­ριος σὰν ἕνας ἄγνωστος ἐπισκέπτεται αὐτὸ τὸ βασίλειο τοῦ πόνου. Ἐκεῖ ἦταν τὸ δει­­γμα­τολόγιο ὅλων τῶν χρονίων καὶ ἀνιάτων ἀ­σθενειῶν· ἐκεῖ ἕνας τυφλὸς ἐν­τείνει τὴν ἀκοή του ν᾿ ἀ­κούσῃ πότε θὰ ταραχθῇ τὸ νερό, ἕνας κουφὸς ἐντείνει τὴν ­ὅρασί του νὰ δῇ πότε θ᾽ ἀρχίσῃ ὁ κυματισμός, ἕ­νας κουτσὸς κάθεται στὸ χεῖλος ἕτοιμος νὰ κάνῃ τὸ σωτήριο ἅλμα, μιὰ μάνα κρατάει στὴν ἀγκαλιὰ τὸ ἄρρωστο παιδί της χλωμό, κίτρινο, μὲ ὄψι θανάτου. Σὲ ὅλους ῥίχνει τὸ βλέμμα μὲ ἄπειρη συμ­πάθεια. Ἀλλ᾿ ἀπ᾿ ὅλους περισσό­τερο τὴν προσοχὴ τοῦ Θεανθρώπου ἑλκύει ἕ­νας παράλυτος. Ἦταν πράγμα­τι ὁ πιὸ δυστυχισμέ­νος. Ἂν στὴ Βηθε­σδὰ κρατοῦ­σαν μητρῷο τῶν ἀ­σθε­νῶν, αὐτὸς ἦ­ταν ὁ ἀρχαιότερος. 38 ὁλόκλη­ρα χρό­νια ἔμενε κάτω ἀπ᾽ τὶς στοές. Στὸ δι­­άστημα αὐ­τὸ εἶδε πολλοὺς νὰ ἔρχων­ται ἀσθε­νεῖς καὶ νὰ φεύγουν ὑγιεῖς. Ὁ μέγας Ἄγνωστος τὸν πλησιάζει. Μὲ λεπτὴ εὐγένεια τὸν ἐ­ρωτᾷ· «Θέ­λεις ὑγιὴς γενέσθαι;». Κι ὁ παρά­λυ­τος ἀ­­παντᾷ· «Κύριε, ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἔχω. Μὰ τί λές, ἄνθρωπε; δὲν κατοικεῖς στὴν ἔ­ρημο, κατοικεῖς σὲ μιὰ πόλη μὲ 200 χιλιάδες κατοίκους. Ἀ­νάμεσα σ᾽ αὐτοὺς δὲν ὑπάρχει οὔτε ἕ­νας νὰ σὲ βοηθήσει;…. Ὅλοι τὸν ἔχουν διαγράψει ἀπὸ τὴ μνήμη τους. Ἔρημος ἀπὸ συγγενεῖς καὶ φί­λους, πλησίαζε νὰ συμπληρώσει 40 χρόνια θη­τείας στὸ βασίλειο τοῦ πόνου, καὶ καμμιά ἐλ­πίδα ἀπολύσεως δὲν φαινόταν. Ἕνας μόνο θὰ τὸν ἀπέλυε ὁριστικὰ ἀπὸ τὸν πόνο· ὁ θάνατος! «Ἡ ὑγεία τοῦ σώματος εἶνε τὸ μικρότερο ποὺ δίνω· ἡ ἄφεσις τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν, ἡ γαλήνη τῆς συνειδήσεως, ἡ σύνδεσι μὲ τὸν οὐρανό, ἡ ἐλπίδα τῆς αἰωνίου ζωῆς, αὐτὰ εἶνε τὰ μεγάλα δωρήματά μου!


«Κύριε, ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἔχω». Ἀλλὰ ἡ φωνὴ αὐτὴ καὶ σήμερα ἀ­πὸ παντοῦ. Μία σύγχρονη Βηθεσδὰ προβάλλει πάλι, ὄχι μὲ πέντε ἀλλὰ μὲ μύριες στοὲς δυστυχούντων. Καὶ ποῦ δὲν ἀκούγεται ἡ φω­νὴ «Κύριε, ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἔχω»; ἐ­πισκεφθῆτε τὶς οἰκογένειες τῶν δυστυχούν­των καὶ τῶν πενθούντων, ἐπισκεφθῆτε τὰ νοσοκομεῖα, ἐπισκεφθῆτε τὶς φυλακές…

«Κύριε, ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἔχω». Ἰδιαιτέρως στὶς μέρες μας ἡ φωνὴ αὐτὴ ἀκούγεται ἀπὸ πολλοὺς νέους ποὺ εἶνε θύματα τοῦ κλονισμοῦ τοῦ γάμου καὶ τῆς διαλύσεως τῆς οἰκογενείας. Κι ἂν ὅλοι μ᾿ ἐγκαταλείψουν, κι αὐτὴ ἀ­κόμη ἡ μητέρα ποὺ μὲ γέννησε, ἀρκεῖ ἐσὺ Κύριε νὰ μὴ μ᾿ ἐγκαταλείψῃς.




Saints and Feasts

May 15

Sunday of the Paralytic

Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.

It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool." The Lord said unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.

May 15

Achillius the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Larissa

Saint Achillius was one of the 318 God-bearing Fathers who were present at the First Ecumenical Council; after returning to Larissa he cast down many pagan temples, delivered many from the demons, and raised up churches to the glory of God. He reposed about the middle of the fourth century.

May 15

Pachomius the Great

Saint Pachomius was born of pagan parents in the Upper Thebaid of Egypt. He was conscripted into the Roman army at an early age. While quartered with the other soldiers in the prison in Thebes, Pachomius was astonished at the kindness shown them by the local Christians, who relieved their distress by bringing them food and drink. Upon inquiring who they were, he believed in Christ and vowed that once delivered from the army, he would serve Him all the days of his life. Released from military service, about the year 313, he was baptized, and became a disciple of the hermit Palamon, under whose exacting guidance he increased in virtue and grace, and reached such a height of holiness that "because of the purity of his heart," says his biographer, "he was, as it were, seeing the invisible God as in a mirror." His renown spread far, and so many came to him to be his disciples that he founded nine monasteries in all, filled with many thousands of monks, to whom he gave a rule of life, which became the pattern for all communal monasticism after him. While Saint Anthony the Great is the father of hermits, Saint Pachomius is the founder of the cenobitic life in Egypt; because Pachomius had founded a way of monasticism accessible to so many, Anthony said that he "walks the way of the Apostles." Saint Pachomius fell asleep in the Lord before his contemporaries Anthony and Athanasius the Great, in the year 346. His name in Coptic, Pachom, means "eagle."

May 15

Barbaros the Myrrhbearer of Kerkyra

May 15

Andrew the Hermit & Wonderworker

May 15

Placing of the Honorable Head of the Apostle Titus


Cathedral Listings



George Solon - 3 months; Nickie Solon - 7 years

Andreas Salivaras - 1 year

Katina Tsakizis - 1 year

Alexios Boulafentis - 1 year


 All ministries wishing to sign up and host the Sunday Coffee Hour please contact Chris Palaidis at 727-808-3895.


                              Memorial & Artoklasia Service Planning 

If you are in need of a Memorial or are contemplating having an Artoklasia Service, call our Parish Office at (727) 937-3540 to make arrangements.

Kollyva (μνημόσυνα) for memorials can be ordered through:

Antonia Korfias (727) 937-8785

Evangelia Stavropoulos (727) 937-5649

Afrodity Tassopoulos (727) 674-3304

*Contact info for these preparers is provided as a service to parishioners and does not imply endorsement.

40 Day Prayer List

Alexandros, Nikos, Golfo, Katerina, Vasiliki, Nikos, Pantelis, Pericles, Evgenia, Larisa, Sergey, Elena, Ludmila, Sergey, Ekaterina, Tatiana, Vissarion, Pete, Tina, Alexandra, Michael, Katerina, Amy, Nancy, Nicholas

*To add a loved one to this list, or to keep one from being taken off after 40 days, please contact our Denise on Mondays by 5:00 pm:  (727) 937-3540.


A Prayer for Healing

"Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal me, Your servant, from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ.  Grant me patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health.  Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed.  I pray that You heal me as Your servant and grant me the gift of complete health.  For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen."


Our Priests are Here for You

If you, or a loved one, would like to request a priestly visit due to illness or extenuating circumstances, please call Father Athanasios (727) 741-0139 or Father Theofanis (727) 244-6842.

If you are in spiritual need, Father Athanasios wants to make himself available to you, and asks you to please call/text or email him directly, rather than through social media.

2022 St. Nicholas Parish Council Pangari Rotation Sunday Schedule
February 6, 2022 – July 31, 2022

PC Teams for rotation begins Sunday, 2/6/2022 with Team 2 on Duty
**President and 1st Vice President are listed on a team, although they are there to respond to parishioner questions/concerns

**Both PC Teams on duty on Palm Sunday - Sunday, April 17, 2022

PC Holy Week Schedule to be sent March, 2022 to include Pascha, April 24, 2022

February 13, 27; March 13, 27; April 10, **17; May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3, 17, 31

Team 1:
Solon Tsaoussis
Anna Billiris **
Themis Fountotos Tezza
Karen Koulias
Jon Michael Lelekis
John Lulias
Tony Zaronias

February 6, 20; March 6, 20; April 3, **17; May 1, 15, 29; June 12, 26; July 10, 24

Team 2:
John Stamas
Nikitas Manias **
Rena Faklis
Emmanuel Gombos
Costas Sisois
Harry Andropoulos
Dean Prodromitis

Currently there is no Counting Team on Sundays
-if this should change, a Counting Schedule will be sent


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Mode

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Mode

Let the heavens rejoice; let the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the mighty power of His arm. He trampled down death by death and became the firstborn of the dead. From the depths of Hades, He delivered us and granted to the world great mercy.
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Mode

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε, ἀλλὰ τοῦ ᾍδου καθεῖλες τὴν δύναμιν, καὶ ἀνέστης ὡς νικητής, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, γυναιξὶ Μυροφόροις φθεγξάμενος. Χαίρετε, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις εἰρήνην δωρούμενος ὁ τοῖς πεσοῦσι παρέχων ἀνάστασιν.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Sunday of the Paralytic
Πράξεις Ἀποστόλων 9:32-42

Ἐν ταῖς ἡμεραῖς ἐκείναις, ἐγένετο Πέτρον διερχόμενον διὰ πάντων κατελθεῖν καὶ πρὸς τοὺς ἁγίους τοὺς κατοικοῦντας Λύδδαν. Εὗρεν δὲ ἐκεῖ ἄνθρωπόν τινα Αἰνέαν ὀνόματι, ἐξ ἐτῶν ὀκτὼ κατακείμενον ἐπὶ κραββάτῳ, ὃς ἦν παραλελυμένος. Καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ Πέτρος, Αἰνέα, ἰᾶταί σε Ἰησοῦς ὁ Χριστός· ἀνάστηθι καὶ στρῶσον σεαυτῷ. Καὶ εὐθέως ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἶδον αὐτὸν πάντες οἱ κατοικοῦντες Λύδδαν καὶ τὸν Ἀσσάρωνα, οἵτινες ἐπέστρεψαν ἐπὶ τὸν κύριον. Ἐν Ἰόππῃ δέ τις ἦν μαθήτρια ὀνόματι Ταβηθά, ἣ διερμηνευομένη λέγεται Δορκάς· αὕτη ἦν πλήρης ἀγαθῶν ἔργων καὶ ἐλεημοσυνῶν ὧν ἐποίει. Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἀσθενήσασαν αὐτὴν ἀποθανεῖν· λούσαντες δὲ αὐτὴν ἔθηκαν ἐν ὑπερῴῳ. Ἐγγὺς δὲ οὔσης Λύδδης τῇ Ἰόππῃ, οἱ μαθηταὶ ἀκούσαντες ὅτι Πέτρος ἐστὶν ἐν αὐτῇ, ἀπέστειλαν πρὸς αὐτόν, παρακαλοῦντες μὴ ὀκνῆσαι διελθεῖν ἕως αὐτῶν. Ἀναστὰς δὲ Πέτρος συνῆλθεν αὐτοῖς· ὃν παραγενόμενον ἀνήγαγον εἰς τὸ ὑπερῷον, καὶ παρέστησαν αὐτῷ πᾶσαι αἱ χῆραι κλαίουσαι καὶ ἐπιδεικνύμεναι χιτῶνας καὶ ἱμάτια ὅσα ἐποίει μετʼ αὐτῶν οὖσα ἡ Δορκάς. Ἐκβαλὼν δὲ ἔξω πάντας ὁ Πέτρος θεὶς τὰ γόνατα προσηύξατο· καὶ ἐπιστρέψας πρὸς τὸ σῶμα, εἶπεν, Ταβηθά, ἀνάστηθι. Ἡ δὲ ἤνοιξεν τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτῆς· καὶ ἰδοῦσα τὸν Πέτρον, ἀνεκάθισεν. Δοὺς δὲ αὐτῇ χεῖρα, ἀνέστησεν αὐτήν· φωνήσας δὲ τοὺς ἁγίους καὶ τὰς χήρας, παρέστησεν αὐτὴν ζῶσαν. Γνωστὸν δὲ ἐγένετο καθʼ ὅλης τῆς Ἰόππης, καὶ πολλοὶ ἐπίστευσαν ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

Sunday of the Paralytic
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 5:1-15

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἀνέβη ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα. Ἔστι δὲ ἐν τοῖς ῾Ιεροσολύμοις ἐπὶ τῇ προβατικῇ κολυμβήθρα, ἡ ἐπιλεγομένη Ἑβραϊστὶ Βηθεσδά, πέντε στοὰς ἔχουσα. ἐν ταύταις κατέκειτο πλῆθος πολὺ τῶν ἀσθενούντων, τυφλῶν, χωλῶν, ξηρῶν, ἐκδεχομένων τὴν τοῦ ὕδατος κίνησιν. ἄγγελος γὰρ κατὰ καιρὸν κατέβαινεν ἐν τῇ κολυμβήθρᾳ, καὶ ἐταράσσετο τὸ ὕδωρ· ὁ οὖν πρῶτος ἐμβὰς μετὰ τὴν ταραχὴν τοῦ ὕδατος ὑγιὴς ἐγίνετο ᾧ δήποτε κατείχετο νοσήματι. ἦν δέ τις ἄνθρωπος ἐκεῖ τριάκοντα καὶ ὀκτὼ ἔτη ἔχων ἐν τῇ ἀσθενείᾳ αὐτοῦ. τοῦτον ἰδὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς κατακείμενον, καὶ γνοὺς ὅτι πολὺν ἤδη χρόνον ἔχει, λέγει αὐτῷ· θέλεις ὑγιὴς γενέσθαι; ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ ὁ ἀσθενῶν· Κύριε, ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἔχω, ἵνα ὅταν ταραχθῇ τὸ ὕδωρ, βάλῃ με εἰς τὴν κολυμβήθραν· ἐν ᾧ δὲ ἔρχομαι ἐγώ, ἄλλος πρὸ ἐμοῦ καταβαίνει. λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἔγειρε, ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει. καὶ εὐθέως ἐγένετο ὑγιὴς ὁ ἄνθρωπος, καὶ ἦρε τὸν κράβαττον αὐτοῦ καὶ περιεπάτει. ἦν δὲ σάββατον ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ. ἔλεγον οὖν οἱ ᾿Ιουδαῖοι τῷ τεθεραπευμένῳ· σάββατόν ἐστιν· οὐκ ἔξεστί σοι ἆραι τὸν κράβαττον. ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς· ὁ ποιήσας με ὑγιῆ, ἐκεῖνός μοι εἶπεν· ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει. ἠρώτησαν οὖν αὐτόν· τίς ἐστιν ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὁ εἰπών σοι, ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει; ὁ δὲ ἰαθεὶς οὐκ ᾔδει τίς ἐστιν· ὁ γὰρ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐξένευσεν ὄχλου ὄντος ἐν τῷ τόπῳ. μετὰ ταῦτα εὑρίσκει αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἴδε ὑγιὴς γέγονας· μηκέτι ἁμάρτανε, ἵνα μὴ χεῖρόν σοί τι γένηται. ἀπῆλθεν ὁ ἄνθρωπος καὶ ἀνήγγειλε τοῖς ᾿Ιουδαίοις ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ ποιήσας αὐτὸν ὑγιῆ.


Wisdom of the Fathers

In that case [Matt 9:2] there was remission of sins, (for He said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee,") but in this, warning and threats to strengthen the man for the future; "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 1, 4th Century

Great is the profit of the divine Scriptures, and all-sufficient is the aid which comes from them ... For the divine oracles are a treasury of all manner of medicines, so that whether it be needful to quench pride, to lull desire to sleep, to tread under foot the love of money, ... from them one may find abundant resource.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 5, 4th Century


Important Updates From Our Ministries

St Nicholas Welcome Ministry

Are you ready to make a difference in our church this New Year?

Are you short of time, but big on wanting to serve God in a meaningful way?

Do you enjoy and care about people and are committed to your Orthodox faith?

Come and be part of the Welcome Ministry as a Greeter or an Usher. All you need is a few Sunday mornings a month, a ready smile and a servant’s heart.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at St Nicholas Cathedral please contact Lexa Shontz at or cell (727) 418-4811.

Philoptochos (A Friend of the Poor) Ministry

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 Hours of Operation
Mon: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Wed-Fri: 10:00 AM -12:00 Noon
18 Hibiscus Street (located directly behind St Nicholas Cathedral) 

National Philoptochos Mission Statement
To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund-raising efforts. 

If you would like to make a difference, learn from others and create relationships that will last a lifetime please send your name, e-mail. phone number and address to:

St Nicholas Philoptochos
PO Box 2043
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Annual Membership Fee of $35.00 assists Philoptochos to continue serving the poor.

St Nicholas Kitchen

Saint Nicholas Kitchen is an outreach ministry of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral that provides hot meals, helping hands and meaningful relationships to the impoverished in our community. The heart for this ministry is illustrated in the book of Matthew 25:35-36:

 “….For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me….”

St. Nicholas Kitchen will continue preparing the Monday meals from 7:30 – 11:00 am. The meals will be delivered Monday's to the new Hope Center at the Sheppard center where the meals will be given to those in need by their, and our volunteers. We still need volunteers, food and monetary donations. Meals will be served from 11:00 – 12:00 pm. For further information, please call Chris Palaidis at (727) 808-3895.


St Nicholas Community Center Event Hosting

St. Nicholas Community Center & Conference Hall's 18,000 sq. ft. commercial kitchens; full-service bar area; professional stage & audio/visual equipment; and comfortable seating all make it a perfect venue for hosting your next event. 

For booking information, or to arrange a venue tour, please visit our new venue website or call the Parish Offices at (727) 937-3540. 


Master Calendar

  • St Nicholas Cathedral Master Calendar

    May 15 to May 30, 2022

    Sunday, May 15

    Fr Athanasios on Call - 727-741-0139

    Sunday of the Paralytic

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Parish Assembly

    Monday, May 16

    4th Monday after Pascha

    8:00AM Soup Kitchen Meal

    9:00AM Morning Prayers

    11:00AM Visitation: Spiros Vlahopoulos

    12:00PM Funeral: Spiros Vlahopoulos

    4:00PM Greek Folk Dance

    6:00PM Small Compline

    Tuesday, May 17

    4th Tuesday after Pascha

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    4:15PM Greek School

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    7:00PM Bookstore Meeting

    Wednesday, May 18

    4th Wednesday after Pascha - Mid-Pentecost

    8:00AM Orthros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:00AM Little Lambs

    11:00AM Funeral: Nicholas G. Madias

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    7:00PM GOYA

    Thursday, May 19

    Patrick the Hieromartyr and Bishop of Prusa and His Fellow Martyrs Acacius, Menander, and Polyaenus

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    4:15PM Greek School

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    7:00PM Choir Rehearsal

    Friday, May 20

    The Holy Martyr Thalleleus

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    6:30PM Greek School Graduation

    Saturday, May 21

    Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, May 22

    Fr Theofanis on Call - 727-244-6842

    Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, May 23

    Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada

    8:00AM Soup Kitchen Meal

    9:00AM Morning Prayers

    4:00PM Greek Folk Dance

    6:00PM Small Compline

    Tuesday, May 24

    Symeon the Stylite of the Mountain

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    4:15PM Greek School

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    7:00PM Philoptochos Meeting

    Wednesday, May 25

    Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:00AM Little Lambs

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    7:00PM GOYA

    Thursday, May 26

    5th Thursday after Pascha

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    9:30AM Women's Book Club

    9:30AM Preschool graduation

    4:15PM Greek School

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    7:00PM Council of Ministries

    7:00PM Choir Rehearsal

    Friday, May 27

    The Holy Hieromartyr Helladius

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    Saturday, May 28

    Hieromartyr Eutychius, Bishop of Melitene

    8:00AM Men's Breakfast

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, May 29

    Fr Athanasios on Call - 727-741-0139

    Sunday of the Blind Man

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, May 30

    6th Monday after Pascha


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