St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-12-26
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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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  • 36 North Pinellas Avenue

  • Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
  • Mailing Address:

  • 17 East Tarpon Avenue

  • Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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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


Prot. No. 773
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Brother concelebrants and blessed children,
Having once again arrived at the splendid feast of the Nativity in the flesh of our Savior
Christ, who visited us from the heights, we glorify with psalms and hymns His all-heavenly name.
The Incarnation of the pre-eternal Word of God is “the crowning of our salvation,” the “eternal
mystery” of divine-human communion that transcends all reason. As St. Maximus the Confessor
says so eloquently, “as a loving God, He truly became human assuming the essence of humankind,
although the manner in which He became human will always remain ineffable; He became human
in a manner that transcends humanity.” [1]
The divine Incarnation, along with the manifestation of the truth about God also reveals
the truth and ultimate destination of man, our deification by grace. St. Nicholas Cabasilas
proclaims so theologically that Christ “is the first and only One to show us the true and perfect
man.” [2] Since that time, anyone who honors God must also honor man, and whoever undermines
man also dishonors God, who assumed our nature. In Christ, speaking theologically about God we
speak at the same time about man. The incarnate Divine Economy definitively abolishes the image
of God as tyrannical, punitive, and adversary to man. Christ is everywhere, always and in all things
the denial of the denial of man and the defender of human freedom. The life of the Church, as the
flesh assumed by the incarnate Son and Word of God,[3] represents, expresses and serves this allsaving mystery of divine-humanity.
With this “other fashioning” of man and renewal of all creation in Christ as its banner, the
Church today offers the good witness before every development that threatens the sacredness of
the human person and the integrity of creation. It lives and preaches the truth of authentic spiritual
life and the culture of love and solidarity. Offering testimony “about the hope that lies within us”
(1 Pet 3.15), the Church does not in any way regard contemporary civilization as another sinful
Nineveh by invoking like Jonah the divine wrath on it and its abolition, but rather the Church
struggles for the culture’s transformation in Christ. In our age we need pastoral imagination,
dialogue and not argumentation, participation and not abstention, specific deeds and not abstract
theory, creative reception and not general rejection. All these do not function at the expense of our
spirituality and liturgical life, but reveal the inviolable unity of what we call the “vertical” and
“horizontal” dimensions of the Church’s presence and witness. Faithfulness to the tradition of the
Church is not entrapment to the past, but employment of the experience of the past in a creative
way for the present.
In this past year, too, the pandemic of the Covid-19 coronavirus has troubled humankind.
We give glory to the God of mercy, who strengthened the specialists and scientists to develop
effective vaccines and other medications in order to confront this crisis, and we encourage all
faithful who have yet to be vaccinated to do so and everyone to adhere to the protective measures
by the health authorities. Science, to the extent that operates as a minister of man, is a priceless
gift by God. We must gratefully accept this gift and not be misled by irresponsible voices of
ignorant and self-proclaimed as representatives of God and of the authentic faith “spiritual
advisors,” who, nevertheless, lamentably invalidate themselves through the absence of love for
their brethren, whose lives they expose to grave danger.
Most honorable brothers and dearly beloved children,
With unshakable conviction that the life of each of us and the journey of all humanity is
directed by the God of wisdom and love, we look forward to a happy 2022, which despite external
factors and developments will be for everyone a year of salvation, inasmuch as during its course
as well, the movement of history is guided by Christ, who loves mankind and cares for all things,
“who desires that all people will be saved and come to the knowledge of truth.” (1 Tm 2.4)
With God’s will, during the upcoming Holy and Great Week, we shall hold the service of
the Blessing of the Holy Chrism in our venerable Center. We regard it as a uniquely divine gift to
our Modesty that we shall be deemed worthy to preside over this festive and moving rite for the
fourth time in our humble Patriarchal ministry. Glory to God for all things!
With these sentiments, respectfully worshiping the child Jesus born in Bethlehem, we
orient our thought to our Christian brothers there and we pray for the peaceful and harmonious
coexistence of all those residing in the Holy Land.
In this spirit, we wish to all of you, those near and afar, a blessed Twelvetide, as well as a
healthy, fruitful in good deeds and filled with divine gifts new year in the Lord’s favor, to Whom
belong the glory and might to the endless ages. Amen.
Christmas 2021
X BARTHOLOMEW of Constantinople
Fervent supplicant of all before God
[1] Maximus the Confessor, Varia, On Virtue and Evil, Century I, 12. PG 90. 1184.
[2] Nicholas Cabasilas, On the Life in Christ. PG 150. 680–681.
[3] See John Chrysostom, Homily before Exile. PG 52. 429.


Ἀριθμ. Πρωτ. 773
+ Β Α Ρ Θ Ο Λ Ο Μ Α Ι Ο Σ
* * *
Ἀδελφοί συλλειτουργοί καί εὐλογημένα τέκνα,
Φθάσαντες καί πάλιν εἰς τήν πάμφωτον ἑορτήν τῆς κατά σάρκα Γεννήσεως τοῦ
ἐπισκεψαμένου ἡμᾶς ἐξ ὕψους Σωτῆρος Χριστοῦ, δοξάζομεν ἐν ψαλμοῖς καί ὕμνοις τό
ὑπερουράνιον ὄνομα Αὐτοῦ. Ἡ Ἐνανθρώπησις τοῦ προαιωνίου Λόγου τοῦ Θεοῦ εἶναι «τῆς
σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τὸ κεφάλαιον», τό ὑπέρλογον «ἀεὶ μυστήριον» τῆς θεανθρωπίνης κοινωνίας. Ὁ
Θεός, ὡς λέγει μέ ὑπέροχον τρόπον ὁ Ἅγιος Μάξιμος ὁ Ὁμολογητής, «ὡς φιλάνθρωπος ἐκ τῆς
ἀνθρώπου οὐσίας ἀληθῶς ἄνθρωπος γεγονώς, τὸν τοῦ πῶς ἄνθρωπος γέγονε τρόπον μένει διὰ
παντὸς ἔχων ἀνέκφαντον· ὑπὲρ ἄνθρωπον γὰρ γέγονεν ἄνθρωπος»1
Ἡ θεία Ἐνσάρκωσις, ὁμοῦ μετά τῆς φανερώσεως τῆς ἀληθείας περί τοῦ Θεοῦ,
ἀποκαλύπτει καί τήν ἀλήθειαν καί τόν τελικόν προορισμόν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, τήν κατά χάριν
θέωσιν. Θεολογικώτατα, ὁ Ἅγιος Νικόλαος Καβάσιλας διακηρύσσει ὅτι ὁ Χριστός «τὸν ἀληθινὸν
ἄνθρωπον καὶ τέλειον πρῶτος καὶ μόνος ἔδειξεν»2
. Ἔκτοτε, ὁ τιμῶν τόν Θεόν ὀφείλει νά σέβεται
καί τόν ἄνθρωπον, καί ὁ ὑποτιμῶν τόν ἄνθρωπον ἀσεβεῖ πρός τόν Θεόν, τόν προσλαβόντα τήν
ἡμετέραν φύσιν. Ἐν Χριστῷ, ὁ λόγος τῆς θεολογίας περί τοῦ Θεοῦ εἶναι ἐν ταὐτῷ καί λόγος περί
τοῦ ἀνθρώπου. Ἡ ἔνσαρκος Θεία Οἰκονομία ἀναιρεῖ ὁριστικῶς τήν εἰκόνα τοῦ Θεοῦ ὡς
δυνάστου, τιμωροῦ καί ἀντιπάλου τοῦ ἀνθρώπου. Ὁ Χριστός εἶναι πανταχοῦ, πάντοτε καί ἐν
παντί ἡ ἄρνησις τῆς ἀρνήσεως τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καί ὁ ὑπερασπιστής τῆς ἐλευθερίας του. Ἡ ζωή
τῆς Ἐκκλησίας, ὡς ἡ σάρξ τήν ὁποίαν ἀνέλαβεν ὁ ἐνανθρωπήσας Υἱός καί Λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ3
ἐκπροσωπεῖ, ἐκφράζει καί διακονεῖ αὐτό τό πανσωστικόν μυστήριον τῆς θεανθρωπινότητος.
Μέ λάβαρον τήν ἐν Χριστῷ «ἄλλην πλᾶσιν» τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καί τήν ἀνακαίνισιν
συμπάσης τῆς κτίσεως, ἡ Ἐκκλησία δίδει καί σήμερον τήν καλήν μαρτυρίαν ἔναντι ὅλων τῶν
ἐξελίξεων, αἱ ὁποῖαι ἀπειλοῦν τήν ἱερότητα τοῦ ἀνθρωπίνου προσώπου καί τήν ἀκεραιότητα τῆς
δημιουργίας, βιοῦσα καί κηρύττουσα τήν ἀλήθειαν τῆς γνησίας πνευματικῆς ζωῆς καί τόν
πολιτισμόν τῆς ἀγάπης καί τῆς ἀλληλεγγύης. Διδοῦσα λόγον «περὶ τῆς ἐν ἡμῖν ἐλπίδος»4
οὐδόλως θεωρεῖ τόν σύγχρονον πολιτισμόν ὡς τήν νέαν ἁμαρτόζωον Νινευί, ἐπικαλουμένη ὡς
ὁ Ἰωνᾶς τήν θείαν μῆνιν ἐπ᾿ αὐτόν καί τόν ἀφανισμόν του, ἀλλά ἀγωνίζεται διά τήν ἐν Χριστῷ
μεταμόρφωσιν αὐτοῦ. Ἀπαιτεῖται εἰς τήν ἐποχήν μας ποιμαντική φαντασία, διάλογος ὄχι
ἀντίλογος, μετοχή ὄχι ἀποχή, συγκεκριμένη πρᾶξις ὄχι ἀπόκοσμος θεωρία, δημιουργική

1 Μαξίμου τοῦ Ὁμολογητοῦ, Κεφάλαια διάφορα Θεολογικὰ καὶ Οἰκονομικὰ περὶ ἀρετῆς καὶ κακίας, ἑκατοντὰς
πρώτη, ΙΒ´, PG 90, 1184.
2 Νικολάου Καβάσιλα, Περὶ τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ζωῆς, PG 150, 680-81.
3 Πρβλ. Ἰωάννου Χρυσοστόμου, Ὁμιλία πρὸ τῆς ἐξορίας, PG 52, 429.
4 Πρβλ. Α’ Πέτρ. γ’, 15.
πρόσληψις ὄχι γενική ἀπόρριψις. Ὅλα αὐτά δέν λειτουργοῦν εἰς βάρος τῆς πνευματικότητος καί
τῆς λατρευτικῆς ζωῆς, ἀλλά ἀναδεικνύουν τήν ἀδιάσπαστον ἑνότητα τῆς λεγομένης «καθέτου»
καί «ὁριζοντίου» διαστάσεως τῆς ἐκκλησιαστικῆς παρουσίας καί μαρτυρίας. Πιστότης εἰς τήν
παράδοσιν τῆς Ἐκκλησίας δέν εἶναι ἐγκλωβισμός εἰς τό παρελθόν, ἀλλά ἀξιοποίησις τῆς πείρας
τοῦ παρελθόντος προσφυῶς ἐν τῷ παρόντι.
Καί κατά τό παριππεῦον ἔτος, ἡ πανδημία τοῦ κορωνοϊοῦ Covid – 19 ἐταλάνισε τήν
ἀνθρωπότητα. Δοξάζομεν τόν Θεόν τοῦ ἐλέους, τόν κρατύναντα τούς εἰδικούς ἐπιστήμονας εἰς
τήν ἀνάπτυξιν ἀποτελεσματικῶν ἐμβολίων καί ἄλλων φαρμάκων διά τήν ἀντιμετώπισιν τῆς
κρίσεως καί καλοῦμεν ὅσους πιστούς δέν ἔχουν ἀκόμη ἐμβολιασθῆ νά τό πράξουν, πάντας δέ
νά ἀκολουθοῦν τά προτεινόμενα ὑπό τῶν ὑγειονομικῶν ἀρχῶν μέτρα προστασίας. Ἡ ἐπιστήμη,
ἐφ᾿ ὅσον λειτουργεῖ ὡς διάκονος τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, εἶναι πολύτιμον δῶρον τοῦ Θεοῦ. Ὀφείλομεν νά
δεχώμεθα εὐγνωμόνως τό δῶρον καί νά μή παρασυρώμεθα ἀπό τάς ἀνευθύνους φωνάς τῶν μή
ἐπαϊόντων καί τῶν αὐτοανακηρυχθέντων εἰς ἐκπροσώπους τοῦ Θεοῦ καί τῆς γνησίας πίστεως
«πνευματικῶν συμβούλων», αὐτοαναιρουμένων ὅμως οἰκτρῶς, λόγῳ τῆς ἀπουσίας ἀγάπης πρός
τόν ἀδελφόν, τήν ζωήν τοῦ ὁποίου ἐκθέτουν εἰς μέγαν κίνδυνον.
Τιμιώτατοι ἀδελφοί καί προσφιλέστατα τέκνα,
Μέ ἀμετακίνητον πίστιν ὅτι τήν ζωήν ἑκάστου ἐξ ἡμῶν καί τήν πορείαν τῆς
ἀνθρωπότητος ὅλης κατευθύνει ὁ Θεός τῆς σοφίας καί τῆς ἀγάπης, προσβλέπομεν εἰς ἕν αἴσιον
2022, τό ὁποῖον, ἀνεξαρτήτως τῶν ἐξωτερικῶν δεδομένων καί τῶν ἐξελίξεων, θά εἶναι δι᾿ ἡμᾶς
πάντας ἔτος σωτήριον, ἐφ᾿ ὅσον καί κατ᾿ αὐτό τήν πορείαν τῶν πραγμάτων κατευθύνει ὁ
φιλανθρώπως πάντα οἰκονομῶν Χριστός, «ὃς πάντας ἀνθρώπους θέλει σωθῆναι καὶ εἰς
ἐπίγνωσιν ἀληθείας ἐλθεῖν»5
Τοῦ Κυρίου εὐδοκοῦντος, κατά τήν Ἁγίαν καί Μεγάλην Ἑβδομάδα τοῦ ἐπερχομένου ἔτους,
θά πραγματοποιηθῇ ἐν τῷ πανσέπτῳ καθ᾿ ἡμᾶς Κέντρῳ, ἡ τελετή Καθαγιασμοῦ τοῦ Ἁγίου
Μύρου. Θεωροῦμεν ἀνεπανάληπτον θείαν δωρεάν πρός τήν ἡμῶν Μετριότητα, ὅτι θά
ἀξιωθῶμεν νά προστῶμεν τῆς πανηγυρικῆς καί κατανυκτικῆς αὐτῆς τελετουργίας διά τετάρτην
φοράν κατά τήν διάρκειαν τῆς ταπεινῆς ἡμῶν Πατριαρχίας. Δόξα τῷ Θεῷ πάντων ἕνεκεν!
Μέ αὐτά τά αἰσθήματα, προσκυνοῦντες εὐσεβοφρόνως τό ἐν Βηθλεέμ τεχθέν παιδίον
Ἰησοῦν, στρέφομεν τήν σκέψιν ἡμῶν πρός τούς ἐκεῖσε ἀδελφούς Χριστιανούς μας καί
προσευχόμεθα διά τήν εἰρηνικήν καί ἁρμονικήν συνύπαρξιν ὅλων τῶν διαβιούντων εἰς τήν
Ἁγίαν Γῆν.
Ἐπί δέ τούτοις, εὐχόμεθα πᾶσιν ὑμῖν, τοῖς ἐγγύς καί τοῖς μακράν, εὐλογημένον τό Ἅγιον
Δωδεκαήμερον, ὑγιηρόν δέ, καλλίκαρπον ἐν ἔργοις ἀγαθοῖς καί μεστόν θείων δωρημάτων τόν
νέον ἐνιαυτόν τῆς χρηστότητος τοῦ Κυρίου, ᾯ ἡ δόξα καί τό κράτος εἰς τούς ἀπεράντους αἰῶνας.
Χριστούγεννα ‚βκα’
† Ὁ Κωνσταντινουπόλεως
διάπυρος πρός Θεόν εὐχέτης πάντων ὑμῶν
Ἀναγνωσθήτω ἐπ᾿ ἐκκλησίας κατά τήν Θείαν Λειτουργίαν τῆς ἑορτῆς τῶν Χριστουγέννων, μετά
τό Ἱερόν Εὐαγγέλιον.

5 Α’ Τιμ. β’, 4


Fr Theofanis



Prot. No. 296/2021
Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord
Christmas, December 25, 2021
Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, the
Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, the Day and Afternoon Schools,
Philoptochos Societies, the Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and the entirety of the
Christ-named Plenitude of the Holy Archdiocese of America.
You were born secretly in the cave, but Heaven proclaimed You to all, O Savior, using the star as its mouth,
and led the magi to You, who worshipped You with faith. Have mercy upon them and upon us!
(Troparion from the Vespers of the Feast of Christmas)
My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we gather across our Nation to celebrate Christmas — the quintessential and
most sentimental religious holiday of the American People — we Orthodox Christians
are called to an experiential participation with the Nativity of our Savior in Bethlehem of
Judea. Through the divine services, and most importantly, the Divine Liturgy, we are
called to become the Cave where the Child was born in a secret, hidden manner. For each
of us possesses a heart-cave in which God yearns to be born, and which He desires to fill
with His presence. And each of us can become the place where Divinity takes shape
through our actions.
Much like how an infant grows by absorbing its world and interacting with it, our
growth in Christ is symbolized most profoundly by the worship experiences we share in
the Church services. But the actual growth takes place everywhere and at every time in
our lives. As we practice the virtues of patience and forbearance, humility and generosity,
forgiveness and compassion, mercy and love, the Divine Life of the Holy Trinity takes
hold in our hearts and grows, as the Apostle Paul says, “in the unity of the faith, and of
the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect person, unto the measure of the stature
of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13)
My beloved Christians, Christ the Lord condescended to be born in the humble
cave of Bethlehem. We are also caves where He desires to be born, but we must humble
ourselves before Him. Let us become like the Shepherds and Magi who journeyed to meet
Him. For He descended through the very ranks of the Angels to become like us in order
to show us the way to a beautiful life on earth and eternal life in Heaven.
As we cry out: “Χριστὸς Γεννᾶται! Δοξάσατε! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!” – let
us also welcome Him to be born anew in our hearts and minds. As we practice what we
preach, we will experience a transformation in our lives that is the greatest Christmas gift
of all – Emmanuel, God with us.
With paternal love in the Newborn King,
Archbishop of America

Ἀριθ. Πρωτ. 296/2021
Ἀρχιεπισκοπικὴ ἐγκύκλιος γιὰ τὴν ἑορτὴ τῶν Χριστουγέννων.
Χριστούγεννα, 25 Δεκεµβρίου 2021
Πρὸς τοὺς Σεβασµιωτάτους καὶ Θεοφιλεστάτους Ἀρχιερεῖς, τοὺς Εὐλαβεστάτους Ἱερεῖς
καὶ Διακόνους, τοὺς Μοναχοὺς καὶ τὶς Μοναχές, τοὺς Προέδρους καὶ τὰ Μέλη τῶν
Κοινοτικῶν Συµβουλίων, τοὺς Ἐντιµολογιωτάτους Ἄρχοντες τοῦ Οἰκουµενικοῦ
Πατριαρχείου, τὰ µέλη τῆς Ἡγεσίας τῶν 100, τὰ Ἡµερήσια καὶ Ἀπογευµατινὰ Σχολεῖα,
τὶς Φιλοπτώχους Ἀδελφότητες, τὴ Νεολαία, τὶς Ἑλληνορθόδοξες Ὀργανώσεις καὶ
ὁλόκληρο τὸ Χριστεπώνυµο πλήρωµα τῆς Ἱερᾶς Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς Ἀµερικῆς.
«Λαθὼν ἐτέχθης ὑπὸ τὸ Σπήλαιον, ἀλλ᾽ οὐρανός σε πᾶσιν ἐκήρυξεν, ὥσπερ στόµα, τὸν ἀστέρα
προβαλλόµενος Σωτήρ. Καὶ µάγους σοι προσήνεγκεν, ἐν πίστει προσκυνοῦντάς σε, µεθ᾽ ὧν ἐλέησον ἡµᾶς»
(Τροπάριο τοῦ ἑσπερινοῦ τῆς ἑορτῆς).
Προσφιλεῖς ἀδελφοὶ καὶ ἀδελφὲς ἐν Χριστῷ,
Καθὼς συγκεντρωνόµαστε γιὰ νὰ ἑορτάσουµε τὰ Χριστούγεννα, µία ἀπὸ τὶς
µεγαλύτερες καὶ σηµαντικότερες θρησκευτικὲς ἑορτὲς γιὰ ὅλους στὴν Ἀµερική, ἐµεῖς οἱ
ὀρθόδοξοι χριστιανοί λαµβάνουµε µία ἰδιαίτερη πρόσκληση γιὰ ἐµπειρικὴ µετοχὴ -
µέθεξη στὴ γέννηση τοῦ Σωτῆρος στὴ Βηθλεὲµ τῆς Ἰουδαίας. Μὲ τὶς κατανυκτικὲς
ἀκολουθίες καὶ ἰδίως µετέχοντας στὴ Θεία Λειτουργία, καλούµαστε νὰ γίνουµε τὸ
σπήλαιο ὅπου «ἐγεννήθη τὸ παιδίον, µυστικῷ τῷ τρόπῳ». Διότι ὅλοι µας διαθέτουµε µετὰ
ἀπὸ τὴ βαπτισή µας καρδιὰ ὅµοια µὲ σπήλαιο, ὅπου ὁ Θεὸς εὐαρεστεῖται νὰ κατοικεῖ καὶ
νὰ πληµµυρίζει µὲ τὴν παρουσία του. Καθένας ἀπὸ ἐµᾶς ἔχει τὴ δυνατότητα νὰ γίνει ὁ
τόπος ἐκεῖνος ἀπὸ ὅπου θὰ γίνεται τὸ θέληµα τοῦ Θεοῦ.
Ὅπως τὸ βρέφος ἀναπτύσσεται ἀφοµοιώνοντας τὸν κόσµο ποὺ τὸ περιβάλλει, µὲ
τὸν ἴδιο τρόπο καὶ ἡ δική µας ἀνάπτυξη ἐν Χριστῷ ἐπιτυγχάνεται µὲ τὶς λειτουργικὲς
ἐµπειρίες ποὺ γευόµαστε στὶς ἀκολουθίες τῆς Ἐκκλησίας. Ὅµως ἡ ὁλοκλήρωση τῆς
ἀνάπτύξης αὐτῆς συµβαίνει πάντοτε στὴ ζωή µας, ὅταν ἐφαρµόζουµε τὶς ἀρετὲς τῆς
ὑποµονῆς, τῆς ἀνεκτικότητας, τῆς ταπεινοφροσύνης, τῆς γενναιοδωρίας, τῆς
συγχωρητικότητας, τῆς ἐλεηµοσύνης, τῆς συµπάθειας καὶ τῆς ἀγάπης. Τότε ἡ παρουσία
τῆς θείας χάριτος ἐνεργεῖται στὶς καρδιές µας καὶ ἀναπτύσσεται τελείως, ὅπως ὁ
ἀπόστολος Παῦλος διακηρρύσσει: «µέχρι καταντήσωµεν οἱ πάντες εἰς τὴν ἑνότητα τῆς
πίστεως καὶ τῆς ἐπιγνώσεως τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ, εἰς ἄνδρα τέλειον, εἰς µέτρον ἡλικίας τοῦ
πληρώµατος τοῦ Χριστοῦ» (Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 4:13).
Ἀγαπητοί µου Χριστιανοί, ὁ Κύριος Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς καταδέχθηκε καὶ γεννήθηκε σὲ
ἕνα ταπεινὸ σπήλαιο στὴ Βηθλεέµ. Ὁ ἴδιος ἐπιθυµεῖ νὰ µετατρέψουµε τὶς καρδιές µας σὲ
σπήλαια γιὰ νὰ γεννηθεῖ ἐκεῖ, µὲ µοναδικὴ προϋπόθεση τὴν ταπείνωση τοῦ ἑαυτοῦ µας.
Ἂς γίνουµε ὅπως οἱ ποιµένες καὶ οἱ µάγοι ποὺ ταξίδεψαν ἀπὸ µακριὰ γιὰ νὰ τὸν
συναντήσουν, διότι κατῆλθε ἀπὸ τοὺς οὐρανοὺς γιὰ νὰ γίνει ἄνθρωπος καὶ νὰ µᾶς δείξει
τὸ δρόµο γιὰ µιὰ ὄµορφη ζωὴ στὴ γῆ καὶ τὴν αἰώνιο ζωὴ τῆς βασιλείας τῶν οὐρανῶν.
Ἂς διαλαλήσουµε: «Χριστὸς Γεννᾶται! Δοξάσατε!» καὶ ἂς τὸν ὑποδεχτοῦµε νὰ
γεννηθεῖ στὴν καρδιὰ καὶ στὴν ψυχή µας, διότι Ἐµµανουήλ σηµαίνει «µεθ᾽ ἡµῶν ὁ Θεός».
Ἐφαρµόζοντας τὴ διδασκαλία του, θὰ γευθοῦµε αὐτὴ τὴν ἐσωτερικὴ µεταµόρφωση στὴ
ζωή µας καὶ αὐτὸ θὰ εἶναι τὸ µεγαλύτερο χριστουγεννιάτικο δῶρο.
Μὲ τὴν ἀγάπη τοῦ βρέφους ποὺ γεννήθηκε στὴ Βηθλεὲµ καὶ µὲ πολλὲς εὐχές,
† ὁ Ἀµερικῆς Ἐλπιδοφόρος




Saints and Feasts

December 26

Sunday after Nativity

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the twenty-sixth of this month, we make commemoration of Saints Joseph, the Betrothed of the Virgin; David, the Prophet and King; and James, the Brother of God. When there is no Sunday within this period, we celebrate this commemoration on the 26th.

Saint Joseph (whose name means "one who increases") was the son of Jacob, and the son-in-law - and hence, as it were, the son - of Eli (who was also called Eliakim or Joachim), who was the father of Mary the Virgin (Matt. 1:16; Luke 3:23). He was of the tribe of Judah, of the family of David, an inhabitant of Nazareth, a carpenter by Trade, and advanced in age when, by God's good will, he was betrothed to the Virgin, that he might minister to the great mystery of God's dispensation in the flesh by protecting her, providing for her, and being known as her husband so that she, being a virgin, would not suffer reproach when she was found to be with child. Joseph had been married before his betrothal to our Lady; they who are called Jesus' "brethren and sisters" (Matt. 13:55-56) are the children of Joseph by his first marriage. From Scripture, we know that Saint Joseph lived at least until the Twelfth year after the birth of Christ (Luke 2:41-52); according to the tradition of the Fathers, he reposed before the beginning of the public ministry of Christ.

The child of God and ancestor of God, David, the great Prophet after Moses, sprang from the tribe of Judah. He was the son of Jesse, and was born in Bethlehem (whence it is called the City of David), in the year 1085 before Christ. While yet a youth, at the command of God he was anointed secretly by the Prophet Samuel to be the second King of the Israelites, while Saul - who had already been deprived of divine grace - was yet living. In the thirtieth year of his life, when Saul had been slain in battle, David was raised to the dignity of King, first, by his own tribe, and then by all the Israelite people, and he reigned for forty years. Having lived seventy years, he reposed in 1015 before Christ, having proclaimed beforehand that his son Solomon was to be the successor to the throne.

The sacred history has recorded not only the grace of the Spirit that dwelt in him from his youth, his heroic exploits in war, and his great piety towards God, but also his transgressions and failings as a man. Yet his repentance was greater than his transgresssions, and his love for God fervent and exemplary; so highly did God honour this man, that when his son Solomon sinned, the Lord told him that He would not rend the kingdom in his lifetime "for David thy father's sake" (III Kings 12:12). Of The Kings of Israel, Jesus the Son of Sirach testifies, "All, except David and Hezekias and Josias, were defective" (Ecclus. 49:4). The name David means "beloved."

His melodious Psalter is the foundation of all the services of the Church; there is not one service that is not filled with Psalms and psalmic verses. It was the means whereby old Israel praised God, and was used by the Apostles and the Lord Himself. It is so imbued with the spirit of prayer that the monastic fathers of all ages have used it as their trainer and teacher for their inner life of converse with God. Besides eloquently portraying every state and emotion of the soul before her Maker, the Psalter is filled with prophecies of the coming of Christ. It foretells His Incarnation, "He bowed the heavens and came down" (Psalm 17:9), His Baptism in the Jordan, "The waters saw Thee, O God, The waters saw Thee and were afraid" (76:15), His Crucifixion in its details, "They have pierced My hands and My feet .... They have parted My garments amongst themselves, and for My vesture have they cast lots" (21:16, 18). "For My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink" (68:26), His descent into Hades, "For Thou wilt not abandon My soul in Hades, nor wilt Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption" (15:10) and Resurrection, "Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered" (67:1). His Ascension, "God is gone up in jubilation" (46:5), and so forth.

As for James, the Brother of God, see October 23.

December 26

Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos

This Synaxis - which is to say, our coming together to glorify the Theotokos - is celebrated especially in her honour because she gave birth supernaturally to the Son and Word Of God, and thus became the instrument of the salvation of mankind.

December 26

Constantius the Holy Martyr

December 26

Afterfeast of the Nativity

December 26

Euthemios the Confessor, Bishop of Sardis

December 26

Holy New Hieromartyr Constantine of Russia, Who Struggled in Constantinople (1743)

December 26

Barlaam the Righteous of Valaam


Cathedral Listings



George Ikonomou - 9 days

Photini Milonakis - 2 years; Michael Milonakis - 3 years 

Sevasti Kouremetis - 3 years

Fotini Tsaousis - 11 years

 All ministries wishing to sign up and host the 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

Edwin, Tom, Maria, Nicholas, Alexa, Panayiota, Julia, Amelia, John, Nick, Yianni, John, Mary, Alexandra, Panayiotis


*To add a loved one to this list, or to keep one from being taken off after 40 days, please contact our Administrative  Assistant on Mondays by 5:00pm:  (727) 937-3540 ext 102)


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.

2021 St. Nicholas Parish Council Pangari Rotation Sunday Schedule September 5, 2021 – January 16, 2022

PC Teams for rotation begin Sunday, 9/05/2021 with Team 2 on Duty

*Both PC Teams on duty on Sunday evening Vespers, Dec. 5 and Monday, Dec. 6 for St. Nicholas Feastday services

September 12, 26; October 10, 24; November 7, 21; December 5, 19; January 2, 16

Team 1:
Anna Billiris
Nikitas Manias
Johnny Billiris
Themis Fountotos Tezza
Karen Koulias
Costas Sisois
Tony Zaronias

September 5, 19; October 3, 17, 31; November 14, 28; December 12, 26; January 9

Team 2:
John Stamas
Irene Karavokiros
Rena Faklis
Emmanuel Gombos
Michael Kouremetis
George Stamas
Solon Tsaoussis


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 2nd Mode

When You descended unto death, O Life Immortal, You rendered to Hades a mortal blow by the lightning of Your divinity, and when from the depths of darkness You also raised the dead, all the heavenly powers cried out: O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory to You.
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον, ἡ Ζωὴ ἡ ἀθάνατος, τότε τὸν ᾅδην ἐνέκρωσας τῇ ἀστραπῇ τῆς Θεότητος, ὅτε δὲ καὶ τοὺς τεθνεῶτας ἐκ τῶν καταχθονίων ἀνέστησας, πᾶσαι αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν ἐπουρανίων ἐκραύγαζον·Ζωοδότα Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Nativity in the 4th Mode

Your birth O Christ our God did shine upon the world and through the light of wisdom illumined the universe and to those who held the stars in worship did through a star learn to worship You Worship You the sun of righteousness and came to know You the Light from on high. Glory to You O Lord.
Ἡ γέννησίς σου Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ἀνέτειλε τῶ κόσμω, τὸ φῶς τὸ τῆς γνώσεως, ἐν αὐτῇ γὰρ οἱ τοὶς ἄστροις λατρεύοντες, ὑπὸ ἀστέρος ἐδιδάσκοντο, σὲ προσκυνεῖν, τὸν Ἥλιον τῆς δικαιοσύνης, καὶ σὲ γινώσκειν ἐξ ὕψους ἀνατολήν, Κύριε δόξα σοί.

Apolytikion for Sun. after Nativity in the 2nd Mode

O Joseph, proclaim the wonders to David, the ancestor of God. Thou hast seen a Virgin great with child; thou hast given glory with the shepherds; thou hast worshipped with the Magi; and thou hast been instructed through an Angel. Entreat Christ God to save our souls.
Εὐαγγελίζου Ἰωσήφ, τῷ Δαυῒδ τὰ θαύματα τῷ Θεοπάτορι· Παρθένον εἶδες κυοφορήσασαν, μετὰ Mάγων προσεκύνησας, μετὰ Ποιμένων ἐδοξολόγησας, δι' Ἀγγέλου χρηματισθείς. Ἱκέτευε Χριστὸν τὸν Θεόν, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 3rd Mode

On this day the Virgin beareth the Transcendent in essence; * to the Unapproachable, * the earth doth offer a small cave; * Angels join in choir with shepherds * in giving glory; * with a star the Magi travel upon their journey; * for our sakes is born a young Child, * He that existed * before the ages as God.
Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν ὑπερούσιον τίκτει, καὶ ἡ γῆ τὸ Σπήλαιον, τῶ ἀπροσίτω προσάγει. Ἄγγελοι μετὰ Ποιμένων δοξολογοῦσι. Μάγοι δὲ μετὰ ἀστέρος ὁδοιποροῦσι. δι' ἡμᾶς γὰρ ἐγεννήθη, Παιδίον νέον, ὁ πρὸ αἰώνων Θεός.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday after Nativity
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 1:11-19

Brethren, I would have you know that the gospel which was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother.

Sunday after Nativity
Πρὸς Γαλάτας 1:11-19

Ἀδελφοί, γνωρίζω δὲ ὑμῖν, ἀδελφοί, τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τὸ εὐαγγελισθὲν ὑπʼ ἐμοῦ, ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν κατὰ ἄνθρωπον. Οὐδὲ γὰρ ἐγὼ παρὰ ἀνθρώπου παρέλαβον αὐτό, οὔτε ἐδιδάχθην, ἀλλὰ διʼ ἀποκαλύψεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. Ἠκούσατε γὰρ τὴν ἐμὴν ἀναστροφήν ποτε ἐν τῷ Ἰουδαϊσμῷ, ὅτι καθʼ ὑπερβολὴν ἐδίωκον τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ θεοῦ, καὶ ἐπόρθουν αὐτήν· καὶ προέκοπτον ἐν τῷ Ἰουδαϊσμῷ ὑπὲρ πολλοὺς συνηλικιώτας ἐν τῷ γένει μου, περισσοτέρως ζηλωτὴς ὑπάρχων τῶν πατρικῶν μου παραδόσεων. Ὅτε δὲ εὐδόκησεν ὁ θεὸς ὁ ἀφορίσας με ἐκ κοιλίας μητρός μου καὶ καλέσας διὰ τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ, ἀποκαλύψαι τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ ἐν ἐμοὶ ἵνα εὐαγγελίζωμαι αὐτὸν ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, εὐθέως οὐ προσανεθέμην σαρκὶ καὶ αἵματι· οὐδὲ ἀνῆλθον εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα πρὸς τοὺς πρὸ ἐμοῦ ἀποστόλους, ἀλλὰ ἀπῆλθον εἰς Ἀραβίαν, καὶ πάλιν ὑπέστρεψα εἰς Δαμασκόν. Ἔπειτα μετὰ ἔτη τρία ἀνῆλθον εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα ἱστορῆσαι Πέτρον, καὶ ἐπέμεινα πρὸς αὐτὸν ἡμέρας δεκαπέντε. Ἕτερον δὲ τῶν ἀποστόλων οὐκ εἶδον, εἰ μὴ Ἰάκωβον τὸν ἀδελφὸν τοῦ κυρίου.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Nativity
The Reading is from Matthew 2:13-23

When the wise men departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, "Out of Egypt have I called my son."

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more." But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, "Rise, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead." And he rose and took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaos reigned over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, "He shall be called a Nazarene."

Sunday after Nativity
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 2:13-23

᾿Αναχωρησάντων δὲ αὐτῶν ἰδοὺ ἄγγελος Κυρίου φαίνεται κατ᾿ ὄναρ τῷ ᾿Ιωσὴφ λέγων· ἐγερθεὶς παράλαβε τὸ παιδίον καὶ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ φεῦγε εἰς Αἴγυπτον, καὶ ἴσθι ἐκεῖ ἕως ἂν εἴπω σοι· μέλλει γὰρ ῾Ηρῴδης ζητεῖν τὸ παιδίον τοῦ ἀπολέσαι αὐτό. ῾Ο δὲ ἐγερθεὶς παρέλαβε τὸ παιδίον καὶ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ νυκτὸς καὶ ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς Αἴγυπτον, καὶ ἦν ἐκεῖ ἕως τῆς τελευτῆς ῾Ηρῴδου, ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν ὑπὸ τοῦ Κυρίου διὰ τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος· ἐξ Αἰγύπτου ἐκάλεσα τὸν υἱόν μου. Τότε ῾Ηρῴδης ἰδὼν ὅτι ἐνεπαίχθη ὑπὸ τῶν μάγων, ἐθυμώθη λίαν, καὶ ἀποστείλας ἀνεῖλε πάντας τοὺς παῖδας τοὺς ἐν Βηθλεὲμ καὶ ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ὁρίοις αὐτῆς ἀπὸ διετοῦς καὶ κατωτέρω, κατὰ τὸν χρόνον ὃν ἠκρίβωσε παρὰ τῶν μάγων. τότε ἐπληρώθη τὸ ῥηθὲν ὑπὸ ῾Ιερεμίου τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος· φωνὴ ἐν ῾Ραμᾷ ἠκούσθη, θρῆνος καὶ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὀδυρμὸς πολύς· ῾Ραχὴλ κλαίουσα τὰ τέκνα αὐτῆς, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελε παρακληθῆναι, ὅτι οὐκ εἰσίν. Τελευτήσαντος δὲ τοῦ ῾Ηρῴδου ἰδοὺ ἄγγελος Κυρίου κατ᾿ ὄναρ φαίνεται τῷ ᾿Ιωσὴφ ἐν Αἰγύπτῳλέγων· ἐγερθεὶς παράλαβε τὸ παιδίον καὶ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ πορεύου εἰς γῆν ᾿Ισραήλ· τεθνήκασι γὰρ οἱ ζητοῦντες τὴν ψυχὴν τοῦ παιδίου. ὁ δὲ ἐγερθεὶς παρέλαβε τὸ παιδίον καὶ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ ἦλθεν εἰς γῆν ᾿Ισραήλ. ἀκούσας δὲ ὅτι ᾿Αρχέλαος βασιλεύει ἐπὶ τῆς ᾿Ιουδαίας ἀντὶ ῾Ηρῴδου τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ, ἐφοβήθη ἐκεῖ ἀπελθεῖν· χρηματισθεὶς δὲ κατ᾿ ὄναρ ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὰ μέρη τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ ἐλθὼν κατῴκησεν εἰς πόλιν λεγομένην Ναζαρέτ, ὅπως πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν ὅτι Ναζωραῖος κληθήσεται.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Nathanael too enters ... saying, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" ... Nevertheless, He is not ashamed to be named even from thence, signifying that He needs not ought of the things of men; and His disciples also He chooses out of Galilee.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 9 on Matthew 2, 4th Century

At His birth [He] is laid in a manger, and abides in an inn, and takes a mother of low estate; teaching us to think no such thing a disgrace, and from the first outset trampling under foot the haughtiness of man, and bidding us give ourselves up to virtue only. For why do you pride yourself on your country, when I am commanding thee to be a stranger to the whole world?
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 9 on Matthew 2, 4th Century


Important Updates From Our Ministries

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 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

Philoptochos Circle Logo



 Hours of Operation
Mon: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tues-Thurs: 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 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. 

Stewardship Ministry


What Stewardship Means to Me

Dr Michael Pikos is a member of the St Nicholas Cathedral Stewardship Committee 

When I think of the word stewardship in connection with our church, I think of this as being our ultimate calling as followers of Christ. We only have to look at Genesis 1:28 where God gave His first directive to Adam and Eve – that they have “dominion over every living thing that moves on earth”. And I am reminded that in reality God owns everything on earth including all that each of us own – Psalm 24:1 (“the earth is the Lord’s, and all it’s fullness. The world and those who dwell therein”)

 So if our Lord is the owner then I am not. Instead, I am His steward or manager. And that to me means being a steward of my time, talents, family, work, etc. I see this as both an awesome honor and responsibility for all aspects of my life. As a result, I feel most blessed to know that a true understanding of biblical stewardship has allowed me to have a spiritual base as to my perspective with regard to my family, my work, all relationships and especially with my church. It has given me the understanding to realize that a huge level of commitment is necessary with all of my relationships, especially that with our Lord. That said, I am most grateful for everything that I have including all of my material items.

 I had the good blessing of being raised in one household with both my parents and maternal grandparents for the first 10 years of my life in Campbell, Ohio. I watched my parents, grandparents and so many other parishioners who gave of their time and talents in building our church (Archangel Michael) and maintaining it. There was a true sense of stewardship among all of our parishioners. Whatever was needed was done, and with a strong sense of humility, servant mentality, and selfless attitude. This left a strong impression in my mind that has continued to this day. These folks were for the most part immigrants, just as was true for the founding of St. Nicholas.

 Indeed we have a rich heritage and I understand the importance of the word stewardship in every sense of the word. Only each of us can know what this means with respect to our church whether it’s giving of our talents, time and or money. Every one of us is going to give account to our Lord for our stewardship over our material resources. Everything the Lord entrusts in us is ultimately His and the highest and best use for it is to maximize its use for eternal glory.

 When I am at the awesome judgement seat and have to give an account of how I managed God’s resources (Matthew 25:21), I pray that He will say “well done good and faithful servant”.


What Stewardship Means to Me

Patty Pappas Tsaoussis is a member of the Philoptochos Board at St Nicholas

Stewardship to me means love.  Love of God, his church (people), ministries; the faith.  As a child, being a steward of the church meant being a "member".  What did a "member" mean to a young child, you ask?  My Mother was not Orthodox in faith before she met my father, but converted when she married.  It took time for my mother to embrace the faith but it took longer for many parishioners to embrace the "xeni" or foreigner.  I always seem to remember my Dad saying, ''we have to pay our stewardship first.''  For whatever reason the memory I have, or really felt,  was did we belong?.  Did I really belong?

As I have grown older and somewhat wiser, Stewardship means so much more.  Do I make the effort to make everyone feel like they belong?.   Being a good steward is leading by example, guiding those they may need help whether spiritually, financially, emotionally, etc.   As Stewards of the church, it is not just financially supporting our "home" but supporting those that dwell in it. It means embracing all the church has to offer and what we can provide her in return with our time and talents.  Just like in our individual homes, we must nurture our spiritual home as she nurtures us.  What we put in, we reap the rewards in multitudes.

Over the years I have personally been involved in Feeding the Hungry, involved with the Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) both on a local level and through the Metropolis of Chicago Board.  Did you know that Philoptochos is the largest Christian Women's Charitable Organization in the country with 27,000+ members?  It's mission is 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.  
  • To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures etc.
  • To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Faith and traditions, with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship and customs.

Our church has so much to offer us. What are we individually and collectively as a community, willing to offer our Church in return, with Faith, Hope and Love?.  It takes a village. 

What Stewardship Means to Me

Lexa Shontz is a steward of St Nicholas

When I was young, I didn’t know what stewardship was.  I thought you paid your dues and were a member of the church.  The church was there more to serve me, rather than me serve the church.    But being a steward is so much more than that…it is a way of life in which God is at the center, recognizing that everything we have comes from Him above.  As a steward, I have the opportunity to give back what God first gave me, and it extends beyond my treasure to encompass my talent and my time.  None of which I would have if not for the grace of God.  

Practicing stewardship has helped me grow in my Orthodox faith.  It is not only a reminder of gratitude for all the blessings God has given me in my life, but it keeps me grounded in the knowledge that my purpose on earth is to grow more in His image.  Christ came into this world not to be served, but to serve.  If our goal as Orthodox Christians is to become more “Christ-like” then we too are called to serve.  We can do this by being good stewards, taking care of God’s house and each other.  And when we give of ourselves, whether it be treasure, time, or talent, it’s important to remember the spirit in which we give.  As 2 Corinthians 9:7 states:  “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”   

Even still, it is easy to get caught up in the temptations of our material world, wanting to store our treasures like the rich fool who stored his grain.  Before sharing that parable, Jesus said, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”  When I examine where I spend my money and my time, does it truly reflect the love that I say I have for God?  Not always.  And that is another blessing of stewardship—it calls us to tithe or give back to God so that we don’t let greed or selfishness become a stumbling block in our faith journey.   

During this Lenten Season, it is a perfect time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice God made for us out of His infinite love.  He sent His Son for each and every one of us and through His glorious resurrection, He has destroyed death and given us the hope of eternal life with Him.  When considering the magnitude of God’s love, it seems natural that we would want to give back to Him.  And in this cheerful giving, we receive so  much more than we can imagine—a contentment and peace in knowing we are doing God’s will for our life. 


  “What does Stewardship mean to me?“

Part 1- Background, misconceptions, and what Stewardship is to me now.

Mr. Basil Moutsatsos is a steward of St Nicholas

I grew up in the Tarpon Springs community and like so many others I was an active member of the church. From altar boy, GOYA, Greek School, and volunteering, I knew I was a member of the church.  But when the word “Stewardship” came around, I admit I thought it was the same thing.  In fact, as the years have gone by, I never really understood what Stewardship really meant until recently. 

For a little background, I was the kind of person who was lumped in with my family when it came to being listed with the church, which continued as I went to college.  My parents paid my dues and kept me in good standing.  Eventually I needed something from the church when I was going to be a godfather, but I realized that I hadn’t been paid up to date on my dues with the church.  I was still active when I came home from college, came to church on holy days, and reveled in being a part of this community, but I was not a real member.  I paid my annual dues and started that tradition for my own life.  I was proud of myself for doing the right thing and I thought I was a good member of the church. 

Notice that I keep using words like “dues” and “member”, as though the church was a kind of social club.  Lately I have been coming to terms with the belief that I have been a “member” but not a true Steward of the church.  Stewardship to me means for each of us to take a responsibility to the church not as a member but as a way in having the church be a fundamental part of our lives.  The church is God’s house, but we as Stewards keep it for him as if it were our own.  Like with our own homes, we either do the upkeep ourselves or we need to pay to have something done.  To make sure we have money to pay for things we cannot do ourselves, we try to save money in case of emergencies.  When money is too tight in our lives, we look to do the work ourselves or get help from friends and we repay them some way we can help them.  For me, Stewardship works the same way, but to plan well as Stewards we need to make a specific commitment to the church to let everyone know what we are going to do for the church to help out. 


“What does Stewardship mean to me?“

Part 2: Issues that come with change and a plan I am going to try to follow 

 Last week I discussed how Stewardship is different than being just a member and ended with a call for letting our community know what we are going to do for the church to help out.  This is where I always ran into a problem.  I personally did not want credit for any of my good work because I wanted the work to get done, or money donated for good cause, but I did not want to be boastful of what I did.  I gave for God because it was right, and that did not need credit for my own advancement.  With different kinds of donations, I can still see where this mentality can work, but with Stewardship what I am giving, in either money or volunteering, is not a donation. 

For me now, Stewardship is not a gift, but it is my part of being a family committing to take care of each other in our joined love for our faith, our church, and our community.  When it comes to volunteering, we all need to know what we are all doing so we don’t all show up to do the same one thing as we need 1000 things throughout the course of a year.  When it comes to making a commitment of money, it is not a donation, but a pledge told to the church specifically, so the Church Board and Clergy know what to expect for the year as a budget.  The church can plan to fix what is needed in a responsible way and not have to cry out for an emergency fix. 

So, what does someone pledge to the church?  I have started to think about how I pledge to take care of my own home and immediate family.  I used to pay rent and now a mortgage, and I am ashamed to admit that I never gave more to the church for my yearly monetary donation as I did in paying my rent/mortgage for one month of that year.  At times I just couldn’t, other times when I could afford to give more, I kept giving the same.  But I always saw it as a donation.  Now, I am starting to see it differently and by pledging to the church what I plan to do, I feel more connected to the church. I also don’t want to let the church down, so I am going to start slowly and build into a more connected life with the church by trying to be a good Steward.  I still may not have it right, but I think I am on a better path.  It will take time and I know we are all here to help each other like a true community.

Mr. Basil Moutsatsos is a Steward of St Nicholas


Master Calendar

  • St Nicholas Cathedral Master Calendar

    December 26, 2021 to January 10, 2022


    Sunday, December 26

    Fr Athanasios on Call - 727-741-0139

    Sunday after Nativity

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, December 27

    Winter Youth Rally

    Stephen, Archdeacon & First Martyr

    8:00AM Soup Kitchen Meal

    12:00PM Greek Folk Dance Kalanta

    Tuesday, December 28

    20,000 Martyrs burned in Nicomedia

    Wednesday, December 29

    14,000 infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod in Bethlehem

    Thursday, December 30

    Anysia the Virgin-martyr of Thessaloniki

    11:00AM Funeral: Peter L Lares

    Friday, December 31


    Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    7:00PM Divine Liturgy

    8:00PM Cutting of the Vasilopita


    Saturday, January 1

    Office Closed - New Years Day

    Circumcision of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

    Sunday, January 2

    Fr Theofanis on Call - 727-244-6842

    Sunday before Epiphany

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Choir Practice

    Monday, January 3

    Forefeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

    8:00AM Soup Kitchen Meal

    4:00PM Greek Folk Dance

    Tuesday, January 4

    Forefeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

    8:00AM Orthros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    4:00PM Diver Meeting

    Wednesday, January 5

    Eve of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

    8:00AM Royal Hours of Theophany

    9:30AM Vesperal Liturgy

    1:00PM Blessing of the Fleet

    Thursday, January 6

    Office Closed - Epiphany

    The Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

    8:00AM Feast of Epiphany

    Friday, January 7

    Synaxis of John the Holy Glorious Prophet, Baptist, & Forerunner

    10:00AM Epiphany set up

    7:00PM Inaugural Epiphany Lecture

    Saturday, January 8

    George of Hozeva

    6:30PM Epiphany Ball

    Sunday, January 9

    Fr Athanasios on Call - 727-741-0139

    Sunday after Epiphany

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:30AM Sunday school

    Monday, January 10

    Afterfeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ