St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-07-17
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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


Against Cremation

When it comes to our struggle against the modern, secular world, one consistent pattern emerges. Our society has no regard for the human body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We abuse our bodies with drugs and alcohol. We use our bodies as canvas for artwork, and as pincushions. It should come as no surprise then that when our bodies die, more and more are opting for cremation. The Church is against cremation, but few know why.

Many claim it is because we need our bones to be resurrected by Christ, as if having our bones turned to dust would limit God’s power. They don’t turn to ash, by the way. Many don’t know that either. Cremation has been mischaracterized by the industry, I believe, in order to gain popularity and avoid accusation. Put simply, bones do not burn in the cremation process, so they must be pulverized afterward in what could be characterized in an industrial sized grinder. What families receive in urns isn’t ashes, but powdered bones along with a variety of unknown contaminants.

Why does it matter what is in the urn? It matters because of the treatment of the human body during the process of cremation. It is an absolute violent act upon the Temple of the Holy Spirit, and therein lies the problem, as I see it. IF we believe our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, then even after death the body should be treated with reverence. It is bad enough that we abuse our bodies during our lives. At least we could show some reverence after they are physically dead.

Put simply, the Church is against cremation not because it limits God’s resurrection powers, but because it is the intentional and violent destruction of the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Even if people accept this explanation, many still choose cremation for environmental and financial reasons. How one can claim washing the burned remains of human bodies, along with the many other contaminants, down the drain,  is better for the environment than allowing the same body to naturally decay in the ground is not logical to me. For those with financial reasons, my advice is to plan. We plan for everything else in our lives, why not a proper Christian burial?

There is one more benefit to a proper Christian burial. As bones are gathered over the years to make room for more burials, which is quite practical, they are blessed and treated with the same reverence as the body in which they originated. In fact, the Church has developed a special blessing service for this process. But there are saints who, when their bodies were exhumed, were discovered to be incorrupt, meaning their bodies did not decay. Can you imagine if bodies had been cremated? We may never have known just how holy their lives were. There are many incorrupt saints, some from many centuries ago, which continue to work miracles for God’s glory.

So, where do we go from here? It is easy for me to say we should plan for a proper Christian burial. It is quite another thing for us to actually be prepared. The vast majority of us don’t have a proper plan to survive in retirement, let alone a proper burial. I believe this is another example of the Church falling short. We can tell people they shouldn’t cremate, but we do little to assist them to properly bury their loved ones.

The Church in America needs to step up with more cemeteries and burial programs. If the society charges more than $10,000 for a cheap funeral with a pine box, the Church can and should do better. By American burial standards, each acre of land can hold up to 1000 burial plots. That would mean most Churches only need to own a few acres of land. In Church-owned cemeteries, costs can be absorbed by the community for the glory of the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We don’t need to embalm our loved ones. We don’t need to seal them in high-gauge steel caskets which don’t allow for the natural decay process, and we definitely don’t need concrete vaults to mummify our loved ones. A simple coffin in a simple hole in the dirt is sufficient. You never know. Maybe when our bones are exhumed to make room for more, we will be discovered to be saints. That should be our goal anyway.



Fr Theofanis


  Η μνήμη ενός Αγίου αποτελεί σημαντικό γεγονός για την Εκκλησία και ιδιαίτερα για την τοπική Ἐκκλησία δηλαδή την Ενορία, η οποία πανηγυρίζει και τιμά τον Άγιο, στο όνομα του οποίου ειναι εγκαινιασμένος ο Ιερός Ναός της. Η μνήμη των Αγίων γίνεται και αφορμή χαράς, και επικοινωνίας μεταξύ των μελών της Εκκλησίας.  Όπως είναι γνωστό, ως ημέρα εορτής των αγίων θεωρήθηκε η ημέρα της εξόδου τους από το μάταιο τούτο κόσμο, προς την αληθινή ζωή. Η ημέρα αυτή είναι η γέννησή τους στον τρόπο του «πραγματικώς υπάρχειν». Η αιώνια ζωή είναι η όντως, έτσι μας αποκάλυψε ο Ίδιος ο εναθρωπήσας Θεός μας. Οι άγιοι βιώνουν από το νυν αυτή την αγία πραγματικότητα. Αυτό δείχνει ότι οι Άγιοι, όπως όλοι οι άνθρωποι, εξακολουθούν να ζουν και μετά την έξοδο της ψυχής τους από το σώμά τους, και αυτό αποδεικνύεται και από ένα άλλο στοιχείο που μπορούμε να το δούμε  εμπειρικά με τα άφθαρτα λείψανα των Αγίων, τα οποία ευωδιάζουν και θαυματουργούν. Οι Άγιοι σ’ όλη την επίγεια ζωή τους αγωνίσθηκαν να αποκτήσουν υπαρξιακή κοινωνία με τον Άγιο Τριαδικό μας Θεό και γι’ αυτό νίκησαν το διάβολο και τις μεθοδείες του, διάλυσαν τις «μηχανές του» με την δύναμη της Χάριτος του Θεού που ενοικεί μέσα τους. Το βλέπουμε καθαρά στην περίπτωση της Αγίας Μαρίνας, όχι σαν θεωρητική διατύπωση, μα πραγματικότητα, που άφησε άναυδους ακόμη καί τους διώκτες .Σε κάποιες αγιογραφίες εικονίζεται η αγια να κρατεί το διάβολο από τα κέρατα, να τον εμπαίζει και να τον καταισχύνει. Αυτό  έγινε όταν κλεισμένη στη φυλακή μετά τα μαρτύρια που την υπέβαλαν οι απάνθρωποι βασανιστές της, φανερώνεται μπροστά της ο μισάνθρωπος για την εκφοβίσει, μ’ αυτή με το όπλο της πίστεως στο Χριστό τον κατατρόπωσε αναγκάζοντάς τον σε φυγή. Όντως ο διάβολος είναι ανίσχυρος, μπροστά στην πιστότητα του χριστιανού. Ο πιστός στον Χριστό μπορεί με τη δύναμή Του να νικήσει και να ξευτελίσει τις πολυμήχανες δολοπλοκίες του.

Η Αγία Μαρίνα γεννήθηκε στην Αντιόχεια της Πισιδίας στα χρόνια του αυτοκράτορα Αυρηλίου Κλαυδίου (270 μ. Χ.). Χρόνια δύσκολα για την Εκκλησία μιά και με σκληρότητα διώκονταν οι χριστιανοί. Και μόνο το όνομα χριστιανός κινούσε το μηχανισμό διωγμού, και η τιμωρία ήταν το μαρτύριο και ο θάνατος. Η καταγωγή της Μαρίνας ήταν από επίσημη οικογένεια της Πισιδίας. Ο πατέρας Αἰδέσιος αρκετά εύπορος ήταν μάλιστα και ιερέας των εκεί ειδωλολατρικών ναών. Το ίδιο και η μητέρα της, που λίγες ημέρες μετά τη γέννησή της Μαρίνας πέθανε αφήνοντας το σύζυγό της σε πένθος και τη μικρή Μαρίνα στην ορφάνια. Μη μπορώντας ο πατέρας μόνος του νά γίνει τροφός του νηπίου ανάθεσε την ανατροφή της σε μιά εξαιρετική γυναίκα της πόλεως.

Με προθυμία και γεμάτη αγάπη καθώς ήταν, ανάλαβε τό μεγάλωμα της μικρής ορφανής. Ο πατέρας της Μαρίνας δεν γνώριζε μια λεπτομέρεια, ότι η τροφός στην οποία παρέδωσε τη μικρή του κόρη, Μαρίνα, ήταν χριστιανή. Έτσι η αγία Μαρίνα διδάχθηκε την αλήθεια του Ευαγγελίου από τα μικρά της χρόνια. Σε ηλικία δεκαπέντε ετών αποκάλυψε στον πατέρα της ότι είναι Χριστιανή. Εκείνος στην αρχή δοκίμασε έκπληξη και στην συνέχεια θυμό και αγανάκτηση. Μάλιστα της δήλωσε, πως έπαψε να την θεωρεί παιδί του.Ο έπαρχος Ολύβριος δεν άργησε να πληροφορηθεί το γεγονός και διέταξε να την συλλάβουν. Όταν όμως την είδε, θαμπώθηκε από την ομορφιά της και της ζήτησε να γίνει σύζυγός του, αφού πρώτα αρνηθεί τον Χριστό. Εκείνη αντέδρασε έντονα. Σε κάθε προσπάθεια του Ολυβρίου να την πείση να αποκηρύξει την πίστη της και να λατρεύσει τα είδωλα, αυτή απαντούσε θαρραλέα «είμαι Χριστιανή». Αποτέλεσμα ο σκληρός  βασανισμός της. Καταξέσχισαν τίς σάρκες της με ραβδιά, την κρέμμασαν και την φυλάκισαν και επειδή εξακολουθούσε να παραμένει σταθερή στην πίστη της την έκαψαν με αναμμένες λαμπάδες. Οι πληγές της όμως γιατρεύθηκαν αμέσως, με αποτέλεσμα πολλοί από τους παρευρισκο-μένους που είδαν το θαύμα να πιστεύσουν στον Χριστό.

 Η Αγία Μαρίνα παρά το νεαρό της ηλικίας της έδειξε μια ασύλληπτη στερρότητα πίστεως, που κατέπληξε τους διώκτες του Χριστού με πρώτο και καλύτερο τον πατέρα της Αιδέσιο. Η νεαρή κόρη έμεινε για παντοτεινά πιστή στο Χριστό. Ο έπαρχος, τυφλωμένος από το μίσος, διέταξε να την αποκεφαλίσουν. Με τον τρόπο αυτό τελειώθηκε και έλαβε τον στέφανο του μαρτυρίου. Ήταν  μόλις 15 ετών. Η μαρτυρική έξοδος έγινε στις 17 Ιουλίου του 285 μ.Χ. Η Εκκλησία μας ευθύς αμέσως τήν κατάταξε στη χορεία των μαρτύρων της, ενώ πολύ γρήγορα διαδόθηκε η φήμη της πολυάθλου Μαρίνας.



Vikentios Livanos


Greetings in Christ,

 In the last week since my return I have been working with the Summer Day Camp Committee as we prepare diligently for the Chariots of Fire Camp this Monday the 18th, through Friday the 22nd. I would like to remind everyone that registration for the camp experience will remain open until the end of the day today. If you would like your Kindergarten - 5th Grade children to participate, please go to the Parish website to register them before it closes officially. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have been working in preparation for this event, and to those who have committed to volunteering their time and talent during this coming week to ensure that the camp is well staffed for the benefit of the participating children.

 The Boy Scout camp-in which I had mentioned in my previous letter, which was scheduled for this past Friday and Saturday had been postponed. The new date for the event is to be decided for this upcoming weekend or the following weekend. I had a chance this past Tuesday at the Boy Scout meeting to connect with some of the Boy Scouts about their recent camping experience, which they overwhelmingly enjoyed. In the coming months they have a schedule full of activities and opportunities, one of which is a Camping/Canoeing trip in the Everglades where they may traverse up to 90 miles of river. I have been preparing myself to take a leadership role in the Boy Scouts by applying to the Boy Scout Association, and completing the necessary certifications required for the protection and safety of the children. When this process is complete, I will look forward to participating in as many activities and events as possible. Further, as I had mentioned a few weeks ago- I have my sights set on activating the Cub Scout program so that the children of our church community, and those of the greater Tarpon Springs community can experience a wide range of activities that will be fun, educational, character building, and spiritually uplifting.

 Forthcoming, I will be planning meetings with the leaders of the Welcoming Committee, the Choir, and the Sunday School.



Saints and Feasts

July 17

The Holy Great Martyr Marina (Margaret)

This Martyr lived during the reign of Claudius II (268-270). She was from Pisidia of Cilicia and was the only daughter of a certain priest of the idols. On being orphaned by her mother, she was handed over to a certain woman who instructed her in the Faith of Christ. When she was fifteen years old, she was apprehended by the ruler of Olmbrius, and when asked her name, homeland, and faith, she answered: "My name is Marina; I am the offspring of the Pisidia; I call upon the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ." Because of this she endured bonds, imprisonment, and many whippings, and was finally beheaded in the year 270. Saint Marina is especially invoked for deliverance from demonic possession.

July 17

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls from the 13th to the 19th of the present month, we chant the Service to the 630 Holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together for the 4th Ecumenical Council who assembled in Chalcedon in 451, to condemn Eutyches, who taught that there was only one nature, the divine, in Christ after the Incarnation, and Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who illegally received Eutyches back into communion and deposed Saint Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople, who had excommunicated Eutyches.

In the Slavic tradition, on this Sunday, the Fathers of the first six Ecumenical Councils are all commemorated.

July 04

Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia

Tsar Nicholas II was the son of Alexander III, who had reposed in the arms of Saint John of Kronstadt. Having been raised in piety, Tsar Nicholas ever sought to rule in a spirit consonant with the precepts of Orthodoxy and the best traditions of his nation. Tsaritsa Alexandra, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England, and a convert from Lutheranism, was noted for her piety and compassion for the poor and suffering. Their five children were beloved of all for their kindness, modesty, and guilelessness.

Amidst the political turmoil of 1917, Tsar Nicholas selflessly abdicated the throne for what he believed was the good of his country. Although he had abdicated willingly, the revolutionaries put him and his family under house arrest, then sent them under guard to Tobolsk and finally Ekaterinburg. A letter written from Tobolsk by Grand Duchess Olga, the eldest of the children, shows their nobility of soul. She writes, "My father asks that I convey to all those who have remained devoted to him ... that they should not take vengeance on his account, because he has forgiven everyone and prays for them all. Nor should they avenge themselves. Rather, they should bear in mind that this evil which is now present in the world will become yet stronger, but that evil will not conquer evil, but only love shall do so."

After enduring sixteen months of imprisonment, deprivation, and humiliation with a Christian patience which moved even their captors, they and those who were with them gained their crowns of martyrdom when they were shot and stabbed to death in the cellar of the Ipatiev house in Ekaterinburg in 1918.

Together with them are also commemorated those who faithfully served them, and were either slain with them, or on their account: General Elias Tatishchev; Prince Basil Dolgorukov; the physician Eugene Dotkin; the lady-in-waiting Countess Anastasia Hendrikova; the serving-maid Anna Demidova; the cook John Kharitonov; and the sailors Clement Nagorny and John Sednev.

July 17

Veronika & Speratos the Martyrs

July 17

Kenelm, Prince of Mercia


Cathedral Listings



 John Vouvalis - 40 day

Gregory Missos - 3 months

Evelyn Lelekis Fatolitis - 6 months

Dimitrios Mallas - 6 months

George Solon - 6 months

Cimos Angelis - 9 months

Geogios Tridimas - 1 year

Aikaterini Tridimas - 2 years

George Koulianos - 23 years 


   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

Nancy, Nicholas, Spiros, Nikos, Kaliope, Timothy, James, Demetra, Patty, Michael, Pamela, Eugenia, Pericles, Sylvia,Tony, Michael, Thomas


*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

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Mode

The women disciples of the Lord, having learned from the Angel the joyous news of the Resurrection and having rejected the ancestral decision, then told the apostles elatedly: Death has been stripped of its power; Christ God has risen, granting to the world His great mercy.
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the Holy Fathers in the Plagal 4th Mode

Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.
Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ φωστῆρας ἐπὶ γῆς τοὺς Πατέρας ἡμῶν θεμελιώσας, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν πρὸς τὴν ἀληθινὴν πίστιν, πάντας ἡμᾶς ὁδηγήσας· πολυεύσπλαγχνε, δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Great Martyr Marina in the 4th Mode

O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.
Η αμνάς σου Ιησού, κράζει μεγάλη τή φωνή Σέ νυμφίε μου ποθώ, καί σέ ζητούσα αθλώ, καί συσταυρούμαι, καί συνθάπτομαι τώ βαπτισμώ σου, καί πάσχω διά σέ, ως βασιλεύσω συν σοί, καί θνήσκω υπέρ σού, ίνα καί ζήσω εν σοί αλλ' ως θυσίαν άμωμον, προσδέχου τήν μετά πόθου τυθείσάν σοι, Αυτής πρεσβείαις, ως ελεήμων σώσον τάς ψυχάς ημών.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Mode

The protection of Christians unshameable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, do not turn from the prayerful cries of those who are in sin; instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: Hasten to intercession and speed now to supplication as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15

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

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

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

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
Πρὸς Τίτον 3:8-15

Τέκνον Τίτε, πιστὸς ὁ λόγος, καὶ περὶ τούτων βούλομαί σε διαβεβαιοῦσθαι, ἵνα φροντίζωσιν καλῶν ἔργων προΐστασθαι οἱ πεπιστευκότες θεῷ. ταῦτά ἐστιν καλὰ καὶ ὠφέλιμα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις · μωρὰς δὲ ζητήσεις καὶ γενεαλογίας καὶ ἔριν καὶ μάχας νομικὰς περιΐστασο, εἰσὶν γὰρ ἀνωφελεῖς καὶ μάταιοι. αιῥετικὸν ἄνθρωπον μετὰ μίαν καὶ δευτέραν νουθεσίαν παραιτοῦ, εἰδὼς ὅτι ἐξέστραπται ὁ τοιοῦτος καὶ ἁμαρτάνει, ὢν αὐτοκατάκριτος. Ὅταν πέμψω Ἀρτεμᾶν πρὸς σὲ ἢ Τυχικόν, σπούδασον ἐλθεῖν πρός με εἰς Νικόπολιν, ἐκεῖ γὰρ κέκρικα παραχειμάσαι. Ζηνᾶν τὸν νομικὸν καὶ Ἀπολλῶν σπουδαίως πρόπεμψον, ἵνα μηδὲν αὐτοῖς λείπῃ. μανθανέτωσαν δὲ καὶ οἱ ἡμέτεροι καλῶν ἔργων προΐστασθαι εἰς τὰς ἀναγκαίας χρείας, ἵνα μὴ ὦσιν ἄκαρποι. Ἀσπάζονταί σε οἱ μετ ᾽ἐμοῦ πάντες. Ἄσπασαι τοὺς φιλοῦντας ἡμᾶς ἐν πίστει. ἡ χάρις μετὰ πάντων ὑμῶν.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Matthew 5:14-19

The Lord said to his disciples, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 5:14-19

Εἶπεν ὁ Κὐριος τοῖς ἑαυτοῦ μαθηταῖς· ῾Υμεῖς ἐστε τὸ φῶς τοῦ κόσμου. οὐ δύναται πόλις κρυβῆναι ἐπάνω ὄρους κειμένη· οὐδὲ καίουσι λύχνον καὶ τιθέασι αὐτὸν ὑπὸ τὸν μόδιον, ἀλλ᾿ ἐπὶ τὴν λυχνίαν, καὶ λάμπει πᾶσι τοῖς ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ. οὕτω λαμψάτω τὸ φῶς ὑμῶν ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ὅπως ἴδωσιν ὑμῶν τὰ καλὰ ἔργα καὶ δοξάσωσι τὸν πατέρα ὑμῶν τὸν ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς. Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον καταλῦσαι τὸν νόμον ἢ τοὺς προφήτας· οὐκ ἦλθον καταλῦσαι, ἀλλὰ πληρῶσαι. ἀμὴν γὰρ λέγω ὑμῖν, ἕως ἂν παρέλθῃ ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ, ἰῶτα ἓν ἢ μία κεραία οὐ μὴ παρέλθῃ ἀπὸ τοῦ νόμου ἕως ἂν πάντα γένηται. ὃς ἐὰν οὖν λύσῃ μίαν τῶν ἐντολῶν τούτων τῶν ἐλαχίστων καὶ διδάξῃ οὕτω τοὺς ἀνθρώπους, ἐλάχιστος κληθήσεται ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν· ὃς δ᾿ ἂν ποιήσῃ καὶ διδάξῃ, οὗτος μέγας κληθήσεται ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν.


Wisdom of the Fathers

"But whosoever shall do and teach," said He, "shall be called great." For not to ourselves alone, should we be profitable, but to others also; since neither is the reward as great for him who guides himself aright, as for one who with himself adds also another.
St. John Chrysostom
Homilies 15 and 16 on Matthew 5, 4th Century

Since he who cannot teach himself, yet attempts to set others right, will have many to ridicule him. Or rather such a one will have no power to teach at all, his actions uttering their voice against him.
St. John Chrysostom
Homilies 15 and 16 on Matthew 5, 4th Century


Important Updates From Our Ministries

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.



Master Calendar

  • Master Calendar

    July 17 to August 1, 2022

    Sunday, July 17

    Fr Theofanis on Call - 727-244-6842

    Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, July 18

    Holy Martyr Emilian

    8:00AM Soup Kitchen Meal

    9:00AM St Nicholas Summer Camp

    Tuesday, July 19

    Macrina the Righteous, sister of St. Basil

    9:00AM St Nicholas Summer Camp

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    7:00PM Boy Scouts

    Wednesday, July 20

    The Glorious Prophet Elias (Elijah)

    9:00AM St Nicholas Summer Camp

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    Thursday, July 21

    John and Symeon the Fool for Christ

    9:00AM St Nicholas Summer Camp

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    7:00PM Rehearsal for St. Nicholas Paraklesis

    Friday, July 22

    Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles

    9:00AM St Nicholas Summer Camp

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    Saturday, July 23

    Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, July 24

    Fr Athanasios on Call - 727-741-0139

    6th Sunday of Matthew

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, July 25

    Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos

    8:00AM Soup Kitchen Meal

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Tuesday, July 26

    Paraskeve the Righteous Martyr of Rome

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Great Vespers: St Panteleimon

    7:00PM Boy Scouts

    Wednesday, July 27

    Panteleimon the Great Martyr & Healer

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:00AM Little Lambs

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Thursday, July 28

    Prochoros, Nicanor, Timon, & Parmenas the Apostles of the 70

    9:00AM Orthros/Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    7:00PM Philoptochos Board Meeting

    7:00PM Rehearsal for St. Nicholas Paraklesis

    Friday, July 29

    The Holy Martyr Callinicus

    6:00PM Daily Vespers

    Saturday, July 30

    Silas, Silvan, Crescens, Epenetus and Andronicus the Apostles of the 70

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, July 31

    Fr Theofanis on Call - 727-244-6842

    7th Sunday of Matthew

    7:45AM Othros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, August 1

    The Holy Seven Maccabee Children, Solomone Their Mother, and Eleazar Their Teacher


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