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St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-09-17
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Exaltation
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St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (281) 679-5395
  • Fax:
  • (281) 679-5397
  • Street Address:

  • 1100 Eldridge Parkway

  • Houston, TX 77077


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sunday Orthros: 8:45 AM

Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10 AM

Weekday Liturgies: 9 AM

 

 


Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

O Christ, the angelic powers appeared at Your tomb, the guards were as dead, and Mary stood by the sepulcher, seeking Your sacred body. You destroyed Hades yet remained untouched by it. You encountered the Virgin and through her, bestowed Life. Glory to You who has risen from the dead!

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the 1st Tone

Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross.

Apolytikion of Saint Basil the Great in the 1st Tone

Your voice resounded throughout the world that received your word by which, in godly manner, you taught dogma, clarified the nature of beings, and set in order the character of people. Venerable father, Royal Priesthood, intercede to Christ God to grant us great mercy.

Εἰς πᾶσαν τὴν γὴν ἐξῆλθεν ὁ φθόγγος σου, ὡς δεξαμένην τὸν λόγον σου, δι' οὗ θεοπρεπῶς ἐδογμάτισας, τὴν φύσιν τῶν ὄντων ἐτράνωσας, τὰ τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἤθη κατεκόσμησας, Βασίλειον Ἱεράτευμα, Πάτερ Ὅσιε, Χριστὸν τὸν Θεὸν ἱκέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ἡμῖν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Tone

Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.
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Saints and Feasts

Exaltation
September 17

Sunday after Holy Cross


Sophia
September 17

Sophia & her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love

These Saints were from Italy and contested for the Faith about the year 126, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. Faith was twelve years old, Hope, ten, and Love, nine; each was tormented and then beheaded, from the eldest to the youngest. Their mother Sophia mourned at their grave for three days, where she also fell asleep in peace; because of her courageous endurance in the face of her daughters' sufferings, she is also counted a martyr. The name Sophia means "wisdom" in Greek; as for her daughters' names, Faith, Hope, and Love (Charity), they are Pistis, Elpis, and Agape in Greek, and Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov in Russian.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


Gospel Reading

Sunday after Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

To deny oneself means to give up one's bad habits; to root out of the heart all that ties us to the world; not to cherish bad thoughts and desires; to suppress every evil thought; to avoid occasions of sin; not to desire or to do anything out of self-love, but to do everything out of love for God. To deny oneself, according to St. Paul means "to be dead to sin. . . but alive to God."
St. Innocent of Alaska
The Lenten Spring, SVS Press, p. 147, 19th Century

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General Announcements

40 Day Blessing Service

09/17/2017

This Sunday we will celebrate the 40 Day Blessing Service for the servant of God, Apostolos Makris, son of Kostas and Katerina Makris.


Memorial Service

09/17/2017

The Memorial Service will be prayed this Sunday, September 17, for the servant of God:

Mr. Dionissios Minetos (1 year).

May his memory be eternal!


2017/18 Sunday School Registration

09/17/2017

First day of Sunday School is this Sunday -- Septemebr 17th!

Please find the Sunday School Registration Form in the attachments section of this weekly bulletin.  Please forward all completed registration forms to Ms. Kate Stevenson: youth@mystbasil.org

May Saint Basil bless our children, and our efforts to serve them!


2017 Stewardship Update

08/24/2017

Saint Basil Stewards are beginning to respond to the invitation to articulate their commitment in 2017! 

To Date: 177 households have returned their 2017 Stewardship Commitment Cards, pledging $248,675 in support of the ministries and life of Saint Basil's.

Additional offering commitments of $22,205 have been made in the effort to retire our parish debt!

100% Household Participation is our goal.

All parishioners and friends of Saint Basil's are invited and strongly encouraged to return a completed 2017 Stewardship Commitment Card this Sunday!

* 2017 St Basil's Stewardship Commitment Card can be found in the attachments seciton of this week's bulletin.


Weekday Services This Week

09/19/2017

Tuesday 9/19:    Saint Efstathios the Great Martyr, Orthros 5:30pm Divine Liturgy 6:30pm

*The reception & chapel presentation following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on September 19 have been postponed, therefore, services times have been adjusted to the above listed schedule.


Bible Study - The Grace of God

09/20/2017

Join us for our thematic Bible Study as we explore 'the Grace of God,' by exploring His Word.  

Bring a Bible, bring a snack, bring a friend!

We gather for Bible Study on Wednesdays at 11 AM in the George J Kostas Education Building.

You are invited! 


Special General Assembly Rescheduled

10/01/2017

The Special General Assembly that was previously announced and scheduled for September 10, has now been rescheduled for Sunday, October 1, following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, in the George J. Kostas Education Building's community hall.


Scheduling Sacraments & Blessing Services

It is imperative that the scheduling of Sacraments and Blessing Services (including: memorials & 40-day blessings) be done in advance, as some desired dates may not be ecclesiastically appropriate.  Please contact the church office well in advance with scheduling requests.


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Attachments

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Calendar

  • This Week at Saint Basil's

    September 17 to September 24, 2017

    Sunday, September 17

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:15AM One Year Memorial - Dionissios Minetos

    11:15AM 40-day blessing - Apostolos Aggelos Makris

    Monday, September 18

    Golf Tournament postponed, date TBA

    Tuesday, September 19

    Reception & Presentation postponed, date TBA

    5:30PM Orthros

    6:30PM Divine Liturgy: Saint Efstathios the Great Martyr

    Wednesday, September 20

    11:00AM Bible Study: 'The Grace of God'

    Thursday, September 21

    11:00AM Spaghetti Lunch $8

    6:30PM Marriage Prep. Seminar: 'Communication: An Ounce of Prevention Equals a Pound of Cure.'

    Sunday, September 24

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:15AM 40-day Memorial - Angelo John Kalantzis

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