St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2016-12-11
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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 4th Tone

O Merciful One, You came from on high, and condescended to Your three day burial to save us from suffering. You are our Life and our Resurrection. Glory to You.

Apolytikion for 11th Sun. of Luke in the 2nd Tone

You justified the forefathers in faith, and through them betrothed yourself, aforetime, to the Church taken from out of the Gentiles. The saints boast in glory. For from their seed, there exists a noble crop, who is she who without seed has given You birth. By their intercessions, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 3rd Tone

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.

Saints and Feasts

December 11

11th Sunday of Luke

On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we commemorate Christ's forefathers according to the flesh, both those that came before the Law, and those that lived after the giving of the Law.

Special commemoration is made of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom the promise was first given, when God said to him, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 22:18). This promise was given some two thousand years before Christ, when Abraham was seventy-five years of age. God called him and commanded him to forsake his country, parents, and kinsmen, and to depart to the land of the Canaanites. When he arrived there, God told him, "I will give this land to thy seed" (Gen. 12:7); for this cause, that land was called the "Promised Land," which later became the country of the Hebrew people, and which is also called Palestine by the historians. There, after the passage of twenty-four years, Abraham received God's law concerning circumcision. In the one hundredth year of his life, when Sarah was in her ninetieth year, they became the parents of Isaac. Having lived 175 years altogether, he reposed in peace, a venerable elder full of days.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11.

BRETHREN, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading

11th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 14:16-24

The Lord said this parable: "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time of the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for all is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.' And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.' And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.'"


Wisdom of the Fathers

What was the nature of the invitation? God the Father has prepared in Christ for the inhabitants of earth those gifts which are bestowed upon the world through Him, even the forgiveness of sins, the cleansing away of all defilement, the communion of the Holy Spirit, the glorious adoption of sons, and the kingdom of the heavens.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Translation courtesy of "The Orthodox New Testament" Volume 1, 4th Century


General Announcements

Memorial Service


The Memorial Service will be prayed this Sunday, December 11, for the servant of God:

Louise Marianos (11 years)

May her memory be eternal!

Sunday School Christmas Play


Immediately following our celebration of the Divine Liturgy, support our youth by staying for the Sunday School Christmas Play!  

Support-Based Ministries Town Hall Discussion


This Sunday, following the Sunday School Christmas Play and a bit of fellowship hour, we will offer another Town Hall Discussion on the topic of Support-Based Ministries at Saint Basil's.  

Join us in the 'Library Room' of the George J Kostas Education Building by 12:45PM.

May it be blessed by God!

Weekday Liturgies


This coming week we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on the following mornings:

December 12:  Saint Spiridon the Wonderworker, 9AM

December 13:  Saint Herman of Alaska, 9AM

We look forward to celebrating in commemoration of Saint Spiridon & Saint Herman!

May the saints pray for all of us!

Bible Study - Gospel Account of Luke


Join us for Bible Study on Wednesdays at 11 AM as we begin our exploration of the Gospel Account of Saint Luke.  

Bring a Bible!

Bring a snack!

Bring a friend!

Stewardship Update


Saint Basil Stewards have been responding to the invitation to articulate their commitment in 2016! 

To Date: 222 Families have returned their Stewardship Commitment Cards, pledging $331,952 in support of the ministries and life of Saint Basil's.

100% Household Participation is our goal.

All parishioners and friends of Saint Basil's are invited and strongly encouraged to return completed 2016 Stewardship Commitment Card this Sunday!

* 2016 St Basil's Stewardship Commitment Card can be found in the attachments seciton of this week's bulletin.

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.





  • This Week at Saint Basil's

    December 11 to December 18, 2016

    Sunday, December 11

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:15AM 11-year Memorial - Louise Marianos

    11:30AM Sunday School Christmas Play

    12:45PM Community Hall Discussion - Support-Based Ministries

    1:30PM GOYA Basketball

    Monday, December 12

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy - Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker

    Tuesday, December 13

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy - Saint Herman of Alaska

    10:00AM Silver Stars

    7:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, December 14

    11:00AM Bible Study

    Thursday, December 15

    11:00AM Spaghetti Lunch $8

    Sunday, December 18

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:15AM 40-day blessing - Sadie Rose Kopulos

    11:15AM 3-year Memorial - Elmina Gallas

    11:30AM Sunday School Christmas Parties

    1:00PM GOYA Basketball