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St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-02-05
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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

 

 


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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 Afterfeast of the Presentation in the 1st Tone

Hail Virgin Theotokos full of Grace, for Christ our God, the Sun of Righteousness, has dawned from you, granting light to those in darkness. And you, O Righteous Elder, rejoice, taking in your arms, the Deliverance of our souls, who grants us Resurrection.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Tone

Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn through our own sighs of sorrow the humility of the Publican. Let us cry out to the Savior, "Have mercy on us, for through You alone are we reconciled."
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Saints and Feasts

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February 05

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today

The Pharisees were an ancient and outstanding sect among the Jews known for their diligent observance of the outward matters of the Law. Although, according to the word of our Lord, they "did all their works to be seen of men" (Matt. 23:5), and were hypocrites (ibid. 23: 13, 14, 15, etc.), because of the apparent holiness of their lives they were thought by all to be righteous, and separate from others, which is what the name Pharisee means. On the other hand, Publicans, collectors of the royal taxes, committed many injustices and extortions for filthy lucre's sake, and all held them to be sinners and unjust. It was therefore according to common opinion that the Lord Jesus in His parable signified a virtuous person by a Pharisee, and a sinner by a Publican, to teach His disciples the harm of pride and the profit of humble-mindedness.

Since the chief weapon for virtue is humility, and the greatest hindrance to it is pride, the divine Fathers have set these three weeks before the Forty-day Fast as a preparation for the spiritual struggles of virtue. This present week they have called Harbinger, since it declares that the Fast is approaching; and they set humility as the foundation for all our spiritual labors by appointing that the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee be read today, even before the Fast begins, to teach, through the vaunting of the Pharisee, that the foul smoke of self-esteem and the stench of boasting drives away the grace of the Spirit, strips man of all his virtue, and casts him into the pits of Hades; and, through the repentance and contrite prayer of the Publican, that humility confers upon the sinner forgiveness of all his wicked deeds and raises him up to the greatest heights.

All foods are allowed the week that follows this Sunday.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

When lately we made mention of the Pharisee and the publican, and hypothetically yoked two chariots out of virtue and vice; we pointed out each truth, how great is the gain of humbleness of mind, and how great the damage of pride.
St. John Chrysostom
CONCERNING LOWLINESS OF MIND., 4th Century

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General Announcements

2017 Stewardship Update

02/02/2017

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

To Date: 47 households have returned their 2017 Stewardship Commitment Cards, pledging $97,750 in support of the ministries and life of Saint Basil's.

Additional offering commitments of $16,770 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.


Bible Study - Gospel Account of Luke

02/08/2017

No Bible Study this week, as Father Luke will be in Denver at Metropolis meetings.


Weekday Services This Week

02/10/2017

Saint Haralambos:, 2/10: Divine Liturgy 9AM.

May Saint Haralambos pray for us!


IOCC 25th Anniversary Event at Saint Basil's!

02/11/2017

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has offered brilliant ministry in the Lord's Vineyard for a quarter of a century -- yes, 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of IOCC!

A series of regional events will take place across the country to honor and support this beautiful ministry, and Saint Basil's is honored to host the first!  While availability remains, all Saint Basil family and friends are encouraged to secure your attendance by making a reservation by calling the church office or registering online:

www.iocc.org/houston

Naitive Houstonian, IOCC Executive Director & CEO, Mr. Constantine Triantafilou will offer the evening's key note address.  Come enjoy delicious food, beautiful entertainment, and support on of the nation's top recognized charities -- our ministry: IOCC!  

Consider bringing a non-Orthodox Christian friend -- what better way to expose them to our faith, than through the good works of IOCC!

May our Lord bless the ministry that we all strive to offer in His Vineyard!

*flyer attached to 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.


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Attachments

    2017 Stewardship Card

    2017 Stewardship Card

    Respond to God's Grace by completing this 2017 Stewardship Card and returning it to the church office via email, mail or in person!


    IOCC 25th Anniversary Event

    IOCC 25th Anniversary Event

    Saint Basil's to host 25th Anniversary celebration fundraiser in support of IOCC.


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Calendar

  • This Week at Saint Basil's

    February 5 to February 12, 2017

    Sunday, February 5

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, February 7

    Father Luke at Metropolis of Denver Clergy Meetings

    7:00PM GDC Meeting

    Wednesday, February 8

    NO BIBLE STUDY

    Father Luke at Metropolis of Denver Clergy Meetings

    10:00AM Little Angels

    Thursday, February 9

    Father Luke at Metropolis of Denver Clergy Meetings

    11:00AM Spaghetti Lunch $8

    Friday, February 10

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy: Saint Haralambos

    Saturday, February 11

    6:00PM IOCC 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

    Sunday, February 12

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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