St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-02-26
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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 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord by His Might, has created a Dominion. He has conquered death by death, and become the first-born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades, and has granted the world great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment. Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, "O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen."

Saints and Feasts

February 26

Forgiveness Sunday

The Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam's exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments. For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind. The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands. Taking occasion from today's Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.


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 Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4.

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

Gospel Reading

Forgiveness Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Spiritual delight is not enjoyment found in things that exists outside the soul.
St. Isaac of Syria
Unknown , 7th century


General Announcements

Family Enrichment Ministry Date Change


Saint Basil's Family Enrichment Ministry Date Change

We are all excited about this new and engaging minisry aimed at serving our Saint Basil's households!

Our first Family Enrichment Ministry Night has been chaged to Wednesday, March 15th.

*Due to this schedule change, this Wednesday's Presanctified Liturgy will begin at 7PM. 

Please make a note of this date change to ensure that your family will be a part of this beautiful ministry of our Church!

Are You Getting ALL Our Communications?

We want to communicate with you!  Saint Basil's is offering the following communicaitons to our spiritual family and friends:

1) a hard copy of our monthly newsletter, The Voice 2.0, mailed to your home

2) a weekly eblast, announcing current and future community happenings, through mailchimp

3) a weekly Sunday eBulletin. through bulletin builder (this email!)

If you are not receiving any of these parish communications, please contact the parish office to make sure that we have your current contact information: + 281-679-5395


2017 Stewardship Update


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

To Date: 69 households have returned their 2017 Stewardship Commitment Cards, pledging $121,040 in support of the ministries and life of Saint Basil's.

Additional offering commitments of $17,985 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


Gospel Account of Saint Luke! 

Join your spiritual family as we grow in the Scriptures and in the Faith!


Weekday Services This Week


Monday 2/27:    Compline Service, 7PM, St. Efstathios Chapel

Wednesday 3/1:    Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 7PM

Friday 3/3:    Salutations to the Theotokos, 7PM

Saturday 3/4:   Saturday of Souls Divine Liturgy 9AM.

May Saint Basil the Great pray for us!

Orthodoxy 102: Christianity & Politics


Saint Basil's in offering another adult education experience through our Orthodoxy 102 Program.  Following Compline Service (6PM) we will engage the relationship between Christianity & Politics.

March 6:   What Exactly Are We Talking About? Exploration of Terms: Christianity, Politics & Church

March 13:  The Relinquishing of Roles in Society

March 20:  We Can Do Better: A Vision for the Future

Please note: in order to best serve our community, Compline Service on these three Mondays will be offered at 6PM in the Saint Efstathios Chapel, followed by Orthodoxy 102 at 7PM in the George J. Kostas Education Building.

Dance Ministry Announcement

Greek Dance

As you all know, Dance practices have started for this year's Houston Greek Fest. There has been a little change up with the rooms each group will be practicing in. Also, if you haven’t already filled out and returned your enrollment forms and participation fee, please do so as soon as possible. 

Team Opa: 1st and 2nd grade SS class

Levendakia: 5th-6th grade SS classroom

Palamakia: “old library”

Kefi: 7th-8th grade SS classroom

DP: 3rd-4th grade SS classroom

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.



    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!



  • This Week at Saint Basil's

    February 26 to March 5, 2017

    Sunday, February 26

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    1:00PM Baptism - Felicity Hope Gibson

    Monday, February 27

    Clean Monday, First Day of Great Lent

    7:00PM Compline Service - In the Saint Efstathios Chapel

    Wednesday, March 1

    11:00AM Bible Study: The Sunday Scripture Readings of Great Lent

    6:00PM Family Enrichment Ministry: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

    7:00PM Dinner

    7:30PM HOPE, JOY, GOYA, Adult Discussion

    Thursday, March 2

    11:00AM Spaghetti Lunch $8

    Friday, March 3

    7:00PM Salutations to the Theotokos

    Saturday, March 4

    9:00AM Saturday of Souls: Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Cardenas Baptism

    2:00PM Hall Rental - Kathy Megas Dimitrakakos

    4:00PM Baptism - Hluchan

    Sunday, March 5

    Sunday of Orthodoxy

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy