St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-12
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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 1st Tone

O Faithful, let us sing a hymn of praise and worship to the Logos, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, who was born of the Virgin for our salvation. Of His own will He went upon the Cross in the flesh and suffered death, to raise the dead through His glorious Resurrection.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal 4th Tone

O Gregory the Miracle Worker, light of Orthodoxy, support and teacher of the Church, comeliness of Monastics, invincible defender of theologians, the pride of Thessalonica, and preacher of grace, intercede forever that our souls may be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"

Saints and Feasts

March 12

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.

His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 1st Tone. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3.

"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"


Wisdom of the Fathers

Now Matthew indeed saith, that "they brought him," but the others, that they also broke up the roof, and let him down. And they put the sick man before Christ, saying nothing, but committing the whole to Him.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 1. B#54, pp. 195, 196, 4th Century


General Announcements

40 Day Blessing Service


This Sunday we will celebrate the 40 Day Blessing Service for the servant of God, Andrea Grace Gfeller, daughter of Dusty & Casey Gfeller.

Memorial Service


The Memorial Service will be prayed this Sunday, March 12th, for the servants of God:

Triantafilla Skoumpourdis (2 year)

Nikolaos Skoumpourdis (4 year)

May their memories be eternal!

Family Enrichment Ministry - THIS WEDNESDAY!


Saint Basil's Family Enrichment Ministry 

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

Our first Family Enrichment Ministry Night is this Wednesday, March 15th.

6 PM   Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

7 PM   Dinner

7:30   HOPE, JOY, GOYA Actiities - Adult Discussion  

We look forward to being together as a spiritual family & learning mre about what it means to be a family in our daily lives!

2017 Stewardship Update


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

To Date: 88 households have returned their 2017 Stewardship Commitment Cards, pledging $132,540 in support of the ministries and life of Saint Basil's.

Additional offering commitments of $18,805 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


Monday 3/13:    Compline Service, 6PM, St. Efstathios Chapel

Wednesday 3/15:    Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 6PM

Friday 3/17:    Salutations to the Theotokos, 7PM

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.

Bible Study - Sunday Scriptures of Great Lent


We are exploring the Sunday Epistle & Gospel Readings from the current season of Great Lent.

Join your spiritual family as we grow in the Scriptures from the forthcoming Sunday during Great Lent and we grow in the Faith! 


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

    March 12 to March 19, 2017

    Sunday, March 12

    Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:15AM Four Year Memorial - Nikolaos Skoumpourdis

    11:15AM 40-day Blessing - Andrea Grace Gfeller

    11:15AM Two Year Memorial - Triantafilla Skoumpourdis

    Monday, March 13

    6:00PM Compline Service

    Wednesday, March 15

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

    7:00PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

    Thursday, March 16

    11:00AM Spaghetti Lunch $8

    Friday, March 17

    10:00AM Silver Stars

    6:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    7:00PM Salutations to the Theotokos

    Sunday, March 19

    Sunday of the Holy Cross

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy