St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-19
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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 Sun. 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.

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 19

Sunday of the Holy Cross

With the help of God, we have almost reached the middle of the course of the Fast, where our strength has been worn down through abstinence, and the full difficulty of the labour set before us becomes apparent. Therefore our holy Mother, the Church of Christ, now brings to our help the all-holy Cross, the joy of the world, the strength of the faithful, the staff of the just, and the hope of sinners, so that by venerating it reverently, we might receive strength and grace to complete the divine struggle of the Fast.


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 Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6.

BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the 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."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Interior crosses can found at all times, and more easily than exterior ones. You have only to direct your attention to yourself and examine yourself with a sense of repentance, and a thousand interior crosses will at once present themselves to you. . . Interior crosses are sometimes so burdensome that the sufferer can find no consolation whatever in anything. All this can happen to you too! But in whatever position you may be, and whatever sufferings of the soul you may feel, do not despair and do not think that the Lord has abandoned you. NO! God will always be with you and will invisibly strengthen you even when it seems to you that you are on the very brink of perdition.
St. Innocent of Alaska
The Lenten Spring, SVS Press, p. 148, 19th Century


General Announcements

2017 Stewardship Update


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

To Date: 106 households have returned their 2017 Stewardship Commitment Cards, pledging $143,715 in support of the ministries and life of Saint Basil's.

Additional offering commitments of $18,980 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 3/20:    Compline Service, 6PM, St. Efstathios Chapel

Wednesday 3/22:    Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 7PM

Friday 3/24:    Great Vespers, Annunciation of the Theotokos, 6PM at Annunciation Cathedral.

Saturday 3/25:    Divine Liturgy, Annunciation of the Theotokos, 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.

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 19 to March 26, 2017

    Sunday, March 19

    Sunday of the Holy Cross

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, March 20

    6:00PM Compline Service

    7:00PM Orthodoxy 102: Christianity & Politics

    Wednesday, March 22

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

    7:00PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

    Thursday, March 23

    11:00AM Spaghetti Lunch $8

    Friday, March 24

    6:30PM Annunciation of the Theotokos: Great Vespers at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Houston)

    Saturday, March 25

    9:00AM Annunciation of the Theotokos: Divine Liturgy

    7:00PM Meeting - Greek Consulate

    Sunday, March 26

    Sunday of Saint John Climicus

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:15AM Greek School - Greek Independence Day Celebration