Daily Readings

Daily readings and the Saints of the day, provided by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Matins Gospel Reading - Luke 1:39-49, 56

In those days, Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name." And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.


Epistle Reading - St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:1-7

BRETHREN, the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.


Gospel Reading - Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

At that time, Jesus entered a village; and a woman called Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve you alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her." As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!" But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"

Saints and Feasts


The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 21

According to the tradition of the Church, the Theotokos was brought to the Temple at three years of age, where she was consecrated to God and spent her days until she was fourteen or fifteen years old; and then, as a mature maiden, by the common counsel of the priests (since her parents had reposed some three years before), she was betrothed to Joseph.

Apolytikion of Entry of the Theotokos

Fourth Tone

Today is the prelude of God's pleasure and the proclamation of man's salvation. The Virgin is clearly made manifest in the temple of God and foretells Christ to all. Let us also cry out to her with mighty voice, "Hail, fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation."

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Kontakion of Entry of the Theotokos

Fourth Tone

Today, the most pure temple of the Savior, the precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of God, enters the house of the Lord, bringing the grace of the Divine Spirit. The Angels of God praise her. She is the heavenly tabernacle.

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Sunday Worship

5:00 PM / SATURDAY VESPERS

The word Vespers comes from the Greek word that means ‘in the evening,’ so this is the evening prayer service which thanks God for the day that is coming to a close and inaugurates the new day. Saturday night Great Vespers brings in the Lord’s Day and is therefore resurrectional in character.

8:30 AM / ORTHROS

The word Orthros, in Greek means 'sunrise' or 'dawn'. So the Orthros, or Matins Service is the sunrise worship service.

9:30 AM / DIVINE LITURGY

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (c. 347-407), Archbishop of Constantinople, is the most prevalent of four ancient liturgies utilized by the early Church and still celebrated today.

Worship Services

Tuesday, November 21 2017
  • Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

    Tuesday, November 21 2017

  • Orthros

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

  • Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, November 22 2017
  • Thanksgiving Eve

    Wednesday, November 22 2017

  • Vesperal Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    St. George GOC, St. Paul

Thursday, November 23 2017
  • Thanksgiving Day

    Thursday, November 23 2017

Saturday, November 25 2017
  • Saint Katherine

    Saturday, November 25 2017

  • Orthros

    Saturday, November 25 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Divine Liturgy

    Saturday, November 25 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Great Vespers

    Saturday, November 25 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, November 26 2017
  • Thirteenth Sunday of Luke

    Sunday, November 26 2017

  • Orthros

    Sunday, November 26 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

    The Morning Service of Matins (Orthros)

  • Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, November 26 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am